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INTERVIEW: Wild Americans

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

Hey! Thanks for having us, we’ve been pretty good, real busy but enjoying our summer.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Wanna Take You Home”?

Sure thing. The song is really our reaction to a lot of the music out there in our scene where everything is so overstated and in your face all the time. We just wanted to make something that’s a lot more reflective of how we feel as people in that we kind of feel that we’re just hanging around a lot of the time, not trying to prove anything to anyone in the way that it seems a lot of our peers are trying to do. It feels good to us, and we hope it feels good to everyone else who hears it. -Andrew

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

‘I Wanna Take You Home’ is the second song Andrew and I wrote together when we first started out before we even realized we would become the band ‘Wild Americans’. It was more the kind of thing that we were just doing while we were hanging out, kind of like a ‘Hey man, wanna go play a little and record something?’ kind of thing. Andrew had written the pre-chorus and chorus and then I came up with the progression that is now the intro and verse of the song and we just recorded ourselves playing live in the room together and then wrote the verses. There wasn’t a specific event that inspired us to write the song exactly, but I would say that it was more of a common mindset that was present between the two of us during that time in our lives. -Mike

How was the film experience?

The filming experience took place over a two-day period if I recall correctly. It was incredibly fun being able to work creatively with Charlie (of Charlie Chalkin Productions) and we did a lot of ‘figuring it out as we go’ kind of filming. Watching it all come together in the end was really rewarding but I will still say that the hours and hours of planning and conceptualizing the video was the most enjoyable portion of the film experience for me, it was there that we were really able to let our imaginations run wild and come up with and narrow down all of our ideas. -Andrew

The single comes off your new album Lighten Up – what’s the story behind the title?

Well, the story behind the title is that one day while I was driving over to John’s (Ferrara) place to work on the track sequencing for the EP, I passed some billboard sign on the highway with some ridiculous piece of advertising on it that was sort of encouraging people to be a part of another absurd social media activity that was absolutely necessary according to this advertisement, and I got frustrated and thought “Wouldn’t everybody just lighten up around here?”. Which I realize now is probably something that I said more for myself than what I wanted from the advertisement in that moment. Then I laughed at the thought of making that sort of statement juxtaposed against our name ‘Wild Americans’ and the idea that we might be suggesting with our name that one behave wildly, and then immediately are suggesting with the title that they take it easy and lighten up. To me it really couldn’t be more fitting with the attitude of all the songs that make up the album and our approach to the way we live our lives in general in that life is not just one way or the other, everything has a positive and a negative and it’s important to be able to discern which is which, also, we all need to be able to take a step back and remember not to take everything too seriously. -Andrew

How was the recording and writing process?

The entirety of the EP was recorded in one day at Portrait Recording studios where Fred, Mike, myself and our good friend Sean Ronan (who played additional guitars) recorded everything live and then overdubbed vocals, various percussion, acoustic guitars, and any other instrument we felt was necessary for any of the four songs. The writing of the record basically took place over the course of the last year where Mike and myself would demo material relentlessly as it came to us. There’s probably about ten different versions of each of the four songs you’ll hear on ‘Lighten Up’ that we made before arriving at our final arrangements of the tunes. -Andrew

What was it like to work with John Ferrara and Scott Hull? How did those relationships develop?

Working with John is always great, we’ve known each other for a number of years now between playing shows with Trophy Scars and recording our music at Portrait, a real friendship has started to develop. He’s one hundred percent with us on our ideas and directions and that only helps during the production of the record. As for Scott, he’s a good friend of Portrait Recording Studios and we were able to get in touch with him through that to get our record mastered by him. -Mike

How much did they get to influence the album?

They influenced the album in it’s all around quality, every sound on the record is great and we really have John to thank for that, and the masters Scott did are just the icing on the cake for us. -Andrew

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

In short, life. It’s all an interpretation of the people we know and the experiences we’ve had or are currently having at the moment that inspire our songwriting and lyrics. It’s our way of expressing how others make us feel or our way of trying to work through whatever may be going on in our lives or in the world around us that we cannot control. -Mike

Any plans to hit the road?

As of right now, we’ll be staying local and are just trying to play around our area and the city. -Mike

What else is happening next in Wild Americans’ world?

Our next step is going to be another music video for one of the tracks off of the EP, so we’ve got that in the works right now. We’ll be having our EP release show at The Citizen in Jersey City on September 9th which we’re really excited for. -Mike

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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