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

Great. Busy. Maybe disillusioned post-election, but we’re trying to figure out what we can do.

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Stinger”?

Our baritone saxophonist Joseph Woullard brought this song in, and as often goes with his tunes, it read right down and felt really good out of the gate. The hard funk vibe of the tune lent itself well to producer Frenchie Smith’s rock leanings, and he encouraged distorted guitars and a screaming bari solo.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Perhaps, we were trying to find an animator to make something awesome.

Why did you name the album after this particular track?

I think it had the strongest image. I just looked up the email thread where we duked it out, and despite 80% of the suggestions being jokes we kept coming back to this.

What was it like to work with Chris “Frenchie” Smith and how did that relationship develop?

He’s a force of nature. I don’t know how someone manages to stay that alert and really have their head in the session on caffeine alone.

The horns met Frenchie when they were playing on a Toadies track. He liked the way they work I guess, we decided to do a session with him, and we all loved how it came out so we did another and by that point we had most of what’s on the record completed.

What role does Austin play in your music?

We’ve all lived here at least 10 years at this point I think. I think being around such a variety of music year round really helps. While we do have a strong funk/world scene, the rock scene probably rubs off.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re attempting to get on as many spring and summer festivals as our lives will allow. 

What else is happening next in Hard Proof’s world?

We’re trying to play a mess of Texas release shows, plotting an EP with some vocalists, and we’re playing Valentine’s Day in Valentine, TX. Find that on a map, 129 people live there.

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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