Introduce your band, and describe your latest release:

We are called A Permanent Shadow, and we’ve just released a new album called No Leaf Clover.

What’s the hardest part about being a band in this day and age?

I think getting yourself heard and standing out among such a wealth of new releases can be a bit of a challenge.

When did you realise that your project had the potential to be much more than just a fun idea?

From the very beginning we took this project very seriously. I’d been the drummer in a couple of no-future bands, and I learned a lot about how NOT to approach a musical project. So, in this band, I wanted to have quality people with quality ideas and a very tiny ego.

Tell us about your latest release, why should we check it out?

Our new album has a lyrical thread about toxic relationships on both a personal and geopolitical level. It’s quite an interesting cycle lyrically speaking, and the music is quite adventurous, too. Give it a go, I’m sure you’ll like at least some of it!

How does a song typically come together for you?

We usually start with the lyrics and then think about what kind of pace and sound should be built around them. The song should serve the lyric and not the other way round.

How would you describe your sound to an unfamiliar reader?

We play quirky electronic rock music with a twist.

What do you want listeners to take away from listening to your band?

Hopefully, hummable melodies and some food for thought from the lyrics. We love catchy melodies and multilayered sounds.

Where would you really like to tour that you haven’t done so yet, and why?

We would like to tour everywhere but we don’t play live much as economically it can be a bit of a strain. Rather than running into debt by playing lots of shows, I prefer working on new music and video projects.

How would you say that the sound of your band has progressed over the years?

On your first album you try to find your feet. With each new release, you are more assured and know what you want and where you want to take your songs. So, in a way, each new release is more self-confident and reflects your true self a bit more.

How excited are you for 2024, and what can fans expect from you?

We are currently working on a covers EP about which we are extremely excited. Expect a few surprises!

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