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INTERVIEW: Greaver

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

Thanks for having us. We’ve been fantastic! As you could imagine gearing up for the release of our first full length record, we’ve been so excited!

Can you talk to us more about your single “A Poisoned Well”?

A Poisoned Well is an interesting starting point (lyrically) for the album, because it’s told from the perspective of a murder victim. I really wanted to touch down on the intensity of romance and then launch the story from there. Musically we feel it does a pretty good job representing a lot of the elements you’ll find of the record, which is one of the main reasons it was chosen as the first song to release. It’s got an intensity and speed to it that makes it a ton of fun to play live.

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

Rather than one particular event, you could say that my past in general is not only what inspired the writing of this song, but the record itself. I know that in 2016, race is a hot topic that can be rather difficult to talk about a lot of the time. Despite the frequency of the racial debates at hand, this isn’t a new topic for me whatsoever. I wanted to write something that would be relate-able for both me and the other vocalist, and our race ended up being a pretty central spot to connect on. The goal was to write an album that was poetically racial, but could bring about empathy and understanding from people of all backgrounds, bringing the point at which we all intersect, into the light.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We’ve been discussing which songs from the record we’d like to have a video component for and A Poisoned Well is definitely one of them. Not only is it our first single, it also plays an important role in setting the stage for the story the record is based off of. The lyrics for the track, and really the story itself, are pretty dark and we feel it’ll be a great candidate for an intense and spooky video where those themes can visually come alive.

The single comes off your new album The Faun – what’s the story behind the title?

The Faun is a Pan’s Labyrinth reference actually. In Pan’s Labyrinth, The Faun rolls in like a haunting mist, and throughout the story, he continues to provoke the main character into multiple different scenarios. What I admire most about his character, is that he’s never identified as being a protagonist or antagonist. In fact, arguably he doesn’t even exist. He acts as a force of nature, guiding her through her pre-destined fate. Leon, is one of the album’s main characters, and is the spirit that is narrating during A Poisoned Well and Earth Rune.  Leon’s memory acts as “The Faun” from the movie, guiding every decision that Morgan (The female main character) makes.

How was the recording and writing process?

We were able to do a lot more preproduction when writing The Faun than with any of our previous releases, which we think really helped transform the songs into the best version of themselves they can be. Since our drummer Travis handled the recording of all our previous material and has a recording rig at his house, we were able to have full demo versions of near every track weeks before we went into Warrior Sound to actually record. This allowed all of us to hear the different parts together and determine what could be tweaked to make the songs be as effective as possible in terms of translating the emotion of the story. That process in and of itself is a huge reason the record sounds the way it does and we think it heavily contributed to a cohesive flow.

What was it like to work with Al Jacob and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Al at Warrior Sound was such a pleasure! Seriously, Al is one of the greatest dudes. Super funny and easy going, and he has a great ear. He was able to push us to get the best performances we’ve ever gotten when recording. He also knows how to kill it with the awesome gear he’s got, so it’s amazing to hear our tracks grow from the super rough demos to the polished and professional studio versions that Al was able to help us achieve.  It’s kind of funny how we ended up getting cool with Al. On top of being the life of the party, Al is a regular at one of the spots that I bartend at. We would joke around and talk trash with one another all the time, at which point I found out his rates and things got serious!

How much did he get to influence the album?

Al’s sonic footprint is definitely all over the record. The story concept and lyrics were mostly solidified before we entered the studio, but he definitely had some influential suggestions regarding pulling certain things that were a little unnecessary and didn’t contribute as much to the feel and purpose of the songs. Because of that I think his influence is best heard in what’s not there rather than what is. In a 3 guitar, multi-vocalist band, it’s easy for there to be too much going on, and he helped us identify moments where the record should breathe by one or more of our layers either dropping out or just taking a back seat in the mix. Essentially he’s a master of trimming the fat while retaining 100% impact.

With new era we can expect a departure from your previous sound?

Quite the opposite! We’re bringing the real Screamo back. Sit tight!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Similar to my previous response to the question about the single, I wanted to write a sad, racial, love story. To be honest, it kind of wrote itself.

Any plans to hit the road?

ABSOLUTELTY. We’re going to be making an announcement about all that in less than a week actually!

What else is happening next in Greaver’s world?

More music, more video games, and so much tour life, man.

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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