Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ghost”?
We’d love to. It’s a really cool song that deals with the emotion of loss – something all of us can relate to at one level or another.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Surely, my son John wrote this several months after a break up with a woman with whom he shared a fairly lengthy, very intimate relationship. Ghost more or less speaks to the sense of hollowness / emptiness or invisibility that he was feeling over the his loss and the loneliness attributed with the ever increasing distance between the present and a relationship of the past.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes… as a matter of fact. We are working on a number of songs for an upcoming EP and are planning on cutting videos for them as well as Ghost. We are anticipating a Sept 2017ish release.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s funny you should ask. Being completely honest… in full transparency… we really recorded Ghost out of necessity more than anything else. Let me explain. We’d come together as a band about a year before we released Ghost and by an large had been rehearsing a lot, building up a beefy set of covers, and hitting a few local establishments. In order to land more gigs at better venues we needed something more than a cheesy live recording of a rehearsal or live performances…so…we set our gear up in detached garage in Bethlehem (we referred to it as the Studios at Oakland – the garage is on Oakland Rd.) and amongst the mechanical refuse and machine oil odor of a dilapidated motor boat, broken down commercial grade lawn tractor, and vintage 1970’s snow blower, we recorded scratch tracks for bass, guitars, and vocals while laying the drum tracks down. More polished bass, guitar, and vocal tracks were added back ion after the fact on a separate occasion. Brendan Ruane, one of Every Other Sunday’s guitarists, and a sound / recording engineer by day, pulled some gear together and really did all the heavy lifting from a recording and production perspective.
From a writing standpoint, John provided the basic structure and allowed each of us space to be creative and serve the music. The song was written for acoustic guitar when he was playing and performing on our own. He handed it to us and said… let’s make this our own.
How has your relation as father and son has influence your music?
In a huge way. John, the younger, grew up listening to me pound on the drums and there’s a lot to be said about how he and I, somehow intrinsically, know the directional moves each other are going to make both from an artistic and a dynamic perspective. We often joke about how we share musical and physical DNA…and it comes through in our music.
How has Blink 182 and Weezer play on this record?
These are big influences for John, the younger, more than they are for me. There’s no denying that John grew up listening to and playing tons of the material from these great bands.
Does Pennsylvania plays a role in your music?
That’s an interesting question. I think it does… to a degree. Ghost, was absolutely influenced by PA… more so by a person or a couple in PA…who are influenced by this state… so I don’t think there’s any escaping that. From a cultural perspective…and looking at things from a 10000 foot view… I think the incredible richness of all of what PA is will come through in our music in some way, shape, or form. I think you’ll see the complexity of her cities and the simplicities of her rural communities.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Oh ya!!! We are excited about the irons we have in the fire. A to be released EP will be ready in the September 2017ish time frame and will feature a variety of music that reveal the depth and breadth of the sound that we are after.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ll be hanging local for the time being…in the Lehigh Valley area here in PA. We are keeping our options open for touring. If it’s God’s will… we’ll do it.
What else is happening next in EveryOtherSunday’s world?
Well… we’ve got our EP coming out in September. And beyond that we are going to be doing what we love to do most…play out a whole bunch. We’ve got lots of great gigs upcoming locally…and are especially thrilled to be performing on the main street stage this year at Musikfest with a great talent from the area named Erin Kelly. One of our favorite things to do is give back to the community. So… we’ll continue to perform at the Ark Soup Kitchen in Easton, Pa every first Saturday of the month. It’s just a little something we can do to help lift the spirits of some folks that are going through a tough time in their lives.