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Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello VENTS! This is Jake from ONI. Things are great at the moment.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Eternal Recurrence”?
It’s our first single from our upcoming album “Ironshore”. We recently released a music video for it which we shot it here in the Cayman. I love this song because of the interplay between screaming and singing, and it also has a huge section of solos which come at you at blinding speed. Its a great song to introduce ONI to the world and show our mix of prog/metal and it also highlights our xylo!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was an idea that my bass player and I were kicking around. We wrote a lot of the lyrics together, it was a purging of a lot of dark shit.

How was the filming experience?
Filming the video for “Eternal Recurrence” was so much fun but painful at times.
When you play a show it’s never even close to 6 hours – it was a learning experience for sure.

The Ironshore area in the Cayman not only gave us the title to our album but was the background to this other world. Very happy the way it came out.

The single comes off your new album Ironshore – what’s the story behind the title?
The “Ironshore” is a fierce, unforgiving and violent natural volcanic stone terrain in Cayman, its a sight to be seen. When my good friend Randall Blythe was visiting, he suggested we name the album after it.

How was the recording and writing process?
We recorded and wrote everything in about 4 months. Josh Wilbur is amazing producer and brought out the best in our music. He is straight forward and understands what we are trying to do. We had a lot of fun working with him.

Do the Cayman Islands play a role in your music?
We explore different themes through our songs but in the DNA of our music the Caymans Islands will always be present.

How do you blend the dark elements of the band with a hopeful message?
That’s not something we try to do. I’m definitely not trying to go for a hopeful message when it comes to our music.

What aspects of hope did you get to explore with this record?
We don’t really set out to write about it when it. We aren’t trying to be dark but also not being hopeful.

Any plans to hit the road?
We have been invited to play Knotfest which has an amazing line up and stoked to be apart of it.

What else is happening next in ONI’s world?
Excited for everyone to hear our album “Ironshore” which will be out this fall. We recently shot a video for the song “The Only Cure”. Keep an eye out for it -its a killer. We will be road the rest of 2016 so come see us in your town!

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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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