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Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
– Hey again, all’s well on our end. Thanks for having us back.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Whole?
– This song we wrote in the summer of 2016, and I think recorded almost the entire structure of what became some of the final pieces in one day. Kind of like lightening in a bottle. We love clichés.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
– Honestly, I think it came out of nowhere. Usually when we write something new, it starts as a chord structure or a hook of some sort that gets developed over and over and over, but this track seemed to have a kind of a life of its own. It actually leapfrogged a few of our yet-to-be-released recordings because of how quickly it came together.

How was the film experience?
– It was fantastic! One of the directors/creators of the “Whole” video we have worked with before on our first video, “Angels in the Fog”- Nigel Walsh. He’s someone whose work truly inspires us so it’s a blessing to have him as a close friend and strong creative influence. On “Whole”, we brought in another dear friend, Matty Sims, who really took the lead on the whole video. The final concept is an emotionally beautiful script of scenes, shot in Los Angeles, and those guys are really the best for bringing that imagery together. We can’t thank them enough for what they put into this video – with getting the actors, locations, storyline, photography; they really did it all from top to bottom. The video is something very special to us. It was an official selection of the 2016 Culver City Film Festival.

How was the recording and writing process?
– Fairly normal for the most part. We had some ideas of some sounds that we liked and kept them together. Andy really takes the lead on our recording process, and the beauty of the idea shines through with that. It is significantly fortunate when one of the major songwriters in the band is also an extremely talented producer / multi-instrumentalist / audio engineer / mixer. 

What role does St. Louis play in your music?
– We’ve been lucky enough to have created some great friendships with beautifully creative minds that continue to inspire us; all of the work of artist Chris Bauer, musicians/bands we absolutely love – Blackwater ’64, Cannon Field, Samuel P, Cara Louise Band, Cody Mitchell. Missouri has been kind to us to allow us to work with and admire these folks regularly. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
– It does! We are currently in the process of recording multiple new tracks that will be released throughout 2017. We expect to release a few videos to accompany some of these tracks as well.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?
– Our next material should be surfacing in the spring of this year.

Would the whole album deal with the idea of love and loss?
– As does most of the work that moves us, we tend to gravitate to the power of emotion and its universal connection. We let the music lead the idea and we do our best to convey & follow suit.

Any plans to hit the road?
– Lightly. We’d like to return to Chicago at some point in the year, possibly some other beloved Midwestern cities like Nashville and Kansas City, but for the most part are working on our studio material. It kind of envies the idea of construction; it’ll never be totally completed but we continue to work and start new projects. There will always be a few St. Louis performances as well, as we like to see our friends together as much as possible. 

What else is happening next in Jailbox’s world?
– Recording & recording & recording & recording.

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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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