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INTERVIEW: The Front End

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

Thanks VENTS for having us. We are doing great and really excited about our journey here. -Louis

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

Although Mandingo is a heavy groove, and fronts this release, we actually intend for Uncle Tony to be the “single” from this EP. Like much of our music and lyrics, Uncle Tony stemmed from the bowels of relationships. It was definitely written during some of my darker moments. – Kory

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually shot a video for Uncle Tony recently. There’s no official release date, but mid-October sounds like a fair estimate for release to me. – Kory

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

Lyrically I am inspired most by my own shortcomings. I don’t think that the lyrics I write are too “deep” or anything, but they definitely have an emotional vibe. If anything, the only goal of my lyricism is to help others in their struggles as some of my favorite bands have done for me. – Kory

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

The title of the EP came at a time when our band was actually very unsure of the future of the band. It was early 2016 and our bassist Jim parted ways with us on good terms. Everything from the stress of finding a new member, setbacks in recording beyond our control, and a little dose of self doubt led to a period where we were STRESSED and not having fun. It was weird for me because the band always brought me a lot of stress release and fun, and now suddenly what was a hobby was now not. We had just finished recording our EP and I knew we had to release this and that I wanted to be in a band. I don’t think I can’t be in a band now. That being said I knew we were going to get through this and I came up with Growing Pains because we were going through them as a band at the time. -Gabe

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process this time was a headache. We tracked with Sixwill Studios in Bethlehem and mixed and mastered with Soundmine Recording Studios in East Stroudsburg. The writing process has evolved and is constantly evolving. My process is basically I will write riffs and piece them together, usually on my acoustic guitar, then bring them to practice and we will jam on them and from the jam I’ll pick up something new because the dynamic drastically changes from just me acoustically to full band and we’ll piece something together. Lyrics usually get added last and I sometimes write them part by part as opposed to one fluid piece, other times they are a fluid piece. -Gabe

What role does PA plays in your music?

A lot of legendary bands in our genre come from the northeast and PA specifically and I am a firm believer that the diversity in the weather from hot summers to specifically the long hard cold winters is a huge influence to the nature of the music written. The winters are a real drag around here and we write a bunch of sad music during this time (lol). -Gabe

How did you guys come up with the idea of making the song's owner the frontman of the song?

The idea of the song writer fronting the song isn’t necessarily a rule its just how its worked out. When you write it you know it the best so its just easier. As we write new things we try to experiment and whoever sings the part better will sing. -Gabe

What life lessons get to inspire the lyrics on this album?

The songs i wrote aren’t really lessons, although I hope our music speaks to people in some way because other peoples music have helped me a lot in life. The songs I wrote are mostly self realizations. -Gabe

Any plans to hit the road?

As far as hitting the road, we totally want to get out there and start touring. It’s something realistically we’re aiming for the late winter, but since we’ve never done it we need to feel out the connections and logistics on it. So we will probably start small with a long 3 day weekend and work up to 5-7 days around PA, NJ, DE, NY, and MD. -Louis

What else is happening next in The Front End’s world?

Next in our world we are continuing to write new music as we plan on releasing a full length album. Getting out in front of the right shows and people, and solidifying our bassist role. We’d like to conitually make new video content as well that will just come as quickly as we can afford (haha). -Louis

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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