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INTERVIEW: Bellehouse

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

SEH: Thanks so much for having us back! We’ve been fantastic. Incredibly busy, but in the best way.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Snow”?

MS: “Snow” is a bit of a love letter to winter – I think there’s a lot of beauty and strength to be found in winter even though it can also be a lonely and isolating time of year. We wanted to reflect that dichotomy in the musical arrangement – the strong, resonant pedal steel intersecting with a more delicate, crisp banjo line.

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

MS: I am a redhead who grew up in Florida where it was pretty much always sunny and hot. When I moved up north, I felt like I really blossomed in a cooler climate!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

JTC: Who knows! There are no plans for a “Snow” music video right now, specifically, but we can definitely say we look forward to releasing a music video in 2017. We’re lucky to be a part of a great NYC arts community full of fantastic filmmakers; so when we do release our next music video, you can be sure it will look fantastic.

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

JTC: “Capsized” is the name of the 4th song on the album – its refrain goes “Even though there are ways to go that we could say were wise / I’d rather with you float, if capsized.” A lot of dedication and camaraderie goes into being a six-person band. Having produced the record together with our incredible friend and producer Mike Tierney, we felt the title represented the mutual trust that holds us close within the immersion of certain unknowns. Something we certainly experience as citizens of the world as well. There are also many songs about water on Capsized – its healing powers, renewal, being an essential of living, and elementally representing a return to nature.

How was the recording and writing process?

SEH: We had an incredible time at Applehead Recording Studios back in May–we went up and spent five days doing nothing but recording and hanging out and exploring sound worlds. It was intense, but we had so much fun doing it, and the final product turned out to be better than we could have dreamed.

Known for your folk sound – what made you want to seek for a wider direction with this material?

MS: I think the wider direction came from the band itself expanding – adding Yuka Tadano on bass, Cody Rahn on drums and percussion, and myself on piano. The fact that myself, Sarah, and Jess all contribute as songwriters is also going to broaden the sound a bit in an exciting way.

JTC: Absolutely. It feels more like the wider direction sought us. Evolution is inevitable in that way, especially working and writing for a large group of such creative and compassionate individuals. Like Mackenzie said, having three singer-songwriters who write on three different instruments (piano, viola, and guitar) fronting the band definitely bring its own welcomed variety to our sound and repertoire.

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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  1. Thanks for the interview! So glad you enjoyed “Snow!”

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