What inspired this EP?
Sophia Anita: The need to create music that represents my aggression against our dangerous society especially in how we treat female identified individuals, not just in America but around the world. When I perform I am expressing myself for everyone who cannot, everyone who has been a victim of violence and prejudice just because they are comfortable in their own skin and live their lives the way they want to.
Ian: We see this album as a kind of a musical backlash against some of the current trends in rock music in LA and Southern California in general. People often find us hard to classify as a band, and it makes people sort of uncomfortable about what you’re doing musically when they can’t fit you neatly into a particular genre. Rather than try to find our niche in one of the many scenes going on around here, we decided instead to embrace what makes us different and we feel this album is a reflection of that.
Where did the name of the EP come from?
Ian: When we were kicking around ideas for the name of the new album someone asked what we were all reading at the time and one of us happened to be reading a Robert E. Howard Conan the Barbarian story called “A witch shall be born”, and it just seems to fit with the overall theme and feel we were going for with the new album.
Sophia: Being in a band, especially in LA where there are so many bands, has definitely made me a little harder, a little lighter on my feet, and a little meaner. Not that all my experiences have been negative,don’t get me wrong, there is more positive than negative for sure especially working with organizations like PLAG, and being given opportunities by other female fronted bands like Barb Wire Dolls, but LA will make you a witch over night. Hence, ‘A witch shall be Born’
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
Ian: We recorded the whole album in just 2 days, but it took a few months to mix and master the album to get the sound just right, and we’re really happy with the result.
What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
Sophia Anita: I personally wanted to make an album with unique/haunting transitions much like Dead Man’s Bones first album. There are a lot of spooky sound clips on our album like children laughing, menacing winds, and my voice interrupting an old radio show reading the sentence that our band name was based off of which is from the Anne Rice book, The Vampire Lestat.
Ian: One of our hallmarks as a band is the energy that we put into each live performance, so it was important to us to not only try to capture the energetic sound that people have come to expect from us, but to also balance that energy with lots of atmospheric/ambient sounds to balance it out. We recorded each track playing together as a band instead of recording each track individually which we feel helped to convey that sense of energy and urgency that is vital to our sound.
What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why?
Sophia Anita: Oh man, I love all the tracks! One of my favorites has be ‘A witch shall be born’ because it is a summary of all of the emotions and experiences we have been through as a band.
Ian: Pale Skin Latin Girls is one of those songs that just took on a life of its own from the minute we wrote it and I’m really happy with how that song turned out, but I think that Spiritualistic Racket is the best track on the album overall.
What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
Sophia Anita: The musical drive/power of Pale Skin Latin Girls and the lyrics that reflect how overwhelming life can be/also how we have created such amazing relationships with so many female fronted bands since day 1. PSLG is such a true representation of what NEW EViL is about.
Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
Sophia Anita: Sophia Anita: For me, my lyrics and melody create a mood that is a mixture of compassion, aggression, angst, and hunger for life.
Ian: We don’t necessarily set out to create a mood when writing a new song. It usually starts with one simple idea which we build on and then the mood of the song seems to develop organically, which has seemed to work pretty well for us so far.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
Sophia Anita: Definitely, I feel like every musician goes through dry spells. Especially if you have a second passion. My second passion is martial arts. I am constantly trying to find the balance between the two.
Ian: Time is definitely a factor when it comes to writing new music. We all have pretty busy lives outside of the band, so we find ourselves having to constantly find the balance between passion for the music and obligations in other areas of life. Also, since the members of our band are spread out throughout LA and OC, we have to make sure that we are very efficient with the time that we have together.
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
Ian: There’s a lot of talk lately about rock n’ roll being a dead genre with the rise in popularity of EDM/hip-hop etc. I would say this album sounds like a sonic slap in the face; reminder that raw, energetic rock music is still alive, if you know where to find it.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
Sophia Anita: Sleigh Bells, any musical movie Anne Margret has been in, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang clan ,and ALOT of movie/tv soundtracks.
Ian: Black Sabbath, The Stooges, Television, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Motörhead, Talking Heads, Iron Maiden… way too many to list but those are some that come to mind right away.
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