INTERVIEW: The Chain Gang of 1974

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

I have been up, down, sideways, sad, happy, confused, stressed, and tired.  With that being said, I’m currently extremely relaxed and happy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Still Wonder”?

“I Still Wonder,” to me, was the perfect first single from this forthcoming new album.  Especially in comparison to the highly experimental and heady “Daydream Forever” record, this track presented a new direction in a very obvious way.  I felt that it was the perfect way to say to the world “Hello!  It’s been a while.  I’m back and feeling great!”

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

The love songs on this new album were all written about a period of time I shared with a girl.  It wasn’t my finest moment because she was in a relationship throughout the entire experience.  But I fell in love.  The song touches on the history her and I had.  From the first time we met in London back in 2010, to the inevitable demise.  Though we both realized that what we were doing was wrong, those thoughts of wonder still come into play.  We are human beings and wired a specific way.  Sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with, even when you know it’s going against those “moral codes.”

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The release of the song is what we called a “soft single release.”  Our goal was to gain people’s attention again, then move on to the next single.  So to answer your question, we will not be filming a video for it.  But I did just film a video for the 2nd single, which will be out mid-November.

How’s your new album coming along?

The new album has been finished for almost 6 months now.  Thankfully, I got out of my contract with Warner Bros., so we took our time to find a new home for the band.  That’s why it’s taken some time to get the new music out.  But now that I have signed to a new label, we have everything ready to go.  It feels great and fresh again.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There is a release date and title to the new record.  But I’m not giving anything away just yet.

Are you seeking a new direction with this new material?

I definitely did take it into a new direction this time.  Thom Powers from the Naked And Famous produced my new album, and he had a big influence on me as a writer.  He really pushed me to not be afraid of certain sounds and styles of writing.  I can get in my own head a lot of the times and worry too much if something might sound too poppy.  He taught me to embrace the pop side of things.  Though there was a shift in direction, I can safely say that this album is more me than anything else I’ve ever done before.  It’s just a much cleaner album.  More straight forward.

How are your preparing for your upcoming tour?

We’ve been having a lot of fun in rehearsals and getting in shape.  Nothing too exciting.

What are you looking forward the most?

The Naked And Famous are all close friends of ours.  So it’s going to be fun spending the next month with our family.

Any plans to do a live collaboration with The Naked and Famous?

Nothing planned yet.  But you never know.

Besides your newest single, can fans expect some other new songs being played throughout the month long stint?

We are playing more new songs than anything else on this tour.  Time to test them out.  We did 3 warm up shows last month, and it was amazing to see the crowds reactions to the new material.

What else is happening next in The Chain Gang of 1974’s world?

Ready to release this new album to the world.

Listen “I Still Wonder (The New Division Remix)”

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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