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INTERVIEW: The Favorite Things

1. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Coming Clean”?

Sure.  Its what happens at the end of a relationship – when one person tells their friends one thing and the other person tells the story a different way, both about how it ended and what happen during the relationship.  The line “are you coming clean, with all your little lies” refers to the desire to control the conversation.

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

Yes, I ran into a mutual friend who told me several things that my ex-girlfriend told her that were different than my version of the truth.  I wanted to write a song that spoke to that curiosity you have regarding what your ex is up to and the desire to have them “Come Clean” about the truth.  At least your version of the truth. 🙂

3. Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re working on it.  Thanks for asking!

4. Why naming the album after this track in particular?

We liked the energy of the song, and the sentiment of “truth” is a theme across many of the songs.

5. How was the recording and writing process?

The songs were written across the last few years – as line-up changes in the band were happening, so there was plenty of evolution with the songs.  But, we are very happy with where they ended up.

6. What was it like to work with Jacques Wait and how did that relationship develop?

Jacques is flat out awesome.  I met him a few times, with my old band and the timing never worked out to record with him.  But, so glad we did with The Favorite Things.  He knows how to bring out the best performance, and ads his production comments at all the right times.  I cant say it enough how great he was and I really hope to work with him again.

7. How much did he influence the album?

We worked in pre-production about what we wanted the album to sound like, he helped pick out amps, mics and pedals that would meet our needs — we wanted an alt country album with a pop sensibility, or vice versa.

8. What role does The Replacements plays on this album?

My song writing and the spirit of the music is heavily influenced by them and other Minneapolis bands of their time, like Husker Du and Soul Asylum.

9. Any plans to hit the road?

We hope to do some shows in the Midwest to support the album. Working out the details.  There are always challenges when life/family happens.

10. What else is happening next in The Favorite Things’ world?

Continuing to write new songs, plan the recording of our second record and playing shows.  Our next show is St. Patty’s day, March 17, at Mayslacks bar.  Expect some big fun and raucous Irish covers.

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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