Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! We’ve been good. Busy! But doing really well.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track “Turning Point?”
Of course. “Turning Point” the name and “Turning Point” the meaning are kind of two different things. In name, “Turning Point” started as kind of an experiment in a new writing process for us. It was one of the first times we all sat down together and wrote through the song as a group. Typically, things get pieced together as each person brings their own flavor to the table, but this one was kind of a group effort start to finish. Originally, there were so many pieces and parts floating around, it was hard to see it as a single song. But eventually it really took shape. And now it stands for something very important to us. As far as what its about—we’re not sure what you know already—but the song is really about taking the big leap and not losing sight of who you are and what you really stand for. Not letting the outside forces of the world change you into something you’re not, making sure you stay true to yourself, and keeping your innocence…
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
… It’s not necessarily inspired a singular event. But more by a realization that the best way is to to live is by being genuine to yourself and to those around you. And the sooner you figure that out, the better off you are to find true innocence and happiness.
Why name the EP after this track in particular?
This EP kind of represents our own turning point. Our changing creative process, our big move from Florida to California—the album art is actually a from a night on the road, during the move, somewhere in Texas—and just a reminder to ourselves to stay true to who we are. To us, it just made sense to name the second EP after such a pivotal moment in our lives as a band and as musicians.
How was the recording and writing process?
The songs on this EP were written over a large period of time. One of the songs was the third we ever worked on. But it took about a year of refining before it really took shape. Overall, it was probably a year and a half to two years of writing to narrow things down and really refine these tracks. In our typical writing, one of us brings an idea to the table and kind of lays out the groundwork. Then, as we kind of jam on it and brainstorm, we each bring in new elements to the song. Whether that’s song structure, rhythms, or mood, we each have a hand in some part of the process. To us, this EP is exciting because the songs on it really show growth in our songwriting. They’re a really good representation of us working as a unit and collective voice. It’s the closest we’ve come to sound like us, as strange as that may sound. Once we had song forms, melodies, and lyrics pretty well locked in, recording was a fairly whirlwind process. It always seems to go by too fast for us anyway. We turned to Daryl Phenneger of A1A Studios and FTGC Studios in Jacksonville, Fla. to be our engineer and help us produce it. We worked with Daryl on the first EP and there’s no way we weren’t coming back and working with him again. He has this way of really capturing what we want our sound to be, even if we can’t describe it to him. Unfortunately, Michael got sick on the third day in the studio, after we had tracked all of the drums, bass, and guitars, so we had to push vocals back. But it gave us some time to hang out with Daryl and really connect with him beyond the fast passed, all work studio environment. And that closeness really comes through in these songs. After a couple more trips back to the studio for vocals and mixing, we had a solid four songs ready to go. Initially we kind of intended for that to be it for this EP. But then we started writing “Endless.” “Endless” came together so quickly and so easily. It was probably the most excited we’d been about what we were writing in a few months— at the time. And with its sound and the story it told, there was no way we were leaving it off of this record. So we headed back in to the studio to record that as well.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs on the album?
Beyond “Turning Point,” a lot of the album deals with love and loss and the struggles of knowing what you want, but having it just out of reach. “Love from Somewhere” really takes inspiration from that idea: You know where you want to go, you know where you want to be, but for some reason you just can’t seem to reach it. It’s that feeling you have in a dream where you can feel where it’s headed, but for whatever reason you just can’t do anything about it. “To the Bitter End” is about the struggle to stay with someone you can’t help loving, even though you know it’s not good for either of you. It’s about being so hard-headed that you force a toxic relationship to its absolute breaking point. “Endless” is kind of the continuation of that narrative. Once it you can’t take it any further and you have to finally call things what they are, things end. Sometimes dramatically. The title’s blatantly ironic. Calling something endless when it’s clearly about the end.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! This new EP is coming out sometime in late Winter and we’re hoping to put together a handful of dates following it’s release and into the Spring. We might stick to the West Coast initially, but we’re hoping we can make it back east soon as well.
What else is happening next in Story’s End’s world?
More shows and more writing! The move out to Los Angeles has been really exciting and inspiring. We’re already starting the writing process again. Things are a long way from ready to be played, but it’s hard not to create, when the inspiration keeps coming in. Between that and trying to play as many shows as we can, we’re not slowing down any time soon.