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INTERVIEW: LA’s Punch Punch Kick

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

Thank you! We’ve been doing good!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Licking My Wounds”?

“Licking My Wounds” is the first song on the album, and it feels like a good opener. Things get pretty loud and fun right from the start, hopefully setting the vibe for the whole record.

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

Lyrically, a lot of the inspiration came from living in Hollywood. I still live nearby, but there were a lot of trials and tribulations during the time that I was living right around the corner from all of the madness. A lot of things were happening all at once, and I think those feelings came back to me to spark up the song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We hope so! We’re talking to a few different people right now about it.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why name this record after the band?

We had a few other possible ideas but settled going self-titled because it seemed like the best introduction to the band.

How was the recording and writing process?

It took a long time to make this record, and I think that’s because every step of the way, we made no exceptions. We wrote at our own pace and recorded when we felt like we had the best songs. Our producer, Linus, was patient with us and pushed us to write more songs and perform them to the best of our ability. It was a challenging journey, but we feel like we poured every possible ounce of effort into each note.

What aspect of friendship did you get to explore on this record? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I guess there are a couple different songs on the record about friends, one being “Hell Yeah.” That one was inspired by the drive to play in a rock band with your friends. So that song is directly about us. I was jogging around my neighborhood one night and the guitar line came to me, so we had that for a while—we kept working on the song, and it eventually became “Hell Yeah” when I realized the lyrics needed to be about the band.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’d love to bring the show anywhere that we can—we’ve got wheels, so in due time I’m sure we’ll make it happen.

What else is happening next in Punch Punch Kick’s world?

We’re really excited for the record to get out and into the world. That’s really all that we’re thinking about. We’re playing a great show with our friends Ozma & Nerf Herder at the Troubadour on July 15th here in LA, so we’re looking forward to playing as much as we can. And we’re always writing and rehearsing, so I’d say it won’t be long before we’ll be releasing more music.

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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