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INTERVIEW: Whiskey Autumn

Answered by frontman Greg Laut

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

Hey, thanks! We are fantastic. The past few weeks have consisted of frantically getting everything ready for our album release.  Now that the record has officially dropped, we’re definitely enjoying the moment.

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

“Human Frailty” was chosen as the first single because it represents the culmination of the band distilling our influences into a sound that feels uniquely our own. We combined Dr. Dre inspired synth hooks, R&B balladry, doo-wop harmonies, 90’s alt-rock power chords, and a swinging hip-hop beat while maintaining our own identity. It’s very exciting and we’ll continue to expand upon this sonic avenue on future releases.

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

I was inspired to write the song by thinking about relationships and the vulnerability that stems from these connections. “Human Frailty” sprung from the idea that we are often afraid to truly look at the flaws in another person because it forces us to come to terms with our own shortcomings. It’s much easier to live in a superficial bubble and pretend that everything is fine. At the same time, we all yearn for someone who can understand and accept our frailty without fear. This dichotomy and tension is indicative of the human tragedy and shows why real relationships should be cherished, even if they’re not perfect.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Definitely! We are in the pre-production stage now and plan to release a video in the late spring or early summer.

The single comes off your new album Ice Cream In The Sun – what’s the story behind the title?

Ice Cream In The Sun is the idea that the sweetness of life is fleeting and often melts before our very eyes. We have to soak up the good times while we can. If everything lasted forever, it would be impossible to appreciate the beauty of our existence because there would be no sense of urgency and always another tomorrow waiting. It’s a bittersweet yet romantic ideal that captured the main theme of the record in a succinct turn of phrase.

How was the recording and writing process?

We knew going into this record that we wanted to venture away from the Americana leaning sound of our previous albums. “07.04.07” was the first song I wrote specifically for this project, and it set the tone of creating synth-pop flavored R&B tunes. To bring the sound full circle, we even transformed an older tune, “Postcard From Tokyo,” from a slow folk song into the more adventurous electronic arrangement you hear on the record.

The recording process was exciting as this was the first time we delved into the world of synthesizers and electronic drum pads in the studio. The name of the game was unleashing our imaginations and testing what sonic palettes we could utilize. It was a completely different process than our older records in that we honed the studio arrangements first and then learned how to play them live afterwards.

What was it like to work with Jim Wilson and how did that relationship develop?

We met Jim Wilson through our friend Robbie Stiefel, who co-produced “07.04.07” with the band. Working with Jim is a pleasure because he has an experienced set of ears and a natural instinct of knowing what final EQ touches each song requires in the mastering stage to take the whole record to the finish line.

How much did he influence the album?

Jim was brought into the proceedings towards the end, after the record was fully tracked and mixed. He provided the final coat of gloss to the songs in mastering that really makes them pop and sound great on whatever sound system or headphones you choose to listen on.

What role does Boulder plays in your music?

Boulder is an amazing home base for the band. We have great friends and fans there that act as a sounding board to test new material on before we hit the road or studio. The town is also breathtakingly beautiful, which doesn’t hurt!

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

As a songwriter, I find myself drawn to telling stories. The starting point for these stories is often formed from being observant of everyday life and picking up snippets of conversation that I overhear in restaurants or walking down the street. Films and books are also main sources of inspiration. I wrote “Coney Island” after watching the ‘70s cult classic film, “The Warriors.” That movie helped me to tap into Coney Island as a place and this nostalgic sense of a time when the downtown punks could rule the city.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, indeed! We’re heading out on a month long Ice Cream In The Sun release tour in late April throughout the Midwest and Southwest. There will also be more US dates announced later this summer, so stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Whiskey Autumn’s world?

We’ll be promoting Ice Cream In The Sun throughout the rest of the year on the road, and will release a couple of music videos for this record. I’ve also been writing new material that we plan to record next winter. The cycle continues!








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