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INTERVIEW: The Present Age

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

Isaac Lamers: We’ve been staying busy with writing new music and trying not to fail out of school, but we’re good, thanks!

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

IL: Well, it’s a fun single we wrote to show our fans the direction our music is headed. We wanted to make an indie pop song that was a bit dreamier and vibrant than we’re used to.

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

Logan Lamers: I guess it wasn’t so much a single event as it was just observing the state of how people seem to be nowadays.I think a lot of people get to a point at which they feel dissatisfied with where they are mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. When that happens, they might feel that their emotions don’t really mean anything, or maybe those feelings are hollow, sarcastic reminders that things feel futile. Things in their lives become trivial; everything seems like a cliche, and they don’t even know if what they’re feeling is actually their emotions or if it’s something contrived by their environment, medicine, or any number of variables. We tried to make it kind of cheeky though, hopefully with a bit of humor to say that even if things feel absurdly trivial, the fact that it feels absurd is absurd in itself.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

IL: We plan on making one with our close friend, a videographer/photographer named Trevor Sweeney. He’s busy on tour now with Bodysnatcher, so we’ll try to meet up with him when he’s free.

LL: I mean, we don’t really have any ideas either, haha.

How was the recording and writing process?

LL: The writing was actually kind of difficult.. Definitely more difficult than you’d think for a pop song. It was originally very electronic and new wave, then we relapsed to an extremely organic, Pet Sounds-esque tune, and finally we landed on a blend of the two. We spent like two weeks trying different chord progressions for the intro before Isaac talked me into the finished product. Of course he was right the whole time, which is annoying as hell, haha.

IL: Recording “Daisies” was the most fun we’ve had in the studio yet, mainly because everything except the drums was done in my bedroom studio. My recording professor at UW-Oshkosh, Nathan Edwards, has been really supportive of our music, and he asked me to track drums for one of our class projects. In the, end he also mixed and mastered the song for us, so he’s been a huge help.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

IL: Heck yeah!

LL: We’re going to release a three-part project that loosely connects the concepts of “soul, body, and mind” to ourselves and the world around us. Isaac and I have been drawing inspiration from artists that are innovative yet accessible, like Bill Evans, the Beatles, Brian Wilson, Radiohead, and loads of others. We decided to stop being lukewarm with our releases and be as ambitious as we feel.

Any tentative release date or title in mind for a new record?

IL: The first release will be titled “Apology”, and it’ll be out some time in April.

What philosophic pieces have been influence this song?

LL: Interestingly enough, the song actually sums up the name of our band in a way, which is based on an essay by Soren Kierkegaard. I’m also a big fan of Camus, so that’s where some of the absurdist themes come from. There’s a running theme of “post-modernism” that I feel resonates with a lot of folks in this day and age. Everyone seems so dissatisfied, why not write a song about it?

Any plans to hit the road?

IL: Not until this next batch of music is released entirely. We hope to be out touring in the summer, maybe early fall. We love playing shows, and I’m curious about how these songs will manifest themselves in a live setting.

What else is happening next in The Present Age’s world?

LL: Our birthday is coming up (yes we actually share a birthday even though we’re a year apart, Mom’s good at planning) so I guess we’re excited about that.

IL: We’re going to see The Radio Dept play at Thalia Hall in Chicago! They’re one of my favorite bands, and they’re the reason I want to move to Sweden.

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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