Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having us! We’ve been great, glad to have the album out.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Higher Than You“? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
That song came out of an arduous relationship with a former record label and listening to the Bee Gees. The last song we had released was “Black Dog,” so we wanted to swing the pendulum all the way to the Pop side of things.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Currently kicking around some concepts – would love to bring Anvilman from the single artwork to life.
The single comes off your new album Pop Wasteland – what’s the story behind the title?
We talk about Michael Jackson just as much we geek out on John Bonham, and I feel like there’s shared musical DNA there. This new Bruno Mars is so smooth. Aside from that, though, sometimes it sounds like The Road out there, which has made me consider what “pop” music actually is, and whether it’s truly just a function of sales and marketing. But I think you can dance to this record, and that’s pop to me.
How was the recording and writing process?
They blended seamlessly into one another. We wrote and recorded the majority of the album at Dan’s house on Long Island (though he’s since relocated to LA), and Bryan Russell helped out with engineering, production and overall wit level. Once we felt we had written a sufficient amount, the practice room became the live room and we were off. Dan also mixed the record – he’s a real mensch.
Would you call this a departure or a follow up from Envy On The Coast?
It’s both – it’s Sal and Dan, who were in that band at one point and are still making music with the same tools they used in Envy (guitar/vocals, drums), but this is 100% Heavy English, fully departed.
What aspect of our society did you get to explore on this material?
Love and relationships were big themes, and there’s a feeling of loneliness that pervades much of the record. Social disconnect.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nothing concrete at the moment, but it’s definitely a priority.
What else is happening next in Heavy English’s world?
Probably just texting each other about that Bruno Mars record and preaching the Pop Wasteland gospel.
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