Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! We’ve been busy! We’ve been playing a lot and really getting the new album integrated into the live set.
Can you talk to us more about your single “Parallel Travel”?
The writing process for PT was really collaborative and spaced out. Even when we recorded the track it wasn’t in the final form. It started with the electronic bit that sits in the background of the verses. Bowman wrote some parts over that that helped accent these synth lines. However, we ended up changing this for the live set. This is also the same for the bass part. We wanted to add some more interesting bass lines throughout. Thus, the parts live are slightly different from the record. The ever changing nature of these songs is one of my favorite aspects of writing.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I (Jesse) had been in a long term relationship with a girl on and off for several years. It ended on a sour note and it inspired me to write. It wasn’t even the lyrics that came first. I was literally reeling in disappointment at the situation. Somehow, that synthesizer melody came from these thoughts.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
I thought that “Parallel Travel” as a title could be interpreted much more widely than the other song titles. It had a sci-fi ring to it that I liked and I wanted to develop a visual concept from that.
How was the recording and writing process?
As I mentioned earlier, the writing process for this album spaced out over time, about two or three years collectively. Usually we work out songs really quickly. However, some of these songs were three or four years old and sat untouched for a while. I’d say about half of them were reworked from prior arrangements. The other half were written on the floor with everyone present in a relatively short amount of time. This is especially true for tracks like “This World”, “Feed the Wolves”, and “Planet”. I really had a great time in the studio. Our engineer was a friend of mine and he is incredibly talented. I knew he would be a great choice for capturing these performances. He is also good friends with everyone else in the band and it was a great working environment. We were super focused and didn’t waste any time.
What role does Portishead and Radiohead plays in your music?
Honestly, none. Both are legendary acts but I have never really listened to them recreationally or critically. I know that is basically heresy and many of my rock historian friends remind me of this all the time. However, I do recognize how important these bands (especially Radiohead) are for the genre and I have much respect for what they do and have done. Instead, I look for inspiration in other genres and figure out ways to make it work in the weird rock that we do. My biggest influence (and favorite musician) is Sting. For this project I also pull a lot from Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive compositionally. More recently, I have been listening to pop and hip hop and trying to incorporate the groove and various production techniques as well. I am of the opinion that contemporary music is in a weird period of stagnation. We need new writers who are willing to push the envelope. We need new melodies and new concepts on which to create. Listening to music that has already been created, for the sole reason of either copying a style cheaply or ‘going retro’ can easily trap you in the formulas that have already overanalyzed. Pay your respects where they are due but move forward. Push the envelope of creativity. Get contemporary music out of the doldrums.
Where else did you find inspiration for the songs and lyrics on the material?
Most of the music just came from noodling around in rehearsal or in my own practice time. I used to do much of the writing with my guitar and ProTools and then we would learn [the songs] in rehearsal; and some of these songs came from that type of writing. I also like writing to a drum groove. Many times I ask Bowman to play a groove in a loop and I write a part to it. For “Parallel Travel”, the album as a whole, the lyrics came after the music was written. This was because I wanted to listen to the music and see what feelings it evoked. I did this for every song on the record and sometimes during the sessions in which we were doing the vocal tracking. I like this method because, for me, it really ties together the words and the music in a much more personal way. It’s almost as if the music ‘told’ me what the song was about.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are currently on the road! We are taking some time off during June but we will be back out in July and August.
What else is happening next in Line In The Sky’s world?
Right now we are promoting “Parallel Travel” heavily with shows and various online content. Other than that…writing. We are currently throwing around some new ideas in rehearsal and in the van. These are still in the infantile stages but they are turning out to be much more collaborative than we have ever been in the past.
Stay tuned for it!
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