-Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, we’ve been great! Busy rehearsing for this upcoming tour with Hail The Sun and the release of a new album.
-Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Amplissimus Machina”?
It’s probably one of the heaviest proggy sounding songs we’ve ever written. Lots of interesting time and key changes, interwoven guitar riffs, captivating melodies, and sprawling dynamics. Plus our friend Joey Lancaster from Belle Noire did a guest feature on the song that turned out really cool.
-Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The lyrics focus on the concept of the technological singularity, and the narrative is basically a dialogue discussing that. Some of the wording is intentionally verbose and over the top, because the content is about the idea of this grandest, largest machine. Something that knows everything while processing some semblance of consciousness.
-Any plans to release a video for the single?
We have an animated video for the song up right now, but we’ve talked about filming a handful of music videos for this album, and Amplissimus has come up a few times.
-The single comes off your new album To Speak, To Listen – what’s the story behind the title?
We went through dozens of titles trying to cover the scope and intention of the album before agreeing on this one. The goal of each song is to facilitate a genuine conversation and build a narrative, so the title seemed more than fitting.
-How was the recording and writing process?
Both were surprisingly smooth and more than enjoyable. Considering fact that we lived in our tour van outside of our producer’s house for six weeks while making it, I’d say we were all in really good spirits and pushed ourselves to create something meaningful. The writing process had a similar mentality about it for sure.
-Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?