Highly acclaimed six-piece Americana-rock group Morganway has swiftly caught the attention of music lovers globally through a host of commendably compelling musical releases.
When the world shut down in March 2020 Morganway had just finished their sell-out headline UK tour. Using this unexpected downtime to their advantage they began working on new material, as well as signing with booking agent Midnight Mango. 2021 saw them return to the road, delighting audiences at a string of festivals, then on to another tour in the autumn, capping off the year by taking home the Best Group award at the British Country Music Awards.
Morganway have now unveiled their brand new single ‘Come Over’, which is about wildness, temptation, danger and twisted love, it explores a strong independent woman, feeling powerful in her own skin, but with a knot in her heart from life’s pressures and tribulations. It takes their sun-drenched Americana sound and supercharges it into an insistent stomper that erupts into an anthemic chorus. It’s bound to become a live favourite.
Now, Callum Morgan (vocals / bass – CM) and SJ Mortimer (SJ – vocals) have kindly spoken with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding their latest single & UK tour. Check out the full interview below.
Hey Morganway, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourselves?
CM: We’re a six-piece Americana rock band from Norwich and Cambridge addicted to playing live and Synder’s Jalapeno Pretzels.
SJ: And poppadoms!
How did the idea to form Morganway come together?
CM: I formed the band with my twin brother Kieran and childhood friend Matt (keys). We’d grown up playing together in various indie / rock bands but we never really fitted into any scene. Morganway was just the start of doing something completely unselfconscious, and with no attempt at trying to ‘fit in’. We’ve kept that mindset ever since. As soon as SJ, Nicky and Ed joined and we began touring our debut album we’ve been amazed at how much the Americana scene in the UK has welcomed us. I guess when all else fails… be yourself!
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
CM: It’s always a tough one to say… our sound is big. There’s six of us, we all sing harmonies.. someone once said we were “dirty country”. I think we’re on the rock side of country and the countryside of rock, but mostly we’re just Morganway!
You recently released the brand new single “Come Over”, which sounds absolutely incredible FYI. How did the idea for this song come together?
SJ: Thanks! We wrote it during lockdown when we wanted to go out and be free again! I actually came up with the chorus melody out on a dog walk, I think I still have the voice recording on my phone haha. Kieran said yes that’s a cool hook, so we took it from there. ‘Come Over’ celebrates women and explores how they can feel powerful yet tormented by modern-day life. The song has quite a moody dark bluesy side to it which is super fun to play live and rocked up.
Did you always plan to release “Come Over” as a single?
SJ: When Kieran and I brought the song to the band it felt awesome to play it as a 6 piece all cranked up to 11. It came together really quickly and we knew we had to record the song straight away, so we did! We have been so excited to release new material and this one felt like a good start.
What does the song mean to each of you personally?
CM: The song has a fantastic groove to it and it’s really fun to play live. Musically it really resonates with some of my main influences growing up, the bass part reminds me of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I love that connection.
SJ: This song means a lot to me as it was the first song I’ve properly brought to the band. When I sing it live I give it my all! I love the groove and slightly psychedelic bridge, I get a lot of aggression out when playing it.
What message would you like listeners to take away from the song?
SJ: I think once a song is released into the wild it’s no longer your baby, so I hope listeners enjoy rocking out to it and feel a sense of release in some way with whatever they’re going through or feeling at the time.
You are about to embark on your biggest UK tour to date. What does this tour personally mean to you?
CM: It’s an insane and wonderful privilege to be in a band and be able to tour your music and play to fans in places you’ve never been before. I think it has an even greater weight to it now. This tour, to us, and for many other musicians out there in a similar position to us, represents a return to live music and a celebration of what that means to so many of us.
SJ: Touring is just the best and we are all so excited for all the gigs we have coming up. Every show is different in a beautiful way, we meet so many amazing people on the road and we have become a wonderfully weird family as the six of us! Live music is what we all love to do and whatever is going on, we always enjoy playing live together.
What are some of the things we can expect from the tour itself?
CM: I think we’ve put together a really exciting set that mixes some of our favourite live tracks from our debut album with various new songs we’ve been working on over the last two years. What we’re playing on this tour feels very fresh and challenging to us in the best possible way and it’s exciting seeing audiences connect to the new songs and hear how we’ve evolved since our last tour.
You will be joined by some special guests along the way, including Kezia Gill, Megan Rose, & Izzie Walsh. How does it feel to have such an immense collaboration of artists joining the tour?
CM: As I’ve mentioned, we’ve been so welcomed by this scene. We respect all of them immensely and can’t wait get to know them more… there’s nothing quite like touring for that!
SJ: It’s awesome having so many different special guests join us on tour, we’re lucky to meet so many incredible acts on the live music circuit and we wish we could have even more join us! All of us are live music lovers so we love hearing new music just as much as playing it ourselves.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
CM: Thanks for checking us out and supporting new music. We couldn’t do this without you. Please check out our new single, our debut album and also the music of all our special guests joining us on this tour. If you fancy coming to one of the shows we’d love to see you… come say hi!
SJ: Come Over to one of our shows! Haha, It’s always good fun and we love meeting new people. Follow us on social media to see our tour ventures.
You can check out “Come Over” on Spotify below or via Apple Music here.