Where did the name of the EP come from?
From the title track.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
A weekend in August of 2016.
What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
We wanted it to sound as heavy as the songs make you feel. Jo-Jo [Rose, bass] and I also talked often and at length about our favorite interludes or skits in many hip hop records. Kendrick Lamar’s discography comes to mind immediately. We wanted to do something like that, which lent itself to Jo layering guitar, bass, synth lines, and samples in order to make this EP feel more like a complete thought.
What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why?
“Wish You Were Here Instead of Me” is fucking dope. You’ll understand when you hear it.
What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
“Expecting” is the most accessible track on the record and succeeds in masking a message that’s difficult to swallow with a poppy, “two spoons of sugar” sonic feeling. Some of my favorite songs do that masterfully; Saves The Day’s “Ups & Downs” immediately comes to mind.
Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
I’m a big lyrics person. I connect to the words of a song first and only then get wrapped up in the rest of the music, which is a problem, because I’ve immediately written off some incredible music because I thought the lyrics were shit. For this reason, I take far too long to write simple songs. I try to find a story worth telling and tell it well. Often, that means that the mood is either heady or downright somber. I think this batch of songs leans heavily on the latter.
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
Heavy indie rock with slowcore tendencies. Guitar-based music as a vehicle for lyrically dense story telling. That hardtimes headline that goes something like, “Musical Inability Confused as Creative Genius.”