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INTERVIEW: The Builders and The Butchers

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

Doing well, really excited to be putting out a new record after almost 4 years!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Older Than Sin”?

It’s a pretty straightforward rock song.  Much more electric guitar driven than most previous builders material.  Early on in the recording process we found a really incredible guitar tone one day and wanted to lay it down on a few songs, this was one of them.  The song is about escaping a small oppressive town.

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

For sure, I grew up in Alaska and dreamed for a long time of leaving.  So this is kind of capturing a high school feeling that I had growing up.  The song is also about the relief of making it out and making your own life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We would love to do videos for all of the tunes on the record but right now only have time and budget for one, which Is being shot in a few weeks.  Have to keep things under wraps, for now, ☺

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

In my experience different batches of songs have a lot of the same imagery, for The Spark, there was a lot of fire in all the songs.  I think the album is overall a bit more hopeful so The Spark could also contain a beginning, rebirth, or start of a movement.

How were the recording and writing process?

The process was by far the longest yet.  In the past we have gotten a batch of songs together in practice in a month or two and spend a week or two in the studio, then a week mixing and our record was done.  For The Spark, the writing process took about a year since the band has been spread all across the country.   Also almost all of the strings aside from rhythm guitar were recorded by our mandolin/guitar player Harvey, so he has a much bigger influence on this record.  

Specifically for recording, we laid the drum and some guitar tracks down at Revolver studios in PDX and did the overdubbing at Edgar McRae’s basement studio.  We spent about 9 months tracking and mixing ad Edgars.  I am really happy with the result considering how long it took to record.

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

A lot of books, walking in the woods, being alone.   The songs really come from all over.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we are touring more than we have in the past few years, first hitting Europe then a good number of dates in the US.

What else is happening next in The Builders and The Butchers’ world?

Aside from playing a ton, and working to get The Spark out, just writing and staying creative.

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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