Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Sam – Thanks for having us. We’re doing great. Super excited to finally be getting some new music out.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All You Need”?
Sam – “All You Need” actually came out of the final writing session we had before htting the studio. It’s funny how it works that way sometimes. The track that almost didn’t make it ends up being the first single.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Chris – It’s not necessarily fair to say it was a singular event, as opposed to a culmination of a lifetime of similar “self inflicted situations” we as people tend to get ourselves into. If you’ve ever taken time to do any deep, genuine introspection, you’ll quickly realize how many faults find their way to the surface. Now that doesn’t have to create a negative connotation, but if there seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding your everyday life, it’s your responsibility to take accountability for yourself likely being the common denominator. At the end of the day, it’s really about admitting your wrongs and doing your best to fix yourself.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Sam – It’s definitely a possibility. We’ve got another video ready to go at the moment, but we’ll surprise you with what song that’s for.
The single comes off your new album Painting Parallels – what’s the story behind the title?
Chris – A lot of the material on this record stemmed from growing up in the small town where I came from (Cherry Valley / Beaumont, CA). After my parents divorce when I was only two, my mother moved us around a bit. Landing on your feet with a toddler as a single mom is rough. Physically, mentally, and financially. When she finally decided to settle down here, I think it felt like home to her because in retrospect, looking at anyone who comes from here, I notice many characteristic traits that I’ve not seen anywhere else, and my immediate family is no exception. It’s a very unique place, very “sleepy hollow”. We were tucked right up against the mountains so growing up, there were so many places to go explore, play hide and seek, get lost, really just do whatever we wanted outside of any supervision. We could really be ourselves, true individuals. Painting Parallels found its way as the title of the record a bit subconsciously I think, it’s more of realization than a record title. It’s really about drawing connections between your current-self and who/what/where helped mold you into that person. Whether good or bad, you can’t really ever understand anything until you understand who you are.
How was the recording and writing process?
Sam – The writing and recording process for this album was definitely different than anything we’ve experienced before. This time we were lucky enough to have a writing space we could just lock ourselves in for hours and hash out material. Once we brought our producer Daniel Wonacott on board he really made a point of going about the process in the way that he’s always been used to as an artist: the producer being there for most of the writing sessions and really focusing on pre-production. Daniel really gave us a lot of creative freedom and was particularly helpful when it came to arrangements. He really made us focus on nailing down our parts in pre-production so by the time we actually got in the studio almost everything was ready to go. Once we got to the studio it was a ton of fun. We got to play with a huge stash of effects pedals that people have probably heard on the last couple Finch releases and really took a lot of time developing the vocals. A couple odd bells and whistles also made it on the record, like chords strummed with a dry erase board eraser.
Chris – Can we insert a pizza emoji here? I learned that it means “killer” from our producer Daniel.
What role does Thrice and Brand New plays in your music?
Sam: Thrice has definitely become a bigger and bigger influence on me over the years. I just really appreciate the dynamic sound they have and how many different types of songs they can create while still staying true to themselves. I know Thrice and Brand new have also had a big influence on Michael for a while before I caught on to them.
Michael: Growing up Thrice and Brand New were major influences for me. They always found ways to take risks with their songwriting and I always really admired that. Not sticking to the same sound every record is something I always found inspiring. Their biggest direct influence for me as a bass player would be Thrice’s bass tone and Brand New’s dynamics. Thrice always had such a meaty and purposeful bass tone. I have looked to model my own sound after tones that you would find on songs like “Firebreather”. Brand New is a band that gets very very quiet and then explodes in volume! This sort of dynamic contrast was something I said I wanted to go after from the first day we started writing our record.
What made you want to seek for a new direction?
Sam: I’m not sure we exactly we were trying to seek a new direction, it moreso just came naturally from our variety of influences. Writing a full length allowed for us to try some different things because of the greater amount of content we needed to create. There’s definitely songs on “Painting Parallels” that keep the vibe of “The Vice Volumes” but there’s also tracks that reveal a much more experimental sound and even a more pop punk sound.
Chris: We all came from bands where we were more just “players” or “robots” than creative thinkers with our own ideas. Keeping your chops fresh is one thing but justifying that in a sense of ‘this is why I play music’ is impossible. I think we all had a similar realization along the same time line where we knew it was time to represent ourselves more honestly as musicians and people.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Sam: For the lyrics I wrote for the record it was just a lot of inspiration from life and personal experience. Things like love and loss, feeling like an outsider amongst the people around you, etc. and just trying to figure out how to overcome those things.
Chris: See above regarding the album title.
Any plans to hit the road?
Sam: Once the record comes out I feel like we’ll try and dominate the local market a little more, but yes we’ll be back on the road as soon as possible. Can’t wait to get back to our home away from hom in Chico, CA.
What else is happening next in IN URGENCY’s world?
Sam: We will be having the CD release show for “Painting Parallels” on June 2nd at Slidebar in Fullerton, CA and have a lot more content coming your way. So stay tuned.