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INTERVIEW: The Total Bettys

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

Hey VENTS! We’re so happy to be chatting with you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stay Here All Night”?

Stay Here All Night is the first single off our upcoming album, Peach.  It is about basically being an introvert at a party. I love the classic party song, about having a few drinks, meeting a cute girl, dancing with your friends. But deep down I know that is not how I’m likely to experience a party. I’m more likely to stand in a corner and try to work up the courage to talk to people. The song is upbeat and dancey, but at its core, it’s about feeling uncomfortable and kind of jealous of extroverts in social situations, while still having a sense of humor about it.

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

I don’t think it was one particular event, but I can conjure up this feeling from my memories pretty easily. I had this feeling a lot especially in college: I would get frustrated at myself for not being social enough, I’d go to a campus bar full of nervous energy and then I’d stand by myself looking at cute people, wishing they would come talk to me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have plans to release a music video for a different song off the album! It’s for the first track on the album, I’ll Fix It. We have never done a video before, but we are so excited to be working with our filmmaker, Britta Lauritzen. Keep your eyes peeled for that one!

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

Peach was a title we all came up with together as a band: we liked it because it’s a fuzzy, tender, fragile fruit. The songs on Peach have a lot of energy, but at the end of the day, they are about taking care of yourself and not being afraid to talk about difficult feelings. I think we are actively working to be proud of our emotional tenderness, and Peach is a testament to that.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded the album at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco with the amazing engineer Grace Coleman. This was our first time in a professional recording studio, and we were all pretty nervous going into it, but Grace made us feel at home. If I could go back in time and change one thing, I probably would not have brought a giant tub of cheese balls into the studio with us. We had gross cheesy fingers all the time, and we also felt sick because we didn’t bring enough normal food. Overall though, I loved being in the studio and I can’t give Different Fur enough credit for being such a haven for our creative process. Also I want to shout out our friend Sami Perez from The She’s for filling in on bass for the album. She is so incredible, and her perspective added so much to our songs. We love her!

What role does San Francisco plays in your music?

There are so many ways that San Francisco influences our music. First of all the musicians in the scene here are extremely influential to our songwriting and our growth: bands like Jay Som, Hazel English, Try the Pie, SOAR… having so many talented people working in the Bay Area influences our music a lot.

But also, we tend to make a lot of San Francisco references. Like, about how it’s freezing cold at the beach, but extremely hot in October. We reference shopping at this classic record store called Amoeba on Haight Street, things like that. It’s a special city that I feel really privileged to call home.

You’ve been compared to Tiger Jaw, does counts as a personal influence of the band?

Yes! We love Tigers Jaw. They are one of our favorite pop punk acts, and we are so jazzed about their new album as well. Our guitarist Bri especially loves Tigers Jaw and gets a lot of ideas from their style.

What doubtful things did you get to explore on this material?

Our songs deal pretty heavily with themes of anxiety and dysfunctional relationships. It was emotionally difficult to put these feelings into words, but I feel really lucky that I and my bandmates have music as a means to express these complicated feelings. I know that a lot of people might experience these feelings in completely different ways, but I am grateful that we got the opportunity to be so vulnerable on this album.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We are going on a west coast tour in July—stay tuned for tour dates and locations!

What else is happening next in The Total Bettys’ world?

Another cool thing that we’re working on is a theme song for Magdelene Visaggio’s incredible comic book series, Kim & Kim. This is going to be a really big summer for 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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