How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I run all the time, and that’s when most of our lyrics come to me. Must be something about the endorphins. After I get a good few lines together, the purpose of the song starts to take shape and I can write the rest from there.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Not trying to be too clever or do too much! Write what feels natural and don’t be afraid to steal ideas from artists you admire.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
EXTREMELY. One of the hardest things in lyric writing is being vulnerable and writing from the heart. Some people go their whole careers just writing in the voice of characters, which can also work.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
A line I adore from “Room For You” is “I miss you the way you miss a train.” It’s adopted from a line in a Margaret Atwood novel and I love it so much I’ve used it in two different songs. Captures a lot.
What inspired “Dreamcatcher”, part of your EP “Dog Years”?
“Dreamcatcher” started as a personal tune, a song we were writing as a birthday present for Matt’s girlfriend. For that one, Matt actually sent me snippets of thoughts, lines that were special to him and his girlfriend, and I tried to weave them into a song.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Room For You”?
I do, actually. It was one of the only songs I sat down at my desk and *wrote*. I knew exactly the scene I wanted to set, of an old flame walking through the door and knocking you off balance, and everything kind of flowed from there.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
Sort of — it’s definitely not a concept album, but a lot of the songs do play with the concept of time. “Dreamcatcher,” which is where the EP title comes from, is all about appreciating the time we have with each other, even if it feels so short. “Room For You” jumps around in energy levels and is mostly a flashback. “Million And One” is our carpe diem anthem.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
One thing Dylan is phenomenal at is knowing when deleting a part will actually make the song stronger. There are all these little sections of each song where a part will drop out, and when it returns it’s got that much more energy and spark.
What are your plans for 2019?
It’s already been a busy year! We just got done touring the whole country, and now that Dog Years is out we’re going to be playing a short college tour before hitting the road again in the fall.
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 “Dog Years”: Playful.
- The best show you ever played: Firefly Music Festival 2017. Can’t wait to go back.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Nintendo Switch chargers.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Love It If We Made It”, The 1975.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Be honest and sincere and empathetic and the rest will follow.