How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
It varies from song to song but for the most part usually I go off by myself and jot down some lyrics for the verses and the chorus then I show the rest of the band and try to edit and smooth out anything that might not work as well. For us it has proven to be an effective method and our favourite way to write lyrics.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
The most important thing in songwriting is to keep writing so that your skills always improve and never get hung up on one song. Do your best creating it and make sure you get a demo on your phone or computer and then move on.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I think that personal life experiences are always going to bleed through the music that you create. Music has always been a way of telling stories that have some type of connection to my personal life. In our newest release “Keep Smiling” I sing about my experiences of being a waiter in a restaurant.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
In “Keep Smiling” the second verse it says “Here you go. Enjoy the meal. Now how about third refill? Sweet tea going to brighten up your day. Now that you’re finally done, congrats Mary Jo on the clean plate club”. That line literally sums up my experience in waiter life and it just puts the image of someone licking the plate clean and it cracks me up every time!
What inspired “Don’t Think About It”, your latest single?
‘Don’t think About It‘ is about the feeling you get jamming out to your favourite song and jumping up and down on your bed rocking out. It also sheds light on the boredom that I’ve personally felt in between tours when literally everything in life is on the phone and I rather be out touring up the world!
And “Take it Easy”?
‘Take it Easy‘ is a song about past relationships in the past where I felt my significant other would take a small issue and treat it as something much bigger (something everyone can relate too) and trying to figure out what the person is thinking during those rocky times.
Do you remember the day you wrote “French Girls”?
Yes, we were in Nashville and we got the opportunity to write with Gabe Simon along with Konrad Snyder who was also the sound engineer. Everyone instantly clicked with each other. Jon started playing these chords on piano (which can be heard in the beginning) and I then started playing the bass line and everything else just flowed after that. It’s crazy to think that only took one day to write/record!
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
Most of the songs are linked by personal stories and situations that have happened to us as well as every human being which makes them super relatable.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Keep it simple stupid.
What are your plans for the few remaining months of 2019?
Just touring and playing our EP which will be coming out in September.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your EP “Swimming With Bears:” Banger.
- The best show you ever played: Bourbon and Beyond Festival 2018.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Beer.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Aha Shake Heartbreak: Kings of Leon.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “Change is going to Come” by Sam Cooke.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Never go into a relationship looking to be completed. Already be complete in who you are and the rest will be fireworks.