INTERVIEW: The Colossal Heads
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Tony (lead vocals/guitars): we’ve been good, busy writing and planning, but good. Lots of great things happening behind closed doors right now.
Can you talk to us more about your single “Mammoths”?
T: For me, it was a lyrical portrayal of the vast array of powers that be (or Mammoths, I suppose), and how the future of struggling artists or the working class are not exactly in their best interest.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
T: This was more of a storm that had been brewing for some time. Media, politics, the job market, all factors that inspired it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
T: We have a lot of video plans, this song included, but it’s more of a timing issue at the moment. When a video is ready, the world will know.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
T: We feel like this track musically and lyrically created a good backdrop for our current direction.
How was the recording and writing process?
T: The music for this collection of songs was more or less an even 3 way split, we all obviously write our own parts but as far as structures and melodies, I’ve stopped keeping track of who sparked what at this point. Sometimes I will have a song almost 100 percent done when I show it to the guys, but that wasn’t the case with this EP. We’re a rock band that wrote rock songs together. As for the recording process, Louis Cressy is brilliant. Extremely comfortable to work with, he did a great job of opening up studio space and sharpening the dull bladed the whole time. Really kept our focus up and sonically brought out the best in us. Also, we love drinking gallons of coffee. So there’s that.
What role does the 90s rock music plays in your music?
T: It’s an influence, nothing more. We get musical influences from many genres and time periods, but there’s no denying there is an early and mid 90’s love affair in the DNA of what we’re creating. It was a good period for music and it’s one I would like to keep relevant while we are making our own music.
What was it like to work with Louis Cressy and how did that relationship develop?
T: So as luck would have it, Louis is Kyle’s uncle, which is more than convenient for us. He heard our demos and was happy to help us move forward by way of recording (he also recorded our first EP). As I’ve already mentioned, he’s a creative, open minded, driven individual and we were lucky to have him. Not to mention he’s a killer musician himself who has also recorded other local groups around Baytown, TX.
How much did he get to influence the EP?
T: Honestly, his musical influence was a minor one. Not to say he didn’t have some stellar input here and there, but we are pretty dead set on having pretty much complete artistic input.
How has DIY style and experiences have influence your music?
T: It’s like this, we write music with no specific sound or goal. If it sounds killer and we like it, it stays. If we don’t impress ourselves, the song gets tossed. Current music has very little influence. As for experiences, there’s a few things and places we’ve been on tour that have dictated some writing and style, but it’s still minimal.
Any plans to hit the road?
T: There are plans, but once again timing is everything. When it’s time to leave, we’ll know, and we’ll go.
What else is happening next in The Colossal Heads’ world?
T: We’ve almost lost count of how many new songs we’ve written since this new EP was recorded, and inevitable those songs will be recorded as well. Just a lot of infrastructure being built right now. It’s exciting and also frustrating keeping a lid on the plans, but like all great things, will be “worth the wait in gold.”