How did you get involved with WARGASM?
“I already thought they’d be a cool band to work with – we knew Sam from Dead! anyway, we played a few shows with them a while back, we met Milkie once or twice as well, and they seemed like really good people making interesting, exciting music. This track, as soon as I made the first demo, I had them in mind. When I was thinking about the lyrics and theme and everything I was just talking about, it was after [an awards show] where Milkie’s dress got the livestream shut down and I found it really interesting where it brought up the conversations again of the patriarchy and the way we have an expectation of a woman in a band to act a certain way. People see Milkie and see the way she dresses or acts, and think she’s different and not acceptable and, ‘How dare she be wearing these things!’ I thought that really fitted into the idea of the song and people thinking that younger people with their ‘flamboyant, unconventional ways’ are from another dimension.
“I presented the track to them and it came together quite quickly after that. Sam sent across a load of ideas. By that point I didn’t have the opening line ‘The void stares back’, that was one of the vocals he sent over, and I went into it and effected it. It came together really quickly and it injected such an excitement into the track and it boosted it over the line.”
Can we expect more collabs from Shikari in the future?
“It’s never been something we’ve really considered. Because there’s such variety within the music we make anyway, it’s not something I’ve felt pressured to do or need to do. Couple that with the fact that writing music with other people used to terrify me – and I’m still not massively comfortable in a room with other people making music – but over the last few years, all the pop writing I’ve experimented with and writing camps and doing stuff outside of Shikari, that’s built up my confidence a bit and I feel more able to approach people now. There are a few in the pipeline that we’re working on at the moment, but I don’t know if any of them will work or come out.”