Hello to you Vents Magazine. We’ve been really really good. This is a charming place you have here by the way.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Anything Worse”?
That would be lovely, what would you like to know?
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Anything Worse was written as a reaction to apathy in our culture. I’m not sure it was one event that inspired me to write it. I think it was more of a buildup of events over my lifetime. I feel like apathy has plagued us as Americans ever since I was a kid and I’m frustrated by its persistence. So I wrote a song about it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not at this point but it could happen. We just shot a video for our next single, Cinders In The Breeze, so that will be out soon but as of now we don’t have a video for Anything Worse.
The single comes off your new album What Is There To Talk About – what’s the story behind the title?
What Is There To Talk About is a lyric from one of the tracks on the EP. It’s kind of tong and cheek because I feel like there are so many things in our culture that need to be discussed and worked out. At the same time, it’s as if we can’t figure out a way to have a conversation around them for fear of starting an argument or offending someone. So we struggle to make safe little small talk instead which lasts a little while until you hit that lull in the conversation and it’s like “well what is there to talk about?”
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was fantastic. Brian Speaker (Jeffrey Lewis, The Femdom’s) produced us. He was incredibly easy to work with because he can communicate so well. I don’t have any formal musical training so it was great to work with someone who can communicate without needing all the proper musical jargon in order to be creative. Jeff Lipton (Arcade Fire, Dropkick Murphys, LCD Soundsystem) did the mastering. He made the tracks sound real big and full. In terms of writing, that is something that I’m constantly doing. I’m always sketching something down at inappropriate times or whenever the mood strikes me. So the writing process is just this never ending stretch of time. I’m still in it as far as I’m concerned.
How grungy can we expect this album to be?
Ha. That’s a really good question! How grungy can we expect this album to be? Well I think some people will pick out parts of the record and relate it to grunge or punk and other people will pick out parts that they relate to the blues. We didn’t intend to make a “grunge” record per se, but what I liked about a lot of the 90’s grunge bands is that they were able to mix genres and create something that sounded new. So in that sense I think you’ll find it pretty damn grungy. There’s a lot of loud / soft dynamic and it’s a raw record.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Inspiration comes from all around us all the time. That’s why I’m always writing. Whenever I get stuck on a song or lyrics I remind myself that there will always be something new to draw from and not to get freaked out. So this EP was inspired by all kinds of life experiences from the most exciting, like new love, to the most mundane, like waiting for the bus.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes we’ll be on the road in December & early January. So far we’re playing Asbury Park NJ (12/29/16), Ottawa ON (1/7/17), Boston MA (1/11/17), Buffalo NY (1/12/17), Philadelphia PA (1/13/17) & Norwich CT (1/14/17). Go to our website www.thefallingbirds.com for more show dates as we add them in the new year.
What else is happening next in The Falling Birds’ world?
We have way too much stuff to come! It’s hard for our machine to churn it all out to be honest. First we are going to release another single called Let’s Rewind, followed by our EP release What Is There To Talk About and a brand new video for our track Cinders In The Breeze. We’ve got 3 or 4 new recorded songs in the vault which we still have to release, and another EP or two of material still left to be recorded. Plus we’re booking more dates for 2017 as we get closer to the new year.