Following on from the release of their stunning debut album 'Pleasure Ride' in 2020, British-American duo Ready, Steady, Die! have now returned to deliver their brilliant new single 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye'.
Lifted from their forthcoming new LP 'Accidents', which is set to land later this year, 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' sees them revamp the Soft Cell classic. Channeling a wonderfully smooth and seductive electro-pop direction, their newest offering sees them return in stellar form and unveil the start of the next exciting chapter for the pair.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Sam: Violin. An immediate switch for a good cry.
Morgan: The Minimoog.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Sam: New wave, synthetic pop, trip hop, electropop. Blues and jazz. Carly Simon to Shirley Manson. Neil Young to Thom Yorke.
Morgan: Pretty much the same! It started with Kraftwerk and Berlin-era Bowie for me and led to Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, The Blue Nile. I loved the soundscapes as much as the melodies and lyrics.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Sam: Either Womack & Womack Conscience or Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman.
Morgan: With my own pocket money I rushed out and bought Queen “The Works” after hearing Radio Gaga on the … tv. That song is now my 2 year old daughter’s favorite song in the universe.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Sam: Too many. For creative appreciation, anything by Radiohead. For royalties, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Sam: Take Hugo my dog for a long creative walk. He helps me write.
Morgan: Get through the work day, have dinner, clear my head and go into the studio around 9pm. I’m a night owl when it comes to RSD.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Sam: This time of year always draws me to whatever music makes me feel cosy by the fire. I have returned to my jazz classics. Miles Davis and Bill Evans. But I love some relatively new female artists like FKA Twigs and St Vincent.
Morgan: I got into Low quite late (Double Negative) and I’ve adored them ever since. But I’m sucker for nostalgia and go back to bands like Icehouse, Simple Minds a lot for a dreamy synth pop fix.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Morgan: Massive Attack.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Sam: Story telling.
Morgan: thinking of a visual or emotional state for a song and then creating a soundtrack for that.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Sam: Social media administration.
Morgan: Same. Thinking up content that’s not directly servicing the music is near impossible for me.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Sam: Make sure you love what you do because people will KNOW if you don’t.
Morgan: Work with people you love, respect and admire.
Ready, Steady, Die!'s new single 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it in the player below.