INTERVIEW: Playing To Vapors
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Livin’ the night terror.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Switchblade”?
Switchblade spawned from Mike and Daron’s guitar parts at the beginning. The band started jamming to it, and ideas just kept pouring in. The song Answers was initially the bridge, but we created so much material for that part that it became its own thing. You can still hear a slight reprise of Switchblade in the instrumental section of Answers if you listen closely.
Lyrically, I like to think of Switchblade as the centerpiece of the record. It deals with friends, enemies, trust, and being an impressionable young person in this era. Most of the other tracks on the record touch on some or all of those issues.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not any specific event. However, I do feel like the song is a snapshot of where I was at the time.
How was the film experience?
Filming the music video was fast, and exciting. We pulled the director Chance Duffy in at the last minute. He shot the video in a day, and edited in about three weeks. It was truly amazing the quality and the turn around time he provided us.
The single comes off your new album Shred The Master Design – what’s the story behind the title?
We are used to working on our own time. Our practice space doubles as a home recording studio, so in the past we’ve never felt a reason to go outside to make an album. However, we felt a desire to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones for the full length. Shred the Master Design stems from all the ways we let go of our old habits when writing, performing, and recording a record.
How was the recording and writing process?
As I said before, we wanted to challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zone for Shred The Master Design. Many of the songs were finished or rewritten entirely in the studio. Since we recorded to tape, everything was done super fast. In the past, PTV was the type of band to do dozens of takes and meticulously craft the perfect performance. Josh challenged us to work in the moment, and he helped us capture the most energetic recordings we’ve done yet.
What aspect of betray and youth did you get to explore on this record?
Songs like Machine Said Maybe, Switchblade, Answers and Desert Lights hit on the subject matter of betray and youth for sure. The idea is that it’s difficult to know who is a friend, who is an enemy, bad vs good, truth vs fake news, etc. Everything feels polarizing these days, and typically there isn’t a clear right or wrong answer. It’s a struggle just to find the right information, despite information being so readily available.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we plan to be weekend warriors, traveling to distance cities Friday and returning Sunday for months to come. Some of the cities we plan to hit include Nashville, Chicago, and New York. We should have a comprehensive scheduled released fairly soon, so keep your eyes open for that.
What else is happening next in Playing To Vapors’ world?
We are all constantly writing. So far we have about six songs loosely worked out. I know I’ve got a bunch more I would love to jam on in the band, Mike & Daron are endless riff/progression Machines, and Zack has been experimenting with LogicPro much more in recent months. There’s no shortage of creativity over here, and as long as people want to hear music from us, we will keep playing it.
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