Can you talk to us more about your latest track “No Matter What”?
This song is one of the two songs on the album that was written on electric guitar. The other song (“No Straight Line”) will be the album’s first single. It’s more of a rock n’ roll song. “No Matter What”, however, is a bit different. It was written after watching footage of Daryl Hall & John Oates live and admiring their use of a tremolo pedal. I began experimenting with the tremolo pedal and found a groove that I liked and built parts around that. For the lyrics, I wanted to write something positive. I liked the idea of true love, meaning that you’re always there for someone in an unconditional capacity. Always rooting for someone but giving them their distance to find their own way. If they need your help, you’re always there, but as a back-stop not as a driving force. I also wanted to acknowledge that the challenges and struggles we encounter in life can feel overwhelming but convey the message and perspective that these are at points in time. Keep moving forward, keep trying, don’t give up, and you’ll work through those struggles.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
No particular event. I wanted to write something positive and was drawing from a few experiences.
Any plans to release a video?
The first official single for the album is a song called “No Straight Line”. It’s the rock n’ roll song I mentioned earlier. That single will come out the end of May with a video in June. I’m pretty excited about that. The video really tells the story of the song through live footage and animation. It’s a real fun song and video.
The track comes off your new album In For A Ride – what’s the story behind the title?
The album is named for the title track “In For A Ride”. That song meant a lot to personally and I consider it one of the best songs I’ve written. The completion of that song also really helped shape the remainder of the album. “We Can Move On”, “Kill Some Time”, “Don’t Give It Away”, “No Straight Line”, and “No Matter What” all came after. I felt like the album was pretty broad in scope and I liked it feeling a bit like a journey. The making of the album was a bit of a journey too. I hadn’t recorded a full-length album in a while. We recorded 13 songs in total so there is more material left to release. Also, the songs cover topics that we all feel at times throughout the journey of our life. For all of these reasons naming the album after the song “In For A Ride” just seemed to make sense and was a way to acknowledge the songs’ importance in the development of the album.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was both scary and exciting. About a month before we were going to record, I broke my wrist sliding into 3rd on a triple in a recreational softball game. We moved the recording back 3 months and after a lot of physical therapy, I was able to play guitar and sax again. So really the prospect of recording motivated my physical therapy sessions and my practicing helped my rehabilitation. Being in the studio was great, especially working with Ken Rich and Jake Lummus at Grand Street Recording. It felt good to be in a totally professional environment with two of the nicest guys you’d ever meet. The band was so supportive and they are such fantastic musicians. It was a great experience to have.
The writing process evolved over time. I was just writing new songs to replace some older songs in our live set and to bring something new to the table for the band to play. I really wasn’t focused on writing for an album. So that was nice, as there was no pressure to write. When I would write, it was because I was inspired, it wasn’t out of obligation.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I think the inspiration comes from observations and experiences and finding love, humor, or some sort of appreciation of those things. It could be anything from an emotion to a really cool guitar part.
Any plans to hit the road?
Well, the big record release show is scheduled for June 21st at Berlin NYC, and we’ll be adding shows after that. We’re all really looking forward to the release show and getting the album out there.
What else is happening next in At The Moment’s world?
We’re going to do a video for the album’s second single “Kill Some Time”, we have some other tracks from the In For A Ride sessions that we’ll look to release, I’ve been writing some new material, and we’ll be playing live shows. So hopefully a busy summer and fall.