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

Hey there! We’ve been doing well. A lot of projects in the works that we are excited for.

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

“Systems” is a story about a sentient robot tormented by its emotions. Overcome by its newfound ability to feel, our robot protagonist eventually decides to give up those emotions returning to maximum efficiency. Though we have been playing this song for a few years, we knew we had to hold off on recording it until we could do it right. For us, it was well worth the wait. Mixed by Alex Almgren of Freshly Baked Studios and produced by Will Rosati, we had an all-star team that really was able to breathe life into this song. So far, we couldn’t be happier with its reception.

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

Inspired by many a cold night waiting out on a stoop, this song is about the moment when reality sets in—the feeling of, “Sure I could stay out later… but in the end, it’s freezing outside and I’m not having much fun anyway.” Though the message is somewhat bleak, musically it is very much a celebration of those moments.

How was the recording and writing process?

With the past couple of EPs we were able to hone in on a recording process that works for us. This system really allows for us to take the time we need to develop the music properly. While the recording process is very collaborative the writing process is rather solitary. Our singer Alex will come to the rest of the band with the song and concept for the sound. The band then uses that as a template to create.

What role does NYC play in your music?

Only this past year have we really been hitting NYC hard. The audiences we’ve encountered in the city are unlike any other. There are a lot of genuine live music supporters—people who will go see a show just because it’s a Thursday.  It’s people like this that make it possible for us to do what we do. As a band, it is also a plus that there is no shortage of great acts playing any night of the week. In NYC it is super easy to meet and learn from other bands.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

There is plenty of new material in the works.  As of now we are halfway finished with our first full-length album. Many of these are songs that we have been playing for a while but have reimagined in the studio.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We have a single coming out on October 28 and we are shooting for a late February release for the album. We’ve got an album title… but it’s still a secret.

Is this new record intended to be a follow up or departure from your previous material?

This new material is in many ways a follow up. We have been honing in on a style over the past couple of releases. In our first release, Atomic Robot Man, we had a fun surf-rock-inspired vibe but with heavy guitars and direct synth leads. In our second release, Anthem City, we got to really experiment with production and explore sound design. This album will take the best of both EPs.

What have you learned from your experiences sharing the stage with some of your biggest influences?

We have been fortunate enough to play with and meet some big acts. We always ask what it was like when they were just starting off and the advice we’ve received is invaluable. It is also interesting to see the different pre-show rituals.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully once the album is released we will be on the road nonstop. As of now we have a mini tour planned for early October—from Boston to DC and everywhere in between.

What else is happening next in Shiffley’s world?

We’re looking to play some Bar Mitzvahs.

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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