After receiving accolades from the BBC Introducing for their latest album, Pop-Rock band One Week Later are back with their new single and video ‘The Right Way’ from their forthcoming album ‘ECLECTICA’, which is out now. Having written and recorded music together for over 10 years, Rich Smith and Jane Broughton from Staffordshire have already experimented with many styles, with this next record set to break genre boundaries.

The title ‘ECLECTICA’ reflects the band’s hopes that the album will appeal to everyone and the lead single ‘The Right Way’ acts as a strong starting point for their new material.

We spoke with One Week Later to find out more…

Hi guys, how are you?
We are all very grateful and look forward to being more active now that a little more normality has returned after people’s concerns about Covid.

“The Right Way” has a very distinctive folk-rock sound. Can you tell us a bit about your influence on this?
Jane, our vocalist and lyricist, started out in a folk band while Rich, who composes the music and arrangements, was originally in an alternative rock band. Combining these styles into our own sound and drawing inspiration from a wide range of music has always been our plan for One Week Later.

The track is from your recently released album ‘ECLECTICA’ could you tell us a bit about the themes of the album?
The songs were written during the first lockdown, we felt quite strongly in these troubled times that we wanted the overall vibe of the tracks and the message to be one of positivity and hope. We wanted to produce songs that would give people that feeling, we realized there would be a number of covid related songs that would remind us how bad things are, when that’s fair enough and in its place , we were really all through that.

To give a brief overview of each song on the album:-

Trac: The message is don’t worry, don’t be afraid to try new opportunities that may seem scary, and live life positively.
Different: We wanted to capture that electric moment of first meeting someone, the spark, the chemistry.
Crystal ball: It’s about moving on and not being weighed down by the past and the things you can’t do anything about.
Shimmer: A time when everything is perfect, you are with who you want to be, it’s summer, the sun, the sea, the sunlight shining on the water. It’s all about moments.
Ocean wave: It’s about feeling free, riding the wave to see where it’s going, being excited for the future, feeling alive.
The right way: Again, looking forward is someone feeling bad to whom you are saying look to the new day, don’t let negative thoughts drag you down. There is a path to something that works for you.
Trying: We consider this our “pop song”, it’s about trying too hard which can have the opposite result of what you want, so try but in a more relaxed way and things will make more sense .
Russian mountains: Life is full of ups and downs, but it’s been a hell of a journey overall.
Questions: We wanted each line to be a question, it’s about making you think, do you think that way because it’s good or just become a habit?. What is holding you back?, you have to try to get there.
Changes: The message is that you cannot change what is done, you learn to live with it and learn from it, but you can make changes for the future based on what is positive.
New life: It’s stepping out into the unknown, traveling to a new destination, a new beginning

Can you tell us about the composition of the band, how did you meet and how long have you been making music together?
We are a trio, Jane Broughton on vocals, Rich Smith on guitars, keyboards and Perky Dudley on drums.

The group was originally a duo consisting of Jane and Rich and the concept was to combine the different musical influences. Jane and Rich met through the unfortunate situation of having partners with chronic neurological conditions and from that bond discovered the common interest in music. We met Perky during early rehearsals at Sinewave Studios in Tamworth in 2016. Perky Dudley is the son of Alan Caves (engineer for UB40, Magnum, Roy Wood) who owned the studio and Perky spent a lot of time there and played drums and we needed a drummer. We re-recorded a few songs with Perky playing and it all came together nicely and we were all on the same page about the song and style development.

The first recordings a week later were made in 2013 as a duo and self-produced, a lot of songs were written in a few years before we were going to rehearse at Sinewave because we wanted a good set of songs in place first.

You talk about music as a fundamental element of society, could you tell us a bit more about it and your involvement in it?
Music is everywhere, in everything you watch, games, stores, but it’s also an escape and links to the past and memories where you first heard a song, maybe at a special moment and it becomes like a time capsule, you hear this song and all the memories and feelings connect. Music can lift your spirits when you’re down, the right melody, the right lyrics and also show that you’re not alone and others have felt this or are doing it etc. In short, it can make you smile, think, and transport you somewhere. another or convey an important message. Concerts benefit causes and help in this way. It’s everywhere in society.

Do you have more music to release in the pipeline?
Yes, we have already written new songs and plan to start recording them until 2022 for release in 2023, this may be as singles, eps or a new album, the final package is still fluid because the emphasis at this stage is on the songs.

Are there any plans for live performances this year?
We’ve only just started watching live again, we got arrested like everyone else by the Covid just after a festival in France and a few gigs in the UK, since then we’ve immersed ourselves in writing and refinement, it really made this release last a bit and we now turn our eyes to reliving. We are planning gigs in France in June 2022 and will be looking to set up gigs in the UK over the next few months.