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INTERVIEW: The Chordaes

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Touch The Ground”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote Touch the Ground when I was a sophomore in college. As a child I always looked forward to growing up and being free of school and rules. The song is about realizing that life as an adult actually gets harder, and in some ways,  subject to more rules. While “Touch the Ground” is the title track off the album, our current single is called “Get the Feeling,” which is more an upbeat, fun song.

How was the film experience?

We just finished filming our video for Get the Feeling. It’s coming out very soon. The video was a fairly complicated production that took about two days to film with all sorts of special equipment. It was a blast working with our director Chris Antonelli and his crew!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?  

Of all the songs on the record, it really felt like “Touch the Ground” best exemplified the theme of the album, which is mostly about navigating the end of childhood and learning to cope with new experiences.

How was the recording and writing process? 

I wrote the songs on Touch the Ground over the last couple of years. I wrote “Last Song” in August of 2013, while I wrote “Losing Control” and “Get the Feeling” more than two years later. Recording the album was probably the most rewarding experience I’ve had in my life. There was just something so thrilling about watching my vision become a reality.

What was it like to work with Marc Swersky and how did that relationship develop? 

I met Marc Swersky through a friend of my dad’s. Working with Marc has been an absolutely life-changing experience, and a much better education then I ever would have if I’d stayed in school.

How much did he get to influence the album? 

Marc helped me arrange my songs and was absolutely vital in bringing my vision to life.

Tell us more about Post-power pop? 

Post-power Pop is a term I coined to describe The Chordaes’ sound. It is inspired by classic Power pop (bands like The Raspberries, Badfinger, ELO, and Big Star,) but also incorporates elements of more modern bands like Radiohead and U2.

What draw you into this style? 

I’ve always loved music that was very melodic, but also had a bit of kick. I’ve always gravitated towards writing music that had aspects of those types of bands.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

Most of the songs on this album are about learning how to deal with new experiences/emotions as a young adult.

Any plans to hit the road? 

Nothing definite yet, but we hope to soon.

What else is happening next in The Chordaes’ world?

We’ll be releasing the official video for “Get the Feeling” in the next week, and we’re continuing to play out around NYC—look for us.  Other than that, we’re working on a ton of new music and hope to get back into the studio in the near future.

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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