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INTERVIEW: Hazing | FFO: Brand New, Taking Back Sunday

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

“No complaints at the moment!”

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Ghost Runner At Home¨?

“This track is written from a kid’s perspective. It’s basically about feeling powerless and trapped in a constantly negative household. I don’t really care to go into too much detail, but you get the idea.”

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

“The inspiration for the song came while I was living in a house with my bandmates, playing music all the time and just living life the way I wanted. Once you’re removed from an environment, it’s much easier to look back on it with a clear head and put emotions down on paper. I guess it’s more of a reflection of darker times and repressed memories.”

How was the film experience?

“It was great! Andrew Shephard of Lost Fox Productions was nothing short of amazing to work with. Really cool dude, and also incredibly talented. We got to film it in a house venue called The Shit Shack that we play at quite frequently. Shout out to Tyler Shane Young for letting us make noise in his basement all the time. We also got our good friend Seth Props to star in it, and he did a great job.”

The single comes off your new album Disconsolate – what´s the story behind the title?

“A very close friend of ours actually got the word tattooed on her arm after a death in her family. We really liked the meaning behind it, and felt it applied to a lot of the subject matter in our new material. It’s a pretty dark album with themes of death, pain, sorrow, regret and loneliness.”

How was the recording and writing process?

“We spent the entire month of May in Portland recording with Ryan Furlott of Rain City Audio, and we seriously had the time of our lives. Honestly, we probably partied way too much! I can’t say enough about how great it’s been to work with Ryan. He’s one of the most talented guys I’ve ever met, and he’s just a genuinely good person. I’d imagine he was probably getting sick of our Sling Blade jokes and constantly drunken state, so we appreciate him putting up with us for a month.”

Your music is a bit of a callback the mid 2000´s emo – is that a coincidence or you intended to make a band that sounded that way?

“I’m not going to say it was intentional, but I also can’t say it was an accident. I personally draw a lot of influence from bands like Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Bright Eyes… all definitely fit in the “2000’s emo” category. We all look up to different bands, and I think that diversity has played a huge role in shaping our sound.”

Any plans to hit the road?

“Yeah! We’re working out a spring tour with our incredible label mates in Dayseeker. We’re super stoked to be playing the “South By So What” festival in March. There are some HUGE names on that bill and it’s definitely going to be a new and exciting experience for us. We’re also planning more of a DIY tour in the late spring with our good buddies in The Family Bed.”

What else is happening next in Hazing´s world?

“There’s a new Hazing single/music video coming out later this month! Right now we’re working out our set and writing new material, playing a few shows here and there. We’ve got a lot to look forward to, and at the moment we’re just kind of waiting for things to unfold.”

 

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