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INTERVIEW: Jon and Roy

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

We’ve been really busy lately touring the country (Canada), spreading the new music, braving the colder parts of the country, finding choice coffee shops, sweating at various hotel gyms, playing a card game called ‘Lambsy,’ discussing books, yelling at the TV while watching hockey, eating gourmet shawarmas, etc.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Come Again¨?  

Ya, I (Jon) wrote the track after singing a bit with this girl I was pursuing at the time.  I was inspired to write the song as something a guy and girl could sing together, but as it turned out it worked as a ‘Jon and Roy’ song and so we put it on the album.   The lyrics themselves came from an amalgamation of personal feelings and discussions I’d had with friends around that time about love, etc.  The main lyrical theme is the idea of being wounded in love and being able to overcome that and accept love as something new and yet familiar at the same time; to let go of old hang ups, reservations and fears, and be in love.

Who came up with the idea for the video concept and how was the experience putting it together and working with public domain footage?

Roy’s brother-in-law is a video editor and we were looking at ways of including old archival footage and linking it to our music. Since people are often finding music through Youtube, we figured that we’d love to accompany the music with footage. The editor’s name is Howard Nirenberg. He also put our video for ‘Ripples’ together.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording ‘Riverside’ was the first time we ventured off the island to record. The previous five albums were recorded at Blue Heron Studios but we were trying to push ourselves out of our comfort zone on this one.  We rented a really awesome studio named Greehouse studios for four days and just got down to business. On the way there, Roy’s car actually broke down right in front of the studio… So, we interpreted that as a good omen. They were long days but recording (most of) nearly the entire album in a short span seemed to capture the energy we were hoping for.

Tell us a bit about Riverside, your new album out now.

All the songs on Riverside were written and based around the electric guitar, specifically this old Gibson that I borrowed from our manager. It has a unique sound and so it brought a unique feel to the album and the songs.   There is more of driving energy in these tunes and some of that definitely comes from the use of that guitar.   We were also in the mood to write some songs that were a little longer and more about the energy and feel and less about verse chorus verse structure.  Definitely a slightly darker tinge to some of the record.

Any plans to hit the road?

The plans for the new year are to continue getting our music out there and hopefully playing for some fresh ears. We will definitely do some shows at some of our favourite spots in B.C. and Alberta but we are also looking to venture to the U.S. to finally go out and play for some of the fans that message us all the time…. Colorado, down the West Coast….

What else is happening next in Jon and Roy´s world?

We are all busy with other things in our lives but we are always constantly inspired to be working on new music and writing and jamming.   Perhaps we will wait a little longer to release something again, but another collection of music will likely be coming in the near future.

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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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