INTERVIEW: Mount Tyrant

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

We’ve been great! Very busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “One Night”?

Of course! One Night is our first release of the new year. It marks sort of a new beginning and fresh direction for Mount Tyrant. It will be a part of a full EP release later this year.

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

I had a few friends going through relationship trouble simultaneously. It’s always a bummer to see people you care about getting their emotions messed with by someone they really care about. It wasn’t intentional, but looking back I can see how that prompted the perspective of the song.

How was the filming experience?

Filming with Sam (Link) is always a blast. He gives us a lot of range to make the fun video ideas we have come to life. He always knows what we are looking for. One Night is the second full feature video we’ve shot with him, and the 5th or 6th video we’ve worked with him overall on.

The glitter and the confetti was probably the most fun part. It’s been a while since we shot it and we’re still picking up gold glitter and confetti strips off of our equipment and out of our van. Everything was covered by the end of the shoot.

How was the recording and writing process?

‘One Night’ was really interesting because that was one of the first songs we wrote after we finished up the tracks on the Young Blood EP. The song has been a part of our live set for most of the time we’ve been a band, which allowed us to adjust it and get it how we wanted it before we released it. We wrote and tracked a majority of it in Tre’s home studio. It bounced around a lot before we finalized it and sent it off to be mixed.

Does Dallas play a role in your music?

Oh absolutely. Everyone in the band had played in different bands here for years before we started Mount Tyrant. There’s a really good energy in the music scene here now, and almost what seems to be a little bit of a genre shift. It has become more about community and less about competition, which is really great. There are a lot of great new bands forming and coming out of Dallas.

How does bright and darkness inspire the songs and lyrics?

Heavily. The release of One Night was really the start of a really deliberate attempt of us combining a really dark aesthetic with more of a bright and colorful sound. The polarity there feels like something fresh. It seems like a lot of artists assume that if they write sad music, then they have to carry a gloomier image, or if they write happy feel good stuff then they have to look the part. By creating that contrast, we feel like it’s fresh and surprising. It makes you think about the music, and the message it’s sending a little bit more. Just because a song “sounds” happy, it doesn’t have to carry that message.

Any plans to hit the road?

There are a lot of bands we would love to hit the road with. We don’t have many dates coming up, but have a lot in the works. We plan on hitting the road and playing a lot of shows for new faces throughout the year.

What else is happening next in Mount Tyrant world?

Currently we are wrapping up a new release for later in the year that we are really excited about. We feel we really honed in on our identity as a band with these new songs, and are excited to share them with everyone. Maybe there will be a few videos to go with them too? 🙂

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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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One comment

  1. Great to hear from you guys! I love how one night is kind of happy sounding song yet carries that melancholy vibe with it in the background and I love that. Keep up the great work!!

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