The Skinny: “The songs we wrote for this record have a much darker, aggressive, and unhinged feel to them,” says Alex Marshall, lead vocalist and guitarist of returning UK punk rockers Miss Vincent, discussing the quartet’s forthcoming new EP, Reasons Not To Sleep; “I think the more you write, the more you learn how to communicate the things you want to say, and so this time around I found myself approaching topics I wouldn’t have had the confidence to before.”

The follow up to their well received 2013 EP Creepy, Reasons Not To Sleep sees Southampton’s Miss Vincent switching it from creepy to gloomy. Playing their self-styled “moody punk rock,” paying homage to the likes of Alkaline Trio and AFI, RNTS see them take their craft to the next level.

“With Creepy we just recorded the best 5 songs that we had at the time. We’re still proud of it, but this time I think we really found ‘our sound,'” opines Marshall; “It’s a lot darker, more layered and the songs are faster and more pissed off, as well as being much more direct lyrically. In the time we’ve spent as a band since releasing Creepy we’ve refined our songwriting chops a bit. The overall tone of the EP set itself pretty early on and we went for it full tilt.”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.