Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been well. We’re gearing up to release our new record, it’s September but still exceptionally warm outside, as I’m writing this up our drummer is about to get married – things are very good. (Congrats Walt!)
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dark Matter”?
This song was the last one we recorded for the record. After two long days in the studio putting the finishing touches on tracking, producer Greg Gibaldi and me (Sal) were getting a bit delirious. He mentioned that he was kinda bummed that we left one of the original demos written for the album on the cutting room floor, and asked me to guess which one. I thought it was one of the more hushed, acoustic numbers, but I couldn’t be more wrong. His pick was the loud, raucous, frenetic Dark Matter, and I literally could not sleep that night out of excitement at the prospect of recording it (and the exhaustion). Once we put it to tape, it made the album feel like a complete piece. I knew it was the perfect song to open the album with.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song is an angry burst of energy. I wrote it almost immediately after getting into heated familial argument about money. It’s amazing how money has the power to debase us to the proverbial lizard brain so quickly. I for one have complicated relationship with it – one that I am just beginning to understand and trying to improve. But at the end of the day I’m almost 30 and still have no idea what I’m doing. Although I am fairly certain my confusion will produce a few more good songs.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have a video shoot scheduled in a few weeks! The concept will reflect the album’s artwork and the photos we’ve taken for it. Dark, neon-y, grainy, and all that jazz. There may be lightsabers or glowsticks or other shenanigans involved – we’re fully prepared to get weird with it.
The single comes off your new album Bright Light – what’s the story behind the title?
A lyric that is repeated on several tracks over the course of the record is “sun is coming up”. This record was written as I was turning the corner on a pretty long period of personal darkness. I wasn’t taking care of my mind or my body, and as a result the bonds in some of my most valued relationships were starting to fray. But with the help of therapy, my friends, and my wife, I got my shit together. The warmth and awakening of the sun coming up is analogous to that transition and the healing on the other side.
How was the recording and writing process?
The first No Nets album was primarily recorded in my tiny Brooklyn apartment, in GarageBand. I wrote and recorded almost every instrument on the record, except for the drums, then taught the parts to the band for live shows. On Bright Light, the process was much more collaborative, and we did it in a real studio, with our good friend Greg Gibaldi at the helm. He added so much to the process from a recording and production perspective.
How would this album showcase a matured side of the band?
John, Walter, Dave and I have been playing in bands together for a while. In some ways, this album is a return to the stuff we wrote when we were a bit younger. There’s more influence from the emo bands we were drawing from in previous projects that just wasn’t there on the first No Nets record – the winding song structures, twinkler guitar leads, ambient interludes, etc. But it also represents a huge growth. The first record was about testing the waters, finding out what kind of songs No Nets could write. On this one, I think we discovered what No Nets is.
What role does Brooklyn plays in your music?
Brooklyn has been our home for quite some time now, so it’s seeped into the music in more unconscious ways than not. As I’m sure many native New Yorkers do, I have a real love / hate relationship with this place. One day I’m lamenting over how I’ll probably never be able to afford to the life I want in this city, the next I’m completely in love after finding my new favorite pizzeria or seeing four of my favorite touring bands in one week.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are really trying to make it happen, but it’s tough when everyone in your band works full time in the agency / tech world. We’ve done some one-off out of state shows on weekends, and we’ll definitely be doing more of that. I’d love to string a few of those together into a mini tour. It’s something I’m really dying to do – just gotta make it happen. Follow us at facebook.com/nonets to stay in the loop on upcoming shows.
What else is happening next in No Nets’ world?
I haven’t picked up a guitar to write music in about 2 months, which is quite unusual. But today I listened back to a few of the demos that didn’t make Bright Light and started to get very excited at the prospect of working on new stuff. But first we rock the fuck out on stage for a while on these tunes. I’m so proud of what we’ve done with this record and I cannot wait for people to hear it. If you want to see what we’re up to day to day check out our Snapchat (nonetsmusic) for all the latest shenanigans. And don’t forget to check out Bright Light on Spotify, iTunes, or Bandcamp. We’re so proud of this album and we can’t wait for you to hear it.
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