How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I do a lot of writing in my car. I have a 45 minute commute to and from work every day, so I like to use that time to try to come up with song lyrics and melodies.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I think that it’s important not to force anything. When you have a really good idea for a song, the whole song just kind of writes itself around that idea. If you’re trying too hard, it probably wasn’t meant to be.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
We’re way more afraid of people that we know learning things about us through our songs. A lot of our songs are about people in our lives. Some of these songs are really nice, but others are not so nice. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds out a song is about them, and we have a lot of explaining to do.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
There’s a song called “Rose Marie” on Another Wasted Night. My grandmother died a couple of years ago, and I wrote this song about losing her. It’s less than a minute long, and the lyrics are just one sentence. “I never wanted so badly to believe that there’s something else out there once we leave and reach the end cause it’s the only way I’ll see you again.”
What inspired “The Rex Motel”, part of your latest album Another Wasted Night?
“The Rex Motel” is a real motel in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. We would drive by it all the time and wonder why anyone would ever stay there. It became this inside joke between our friends, so we wrote a song about it.
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
The best moment would probably be right now, getting ready to release Another Wasted Night. These are the best twelve songs that this band has ever written, and we’re extremely proud of them. As for the most difficult, I think something that we all struggle with is when we, as a band, get really excited over something, but then no one else seems to care about it. We touch on this a little bit in the first verse of our song “Thirty-Two”.
What are your plans for 2018?
We have a couple more shows before we release Another Wasted Night. Then the album comes out on 8/24, and we’ll have a record release show at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly on 9/14. In October, we’re playing a few east coast shows in Baltimore, Richmond, and DC. We’re also working with Tomfoolery Brewing Company in Hammonton, NJ to release an Irish Red Ale called F. Nighting Ale based on our song “F. Nightingale”.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Another Wasted Night”: Fun!
- The best show you ever played: The EP release show for Light Years and Heavy Lifting at The Barbary in 2014.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Beer and a change of clothes. We get sweaty!
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Beach Boys.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Always be supportive of each other. Know what is important to your partner and help them to be successful in that.