INTERVIEW: Post-punk/Indie’s Brine

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

Daniel Keating: Hi, thank you for talking with us.  It’s been a busy few months getting this album finished and we’re looking forward to the release.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Kill The Ill”?

DK: I first wrote the bass line, which reminded me of my first band when I was 15, a high school punk band.  For some reason I was thinking it has sort of a The Munsters vibe, not sure if anyone else feels that.  The main guitar riff is supposed to feel a little frantic and anxious, and was originally longer before we pared it back.  Thematically, the song is about schizophrenia.

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

DK: Yes, I was talking with a psychiatrist about mental illness and schizophrenia.  He was telling me about different levels of severity regarding the voices that people hear.  He was telling me about how in a milder instance the voices can speak directly to the individual.  In a severe instance the individual will be a third party to a conversation between two voices.  I thought that was the scariest thing I’d ever heard.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

DK: We have talked about reaching out to a friend who does some film work to help us with a video.  None of us really have any experience with video-related stuff.

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

DK: Mainly because it’s a catchy title.  But it also makes sense as mental illness is a major theme on the album.

How was the recording and writing process?

DK:  Most of the songs I will write out at home and then present the song to the band.  Then as a band we will play around with it a bit, add or subtract parts, and lock down the song structure.  Some songs will come from riffs that the other guys bring to band practice and we just write as we jam them.  For this record we really wanted to make it as cheaply as possible, so we recorded it in only 6 days.  We tracked the drums, bass and guitars live and laid down the rest afterward.  It was mixed in multiple studios after a falling out between the recording engineer and the studio owner.

What role does Seattle plays in your music?

DK: Seattle keeps us nice and wet.  To me it’s a hugely inspirational place, music-wise.   We practice right down the street from the little building where Nirvana recorded Bleach.  But I grew up in a small town and music is what we did for fun, so the location is really not a big factor to be honest.

How has your previous musical background have influence this new project?

DK: I’ve been playing with Chris and Joe in other bands since the early 2000’s so the comfort level is extremely high when writing new things.  I’ve played in punk, ska and heavy metal bands, and I find that a little of each finds its way into my current writing.

How much has the 90s have influence you?

DK: Probably a lot since I was a teenager in the 90s.  But my heart has always belonged to the 80s.

Any plans to hit the road?

DK: Not as of yet.

What else is happening next in Brine’s world?

DK: We will be playing some shows around Seattle this winter in support of the new album, and are currently writing songs for the second record which will hopefully come out in a year or so.

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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