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INTERVIEW: Extra Medium Pony

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

“We” are doing well! And by “we” I mean “I.” I’m currently sitting in my car outside of the greasiest spoon east of the Mississippi. We are playing in Warren, Ohio tonight and the restaurant recommended to us is cash only. I have no cash! This is 2016; who the fuck doesn’t take credit cards? So I’m eating pop-tarts in the dark. Nick Tolar (guitar) said I can borrow money but I’d have to wash his car for a year in addition to paying him back. No.

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

Further Along is the first single off of our forthcoming album titled “Meaninglessness.” It’s an uptempo, groovy song about falling back into the depths of despair after feeling good for a while. It’s as though there is a little keeper-of-depression-man saying, “Whoa, there– don’t go too far, you’re still my little pet,” and he pulls you back into the glory of hopelessness. I’m in a weird mood; it’s late.

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

That’s an interesting question, to which I do not have an interesting answer. I can say that I have been a depressed-ish person my entire life. I thought it was a new thing, but upon recent discovery, I found that the songs I was writing 10 years ago are also pretty bleak. So, to say one thing triggered its inception is probably not true. For argument’s sake, let’s just say a girl made me sad. (See our previous album: 11868.)

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We are going to release a live video recording of the song. I am really excited about this. It’s going to be shot in a barn that is awaiting demolition, but I don’t want to give too much away.

The single comes off your new album Meaninglessness- what’s the story behind the title?

I came up with the title last winter while recording the album in my bedroom/ studio. I made this album entirely myself, which is liberating the first time you do it, but depressing and lonely the other times (this time). I’d be sitting alone in my room for hours, and then go get some food alone, then go see a movie alone, go to sleep alone, wake up alone. Essentially I was sharing my existence with no one. As this process continued, I realized I could simply disappear and most of the people I knew wouldn’t even realize I was gone. That’s fucked up. I don’t mean to be so dark– this isn’t a damn goth album. Anyway, when you start feeling and thinking that way, you can really see how nothing matters. Also, it’s just a fun word to say.

How was the recording and writing process?

Oops, I kind of already answered this, but I can add a bit more. It was lengthy. It took me a long time to make. For me, the joy lies in the song-writing. It is the initial creation that really gets me excited. The recording process, on the other hand, is when you discover you aren’t as good as you thought you were. That can be discouraging. At times I would go into my room, turn on my computer, open protools, and find any distraction possible to dodge working on the recording. All to avoid insecurities.

What aspects of depression and existentialism did you get to explore with this album?

“Explore” is not the word I would use. “Hide from” is more accurate. I never let on when I am depressed; I’m not very open with my feelings, or talking to people about them. It’s so weird that I find myself writing such revealing songs and doing these personal interviews, where I’m probably sharing way too much about myself. In real life, when people read or ask me about this stuff, I’m enormously embarrassed. I don’t have a lot of feelings left to give to the world after writing songs of this nature. It’s a little bit sad for some people who know me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, this fall we are hitting a couple big markets, and then this winter we’ll do a full tour. Keep a look out for us; we’d love to see your beautiful faces at our shows!

What else is happening next in Extra Medium Pony’s world?

There is a lot happening, which is good! We are working on a couple of music videos for the upcoming release. One is a concept video encompassing the journey of a person living in a colorless world, while another one is about reflecting on the past and the passage of time. Additionally, there’s the barn video, which I mentioned earlier. We are basically working on all of this at once, while booking shows and doing normal life shit. It’s been busy, but busy is good!

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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