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INTERVIEW: Factory Edge

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

Said just found out he has bedbugs and bought a vibrator for his wife’s best friend, Tom can’t each as much salt has he has in the past, and David hair is thinning, but beside that we are great.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hold On Tight”?

We recorded it in the shop.

It’s about hanging in there when things seem tough.

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

It started as a response to all these young kids who bring guns to school and how absolutely shocking it is and how normalized it seems.  No kid in particular.  Maybe one kid could hear this song and feel it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not currently.

The single comes off your new album Sunset Park – what’s the story behind the title?

We recorded it in our shop which is located in Sunset Park.

How was the recording and writing process?

Very simple.  We get together and press record on a digital recorder.  We record everything. We start jamming, somebody starts something, and we all come up with good parts. if something is good we keep it. Songs need changes so we mess around until something sounds good.  Then a melody arrives after singing it for a bit, usually a phrase comes about.  That is usually the theme of the song.  Something that sounds good syllabically and has some meaning. The lyrics get finished as part of the recording process.  It all happens together, some songs want a bridge so we write a bridge.  We create an environment that allows the muses to flow.  We are celebrating the wheel with no intention of reinventing it.  Always looking for the rediscovery of the perfect two chord song.

What was it like to work with Alex Lipsen and how did that relationship develop?

We have known him for years.  Alex and David went to the University of Vermont in the 90’s.  He recorded and mixed our first record, on this one he helped immensely on recording the basics, but we took it from there and recorded all of the overdubs ourselves in the shop.

How much did he influence the album?

Not much, but we sure do love him.  We share an aesthetic of not overdoing things and he has a natural ability to get good sounds without spending days trying to get the perfect sound.  He was also willing to come set all the equipment up in the shop.

What role did Brooklyn play on the writing on this record?

Hugely influential.  We live here and it is an amazing place with amazing people all doing wonderful things.

What aspect of our current political climate did you get to explore on this record?

Donald Trump scares the shit out of us.  The leaders of this country scare the shit out of us.  They seem like they completely lack a moral compass.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not really. Tom is going to take the R train home in a bit.   I drove so I will be hitting the road.  As older and hopefully wiser musicians we know that touring is a good way to kill a band.

We are open to playing out and love performing, but we want to do it in a way that feeds the music, not kill it. We love creating and recording so we want be as productive as we can be.

What else is happening next in Factory Edge’s world?

We are close to completing pre production on the next record.


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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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