INTERVIEW: Steal Away
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been awesome, and a lot better now that we’re talking to you guys!
Can you talk to us more about your single “Flower Shop”?
Absolutely! We just released our debut single “Flower Shop” on iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else, as well as a music video to go with, which you can find on Vevo or YouTube right now. The song was written by our guitar player and lead singer, Chris, as well as our old dog Smurf, almost two years ago. Chris was just messing around with some songs in his room one day, and happened to find a different version of the B chord that Flower Shop starts on, and Smurf’s ears perked up. That’s how we knew we we’re on to something. Local San Diego artist Brooke Ehlert helped us out with the lead vocal feature, and the rest is history.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes and no. This song tells a bit of a story, about a girl and guy buying flowers for each other, but instead of gifting the flowers to their crush, they’re so scared of the whole idea that they just stand outside of the flower shop, and pick the petals off the flowers, playing a game of “she loves me, she loves me not”, not knowing that all along, they each felt the same way about each other, and there was nothing to be scared of. That’s the sort of experience that everyone can relate to, both literally, and a little bit more figuratively also. There will always be something in life that can seem overwhelming, or scary, whether that’s just giving some flowers to your crush, or going for something bigger, like packing everything up to start a new life, or following your dreams, whatever they might be.
How was the film experience?
The film experience was great. We worked with a very talented director named Erick Sanchez, and filmed the video in his hometown of Newport Beach, about half an hour north of where we live, by the beach in Oceanside, CA. The shoot only took 1 day, and although we filmed it in March, that’s already summertime in Southern California. By the end of the day, we all had pretty bad “sunglass” sunburns from cruising around the beach for 8 hours. Convertibles are nice, but not when it’s 85 degrees out! Just kidding, convertibles are the sickest thing ever, especially a cherry red, ‘65 stang haha.
What was it like to work with Brooke Ehlert and how did she come on board?
Brooke was awesome, and extremely talented. She was actually only 17 when we recorded the song, and she nailed it on the first take. Her older brother is actually one of my buddies, and was over at the house one day while we were jamming. He casually mentioned that his sister could sing, so he brought her over the next time, and she fit right in instantly, she has an amazing voice.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process for most of our songs is always pretty organic, and usually starts with Chris coming up with something in his room, and this time was no different. Once he (and Smurf) found the chords that would become Flower Shop, the lyrical theme of the song kinda took shape around a general idea that Chris has for each song, this one being the girlguy, duet dynamic. Once we had the song written and had Brooke on board, we recorded at a small studio here in North County San Diego called Tilt Top Notch. Normally I track live drums, but this place had a super cool, retro, beat making machine from the early ‘90’s with a killer sound, so I actually produced the beat and background with the engineer there, William Cosenza. Chris laid down a few different guitar parts as well as the secondary vocal, and then Brooke nailed her part on the first try. After adding in a few background vocals with her, we all gathered around a live mic and actually snapped our fingers into a microphone to get the “snaps” that you hear in the song. After we had it recorded, we we’re lucky enough to have our mastering done by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, which was awesome because Chris is absolutely killer. He’s worked with some our favorite artists of all time, and has done the mastering for everyone from Al Green, to Alanis Morrisette, to Van Halen, so just to see all those gold records on the wall in his studio was incredible by itself.
Does San Diego play a role in your music?
San Diego has played a huge role in the development of our sound. Chris and I, as well as our bass player Brandon, all grew up together in Tucson Arizona, and we always knew we wanted to pursue our dream together here in California. People here, and especially in San Diego, are just so receptive and supportive of any and all new music that’s around. The live venues, and even the local radio stations all do an amazing job of helping artists get out there and be heard, and actually gain some traction with their careers, even when they’re just starting out. On top of the thriving local music scene and ultra supportive community, the actual atmosphere, like the beach, and just all of the beauty surrounding the Southern California areas, definitely help to keep you inspired.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material how’s that coming along?
Yes! We will be releasing an acoustic EP, as well as a plugged in EP at the beginning and end of summer.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Look out for “Coffee Shop Wifi”, our acoustic EP sometime in July, followed up by something much, much louder…
Any plans to hit the road?
It’s possible this summer, but why go anywhere when you already live where everyone vacations!?
What else is happening next in Steal Away’s world?
The next big thing on our calendar is definitely our show at The House of Blues San Diego! We’ll be on the mainstage at 9pm on Sunday, May 29th, as part of an event for Breakthru Entertainment. We’ll be on 4th with 7 other bands, so it’ll be a great chance to come rock out with some killer San Diego bands at a legendary venue. We’re STOKED, to say the least. After that, we’re doing a show about 3 weeks later at SOMA on June 17th, which should be pretty radical also. SOMA has had some legendary bands come through their doors as well, so we’re all just psyched to be following in some of our hero’s footsteps. If you guys are in the San Diego area come check us out, or go find us online at StealAwayBand.com, because soon enough we’ll be coming to a city…near….yewwwww!