INTERVIEW: L.A.’s Trashclub

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

Evan: Things have been good on our end. Excited to get this record out into the world in March and have everybody hear it.

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

Evan: That’s a fun one and came about in a really cool way. It’s all about “Party Noir” or the dark side of party life in LA. When we were writing it we had the hook melody going in our heads and were talking about how much we like songs that reference specific places. We started throwing around some of our favorite dives, streets, and experiences we’ve had in Downtown LA and it all just fit together too well. Seems more like the story chose us to tell it, rather than the other way around.

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

Evan: I’d say many events inspired the song. Haha. Many of them too embarrassing to rehash here.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Evan: We are tossing ideas around now for the video. It needs something special, we don’t want to rush it. But yeah…definitely something we are working on.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Evan: As we got deeper into writing this record we felt the theme and story of “Black Out” sort of just summed up the whole vibe of the record.  Coming back to the term “Party Noir” here. It’s all over the record and “Black Out” just feels like the unsaid leader in that little gang of songs.

How was the recording and writing process?

Evan: Writing was super organic. Just a drum kit and guitar amp. And beer. It was kinda a revolt against the computer based music that happens today. Not that we’re against that in theory (we do quite a bit of it in side projects!) but it felt really rad to bring it back to the roots of rock n roll. The recording process just became an extension of the writing: messing around in the recording space until things were feeling right.

What role does The Strokes play in your music?

Evan: The Strokes, among others, was definitely a name we tossed around when we were first talking influences. I think we definitely channeled a bit of that influence into how we approached the whole process, just not really trying to polish everything too much. I love the Strokes and what they do, but they are just one example of the many great bands we were inspired by during writing and recording these songs.

What aspect of LA did you get to explore on this material and why this city in particular?

Evan: Kinda the come down from a party. When you aren’t necessarily celebrating, but partying to be numb. There’s a lot of that out here and LA tends to jade people pretty quick.

Any plans to hit the road?

Evan: Yes, definitely. We are doing a few things at SXSW this year and digging around for the right tour mates. Getting on the road this summer is definitely in the works.

What else is happening next in TRASHCLUB’s world?

Evan: We’re excited to have the record out in March and see how it is received. So obviously that release is the focus. We have a few ideas being tossed around for the future, but can’t really talk about them yet. So stay tuned!

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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