INTERVIEW: Underdog Champs

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

-We’ve been good!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Safe in the Dark”?

-Safe in the Dark is about inner demons holding you back, that you need to let out and talk about to be set free. We all have shit inside of us or in our past that we are too scared to talk about. This gives those fears and vices power to keep you in the darkness. It’s a little darker than some of our other stuff when you think about it, haha.

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

-I know the feeling of hiding and not opening up. This song came about when I had that epiphany about our skeletons in the closet truly trap us inside. We need to force those skeletons into the daylight and show the world to be set free.

-On a side note, I also just liked the idea of skeletons just walking around outside in the sunlight after being kicked out of someone’s house.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

-We have a video out! It features us trying hard to skateboard and falling and hurting ourselves and generally being gangly uncoordinated nerds.

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

-The story behind the title is that general theme spoken about earlier. It also lends itself to a lot of cool artwork and imagery of skeletons walking around in broad daylight. We realized that all of the songs were written in a similar theme, about vices and negativity. The name sort of summed up what the songs were about and it had a cool ring to it.

How was the recording and writing process?

-We recorded as we wrote, which was cool. We got to record with some talented friends who were flexible which let us record ideas as we finished them. The hardest part about recording was deciding when the songs themselves were done and when to finish tracking them. We continued to hear new ideas in our heads for existing songs – melodies or lyrics that could be tweaked, guitar leads that could be cooler, etc. We finally got to a place where we were happy with the record and were ready to finish it!

-We write a few different ways, but this record was a lot more collaborative as a whole than the last one. We all contributed ideas to make the songs better, and a lot of demos were actually sent back and forth via email.

What skeletons did you get to find throughout this record? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

-Everyone has their own personal skeletons in the closet. As for me, the most I’ll open up in an interview is to say to listen to “Hear Me Out”… The lyrics for our songs usually come from a point of extreme lows; music is a way for me to vent and sing about things that I would normally never be able to even speak about.

-There are songs on the record about love, loss, drug addictions, and recovery. I usually write about myself or people close to me who I am too afraid to actually speak to; we use the songs to address those things buried deep.

Any plans to hit the road?

-We played a bunch of shows to support the release of the EP in March and right now are focusing on promoting throughout the summer and are working on shows for late Summer and Fall!

What else is happening next in Underdog Champs’ world?

-We are always writing, and the new stuff is the best we’ve ever done. We’re finally working collaboratively and all of our influences are coming out on the next stuff. It’ll be rad!

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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