How are you preparing for the release of your debut LP “Serf Rock”?
Recently, we’ve been working on the album art, a new music video, new merch, and finishing up all the other little things to complete the project.
We’ll be touring this Winter from 12/30-1/13, releasing the record on February 2nd, and then touring again in the Spring.
We’re eager to get back on the road and deliver this record to every single person we meet.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
It really comes down to interactions or experiences in everyday life, sometimes I’ll just hear something in my head or hear someone say something that sparks a lyrical thought.
Do you remember writing “angry little man”?
I do remember writing it, I was home in New Brunswick in my room. I usually sit down every night to play one of my instruments and occasionally something forms out of it. This song just stuck out to me.
What inspired the lyrics of “no wine”?
It had been some time since I had written anything at all.
I was looking to write something a little bit out of the box for myself, something I hadn’t done yet, something fun and catchy.
Not necessarily a real experience in my life, like pretty much everything prior had been.
Since Justin was working on a medley themed around current events, the fact that I was writing about child labor, seemed to mesh well with the rest of the ideas at the time.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
I consider myself a pretty new/novice songwriter- seeing as I’ve only finished a handful of songs, so I’m very sure this will change sooner than later but for now I’d say either verse from “Super Glued” or either verse from “No Wine.”
And the one of your favorite song (not written by you)?
I’ve never really been one to have favorites, it’s usually more like a “current favorite” rather than an all time favorite, but if I can recall to the earliest time I really liked a song, it was probably when I was spending hours playing Guitar Hero 3 as a kid.
One of the more difficult songs on the game was “One” by Metallica and that song really pushed me into listening to Metallica. Most recently I’d have to say the current favorite is “Total Entertainment Forever” by Father John Misty.
What is the last song you wrote?
The last song I finished is called “Millions ‘N More” although there are a couple newer ideas that aren’t quite complete yet.
What does music mean to you?
Music is something we’re all obviously passionate about. I think you can tell for sure when you see us live. Been doing it for a long time and we don’t plan on stopping.
What makes you happy in life?
Writing songs, drinking beer, relaxing as well as staying productive, hanging with friends, hanging with my girlfriend, taking pictures, going on hikes, sleeping in, playing a damn good show, having genuine conversation.
What is the best thing of performing for your audience?
For me, it’s probably seeing folks go ‘ham’ when we play – we definitely feed off the crowd’s energy when we perform, so if they’re going wild, it’s going to make us much more exuberant.
Just hearing the crowd sing/shout the lyrics you wrote alone in your room is so incredible.
It makes you feel like you did something right and makes all the hard work worth it.
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