INTERVIEW: Save The Clocktower

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

Great! We’re so excited to be releasing new music.

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

We started out with just the synths and drums as this electro dance track, and as we kept adding more layers, it started to get really funky.  First with the vocals and then with the bass and guitar coming towards the end.  It ended up being something really unique yet catchy, which is what we always strive for.

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

The song is really inspired by the things you do or think about when you’re alone; the type of things you wouldn’t tell anyone about.

Any plans to release a video for this single?

Definitely a lyric video.  We really enjoyed making our video for Like That, so maybe down the road.

Why naming your new record after this track in particular?

It’s our favorite track on the EP.  Not to mention it’s a cool title and a title you don’t just brush off.  That word has a strong meaning; it’s definitely an attention getter.

Why taking so long on releasing this new material?

We played a lot of shows after Through the Glass and the album kept getting positive attention for a couple years after releasing.  Around that time we had to work in a new bass player and get everything up to speed.  We’ve had new material in the works for 3 years, but our production process was just much slower this time around because our expectations for ourselves keep getting higher. We still don’t feel like we’ve produced the best music we’re really capable of making, so we’ll keep pushing until we do.

How was the recording and writing process?

We reworked every track in the EP 2 or 3 times before things really started clicking.  Our process is kind of crazy because we’ll start with one part from one instrument or sound, and everybody will build off it one part at a time in the studio.  We’ll take things home and listen to it for a while, then get back into the studio and tweak it, and repeat the process until we’re happy with it.

What role does Chicago plays in your music?

Chicagoans aren’t easily impressed, especially when it comes to music, and we have that same attitude when we hit the stage or the studio.  People aren’t going to come see you play when it’s below zero unless you’re really good.  Chicago makes us strive for greatness, so in that sense, it’s made us who we are.

What taboos get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

We have to leave a little to the imagination.  What do you do when no one’s home?

Any plans to hit the road?

We have some things in the works for this summer, so stay tuned.

What else is happening next in Save The Clocktower’s world?

There definitely won’t be a long gap after Taboo before more new music hits.

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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