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Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Might Be Fine”?

Sure.  I wanted the song to be an inner conversation with myself, trying to make the case that being single was totally fine.  I wanted it to be a bit tongue and cheek with lines about being able buying window treatments all by myself, being affectionate, wearing lace etc.

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

This song didn’t have a particular event.  It started with me getting a ukulele as a gift and learning to play it.   The chorus came pretty quickly, I only had the line “I’ll be just fine” initially, and then the idea for the song fell into place.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

Right now we just have a concept for the video and it’s in large part a shout out to Steve Martin.  I don’t want to give too much away though.

The single comes off your new album 10 Feet Away – what’s the story behind the title?

The idea came from a very drunken evening when I was in college.  I was walking home from our frat quad with a handful of friends and I ran into a girl from one of my classes who was just about as drunk as we were.  We started arguing over a girl I had a crush on.  She said I didn’t know anything about the other girl, only that she was pretty and that she was a terrible person.  I asked her how she could know so much about me and this other girl from ten feet away.  This story goes on from here, but this seems like a good enough explanation.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was great.  I had very little experience so everything was new and interesting.  I had a great time doing it.  Very excited about getting back into the studio later this year.

What was it like to work with Josh Sadlier-Brown and how did that relationship develop?

I knew Josh for a long time before we worked on this album, he’s one of my closest friends.  We met playing hockey together maybe ten years ago and finally decided to do an EP together.  I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else honestly.  He has such a great sense of what I’m trying to say even when I’m not being clear in the slightest.  

How much did he get to influence the album?

Josh had a lot of influence on this album.  From structure to instrumentation, to forcing me to be honest about a cheap lyric or a lazy bridge.  This would have sounded significantly worse if he wasn’t involved.

Does NYC plays a role in your music?

I don’t know that it does.  At least not consciously.

What aspects of loneliness did you get to explore with this record?

In the song, “My Date with Jesus”, I talk about loving someone more than being alone.  I mean it as a negative for sure.  That song is probably my favorite lyrically because of the play between being religious and dating someone for the sake of not being lonely.  In “Full of Texas”, that song is about being rejected for qualities completely out of your control.  In “80 Proof Waltz” I’m looking for drinking partners to hang out with for the night.  They all come at it from a slightly different perspective.  Hopefully an interesting one.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not as of today, but hopefully that will change soon.

What else is happening next in Comrad’s world?

I’m going to be releasing another single from this EP then probably the rest in the next couple months.  I’ll start to play some shows in the tristate area and see what develops after that.  I’m also going to record a full length album for early next year.  I’m hoping February or March.


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