Doing quite well, man, thanks a lot asking.! Hope that all is well with you and yours.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Polar”?
“Polar”, is a loose acronym for ‘path of least resistance’. It’s actually a rather personal song, for all of us, and many others who have given us their feedback on the song. What’s great is that each person that has shared how they identify with the song on a personal level have had a different story as to why they identify with the song. Broken down generally (we don’t want to ruin your/others’ interpretations with our own preconceived notions), the song touches on how we as humans tend to take what we perceive as the path of least resistance, to get ourselves through (and beyond) this life. People have shared so many different interpretations – i.e. – the path of least resistance could be speaking of religion/spirituality, or relationships with our friends/families/significant others, or it could be talking about a career or dream, whatever the ‘it’ is, the song speaks of how we fall into our ruts, only to find ourselves distantly going through the motions, with little thought or meaning behind it. For example – the habitual morning goodbye kiss that means nothing, or going to church ‘just for show’, or settling on something that pays the bills but does little else to fulfill you. That’s generally what the song is about, just how we as humans tend to fall into our ruts and mechanically missing out on that which we once cherished.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
There wasn’t really a particular event that inspired the song, just a reflection of how we fall into our routines, and the result being the luster of our once treasured ‘things’ (whatever those things are) begin to dull over time.
How was the film experience?
We had great time filming the video! We’re actually quite spoiled with the teams we have the opportunity to work with, between Docent Prodigy as our video production company and Antifoniq Recordings, our record producer. Jason Bennett shot and directed the video, and it’s a great thing to witness his gears turning when he’s in the zone. The man is a genius, with his balance of art and science. As for the shoot, it took two days in eight or nine locations, in the heat and humidity of Charleston, SC. Our poor bassist Brandon started as one color and finished a color considerably more red, thanks to the sun… The way it all came together (thanks to Jason’s brilliant editing), so well worth the “work”. (Psssh, “work”…)
How was the recording and writing process?
We always have a blast in the studio, and that’s by design (if it’s not fun, why bother?). We’ve been working on the album “Chipper” since last April, but we’ve been releasing the songs as we finish them, rather than waiting until we have them done to release as a whole. In the case of “Polar”, it actually started as just a 12-string and a voice (in fact, that’s how it’s recorded on our last album, “merry tree”), but over time it blossomed into something completely different. So we brought it back to the studio, this time as full band, but also adding some new textures in the way of another guitar with chorus, as well as two harmony parts. So it was great getting to hear the song take on a whole new life of its own.
Does Charleston plays a role in your music?
We’re all from Charleston, and your roots tend to influence you, in music or otherwise, so you could definitely say that some influence is drawn from our hometown.
What have you learned from your experiences sharing the stage with some of your biggest influences?
Well we have pretty lofty goals collectively, and while we have shared the stage with some pretty ‘big’ names and awesome people (Hugo from Tantric is a cool cat, man!), we still have a ways to go before we can answer that one – the closest we’ve gotten is hearing that the Melvins are coming to town in September, which is one of James’ all-time favorites, so we’ve been trying our best to get their agency to let us open for them when they’re in Charleston, but so far the answer has been ‘nyet’. But hey, at least they’re responding to us! We’re apparently on the right track… Others would be Metallica, Foo Fighters, NoFX, the Giraffes, Red Fang, etc.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, most definitely! We are three songs away from completing “Chipper”, and we start working on two of the three in the coming week. “Chipper” will be released sometime between September and October of this year. But it doesn’t stop there – we’re already working on getting our material together for the next one!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We’re gearing up for a Sept/Oct release of Chipper.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re keeping it busy this summer and fall, with lots of weekend tours across the Southeast US region (including Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and later in the year New York/New Jersey), along with a couple home shows in Charleston. We do plan in the coming year to spread our wings a bit further and take on more long-term, national tours. In the works!
What else is happening next in Marytree’s world?
In a couple months we will be releasing another video, this one for “Duck and Cover”, also off of Chipper. We’re just going to keep pushing ourselves further and further, we’re going to keep cranking out new music and videos, to continue our mission to spread Marytree across the globe.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us, for your questions, your support and for sharing our music!