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INTERVIEW: Happy Hollows

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

Hi Vents! We have been good. We just released a video for our new song “Way Home” and we are getting ready to go on tour with Lucius in May.

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

“Way Home” is a song we recorded with producer Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Fools Gold). It was actually the first song we recorded in the studio with Lewis for this album. We did it all live in one take, with no overdubs. The synths were “preprogrammed” in Ableton and sent out via MIDI to live synths as we played the song.

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

I had been on the road for a long time, and I came home to find that everything that defined home for me had changed. A lot was collapsing all around me. My boyfriend and I broke up, we parted ways with our manager, a lot was changing and it was so painful.  I found myself feeling more “homesick” than ever upon my arrival back home.

How was the film experience? 

The film experience was incredible! We toured the UK and our friend Eric Kelly came along and filmed everything in order to make the video. He also filmed us recording the song live in the studio. The parts of the video where I am singing are the actual take you hear in the song. We allowed Eric into every aspect of our recording and touring life, so that he could capture a lot of personal moments. He took all of that footage and put it together for the video. The video he made is truly special for us.  It is more than a video in many ways, it’s like looking back on a scrapbook of our band at a certain point in time.  We are really happy to share something so personal and authentic. It is just real. No makeup, no pretending, it is just a peek into who we really are, and the experiences we have really had.

How did you come up with the series of singles? 

We thought we would try it out. We released “Astrid” in the UK and “Way Home” worldwide. We are going to release “Astrid” in the US with a video soon. We are just enjoying putting out each single, with a video for each, and building up to an album release.

How was the recording and writing process? 

It was the best time we have ever had in the studio, hands down. We had a lot of fun. There were always dogs present in the making of this album!  Every studio and step of the way there seemed to be a dog at my feet, and the energy of the making of this album seemed to be full of “dog energy”.  Every day the vibe was very silly, full of heart, loyalty, teamwork, and a free spirited wildness. Woof!

Do LA and London play a role in your music or these tracks in particular?

I have been going back and forth to London for about two years now, so yeah I think it does.  It has made the world feel really small and connected.  It has made my vision and connection to our audience feel more expansive. I feel like I sort of live in both places, so I think it is seeping in somehow, it must be.

What’s been like to work with Lewis Pesacov and Gareth Jones? How did those relationships develop?

It’s been amazing.  We worked with Lewis on our album Amethyst and we loved working with him. He is a genius, and just has so much wisdom and heart. He brings out the best in me and we really enjoy our time with him. Our friends introduced us to Gareth, and we mixed with him in London. He is a real character, and a legend. He was amazing to work with and to be around.

How much have they influenced your music?

I think Lewis has pushed us to embrace the live, natural aspect of making music. He is very adamant that most of the tracking is done together as a band in live takes. He really seeks special, expressive moments and tries to emphasize those. At the same time, he is very clever and has tricks for incorporating all that digital editing can do.

Gareth has a very classical and timeless approach to mixing. He really makes the songs come to life!

Would this series ultimately lead to a new album – how’s that coming along?

We are basically finished a third album. Just putting the final touches on that now!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet, but we may include a free coconut with purchase of the vinyl.

How are you preparing for your tour with Lucius?

We’re just rehearsing and making all the logistical preparations. We are really looking forward to the shows! It’s going to be a lot of driving and the van only has a tape deck, so we are going to have to make some mixtapes.

What are you looking forward the most?

Just the fun of being together as a band on the road. It makes you feel free!

What else is happening next in Happy Hollows’ world?

We’re doing what we always do: writing songs, playing shows, and eating coconuts.

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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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