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INTERVIEW: Storytown

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

We are doing great, thank you.  We much appreciate VENTS’ interest in STORYTOWN.

Can you talk to us more about your song “I Am More Than This”?

[Songwriter Guy Story responds] This song is about a relationship in which the singer feels trapped and unappreciated.  The singer feels like his or her partner has narrow and inflexible expectations.  The song started with a simple guitar riff and verse melody and grew from there.  For me, usually the melody and chords come first, then the lyrics, which are the hardest.  At first the chorus melody and lyrics seemed too simple and obvious – as if maybe they weren’t worthy.  Now I realize that this heartfelt simplicity is one of the songs biggest strengths.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Even though the lyrics work for many kinds of relationships, this song was inspired by a break-up in an “employment” relationship – leaving a job.

How was the recording and writing process?

[Songwriter/bandleader Guy Story responds] Typically, once the chords and melody (and distinctive riffs) are finished, I create home demos that lay out the basic arrangement and feel of the song.  I send the demo and lead sheets to the band and, then we rehearse the song and refine the arrangement.  Each band member brings his own approach to the song and improves it.  The structure of this song changed after the band worked on it collectively.

As for the recording, we recorded the basic tracks live, as a 4-piece band, and then various overdubs were added in subsequent sessions.  Charly actually added an additional keyboard part from home and sent them via the Internet.

What role does New York play in your music?

Well, it’s our home, and to be honest, we couldn’t have assembled a band composed of such great and accomplished members in many other places.  New York is also a double-edged sword – lots of places to play, but bands bands bands everywhere all the time.  It can be tough to establish yourselves.

How has REM and Talking Heads influenced your writing?

[Songwriter/bandleader Guy Story responds] That’s very hard to say.  Of course I love both bands. I do like for each song to have its own feel and personality, and I try to avoid “sameness” from one song to the next.  There’s no real plan, no intent to sound like anybody.  I love a wild variety of music and bands, and I feel like I’ve been absorbing influences all my life.  I really couldn’t tell you who “I Am More Than This” sounds like – maybe I’m too close to it.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

In fact we do plan to release a full album or twelve songs.  Almost all the tracks are recorded, and we are deep into the mixing process right now.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Like with the single, a mid-February release is our goal.  The title will almost certainly be “Welcome to STORYTOWN”.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have no plans to hit the road.  If at some point we had a great opportunity in another city, we are open to it.

What else is happening next in Storytown´s world?

We want to continue improving as a live band.  And more songs of course.  More more more.

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