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INTERVIEW: Tender Glue

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

Thanks. I’m doing well.

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

Hope Street is a song that I wrote a while ago. It’s about a point in life when you can’t go any further and all of you just wants to give up.

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

The inspiration of the song came from a personal experience with my job and many of the details originate from real scenarios, including the name of the street.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes. Actually it’s a collaboration with Christian Haberkern [Link: http://www.christianhaberkern.com/]. I reached out to him after I saw one of his videos and asked him if I could use it for Hope Street. It’s interesting how the song gained a more deeper meaning with his video and how well it goes with the song. So yes, Christian was kind enough to let me use his video. I’m still making final edits but it should be completed soon.

The single comes off your new album Steady Light ­ what’s the story behind the title?

The name of the new album came from the last EP called “Wait For Steady Light” which I took from one of the emergency intercoms off the L train that says “To Talk/ Press And Release Button/ Wait For Steady Light”. So “Steady Light” is continuation of the “Wait For Steady Light” EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording as well as writing was a lonely process. Some of the songs were written and recorded years ago. After going back and forth on whether I should do it professionally with someone else or not, I was afraid that the songs would lose its honesty so I decided to just release it as they were.

What role does Brooklyn plays in your music?

Whether I wanted it to or not, my surroundings play a role in how the songs come out. I don’t think about it that much, but since you mentioned it, there are 2 songs from the new album where Brooklyn particularly as a place, plays a role in. One of them is Hope Street.

What past experiences get to inspire the lyrics on this album?

I would rather have people interpret the song in their own way and for them to have their own meanings to each song. So let’s not ruin it too much with my stories.

Any plans to hit the road?

Even though I would like music to be the only thing that I could concentrate on and give 100% of me, the reality is that I can do so little without having support to “hit the road”. If I’ll be lucky enough, maybe in the future.

What else is happening next in Tender Glue’s world?

Tender Glue will be playing at Musikfest on August 6th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for more details visit the link: http://www.musikfest.org/event/2896/tender­glue/

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