Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thank you for having us! We’ve been well!
Can you talk to us more about your song “Analog Mind Bender”?
Sure thing! “Analog Mind Bender” was one of the first songs written for this new album. I was experimenting with tunings and noodling around a bit. The riff just kind of jumped out, and my brother Mark came into the room as was like “I think that could turn into something really special”. The song really took on a new character when the rest of the guys began coming up with parts while recording at Pachyderm Recording Studios in Cannon Falls, MN. Mike’s guitar parts and Scott’s bass lines add a lot to the sound. I remember being in the control room while Jim was tracking the guitar solo, and at one point midway through a take we all just looked at each other and began cracking up because we were blown away at what he was coming up with!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Musically speaking no. I just thought it had a cool sound to it…something you could bounce your head to. Lyrically speaking however, the passing of my grandpa inspired a lot of songs on the record. “Analog Mind Bender” is about being overwhelmed by loss and the constant stresses of life which can make you feel a bit foggy, and like you are losing your mind a bit.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
We are working on a treatment now, and are hoping to have something soon.
Why name the album after this particular track?
The name of the song sounded cool to everyone, so I thought it would make a killer album title.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording at Pachyderm was an absolutely amazing experience. Something none of us will ever forget. We tracked from February 13th through the 15th of 2016. Nick Tveitbakk was an amazing engineer to work with. I wanted the drums to sound massive, but raw and real at the same time. He setup something like 13 mics and really hit it out of the park. No samples or pitch-correction was used either. In terms of writing I wrote all the lyrics last which is something I hadn’t done prior. Previously I would start with lyrics and then write the music, but I like starting with the music and then lyrics much better.
How did the iconic environment of the studio influence the sound?
Some of our favorite records; ones that we grew up listening to were made in that studio. Actually being there and hearing the room reverberate while you were playing was a surreal experience. You could definitely feel the history in the walls, and it felt like you were apart of something special. It was like you were walking in the same footsteps as those who came before you, and that bled into the sound of the album for sure. On top of that getting Bob Ludwig to master the record was the icing on the cake. That was all made possible by our label Aqualung Records and owner Jeff Fiedler.
What role does NJ plays in your music?
New Jersey is home for us and a ton of great music has come from our state. Knowing that inspires us to try to continue that legacy.
What aspect of love and suffering did you get to explore on this album?
Watching my grandpa slowly get sicker and sicker, and my grandma’s Alzheimer’s slowly erase her memory was devastating to my whole family. However their love for each other endured even after death. It’s something so sad yet so beautiful. My mom was also my grandpa’s caretaker and still is my grandma’s. Seeing her selfless love for them was a great witness to how powerful true love can be, even during the worst situations.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are trying to arrange everyone’s schedules at the moment. We all still work day jobs for a living. However, we are definitely going to tour within the next year or so.
What else is happening next in Dust of Days?
For the foreseeable future we will be promoting Analog Mind Bender and then after that work will start on a new record. There is around 18 new song ideas so far and I’m eager to hear what they turn into.