INTERVIEW: Attraction To Tragedy

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

Great. Thank you for the opportunity.

Can you talk to us more about your new album “Passion Over Fashion”?

Passion Over Fashion is our first full length record and it’ll be out October 14th. We did it at Zing Recording Studios in Westfield Ma. It was produced by Jim Fogarty and Joe Cocchi. Compared to our older material there’s way more singing so it makes the screams hit more.

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

The deadline haha. There was no real event per say but the overall concept was to make something 16 year old me would be obsessed with.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was a little stressful because I booked the studio time before I had finished writing everything so I knew I had a deadline. The studio is a very relaxed but focussed environment. I definitely didn’t sleep enough but the end result was totally worth it.

What was it like to work with Joe Cocchi and how did that relationship develop?

He came on board almost 6 months before just to come by and help engineer these 2 songs we were doing. That session went really well and immediately I knew I wanted the producer we were working with, Jim Fogarty, and Joe to do the record. Basically right there and then album sessions were booked. As far as I know Passion Over Fashion was the first full length project he produced for another band so that’s really cool to say that.

How much did he get to influence the album?

We used his ax fx and the tone on the record is his live tone played through a mesa cab and a blend of 2 different mics. It’s my favorite tone I’ve had.  He also played a solo on “Suffer Serenely”. The solo wasn’t planned but I remember when we got to that section he said there should be a solo there and I immediately thought “okay yeah I’ll do a bunch of slayer noise style licks” then it occurred to me that I have this killer guitarist right in front of me and he was kind enough to do it. I asked him at night and by the time I woke up I had video of him playing back the solo. The work ethic at Zing is ridiculous.

What role does New Year’s Day and Motionless In White played on this album?

Jaiden: We opened for NYD a couple months ago and Izzy, our drummer, is a huge fan. I was really into Motionless before they “blew up” especially the When Love Met Destruction EP. For the first year or so of the band they were my model then I sort of left that world for a while to listen to Britney Spears haha

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

Jaiden: I don’t write because I want to I write because I feel compelled to. I’ve sort of trained my brain over the years to view everything as potential fodder for writing. Everything in one way or another comes out through the lyrics whether it be one word, one line or a whole song. It’s like no matter what happens I can always write about it. Musically I try to write what I’d want to listen to. Now some might say that’s self serving but I never understood that. Why would you create something that you wouldn’t enjoy? Hope none of that sounded pretentious.

Any plans to hit the road?

Touring can be a money pit if done wrong so we’re really trying to be smart about how we handle it. Next year for sure though.

What else is happening next in Attraction to Tragedy’s world?

Music videos. Not saying when or how many or for what song but we’re really trying to showcase as much of our new record Passion Over Fashion as possible. The other thing is the last few videos we did for the previous ep left a bad taste in my mouth so I feel like we really have something to prove. Other than that lots of shows. And behind the scenes I’m always writing and more recently Brandon, our bassist, has started contributing to that.

Lyric Video for First Single “Trippin”

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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