Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nausea”?
I wanted to write what I thought a singer-songwriter’s diss track might sound like, but I ended up dissing myself.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yeah, there was a couple of particular events that highlight the sentiment I just mentioned – trying to tell someone off but only embarrassing yourself in the process.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No, not for “Nausea” but we did just put out a video for “Dictating Directions.”
The single comes off your new album Boring The Camera – what’s the story behind the title?
Pueblo’s other half, Julian, thought of it. It’s taken from an Of Montreal song. It’s come to take on a lot of different meanings to us, mainly a comment on social media. Our album art was initially supposed to be a very plain, straightforward portrait of the two of us posing for the camera, but paired with our original title for the EP, we thought it would be taken too seriously. But all of this is irrelevant because we ended up changing the cover art to something that speaks to the social media thing directly – it’s an illustration by a great artist named Alex Guillen depicting a few scenes that are mentioned in the songs, all seen through an iPhone camera lens. I welcome different interpretations of the album art and title, but I don’t want it to be seen as a total protest of social media or political stance. It’s more of a reflection on the relationship and growing integration of the camera and our lives. How does having this constant documentation, through things like Snapchat, change how we experience things and how we look at ourselves? I was hearing yesterday that there are apps specifically designed to edit your body shape in pictures.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was extremely fluid and simple. We’ve had issues in the past in other bands with just not being able to get anything done in the studio. For me personally, the more you play a song live, the more cemented the song and all of its parts are in your head, so it becomes increasingly daunting to replicate what you hear in your head in the studio. ForBoring the Camera, when we went into the studio, we had never played any of the songs live, so there seemed like endless possibilities for what the song could become, and that was exciting.
What role does Dallas play on this album?
All of the songs except “Cry Etc” were written in Dallas, before we moved to Brooklyn, and then recorded in Dallas, with the exception of “Dictating Directions.”
I’ve noticed the music has this somewhat old, retro sound – were you going after something like this?
No, not really. We didn’t really have sonic goals going into it.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s just sporadic. I sit down with a guitar and try to write something that sounds memorable and 9/10 times nothing happens. Once every couple of months I get a good idea and expand on it. There’s nothing sexy about it. No light bulb, eureka moments of inspiration – at least not yet. It’s just hit or miss, which can get frustrating.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! We’re going up the West Coast this summer, starting in Dallas and ending in Portland or Seattle I believe. Refer to our FB page for specific dates as they are announced.
What else is happening next in Pueblo’s world?
Just playing shows in NYC right now, trying to get better. Boring the Camera comes out March 31st.