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INTERVIEW: Indie Garage Rock Band Earth Heart

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

Matt Axten& Katie Coriander: Swell, thanks.

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

KC: “Homesick” the song to me is like breaking into abandoned buildings and foreclosed homes to spend the night for the poetic lighting, because sometimes a stranger’s lost attic is more sympathetic than the illusory security of domestic life.

MA:  It’s one of my favorite songs of ours.

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

KC:  I wrote homesick to tell a story of being homefree and feeling nostalgic for a place I’ve never been.

MA: I happen to know that this song was inspired by a whole web of events, times, places and experiences in Katie’s life.  Autobiography doesn’t necessarily equate with authenticity or sincerity in any art, but in the case of this song—and of our songs in general—her honesty is part of what makes it so compelling and forceful.  She means everything she says, and you can feel it.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

KC:  We’ll be getting to work ASAP on the “Homesick” video as well as a video for “Chicken & Rice,” another track off the album.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

KC: We named the album after this track because it summarizes a theme underlying every song.

MA:  It’s also just a good title.

How was the recording and writing process?

KC:  The writing process was somewhat spontaneous, I just picked up my guitar and started singing. I brought it to Matt and he played whatever he wanted on drums. I record every practice and the song developed after listening to the recordings and gradually making alterations.

MA:  Yeah.  As is usually the case, she brings a song or part of a song to practice or we make one up on the spot and just play with it until it assumes the right shape.

Does Boston play a role in your music?

KC: I wrote “Homesick” in our practice room in Cambridge and that’s where it was developed.I think a work of art is always influenced by the environment surrounding the artist.

How did you input your DIY style on a professional studio?

KC:  Shaun Curran of Napoleon Complex recorded this album for us, he pretty much already knew what we wanted as far as the DIY sound. He heard our demos and we had an understanding. I think his work does justice to the songs, likewise the competent mastering of Nick Zampiello at the New Alliance East.

MA:  We went into the studio, communicated to Shaun what we wanted, and played the songs the way we always do—together in the same room live, no effects pedals, no overdubs—and Shaun captured that DIY feel beautifully—faithfully—with quality studio equipment.  I don’t think we did any overdubs, and I think half the songs were done in one take.  (Except for the bass, which I had to go back and record since Natan, who’s now our bassist, had yet to join the band.)

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

KC: The inspiration to tell the story comes from the story itself. These songs are mostly autobiographical, especially the title track.

Any plans to hit the road?

KC:  We want to tour I just haven’t booked it yet.

MA:  We’ll make it happen soon.  I hate booking tours, but I love touring.

What else is happening next in Earth Heart’s world?

KC:  I’m really looking forward to working on new material, we’ve already got a couple new songs and I want to record another album. We’re playing the Out of the Blue Gallery in Central Sq., Cambridge, on July 13th and as soon as I book more shows we’ll play those too.

MA:  Yes.

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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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