INTERVIEW: Taller Than Stories

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

Terry: Been busy, butchering animals, not maliciously; it’s my job. And getting beaten up twice a week. Not maliciously; it’s a hobby.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Little Johnny”?

Rob: Little Johnny has been our longest reigning song starting off as two chords and a horrifying story with 6 or 7 bass solos. It slowly developed, with Lewis’s input into the sinister musical nightmare it is today

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

Rob: Little Johnny was inspired by a story my Granddad told to me when I was young. It was about a young boy called Johnny who was forced to eat his grandfather and was consequently tormented by his grandfather’s vengeance fuelled apparition. “Sweet dreams” he used to say.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Lewis: May 26th, save the date.

How was the recording and writing process?

Lewis: The writing process was pretty quick. Rob came to us with the lyrics and two chords for the chorus. For me it was pretty straight forward, with the nature of the lyrics I knew we needed something that didn’t stop building but didn’t get in the way of the vocals, chugging chord were the solution. I liked that we managed to bring the opening chords back at the end for the quiet bits.

This was the second time we recorded Little Johnny. I gracefully fell down the stairs the day before the first recording and our rhythm guitarist of one and a half gigs was off his tits. So yeah, the second recording was much smoother.

What role does Led Zeppelin and White Stripes play in your music?

Terry: Well for me I try and think about simplicity. Both bands achieved greatness and for the best part played simply. Zeppelin had those huge drums that’d just lay the heaviest grooves you’ve ever heard, and a lot of them were simple, then you got big technical fills. Listen to when the levee breaks for instance. The White Stripes were masters of the less is more approach. Simple riffs with very basic almost primal childlike drumming. So yes for me, the role both bands play is don’t over complicate a song. Have your moments of shining with the odd fill or solo, but lay a groove and stick to it

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Terry: Yes, an EP and it’s almost finished.

Lewis: Terry has been our on again, off again session drummer for a while now. Our last drummer hailed from Mexico. After a while, the excessive tequila drinking and murmuring about ‘El Trumpo’ became too much. Terry drummed on Little Johnny and his drums are all that’s left for the new EP.

Rob: Terry was our secret dream drummer that we lived with.

Terry: I play drums.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Lewis: We wouldn’t want to give anything away, but hopefully it’ll be out this summer.

Any plans to hit the road?

Terry: In time yeah, what band doesn’t wanna live in the back of a transit and eat pizza for a few days. And we all love a good beer, or 10.

What else is happening next in Taller Than Stories’ world?

Rob: We are now finishing off our brand knew EP. The new sound is more refined and more towards what we want to do.

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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