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INTERVIEW: Edison

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

We’ve been great! Thanks so much for having us 🙂

-Can you talk to us more about your track “The Good Fight”?  

The Good Fight is a song that holds a conversation between two lovers in the dissolution of their relationship. There’s one person who is feeling blindsided and abandoned, while the other is more pragmatic and believes there isn’t a healthy path forward.  Although they have completely different experiences of the same hurt, they both agree “there’s just something I can’t get from you”.

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

The Good Fight is a song that evolved from an instrumental guitar tune Maxwell had been working on a couple years ago. We went to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to write and when Maxwell played the guitar hook we knew we had to keep digging into it.   Lyrically the song is inspired by a long term relationship ending for Sarah and trying to make sense of feeling so lost at the time.  It helped to try and understand and express the other viewpoint of the person she was losing.

-Any plans to release a video for it?  

Not as of now, but we will let you know if that changes.  We did release a video for our song “Open Road” though.

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

There’s two sides to it for us.  Folklore says a “Familiar Spirit” is a being that will trick you with kindness while secretly harboring nefarious intentions. The story in some songs on the album convey feeling deceived by love and those you love the most.   On the opposite spectrum, “Familiar Spirit” for the band personally conveys a feeling of belonging to each other and the familiar gypsy souls we meet on the road.

-How was the recording and writing process?  

Writing the album came in small bursts while the band toured non-stop throughout 2015/2016.  We would take a week off every couple months to write in various landscapes.  Songs on Familiar Spirit come from time spent in the Rocky Mountains, the Arizona Desert and the Chesapeake Bay. This album was our first time working with a producer (Frenchie Smith) down in Austin, TX at his studio, The Bubble.  He is a mad scientist in the lab and pushes you to creative heights while in the recording process. It was an inspiring environment to make an album and we think that shows in the final product.

-How would you compare this to your previous work? Would you consider it a departure at all?  

The only release we had previously was the Ghosts EP (April 2015).  Edison began as a duo (Sarah & Dustin) and Ghosts was created during that time before Maxwell joined the band.  We created the EP in our friends basement and took a very DIY approach to the recording process.  Familiar Spirit is a departure with more evolved songwriting and a big leap into new sonic territory.

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

Sarah here – Inspiration for the lyrics on Familiar Spirit revolve around two main points of loss, in addition to a few tracks that veer off into their own territory.   Loss comes in two different blows, the first and most painful was the loss of my mother to her battle with cancer. That jarred me in a way you never fully recover from and writing through the grief became a cathartic outlet for the pain.  “San Jose” is a song written about my childhood home on San Jose Street and the pain of not being able to return home to my mother ever again or the house that held so many precious memories.  My mother is referenced in subtle ways throughout the album, like the little bird in “Back & Forth”.   The second loss is romantic love and losing someone you planned to grow old with. I was gutted after the relationship ended and felt like I could implode from the weight of missing them.  Writing songs about it helped me to try and make sense of their absence.

-How are you preparing for your upcoming tour?  

The band got back together at the start of February to spend 12 days doing a residency at The Music District in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Music District is a state of the art facility created as a haven for musician to have space to record, write, practice and live. We’ve been building out the tour set and writing new material for the road. The new songs have a lot of energy and we’re stoked to build them into the set.

-What can fans expect?  

Fans can expect a high energy show and a footstompin’ good time. They can also prepare for a bear hug after. We’re big fans of the bear hug.

-Do you try to give fans a new experience each tour? 

YES. We always strive to inject new features in the show and bring out surprises for fans that have been to the show before.  We’re itching to get out there for this run. It’s going to be the best yet.

-What can you tell us about the setlist for this tour?  

We’ll be bringing a melting pot of tunes from Famliliar Spirit, Ghosts, and some brand new unreleased songs that we’re super stoked for.

-What else is happening next in Edison’s world?

This tour will mostly be club dates, but we’ll also be stopping at Folk Alliance International to be featured in a handful of showcases and we’ll close leg 1 of this tour at South by Southwest in Austin, TX as official artists.

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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