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INTERVIEW: Soap

Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about our new album “The Life We Live”.

Can you talk to us more about your single “When You Need Them Most”?

Yeah, We’re really happy with how this one turned out.

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

This song is about that friend you really tried to help but never could. You try to pull them out of the whole they made for themselves but when you grab their hand they pull you down with them. At some point you have to let go. The bridge of the song represents letting go.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We don’t have a timetable but we have ideas on the table.

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

After we got most of the songs under our fingers we noticed they were starting to take on a similar theme of the ups and downs of life. We choose The Life We Live to highlight that. Life is about the good, the bad, and the in between; It’s the life we live.

How was the recording and writing process?

Most of the songs were written in a creative burst in the spring of 2013. We were feeling energized after the release of “Piece by Piece” and started pumping out songs left and right. Miles had the recording part covered so when we got in the studio we went to work. The songs were dialed in so we spent most of the time making the sound of the album

What was it like to work with Miles Hanson and how did that relationship develop?

Miles is great! We first met him doing a side country project eight or nine years back. We were impressed with his work ethic and skills so we asked him to be apart of the recording of our 2012 album “Piece by Piece”. He made the whole process gosmoothsowe asked him to come back and be apart of  “The Life We Live” sessions. Plus, he brings whole lot to the table when it comes to production.

How much did he get to influence the album?

We trust Miles so that’s why he was the guy behind the board. He had a big influence on the outcome of this record. He would always be trying some new technique of setting up mics or a different EQ, he is always striving for a new sound.

What stories get inspire the lyrics on this record?

The song “Tonight We Ride” got its name before it was even written. We were in Nederland, Colorado gigging and there was an all day going away party going on for Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon. He was moving to Oregon or something and everybody had been drinking all day. We showed up to witness this entire party going on. After we got set up for sound check we step outside when this drunk guy tripped and almost fell. He caught himself, pointed forward and shouted “Tonight We Ride”. That stuck with me so when we had the progression for the song it sounded like a good fit.

How has the road been treating you so far?

The road has been great! We’re really enjoying playing these new songs live and seeing people react to them. Also, its nice to finally be able stretch these new tunes out a little.

What else is happening next in Soap’s world?

We a bunch of club dates coming up and then onward to Summer Camp Music Festival at the end of May. We’ll be hitting some festivals this summer along with hosting our own “Down On The Farm Music and Arts Festival”.

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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