“We spent a lot of time nutting out the writing of it”, enthused Ezekiel Ox on his recently released E.P Cheering Bombs From Deckchairs, “and Steve was very particular about the lyrics. He really worked me over which is something… I constantly work on my lyrics but it’s not something I tend to spend a lot of time with other people on. What you’re hearing is a true collaboration. I gave Steve the job at the start of this recording to produce me to the best of my ability and to make me shine and that’s what I said I wanted and that’s what he’s done. That’s the first time I’ve ever stepped outside of the whole it’s all about the band idea – and I do accept my role in bands and that’s why I’m such a popular choice for bands to sing because I make it very easy – it’s normally not about me when we’re in the studio but this time it was. I really wanted to make a statement and we’re gonna keep going with that so I think what you’re hearing is the process”.
In the full interview Ezekiel delves further into the E.P and the writing and recording process, what the title refers to, the reaction to it, the personal nature of solo material, the eclectic nature of the songs on Cheering Bombs From Deckchairs, the reason for stepping outside of his current bands to make a solo album, the lowest point of his career and how he turned his life around, the upcoming tour and more.