Eva Plays Dead are a four-piece British rock band hailing from Nottingham/ Derby, fronted by Tiggy Dockerty and her punk infused vocals. Musically the band are full of huge riffs, infectious melodies and bucket loads of energy.
The band are currently out on tour with Sumo Cyco and Devilskin after releasing their brand new track ‘Spin’ which is a follow-up to ‘Bones’ which was released at the later end of 2016. You can watch the video for ‘Spin’ at the bottom of this post.
We sat down with vocalist and frontwoman Tiggy to find out more about the lyric wriitng process and how their songs are crafted.
MOSH: How does the lyric writing process begin for you – Does the music come first, or the lyrics? Do you collect fragments and ideas when inspiration strikes?
TD: For me lyrics aren’t really a ‘process’. Whenever we are writing music I find myself being drawn to melodies that are close to how I’m feeling at that particular time. If the band have a couple of ideas in mind and one particular song has a faster rhythm, and I’m feeling excited/driven within myself, then I find myself being naturally drawn to that song. I am a very emotional person and music for me is very cathartic. Most of the time I find myself just writing exactly what I feel at that moment in time
MOSH: Is this process always straightforward for you? Have you ever struggled with writer’s block?
TD: Similar to all things creative you do have to be in the right mindset to write music. I do try to stretch myself, for example if I feel depressed I try and write what I’m feeling so that when I find myself with a melody, I can utilise the words I’ve felt in various different mindsets.
MOSH: Do you go back to lyrics you have previously written and edit or refine them? Do you collaborate or share lyrics with other band members and take their feedback on board?
TD: If I’m completely honest it’s very difficult not to be emotionally attached to lyrics because to me they are so personal, so it can be hard to collaborate with other people when a song may be about a particular event that happened in my life that they’ve never experienced, like ‘Spin’ for example. That being said, I always sit down with songs after I’ve written the lyrics and play around with wording and phrasing.
MOSH: Are there any bands or artists that have inspired you lyrically? Do you try and emulate any other lyricists in particular?
TD: I grew up listening to Jazz/blues and these specific genres tell stories and capture feelings and emotions that are relatable. I’ve never been a fan of overly metaphorical lyrics because I’ve personally never been able to immerse myself into the meaning of the song. I’m at times very literal with what I am trying to say. I’ve been listening to The 1975‘s new album, and I find myself listening to every single word that Matt [Healy] sings as you can tell every single word is from the heart. That’s incredibly important to me
MOSH: Do you draw lyrical inspiration from outside of music?
TD: I do; my family, friends and people I meet are the biggest influences. Humans fascinate me.
MOSH: Is there a specific space where you get ‘in the zone’, or can you write anywhere, at any time?
TD: For me, my energy to write comes from my mood. I have been in certain situations like work and I’ve had an argument with a colleague and I’ve slipped away for ten minutes just to write a quick verse to channel how I’m feeling into something productive.
MOSH: Can you remember when you began writing lyrics? Was it a conscious choice? Something you drifted into out of necessity?
TD: I’ve written lyrics for many years, as it’s always helped me through my hard times.
MOSH: What is your favourite lyric that you have written?
TD: “I’m not a saint/neither are you/it’s the same old story/same cliche too”
MOSH: Is there anything you actively try and avoid when writing lyrics? Any topics or themes you think are overdone?
TD: I try not to worry about what I’m writing. If you feel a lyric and it means a lot to you, the way in which you perform will probably be improved because you truly believe in what you’re singing. I try not to pressure myself and embrace the words I’m feeling.
MOSH: Does your knowledge of your vocal delivery have any impact on how you write lyrics? Do you write to fit a vocal style, or fit the delivery to the lyrics?
TD: I definitely fit the delivery to the lyrics. I really like singing words that are perhaps perceived as aggressive softly. There’s something haunting about it.