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INTERVIEW: Spirit Animal

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

Never been better.

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

It’s a big, fun song about loving what you’ve got but still yearning for more.

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

When you’re chasing something you want badly, whether it’s in music or not, the balancing act between being satisfied and staying hungry is everything. There wasn’t a specific event that inspired the song, it resulted from observing people (ourselves included) pursuing their ideas, and stepping out to say “we can do something new.”

The single comes off your new EP World War IV – what’s the story behind the title?

World War IV is the information war. Everybody has a message or an agenda, something they believe in or something they’re promoting. We all want to cut through the noise. Music plays a huge role in this, providing some good news “yin” to the bad news “yang” (especially online!). The bombs on the album cover are our contribution, some rock and pop for the people.

How was the recording and writing process?

It took many forms and happened over many months, but we were fortunate to find an engineer who “got” our vision, so recording went off without a hitch even when songs were created in different ways (purely live, for instance, or based around production elements like beat programming). We got to work with an incredible mixer, Mark Needham, who really put the sonic cherry on top. Our goal is to make classic songwriting work in exciting ways with modern production. We want to keep the curveballs coming.

Any plans to hit the road?

South by Southwest is going to be amazing this year. That’s where we’ll be next.

What else is happening next in Spirit Animal’s world?

Music videos are one of our favorite things to make. The video for “Regular World” is done, and we’re super pumped to share it soon. The producers (Acres) and director (Shal Ngo) and whole cast were fantastic. We’re shooting “Big Bad Road Dog” next, which is off of ‘World War IV’ as well. That shit potentially cray.

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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