Hi Cale, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Why, just wonderful! I’m glad to be here!
Can you talk to us more about your single “The Age of Envy”?
Technically speaking it wasn’t a single, but sure! The song is a metaphor for technological consumption in this era of social media. It informs so much of my life, and increasingly, my career, which is something that I am not necessarily thrilled about.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No not really. As with a lot of the songs I write, it just kind of happened that a line got stuck in my head, and I just had to follow through on that. In this case, it was “The best thing about the age of envy” and that prompted a whole bunch of interesting questions about what “the age of envy” would be, what its particulars were, what brings it on, etcetera.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
As of right now, no, and partly that’s because I’ve got other stuff in the works, and partly it’s because I would want to have a very thought out, topical video for that song, and as of right now I don’t have any idea what that would be. The best music never hits anything right on the nose, so I’ll have to mull that option around in my brain for a little bit.
Why name the album after this particular track?
I think I said this in another interview as well, but basically it boils down to two things: One, I think that, for whatever reason, the song really captures a lot of the headspace I was in at the time of writing the album. I think it was literally the sixth or seventh song I wrote for it, and it was a very easy song to write, it really flowed right out into existence. To me, it’s representative of the entirety of the project. Two, my friend said it was a kickass name for an album and I immediately thought, because she is much wiser than I am, she was probably right.
How was the recording and writing process?
Super super fun. I was working with the guys from Lionize, the DC based hard rock outfit, and we did all the recording (well the vocal recording) in Chris’ basement in DC. I would truck down there on weekends from November-February and lay down vocals and acoustic guitar, and they would put down backing tracks, easily keeping up as I added more stuff. Originally this was just going to be an EP, but as time wore on, I just kept churning out songs. In fact, it was probably the most productive period in my life so far in terms of songwriting. I loved/hated every second, and I do hope that it happens again next time.
What aspect of envy did you get to explore on this record?
A lot of it I kind of look at as a conversation with myself, though not necessarily the same self. A lot of it is directed at current me, from a me that’s just better overall, has the kind of character qualities I want and the moral fortitude I admire. That makes it sound kind of harsh, and it’s not really that bad, but I do think I am more honest in the songs, and I think that they have really helped me get over some of my own issues, including, of course, envy.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, but I cannot tell you what they are, because they don’t actually exist yet. It’s a work in progress. It’s always a work in progress.
What else is happening next in Cale and The Gravity Well’s world?