Thanks VENTS! We have been crazy busy this year … the new EP came out a short while ago, and we are already back in the studio working on some new music and a video.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Heart and Thunder”? Heart & Thunder was actually the last song we recorded for the album. Matt had written down the title many months after seeing a friend’s Facebook post about two horses named Heart and Thunder. There was something poetic about the words in combination, but we didn’t really know what do do with it. This eventually became the title track that set up the rest of the album.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
The song started out with essentially 4 big Van Halen-esque synth chords. We use those same chords in various different combinations through out the song. Musically, there is a bit of 80’s influence to the record but also inspiration from the synth-pop stuff that is happening a lot today – like Smallpools and The 1975.
How was the filming experience when you made the video?
Making the video was incredibly fun and intimidating and exhausting. We spent over three months trying to pull it all together. It may look fairly simple, but a TON of work went into shooting it. We were really lucky to work with a local Baltimore lighting design company called EventEQ. They provide lighting support to a bunch of major touring acts and we had to time our shoot so that we could borrow lights from a tour that was moving back to the east coast from California. A semi-trailer pulled up to the film studio the day before we shot the video and we spent an entire day assembling the video wall and various other lights. We couldn’t be happier with the final result!
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
After we recorded the first 5 songs on the album – we realized that Heart & Thunder was the culmination of the different story lines used in the other songs.
How was the recording and writing process.
The writing and recording process was an evolutionary step for us as a band. It was sort of an experiment to see if we could write as a group – something we had never done previously. And really the first time we had worked with producers. Before we recorded that album Marc and Matt interviewed a number of producers and studios. That is actually how we met our guitar player Nate Lanzino. We selected SongBuilder Studios in Maryland where Nate is actually one of the co-owners. He started out as one of our producers but did such a great job of helping focus our sound and he had a huge impact on the music and overall songwriting process that we knew we needed to have him in the band.
What aspect of love and relationships did you intended to explore on this record?
The words heart and thunder came to represent the good and bad parts of relationships. All of the songs on the EP are about love, but they aren’t necessarily “love songs”. We wanted to capture the emotions of real relationships, not the perfect happy-ending kinds of love songs that you typically find in pop music. We wanted to show the ups and downs, the excitement of sharing that first moment of eye contact, the struggle to find love at the same time, and the fear of unrequited love and commitment. There is rarely heart without a bit of thunder.
Did it start out as one thing and then change?
We didn’t really have a singular direction at the beginning of the process. We felt it was important to be open and reception to where ever inspiration took us. But Marc is the sole lyricist for the group – so lyrically he brings a common style to all the songs.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are in the early stages of planning – but hopefully yes, you will see FIVES on tour in the new year.
December 2 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallary
What else is happening next in FIVES’ world?
We are currently working on a new single. We just got started but its a continuation of the themes we use in the Heart & Thunder EP – there were aspects of love that we didn’t quite cover. This new track might be one of those songs you turn to after a break-up.
And we are in the midst of filming the video for Lovers In Lullaby. This one is completely different from the Heart & Thunder video. It is more like a short film with a killer ending. So watch for that soon!