How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I write lyrics every day, usually jotting down a line or two here and there on my phone or in my journal. We all write songs together between the five of us at practice, so we’ll usually take a phone recording of whatever we’d been working on and I usually sit with it for a few days and write the lyrics over the recording, or I’ll pick up a guitar and write along to that.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Being honest and true to yourself. You should express yourself and you should have fun doing it.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not necessarily. Songwriting is very cathartic for me and being able to share that catharsis with whoever is listening is therapeutic.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“Am I self-medicating or am I just having fun?” That is a personal favorite of mine from the EP.
What inspired “Shake“, part of your latest EP “Sunk”?
Long-nights and a struggling relationship.
Trying to come to terms with life-changing experiences while at the same time trying to be a good friend/dependent to those around you.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Headrush”?
‘Headrush‘ was one of those songs that slowly pieced itself together over the course of a few months, so I can’t pinpoint a specific day. But, I can remember finishing it and thinking “Damn, that’s cool”.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
The title of the EP, “Sunk”, is indicative of how we have all collectively felt over the course of the last few years. Personally, the last few years of my life have been nothing short of a rollercoaster and I believe that the songs are reflective of that and can be seen as somewhat of a coping mechanism for dealing with my personal issues.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Being true to ourselves as a band and not letting anyone outside of the five of us try and dictate how we operate.
What are your plans for 2019?
We are going to write a record, record said album, and tour as much as humanly possible.
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 “Sunk”: Thicc.
- The best show you ever played: Tiny Moving Parts, Household, Charlie Siren at The Garage in Burnsville, MN.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” by Blink-182.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “I wanna die in the suburbs”. It’s from a song called “We Could Die Like This” by The Wonder Years, I have it tattooed on me.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Don’t be a dick. Communication is key. Be honest with your partner and communicate your feelings proactively. Most of all, have fun with the person you want to be with.