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INTERVIEW: The Undecided Majors

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

Scott – Doing pretty well, excited about our new EP that released Friday, December 2nd.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cindy’s Downfall”?

Scott – Yea definitely! Cindy’s Downfall is the first full song on the EP as well as the first song we recorded after about a year off. This was the first song we recorded that was going to be different than our previous release, “Redemption Rule”. Cindy’s Downfall is the start of this girl, Cindy, her downfall with infidelity and partying around to the point where it affects the people around her as well as her current relationship. The whole EP centers around Cindy and ending with her relationships sanity, but this song is the beginning.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Scott – (Haha) Yeah… I had some trust issues after a relationship ended the year before writing this song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Scott – Possibly? We’re actually in the process of discussing which song we want to do a music video for. This song has the best “storyline” potential out of them all but we shall see.

The single comes off your new album In Spite – what’s the story behind the title?

Scott – I wrote the whole EP “in spite” so to speak. Jake and I were tracking the last song on the record called, “Insanity”, and I looked over to him lounged up on the couch and was like, “what are we going to name this EP?” And after he heard the lyrics I kept coming up with he said, “how about In Spite? Because these songs sound like you wrote this in spite of someone.” I agreed in a joking but truthful way (haha). And the name just stuck.

How was the recording and writing process?

Scott – It was pretty fast to be honest. I worked for a recording studio at the time as a studio manager and the owner and I came to an agreement that after the artists who had appointments come during the day, once they finish up I could have the studio at night to work on The Undecided Majors material. So thats exactly what Jake and I did. We were knocking out a full song within 8 hours total. After not writing for a year, it’s like the writers block fled my brain and it became song after song after song. Jake and I would sit in the studio, I’d have a guitar riff idea and he would try something out on drums, and we have played together for so long that we vibe from each other to the point where the song could evolve from a verse guitar idea to a full song in a matter of minutes. I always came up with riff ideas the night before I knew I was going to be in the studio the next day working on our material. I’d stand at the edge of my bed with my acoustic before bed, in my underwear (haha), and start playing away, record it on my phone, and then go from there the next day once Jake heard what I had in mind. It was a quick process thats for sure.

How did the domestic environment influence the band’s sound?

Scott – Not really sure. Where we come from its very cover band based. You have to drive over an hour away to go see an actual concert that isn’t a cover band or a country artist. That being said, most of our favorite bands or influences played at this place called, Vinyl Music Hall, in Pensacola, FL. Seeing our favorite bands there helped develop our sound as well as our performance.

How has Austin have influence your music?

Scott – That’s hard to say. This area has SO many different genres its ridiculous. You have so many options to listen to and some blend their sounds together into some fusion style of music. The only thing I can really say on that is, you will have to wait and see what our next EP or album sounds like and be the judge on that one.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Scott – I find inspiration from life events and movies actually. One of my favorite movies is ‘American Pie’ and the music in there is so perfect to that time and fit the scenes so perfectly. That’s what I try to do with our music. I think up a scene from what I’m writing about and try to find the music that fits that scene just like in the movies. I guess I’m weird like that (haha).

Any plans to hit the road?

Scott – Hopefully soon. It’s been hard due to both of us still in school, but we’re hoping to make the right move towards a tour or consistent shows in the local and surrounding areas.

What else is happening next in The Undecided Majors’ world?

Scott – Currently working on our junior release as well as some singles. We just got asked by Pacific Ridge Records to be put on a compilation album of under the radar artists, so thats pretty cool. Other than that, just pushing forward!

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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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