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INTERVIEW: Thunderbolt & Lightfoot

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

Hi! We’ve been great, thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Miss Me”?

‘Miss Me’ was our attempt at a classic country song, a la George Jones era. The song is about wanting to get back with your ex but realizing perhaps that’s not a great idea. We were aiming for a somewhat sparse arrangement and mix on the recording, while maintaining a nice groove underneath- kind of a smokey, dimly lit bar vibe.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not really. I (Sarah) actually wrote part of the first verse while cleaning my bathroom. It was one of those times when the melody and lyric just kind of came to me. Those first few lines were enough to spur a story to explore. The verses came pretty quickly but I did get stumped on the chorus. Luckily Phil saved the day with a killer chorus.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Not at this point. Gotta find that perfect smokey, dimly lit bar first…

The single comes off your new album Songs For Mixed Company – what’s the story behind the title?

The title was something we thought was funny, but also was a good intention to have out there while creating the album. We liked the idea of people putting it on at a cocktail party.

How was the recording and writing process? 

We’re always writing, so we picked what we thought were our ten best songs and set up shop at La Luna Recording and Sound in Kalamazoo, with our good friend Ian Gorman. We also brought in Micheal Fuerst as co-producer, as well as some of our musician friends to flesh out a few of the arrangements. Basic tracks were recorded live, followed by overdubs depending on the needs of the song. The only track that we recorded live with vocals is the album closer “Dearly Beloved”.

What role does Kalamazoo play in your writing? 

Kalamazoo is the original home of Gibson guitars, there’s something in the DNA of the town that compels people to create. You can’t swing a cat without hitting an amazing artist or musician.

How has Damien Rice and Fleetwood Mac have influence your music?

We have a soft spot for bleeding hearts… and guitars.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Every song is different, but it usually involves scribbling on napkins or on the back of a piece of mail when inspiration comes. It might come from a personal experience, current events, a conversation, or something a friend is going through. We try not to be too specific in the lyrics, allowing people to have their own interpretations.

Any plans to hit the road?

Nothing extensive, Michigan has an incredible music scene. While we would love to tour nationally as well as overseas, it doesn’t make sense for us at this point. Definitely something we are working towards.

What else is happening next in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot’s world? 

We are always trying to think a few steps ahead as far as writing/recording and performing, but for now our main focus is promoting the new release. And researching smokey, dimly lit bars. Thanks VENTS!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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