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INTERVIEW: Indie Pop Band, Spirit City

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thanks for having us. We are great. Just super focused on getting everything ready for our release. We are excited to get it out there.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single We’re All Insane?
Oh for sure. It’s a fun little tune that we are really proud of. We feel it encapsulates our vibe as a band and who we are as people: fun, quirky… really cool. Haha. It started as a super simple idea with the driving chords and lyrics in the 1st verse, and turned into something we ended up being really happy with.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Typically, we aren’t really a political band, but this song pulled some political feelings out of us. It is really just meant as a satirical commentary on the current state of affairs in the U.S., to poke fun at the current presidential election and the candidates. It’s a play on how insane the system and politicians seem at times, and the underlying irrationality we all share as humans that leads to these systemic flaws.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have talked about it. We have some ideas of what it could be and they are great! If we do, expect it to be INSANE!! [ba dum tss]. We do have a music video coming out soon for our next single, so stay tuned!

Why name the EP after this track in particular?
As a statement, we really felt that it stood out. A lot of the themes throughout the EP have to do with our humanity, and how we can be pretty irrational at times, so it comes back to that idea of our shared insanity. We all really loved how the title commands your attention.

How was the recording and writing process?
Writing for us is always different. We enjoy being creative and don’t really like to hinder that process by creating a formula. We like letting every song have its own unique voice. We worked pretty closely with our producer, Stuart Maxfield (frontman of Fictionist), who helped us with direction and work flow. His production style is very hands-on. It was really nice to have his guidance and creative genius.

What aspects of insanity did you get to explore with this album?
All the songs relate in some way to our collective insanity, the things that make us human really. Anything from our divisive politics, unrequited love, self-reflection, to breaking away from societal pressures that often hold us back in order to just live life the way you want to. We “write what we know,” about everyday life, and I think that adds to the “realness” of our music. These songs are 100% who we are and sometimes that’s a little insane [laughs].

Any plans to hit the road?
Yeah, we definitely want to! Look for us playing dates in the western U.S. this fall.

What else is happening next in Spirit City’s world?
We are going to release the official debut single Do What You Want from the EP. We have a really rad music video to accompany it. The actors in it are hilarious. We are really excited to release the full EP in September as well. Other than that, we are planning to take over the world… One insane song at a time.

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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