How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I usually start with a line or two unless I get lucky. I’ll use that line to build to a narrative and roll from there.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I’m never really scared of that. To me, that’s the most important part of songwriting: connecting with other human beings over shared experience.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
My favorite line right now is “We carry weight just like a stone, you hold my keys I’ll carry yours.”
What inspired “Chips and Vics”, part of your debut album “The Quarry”?
“Chips and Vics” is inspired by human confrontation and the feeling you have when you’ve exhausted yourselves to the extreme.
And “Silver Dollars”?
“Silver Dollars” is loosely based on a lot of True Crime novels I was reading.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Young Dionysians?”
I don’t remember the day. But I’m sure I was in Bayonne, NJ.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new album?
I think the common theme is the lack of desire to compromise, as well as the effects of risk and reward.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
I think the best thing about making this record was not forcing performance due to a timeline. If it felt like we needed a break, we’d take one. We’d go for a walk, we’d go grab some food, or even call it a day. That helped a lot.
What are your plans for 2019?
Right now we’re on the road starting a tour supporting Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers. We’re also heading to the UK and Germany in May and June for our first headliners.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “The Quarry”: Beginning.
- The best show you ever played: Nick Marattas garage in Bayonne, NJ.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Metallica’s “Some Kind of Monster” DVD extended cut.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Rancid’s “…And Out Come The Wolves.”
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “She had a weakness for writers and I, was never that good at the words anyways.” [Lucero – “Nights Like These”]
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Communicate, respect, and care for each other. Also, don’t be an asshole.