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INTERVIEW: Bad Mary

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

We are great! We’re super pumped about our two new EPs, and doing very well as a band. We’re on the stage quite a bit and our listeners are loving the new tunes.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Creeper¨?

Mike first came up with the idea for creeper about an ex girlfriend he had. Mike’s ex was very much about trying to control his future, AFTER, she had split with him, and Amanda could commiserate over similar issues. Also, there are creepers everywhere!  Wouldn’t it be great if some of those people just left us alone…and kinda let us do our own things. It worked out pretty well for Mike and Amanda in the end.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

Just a bunch of old stories, things to laugh over. Stupid stuff we found important in our late teens. It’s funny how much importance you put in that type of stuff. It was inspired by a collection of events that kinda frustrated Mike and Amanda in old relationships. Things that seem ridiculous now.

The single comes off your new album We Could Have Save The World – what´s the story behind the title?

We were taking promo pictures for the new EPs at an old, abandoned, modern ruin in NY. There’s typically a lot of graffiti in these places.  We walked into one room and saw “We Could Have RULED The World” written all over the walls. We liked the sound of it, but we all decided that “Ruled” didn’t quite fit. We changed “Ruled”  to “Saved,” and it gave the EP a bit of a dark hope.

How was the recording and writing process?

Absolutely amazing! We love writing music together. While each individual member of Bad Mary will typically write the skeleton of a song, it’s when we all add our flair to it that a song will take shape and become ours. Writing is fun, though sometimes frustrating when you can’t figure out a good bridge.

Recording is just as great. We love working with Matt Storm at Studio G in brooklyn. The guy knows his stuff! He also really knows how to get the best out of us. He pushes us when we need to be pushed, gives us space when we need to chill, and knows when we’re playing our best. We hope to work with Matt continuously in the future. He’s great.

What was it like to work with Matt Storm and how did that relationship develop?

It’s amazing. He found us through the internet, and we just hit it off. Matt is great at what he does, and he’s also just a really cool guy. Working with him at Stuido G has been a gift!

How much did he get to influence the album?

He definitely made us a lot stronger. He wanted us to sound our absolute best, and he knew when we didn’t play something 110%.  Matt also helped us find the best possible ways to develop or songs. All of his ideas that he threw around in the studio added so much to these tracks. He’s a dude who knows his punk, and it’s great to get his input. He’s not shy, and he tells you when you gotta do something better, write something better, or just think more musically. His influence is all over these tracks, and we couldn’t have asked for a better producer.

Did you initially intended to make an 70s Punk influenced band or how did that come about?

When we first started out in 2010, playing covers, we were drawn to songs by Blondie, Ramones, Talking Heads, and The Police. This band is very influenced by the 1970s. It just worked so well with how Bill plays his drums, David plays guitar, and Amanda’s very Debbie Harry-ish vocals. It fits like a dream. We also all love the NY scene from the 1970s and wish a similar scene existed today! If we could bring CBGB back, we would.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re hoping to hit the road a little bit in the coming months. Right now we’re working on some weekend micro-tours in the North East. We hope to do some light touring in the Spring, but we’re not sure what the Summer holds for us yet! So stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Bad Mary´s world?

We’re already hard at work writing new music for what will become our NEXT EP. For now though, we want to play this stuff live. We want to rock out to our new songs, and we hope our audiences love it.

 

About RJ Frometa

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