Thanks VENTS, it’s great of you guys to take the time to talk with us. We’ve been great thanks, it’s a very exciting time for us right now. Mainly because our debut album comes out next week.
Can you talk to us more about your single “Dirt Flirt”?
‘Dirt Flirt’ isn’t actually going to be one of the singles off the album, but as a song it’s probably one of the more fun/light hearted tunes featured. It’s basically about trying to find some of life’s answers at the bottom of a bottle but forgetting what it was that you were searching for (due to the fact that you drank too much), and because of this your focus changes to just trying to have a good time.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Numerous personal situations happened within our band this last year that have been the inspiration behind most of the songs on this album. ‘Dirt Flirt’ came together quite naturally after a night out at a local bar, just observing how people’s mannerisms (including our own) change after a few drinks.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No, we’re only releasing videos for the official singles from the album. They are ‘Liar Liar’, ‘Try’ (which are already up on our Youtube Channel) and ‘Don’t Mean’, which will be out sometime in mid/late December.
The single comes off your new album Start Over Again – what’s the story behind the title?
The title ‘Start Over Again’ comes from lyrics out of our next single ‘Don’t Mean’. The idea behind the title to very much like that of our actual band name and is to promote the idea of new beginnings and starting from scratch. Most people find starting over to be a chore, the truth is it’s an opportunity to do things better and with more precision than you might have before. (Side note, it was our manager’s suggestion to use some of the ‘Don’t Mean’ lyrics as the album title. We thought it was a good idea, so went with it).
How was the recording and writing process?
Both were great, we’d been working on these songs for a while so recording them was quite easy. We did the drums at ‘Neil Kites Boutique’, which is Darby Todd’s (The Darkness, Gary Moore) studio in Leatherhead and recorded the rest with our friend Chris Brink at Audio Fury in London. Chris pushed us really hard to make the best album that we could and questioned a lot of the ideas we had etc. It’s great that he did though because we’re really proud of this album.
What role does Billy Talent plays in your music and this record in particular?
Billy Talent doesn’t play any role with this record. We’re all huge Billy Talent fans and last year Travis had the opportunity to get one of our B’Sides, ‘Six Feet Under’ produced by the band in Toronto. But, away from that we’re fans of their music and find the career that they’ve had as a band to be extremely inspiring. BT for life!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. For the most part, the songs on this album were inspired by different experiences and situations that we as a band, or individually found ourselves in over this past year. We’ve been friends for a very long time, but only a band since May, so we know about personal events in each others lives that have had dramatic effects etc. We tried to cover most of those topics with ‘Start Over Again’.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, definitely. After the album launch we’ll be heading back into studio to demo a few new songs that we’ve been working on, but gigging and touring is very important to us as a band, so we ideally hope to be getting to as many different venues, in as many different cities (and countries) as we possibly can.
What else is happening next in Dead Days’ world?
Our main priority right now is to promote ‘Start Over Again’, but we’re always planning something so I guess you’ll have to wait and see what happens. The best way to do this is of course to follow (or like) us on all social networks.