How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I’m a big “singing in the car” guy. I feel like I can really belt shit out in the ol’ Honda Civic. So the majority of my melodies and rhythmic patterns usually come to me while I’m driving listening to our demos. Then I usually wait till I have the house to myself, have a couple beers, and polish up the words into one conscious thought.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Being honest and not being too critical of yourself. Just tell your story. That’s how I came up with, in my opinion, some of my best and most relatable lyrics.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
No. Absolutely not. Before I started going to therapy, writing was my therapy. I’ve become more introverted over the years and this was the best way I could really express myself.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
They all have a special place in my heart because they reflect on everything I was going through at a place in time. However if I were to narrow it down to one specific line, I’d say it’d be a lyric a wrote a long time ago… “so we’re done thinking it over, we’re not lost we’re just getting older”.
What inspired “Woe, She’s A Gravedigger,”, part of your latest EP “Living With The Low”?
Long story short, the inspiration for that song came from the result of a break up that ended badly. She cheated on me a lot with multiple people, and basically it’s about being on the receiving end of that situation.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
The record revolves around a very dark period of my life. Depression, anxiety, mediocrity, gloom, and spite are the themes. It deals a lot with betrayal within friendships/relationships, and how I dealt with those feelings.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Matt Brasch was an amazing producer. He helped so much with the record, I can’t even begin to explain. However I think the best suggestion Matt gave us was the little nuances in some of our songs. He really helped us develop these tracks to stand out.
What are your plans for 2019?
Continue to tour and write! Hoping this new record opens a lot of doors for bigger and better opportunities. Also we have a side scrolling video game our guitarist made coming out soon. Along with the game, he also recorded our songs on 8-bit format. So those will definitely come out simultaneously. Super hype for that.
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 “Living With The Low”: Depression.
- The best show you ever played: Lansdale always pops off.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Mountain Dew baja blast.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Anything Ska. Grew up on ‘90s Nickelodeon and everything was ska back then. Less than Jake playing “We’re all Dudes” from the Goodburger movie changed my life haha.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Ah that’s a tough one. I don’t think I can pin point a single song, but I think based on how consistent an artist has been in my life… I think I’d say Bob Marley. His lyrics were always very socially conscious and his message of spreading love through music was something I really connected with. Another would probably be the band Lifetime. Something about “Jersey’s Best Dancers”, that record always hits home. “It’s my confusion that lets me act so cold”. Oof. So good. Anything by Kid Dynamite. In particular their song “SOS”. It’s about being a touring musician in a relationship, and that was always super relatable to me. “You have my thoughts and you have my words but the road has my content”. Chills, man.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Be open, honest, trusting and loyal but… know your self worth.