After the enormous praise they received for their previously shared single 'Knock Knock' in recent months, Kyiv-based outfit In Signs are back once again to deliver their latest belter 'Bloom'.
Channelling a broad alt-rock direction from start to finish, 'Bloom' sees them return with gusto and aplomb. With its bold and soaring textures, anthemic production, and killer hooks to boot, their latest effort sees them reaching for even higher heights.
So with the new single available now, we joined Arsen from the band for a chat to find out more about his background and what has been inspiring him of late.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
It was a guitar. But I think that drums are very important for any musician. After guitar, I started to learn drums techniques and it really helped a lot with grooves and structures of songs.
What was the first album you remember owning?
To be honest I don't remember the cloud album I bought but I do remember the first physical CD. I had a business trip to Edinburgh and I bought there 'That's The Spirit' by Bring Me The Horizon.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I never played in someone's band. I started to write my song and then formed my first band. We played only 2 concerts and then broke up. After a few months I formed In Signs. We started with the post-grunge genre because I felt my songs this way. But also we played alternative rock. It was a simple time for the band.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
I think my favorite one. It is 'Nothing Else Matters' by Metallica. I'm not a huge fan of the band and I don't know all the songs, but this track is very important to me and this is my first tattoo. I started to write songs only one week after this tattoo.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
I think the first studio in Kyiv (Bobina Records) was a very special moment for me and for the band. I created music at my home and we practiced in the small room so the big guitar stacks, the large rooms for drums inspired us a lot.
And what about the most frustrating part?
I think that the most frustrating part in creating music is the process in a head. I feel so bad when I just can't sing something well or can't play what I hear in my head. Almost all the time I'm not happy with the songs but I think it's a good thing for a songwriter.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I'm a big fan of Foo Fighters, Three Days Grace with their previous frontman and Breaking Benjamin. I'd be very very proud to open Foo Fighters for example in Kyiv on the stadium.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Of course we want to be on the big scene and just live the musician's lives. But right now we are happy with creating songs and playing them together. Hopefully, humanity will win the COVID soon so all the bands can play concerts and tours in their native country and abroad.
In Signs' new single 'Bloom' is available to stream now. Check it out below.