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INTERVIEW: Folk pop duo Hannah & Maggie

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

— Fantastic! This album has been in the works for a long time and it’s so exciting to finally be sharing the songs that have meant so much to us.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Oh No“?

— Oh No is a song in which we’re both kind of looking at our lives and asking: what the fuck just happened?

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

— As we worked on this album, we both went through extremely painful breakups with our significant others. Though the breakups came after the song was written, we’ve been so surprised to see how many tunes on the album foreshadowed our heartbreak. It’s almost like our subconsciouses were trying to throw up red flags, in musical form.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

— Not this one. But we’ll be premiering a video for another single, “Back To Town,” very soon!

Why did you name the album after this track in particular?

— As we mentioned, a lot has gone wrong in our personal lives since we started this album. This collection of songs is our way of throwing up our hands in desperation and saying to the universe “Ok! We get it! Shit happens!” But, at the end of the day, art has helped us survive. It’s healed up some of the wounds the world has inflicted upon us, and we hope it’ll do the same for our fans. It just seemed right to call the whole thing “Oh No.” We’re thrilled to release the album on May 19.

How was the recording and writing process?

— Up and down. Last spring, we rented a little cabin in the Berkshires and spent a weekend making sure all the songs were finished. Many tunes changed during that weekend and came into focus. Then, between that weekend and the bulk of the recording process in the summer and fall, our personal lives completely fell apart. The songs, as we mentioned, seemed to portend our heartbreaks in a ways that made the recording process all the more cathartic.

What role does NYC plays in your music?

— We both grew up in the city suburbs, Maggie in Jersey, Hannah in Westchester. When you grow up nearby, it feels like the whole world revolves around Manhattan and, as we’ve gotten older, that hasn’t really changed.

What aspect of folk music are you exploring on this record?

— Playing folk music, for us, just gives us permission to do whatever we want. It’s a broad  genre that allows for creative instrumentation and arrangements. So much music today is so formulaic. We like to play around with song structure and form. Folk gives us room to do that.

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

— We take inspiration from everything. Our world is in such upheaval these days, the songs practically write themselves.

Any plans to hit the road?

— Yup! We’ll be touring around the Northeast in the spring and summer. All the info is on our website.

What else is happening next in Hannah & Maggie’s world?

— Maggie still has two years left in grad school, and Hannah is working on publishing her first novel. The music gets squeezed into every open space in our schedules. We can’t wait to get on the road and catch up with old friends and fans. We’re not the same people we were this time last year, and we can’t wait to see where this year takes us.

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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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