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INTERVIEW: RAINY DAY CRUSH

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

Busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, so pretty great!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Heartbreak (Or How To Get Over It)”?

It’s the most recently written song off the record, so it’s a big indicator of where our sound is headed in the future. Which is exciting, because we’re really happy with the way the song turned out.

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

I don’t think so… It’s a lot of experience wrapped into one song. There seems to be a lot of negativity floating around lately, both in our personal lives and on a global scale. This song was our response to that.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We just put out a lyric video for the single, which you can see on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Regular videos are pretty expensive, so we need to play some shows and sell some records first! But yes, we are planning a video. We have a rough story board laid out and everything.

The single comes off your new album I’m Still Alive – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s a line from “Heartbreak.” It started out as a tag line we put on some wristbands, and just kind of stuck.

I’m not sure how other bands do things, but we end up titling things after they’re done. It’s the hardest part, because in some respects, a title is sometimes the first thing a person sees when coming into contact with a song or record, so it sets the tone. On the other hand, the song is what it is, no matter what you call it. So sometimes the title feels like nothing more than a way to pick the song out of a lineup.

It’s almost like putting a title on a relationship. You know what the relationship is, but how do you explain that relationship in a couple words when you have to introduce this person to your friends and family?

The creative process is weird and fascinating!

How was the recording and writing process?

Liberating. In all honesty, this project started out as a way to keep momentum going after we lost the second of two lead singers last year. We just wanted to keep making music. We had these songs written, and we had some money, so we spent it in the studio. Our engineer, Steven Servi, was brilliant. He earned our respect without being overbearing or ego-driven. We went in and got down to work, and things sounded great right off the bat! After we did the first couple songs, we started to think maybe we’d be OK just doing our thing.

What aspect of tenacity and determination did you get to explore on this material?

It’s a happy tenacity, and an almost pre-determined determination. In The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne said something along the lines of, “You have two options. Get busy living, or get busy dying.” For us, there was only one option.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re working on plans for a short Midwest tour. Nothing set in stone yet, but we’d love climb in my station wagon and get out on the road.

What else is happening next in Rainy Day Crush’s world?

We’ve got some big plans for the summer, including a spot at Summerfest, which we just found out about. It’s the world’s largest music festival, and it’s amazing to be a part of it!

Outside that, the basic plan is to play everywhere we can, share our music with everyone we can, and try to put together a couple bucks so we can afford the next record. Easier said than done, but again: what other option is there?

LISTEN TO “HEARTBREAK (AND HOW TO GET OVER IT)” HERE

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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