Your 3rd album “Strange Creatures” will be funded through Kickstarter….Why did you choose this platform? (Congratulations for having already achieved over $36K!)
Thank you!! It’s pretty incredible. We chose Kickstarter for a few reasons. For one, I like that Kickstarter is more arts and ideas-oriented. To me, this album is more than a collection of 14 songs. Strange Creatures is an idea. But more importantly, we know how much money is needed to fund all parts of this album. We can’t simply do half as much with half the funding due to production costs. So with Kickstarter being all-or-nothing, so is the entire creation of the album.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I have a white desk next to my bed in my apartment. The only things I keep on that desk are my macbook and my speakers.
I like an empty space when I’m writing.
Sometimes I’ll sit on my bed with a notepad, but usually since I can type as fast as I think (and can’t usually write that fast) I’m typically writing out lyrics on a Google doc or on a computer notepad. Every once in awhile lyrics will come to me while I’m driving, in which case I’d open up my voice memos and record it.
What do you think is the best verse you ever wrote?
One you haven’t heard yet. 😉
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
Minority by Green Day
What was the first record you ever bought?
Dookie by Green Day
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
It’s been interesting.
Half of our journey was while most of us were still working on our degrees in college, so it’s hard to say that we were fully committed to the music industry during that time.
And even after graduating, the toughest part is dividing time between our day jobs and the necessity to continue to tour around the country.
We work our jobs to save money so we can pay bills and afford to go on the road. What we’re working towards is a future where we can finally say that we do music for a living. As of right now, we still don’t.
What inspired “Hollow”?
The Foo Fighters and Cage the Elephant. Two of my favorite bands. There are elements of both in that song.
Do you remember the day you wrote “45”?
Well, it took a few months to finally finish it, but really I started writing it on election day 2016, hence why there is so much emphasis “on election day” in the song.
We were on tour with Reel Big Fish on election day, and we were all pretty emotional and upset when we learned of the results of the U.S. election.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal experiences to strangers through your music?
Yes. I’m anxious even when I show my music to my bandmates, and they are the people I trust the most. These songs are my babies and it can be terrifying to show them my creations.
What inspired “Laughing At Me”?
Twenty One Pilots. Specifically, their song “Migraine”
What is the best show you ever played?
At this point it’s super tough to pinpoint one single show, because we’ve had so many incredible ones over the years.
But one of my personal favorites has to be at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO when we were on tour with Reel Big Fish. That tour was a huge break for us, and at that show it finally settled in for me that we were on tour with my idols. Reel Big Fish is one of the main reasons SLP exists.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018? Are you looking forward to being on tour soon?With the Kickstarter funded, we’ll be in the studio immediately after in May/June. We’re planning Part 2 of our Strange Creatures Preview Tour for July. September, we’ll release that album. Then for the Fall…… we’ll see. 🙂