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INTERVIEW: Watch For Horses

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

-Hello VENTS! Been great. Thank you for taking interest in our little band. Very kind of you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Envy”?

-Well, I recently discovered that Envy was conceived on April Fool’s day, 2015, which has nothing to do with the actual song itself. The song is different than any song we have ever written thus far. There is quite a bit of intensity in the intro that doesn’t really exist in our other songs. It’s certainly a lot of fun to play live. Makes me excited to see what we may come up with in the future.

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

-This is such a cop-out response so please forgive me. I have always been a firm believer in not giving away too much about the story behind the meaning of the song because I like the idea of people developing their own interpretation. I will say that out of the three of us that have written lyrics for these Watch for Horses songs, Julio and Jay being the other two, I personally tend to be drawn to negative lyrics in an upbeat song. There must be something about the irony of it all. At least for this particular song.

Any plans to release a video for this single in particular?

-There are plans! We are planning the details right now and some live performance videos in the works as well. More to come very very soon!

The single comes off your new EP – any title in mind?

-Yes! Soon to be announced. I swear! Haha

How was the recording and writing process?

-This EP is unique in the sense that it’s compiled of 2 old songs, 2 not so old songs, and 2 brand new songs. Envy, is one of those 2 new songs. This wasn’t premeditated or anything, at the end of the day it was what felt right. When we started selecting what songs we wanted to be included in the new record we were just aiming for the best ones at the time. We wrote these songs at different times throughout the last four and a half years of our band, so it will be interesting to see who can guess what song came from which time period. The recording process on the other hand was great. We went back to Revolution 9 studios to work with our good friend Daniel Ballistocky who helped us record out first EP “Evil Kid”. We were very inexperienced the first time around, so working with him now was easier and more difficult at the same time. It’s great to record in a familiar place because it feels like home, but the quality we aimed for was much higher so the self applied pressure was on. Each time we go into the studio it’s a learning process. We learn more about the songs, as a band, and ourselves as musicians. Danny knows just how to deal with our shenanigans.

What was it like to work with James Torres and how did that relationship develop?

-Working with James was pretty seamless. I have known him for something like 9 years now? Holy hell.. He was a musician and a friend I admired because of everything he had accomplished with Funeral Party. I would tag along at his performances and get to see some of the things he did and hear stories about touring, recording, and the industry. All of that information kind helped me stay vigilante when it came to the shady people out there who want to exploit young bands. We grew up around the same area and the whole band just gets along really well with him personally and sonically.

How much did he get to influence the album?

-James is the master of tones it seems like. If you listen to his work with Funeral Party, the amount of value he would get with his single guitar was incredible and unique for the style of music they played. He worked pretty closely with Julio at creating guitar tones and breaking out of a certain comfort zone. He helped toy with samples and ideas to add to the songs that bring out a certain cinematic element. His influence is subtle, but his presence in the studio was really encouraging.

What role does The Strokes and Two Door Cinema Club plays in your music?

-I think our band is kind of funny because you often hear other bands say that they all have similar interest in music that they listen to and in some cases that’s what brought them together. For our band it’s a little different. We all listen to very different things. It can be classic rock, jazz, oldies, rap, or pop. The one thing I will say is that we all love The Strokes and that’s undeniable. Two Door Cinema club is another band we enjoy, but I don’t know that it was really influential in the formative years. Both bands are pretty great and if you’d aspire to be anything like them, it’s a damn good thing.

Any plans to hit the road?

-We will be hitting the road for a show on March 12th in Austin, TX at the Love Goat presented by our label Wiretap Records. Playing with a lot bands including our local friends in the Pocket Rockets. So if you have any Texas readers out there, come by and check us out!

What else is happening next in Watch For Horses’ world?

-Well, we will be getting this EP out very soon and that will be a huge relief. We are anxious to share what we have been doing for the last several months. What will follow is a lot of shows. Ideally we would like to start diving in to the festival world and definitely hit the road a lot more. So be sure to follow us on all the social media plugs and we will keep you updated on what is to come!

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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