We’ve been good! Busy as always, but having fun. Definitely enjoying the weather right now. NYC can be awesome in the Spring.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad Weather”?
Bad Weather, like a lot of the songs on the album, is about being in a relationship. The difficulties you experience, and how tumultuous they can be. And how easy it is to get caught up in a difficult moment and lose sight of the good things and the hard work that carries you through. But then, when the storm passes, whatever you’re fighting about seems so silly and trivial. It’s a slightly more mature take on a love song.
Fun Fact: We got to check off a few recording bucket list items on this track, like big gang vocals and handclaps, and we even snuck in a can of nuts (unsalted, mixed). That’s a trick we learned from our engineer at Skylar Ross Recording.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Just a lifetime’s worth of relationships and all the events, good, bad, and everything in between that happen when sharing your life with someone.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Absolutely! Right now we’re vetting people to work with. We’re looking for a production team that wants to make something fun and cool on an unsigned band’s budget. If anyone reading this is interested, get in touch on FB, IG, Twitter, etc!
The single comes off your new album Monsters Never Die – what’s the story behind the title?
The phrase “monsters never die” came to me in a dream in 2016, but the word “monsters” has been a theme for us for a while. We use it like other people use “inner demons” or “the dark secrets and bad habits we all harbor”. To us, “monsters never die” is a way of saying that people (ourselves included) don’t actually change, but instead we learn to live with and cope with our inner monsters. And we learn to deal with those of the people around us – and sometimes even befriend these monsters. These things are part of who we are, and with all relationships (romantic or otherwise), you take the good with the bad. The record has songs about relationships, debauchery and inner conflict, but the tone is more “fuck it, shit happens, let’s party” than it is “I’m depressed, I give up”. So we thought Monsters Never Die kind of worked as a title.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was long, meticulous, introspective, stressful and very rewarding – more so than previous records. For Monsters, we really tried hard to fine-tune our songwriting, distill it down to the essentials and only then start layering. We did a lot of scratch recording/listening, and picked everything apart again and again until we were ready to take the material to the studio. You always learn things about your songs when you’re in the studio, and that’s part of the fun, but having things really worked out in advance will save you a ton of time and money.
How much did the 90s influence this record?
I’d say quite a lot. We’re all children of the 90’s. And while that means different things to each of us, the combination of influences we collectively brought (alt rock, indie rock, grunge, lo-fi, punk, hard core, garage, etc) really makes our sound what it is. It’s funny that 90’s stuff is back in style. Many of our influences are bands we saw at some grimy 200 person venue – in the 90’s. If you were the kind of kid to sneak into a 21+ show underage or sit through 7 shitty bands at an all-ages matinee show to see your favorite hard core band play, then you probably know what we’re talking about, haha.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It really depends on the song. Some tracks are about specific things that happened to us – good times, bad times, depravity, frustrations and heartaches. Others are about more general trends in our lives. Relationships are obviously a big theme, but I wouldn’t call this a relationship record – and it’s certainly not a breakup record. Some songs are even about other people. We’ll leave it to the listener to decide which is which.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’re not sure yet. We’re going to spend the summer promoting the record locally and online and see where that takes us. I doubt we’re going to Europe or Japan for two months, but a shorter tour isn’t entirely out of the question.
What else is happening next in Bloody Your Hands’ world?
We’re going to shop the record around, work on a video or two and play shows in and around NYC. Beyond that, who knows?