Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been well, thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rider”?
“Rider” is the first track off our new EP ‘Bleak Life.’ It’s a short track that encapsulates the sound of the release pretty well.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Lyrically, the track is inspired by the loss of a close friend and the stress that surrounds that situation.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
None just yet, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
The single comes off your new EP Bleak Life – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is an amalgamation of how I was feeling over the process of writing these songs. I’ve always enjoyed artists who make use of their name when naming records, so to me it just felt natural.
How was the recording and writing process?
‘Bleak Life’ was written over the period of Fall 2015 to Winter 2016, with a lot of songs being thrown aside and buried by the 5 that were chosen for the EP. The recording process was both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because we decided to record, mix, and master everything ourselves with very minimal equipment or knowledge, and challenging for the exact same reason. It was definitely a learning process and I’m altogether very happy with how everything came out.
How did you guys come up with the idea of doing a bedroom pop band?
Being a full time electrical engineering student, the only way I was able to make music at the beginning was in my room by myself. I wrote and recorded two tracks back in early 2015 that were released on a compilation with some good friends of mine, but didn’t think of making this into a full-band, touring project until a few months ago. That’s when I got in touch with Lucas, Damion, and Derek and decided to try and make this a real band. We played our first full band show a little over a week ago and plan on touring in support of ‘Bleak Life,’ so I don’t think we’ll ever go back to being just a recording project.
What role do Built To Spill and Pavement play in your music?
These two bands are two of the most underrated bands of all time and I feel like neither ever received the attention they truly deserved. Both Pavement and Built To Spill are special to me for many different reasons, but there’s something about their lyricism and song structure that pulls me in every time. They make it seem like they’re not trying at all, and if that’s actually the case then that just goes to show how amazing of musicians they are. Them, Modest Mouse, and Elliott Smith are singlehandedly my biggest musical inspirations, period.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
For the most part, inspiration came and went for these songs. There was a very frustrating point during the writing process where i was hit with writer’s block and was completely stuck for nearly a month. Luckily I was able to overcome that slow period and really tap into the bulk of what I wanted the EP to be. Lyrically, I took a lot of inspiration from existentialism and self-realization, though life experiences were also scattered throughout. Musically, I just wanted to make a record that I’d enjoy listening to, if that’s even possible.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yep! We’ll be doing a string of dates the first week of July to support the release of our EP.
What else is happening next in Bleak Falls’ world?
I shouldn’t say too much, but I can tell you that we plan on recording an LP very soon!