*Questions answered by Vocalist – Brandon Roman
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Pretty good! Excited for the EP release and excited to let people hear what we’ve been working on. Just a great time for us all.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stalemate”?
It’s the first song the new line-up wrote together as a whole really proud of this track. We were in a position where we were all under pressure to finish the record and this song just came so naturally for us. If you’re a newer listener, I’d say this song is the first you should hear.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Lyrically this song was inspired from my own past experiences, one that involved a really abusive relationship I had. It’s a declaration to better days and moving forward.
Any plans to release a video to go along with the single?
Yes actually, and we’re stoked to have people view it. We dive into some of the realities of depression and I think it’s something people will be into.
The single comes off your new album The Breakneck Road – what’s the story behind the title?
The single “Stalemate” is all about me letting go of my past and the title ‘Breakneck Road’ is actually the name of the street I grew up on for half of my childhood
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording with Kevin is a lot like having a big brother who has no problem encouraging you and giving great criticism. He pushes us really hard to do the best we can. Without him our records probably wouldn’t sound the same. The writing process was probably one of the most stressful things we’ve endured. We lost an original member along with a song about a month before recording, but the pressure gave us the single “Stalemate” so it was totally worth it.
What was it like to work with Kevin Billingslea and Davey Muise? How did those relationships develop?
It was awesome and we loved every second of it. I had spoken to Davey at a show that Vanna played at Santos Party House and they had just released their Preying/Purging EP. I had asked him who he recorded with and a few minutes later I got Kevin’s information. After recording our first record I spoke to Davey to give him the record he helped me get recorded and then offered to come work with us on ‘Breakneck Road.’ I have to say I’ve been a fan of his band for a long while so the whole experience was amazing.
How much did they get to influence the album?
They definitely guided us but wanted us to still sound like “us” so they did tons but didn’t get too involved with the writing itself.
What struggles inspire the lyrics on this record?
The past, doubt of the present and fear of the future.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have a couple of summer runs and we’ll be playing the tri-state area/New England area.
What else is happening next in To Live As Wolves’ world?
More writing, more shows and we really wanna take the time to get out there and hone our sound and performance.
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