I’m doing great! I hope you are as well. Tastes Like Chicken has been really busy. We just released our sophomore album, “Heartaches and Hangovers” and have been touring South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia heavily in support of it.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bottle in My Hand”?
Sure! “Bottle In My Hand” represents a more mature direction in our music. It deals with the painful subject of addiction that so many people are faced with today. Unfortunately, almost everyone has been touched in some way by addiction. It is a sad truth that makes the song very easy to relate to for most people.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No, not one particular event but rather a collection of events that have been witnessed over the years. “Bottle in My Hand” is about a person who keeps going back to the bottle to try get away from their problems but in turn just keeps compounding them. It may seem like a temporary fix but doesn’t really solve the problem in the long run. When I wrote the song I wrote it from the point of view of someone using alcohol, but the bottle can also be a metaphor representing drug abuse or even a toxic relationship. The main character in the song keeps turning to whatever is causing their problems in order to also solve the problem. It is a very vicious cycle and is something that everyone has seen or been through in one shape or form throughout their lives.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we have some studio and live video of the song that we plan on releasing at some point.
The single comes off your new album Heartaches and Hangovers – what’s the story behind the title?
The title of the album is also the name of the second song on our CD. The title seemed fitting for the album since a few of the songs deal with alcohol and its effects on relationships. “Heartaches and Hangovers” is a song about a person who has had just that, a string of heartaches and hangovers since the ending of a relationship with a person that they really cared for. “Washed You Away” is a song about trying to drink someone’s memory away so it is another song from the album that kind of fits in this category. And of course, “Bottle in My Hand”, which we have already talked about is another.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was so much fun! I wrote a few of the songs awhile back and then had a burst of inspiration where I wrote a bunch of new songs in a short period of time. Some of the old songs seemed to fit perfectly with the new songs so we put them together to form the album. Although I’m the primary song writer in the band, my brother, Chad, wrote the song “One More Time Around” and co- wrote “Empty Promises” with me for the album. We then got the whole band together and went into Southern Harmony Recording Studio in our hometown of Florence, South Carolina and recorded the new music with Ken “Dakota” Jones. In the studio, the songs took on a life of their own and became what you hear on the finished product.
What role does South Carolina play in your writing?
South Carolina definitely plays a huge role in our writing. Tastes Like Chicken’s music has been influenced by southern music in general. Everything from the way we talk to the way we think and act is affected by where we’re from. Our families live in and are from South Carolina, so I’m sure that shines through in our music.
What aspect of relationships and life struggles did you get to explore on this record?
Basically the entire record is about relationships and life struggles. It starts off with themes of loss and heartache and moves to happier times with someone who’s come out on the other side and is very comfortable with where they are and who they’ve become.
How are the tour dates going?
The tour has been going great! We have been playing in some great venues and have met a lot of new fans who keep coming back to the shows. Our schedule doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon so if we haven’t been to your particular town yet hopefully we will soon!
What else is happening next in Tastes Like Chicken’s world?
We hope to keep growing our fan base through touring and playing festivals. We have already started writing for the next album so hopefully we’ll be hitting the studio to start on that project soon too. We just hope to meet as many people out there as we can and to keep making music that we enjoy!
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