Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! We’re good! Busy planning the album release—doing everything ourselves and learning a lot in the process.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mistakes”?
Mistakes is the first song off our first album, Now That We’re Home. It’s basically the very first thing anyone has heard from us. Stylistically, we like to think of it as love letter to the heavy music we grew up with. Lyrically, it’s a sort of about male bravado and overconfidence.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Nothing in particular! It’s a lament on how single men act (or are “supposed” to act) at a bar. It was written a long time ago—before any of us where married.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We are actually putting the finishing touches on it now. Nick shot and edited the video — anytime we can do something ourselves, we do… If we have the skill set to do so. We’ll be releasing it in early April.
The single comes off your new album Now That We’re Home – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s named after a song on the album—one of the earliest written. It’s about coming home after 4 years of college—a weird time! We were much different people and all of a sudden we were back home and everything else was the same. Our average age is 30 now, but “coming home” is a universal feeling.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long. Some of these songs come from our beginnings—nearly 10 years old at this point. We originally recorded at Inner Ear Studios, but weren’t really digging the results and couldn’t afford to make it better, so we recruited a friend to help. He recorded the drums at his studio and we recorded everything else. We then handed it all off to him to mix and master.
What role does DC play in your music?
Not an active one. We all grew up around DC, so we had exposure to the same radio stations and general culture of the city. A few of us became aware of ‘DC punk’ in college, and that sort of mattered for a year or two, but it definitely does not define us. Although we have a handful of political songs on the record—and being young and in DC during the Bush years imbued us with a healthy dose of awareness and activism.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Our own lives and feelings—there was no need to do much pretending or perspective shifting between the ages of 20–27. Plenty going on. Our world is different now though, and we’re looking outward instead of inward on the new songs.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hopefully! We’re planning a tour up the east coast this summer.
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