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INTERVIEW: Kilkovec

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Absolutely ecstatic, what say you?

Can you talk to us more about your single “Change”?
Change is a coming of age song of sorts. It talks about aspects of typical grown up life like independence and love and not really having a clue how to handle or go about any of it. The line ‘Every day I feel myself change’ sums it all up.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I suppose the song is inspired by life as a young adult in a small town.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
Well I’m glad you asked! A video shall accompany the single in January!!

The single comes off your new album Plunge – what’s the story behind the title?
The word ‘Plunge’ manages to cover several aspects of the EP both lyrically and sonically. Plunge is a word for sinking which is a comparable feeling to the low, hopeless and isolated feelings we can have at these times. The EP is a day in the life of being at these low points, it starts on a high note and starts to fall until it hits the very bottom. When we were writing the songs the word just kept coming up so it seemed to encapsulate the context and where we were in ourselves at the time.

How was the recording and writing process?
We were eager to get something new out to follow up “Sick of This” and “Just Get Better” but at the same time we really wanted to take our time with this one. The writing process sort of came in bursts we’d a have a load of ideas and we’d throw them all together, then we’d burn out but it was good because we’d stop and take some time to look at what we’d thrown together then we’d discuss and sometimes argue over structures, hooks, timings etc. it was grueling but worth it.

The recording process was also pretty demanding. We pulled a lot of all nighters, sometimes after doing a day at work! We went in with more ideas for some then others so some stuff that made it on to the EP was thought up pretty much there and then. I started to feel bad for our producer in the mixing stage because we were incredibly pedantic but it again paid off, I feel like Tom Hill should be credited as the 4th member of our band for this EP.

Would you call this a departure or follow up from your previous material?
I feel it’s more a progression than a follow up to it’s predecessor. We went in with the intention to really push what we did last time to the extremes so the heavy parts would be evil, the medlodic parts more infectious, the sad parts more crushing, the ambient parts more spooky. The subject matter for the EP I feel we in a way departed from the last, “Sick of This” was about acknowledging the thoughts in yourself and others so you could accept it or change it whereas ‘Plunge’ is more about the difficulties you face with yourself by trying to live as a functioning young adult.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The EP is very introspective, So the inspiration for it really comes from just where we are as people in a small town at this day and age. At this time there’s a lot of pressures and expectations that just generally aren’t us as people, even in this acknowledgment however seeing it around you can lead with real anxieties and confliction. There’s a general theme of that in the whole EP, it’s like ‘Plunge’ documents a day in the life because some days you’ll have days where you’re feeling great or sad and sometimes you’ll go through it all on a loop.

Any plans to hit the road?
We’re planning a weekender that may develop into a tour for the EP release, we’ve got Ice Breaker Festival the day after it’s release so all signs point to keep the party rolling really.

What else is happening next in Kilkovec’s world?
So we’re in talks of making more videos for the EP and doing a live session. I’ve always been a fan of stuff like Audiotree and From the Basement so it would be cool to finally get around to doing that!

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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