Landon Jones: Hey VENTS, thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We are all doing incredible.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Magnolia”?
Joshua Landry: We figured we would put out Magnolia as the second single to give just a bit more insight on what the record truly means. “The angel you love, can hurt you the most” is essentially saying “learn to let go”. In our case it’s a sort of symbolism for learning to let go of our past, and the things that hurt us the most growing up.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Joshua Landry: When I was a kid, I had a really solid childhood. I had friends, I had a happy family that was very close knit. One day, I woke up 12 years on a learning curve to becoming a man a lot quicker than intended. My family packed up and fled a storm that took everything away and forced me to start over somewhere completely new. I held onto that grudge, and felt that situation recur in every aspect of my life. I built something up to get it torn down constantly. Like an ant building his kingdom to get exterminated over and over. Learning how to just let life take its course, and realize that everything happens for a reason played a big part in composing this song for all of us.
How was the film experience?
Joshua landry: Putting together the visual with Luke for Magnolia was extremely fun! The concept was to have a nearly dead Magnolia flower with colors passing over it to symbolize someone who’s gone through a lot/experienced a lot of negative moments in their life being covered in beautiful things to try and rehabilitate it. In simpler terms.. “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.
The single comes off your new album Kid – what’s the story behind the title?
Landon Jones: We named the EP ‘Kid’ because nearly every song on it personifies things we felt, saw, or experienced when we were young. However, as we grew older we started to see the world through different eyes-we came to realize just how cruel time really is. ‘Kid’ is about confronting your feelings, and learning how to let go, how to change, and how to grow into the person you want to be before your time is up. Once you know this about the EP, the whole thing kind of takes on a whole new meaning which I think is pretty cool.
How was the recording and writing process?
Landon Jones: About 2 and a half years ago, we flew out to LA to work with friend/producer Drew Fulk to write an album. We spent a lot of our time there fucking around and exploring, but somehow we were still able to get a lot done. We wrote several songs while we were there, but later decided to pick out our favorites and put them together to form the EP ‘Kid’. The process was really great though. Drew is all about keeping things stress free while writing, so that’s exactly what we did. We spaced out our tracking days to allow plenty of time to relax and have fun in between so things never felt forced. It was just good vibes all around and the whole experience went extremely well. We miss both Drew and LA a lot, and I look forward to the opportunity of going back to write more with him on the next album.
What was it like to work with Drew Fulk and how did that relationship develop?
Joshua landry: Drew has been a good friend of mine for a while now, we had met him through a friend’s former manager back in 2013. Working with Drew has always been a total blessing. He’s there to catch me when I derail or overthink. He’s taught me so much about composition and songwriting, that it would be impossible to do what I do in my own endeavors as well as the band’s, or be half as capable without the moments of tough love we endured throughout the process of the EP. We had written a catalogue of songs together between about 2013-2017. He is and always will be the unofficial sixth member of Vault 51, and we have always been super grateful for that.
Any plans to hit the road?
Landon Jones: We don’t have any tours to announce just yet, but you can expect to see us on the road by the end of 2017.
What else is happening next in Vault 51’s world?
Landon Jones: Because the process of getting our debut EP, ‘Kid’, to the market took over two years, we have had time to actively write and continue to develop our sound. It’s hard to say when exactly, but I expect it won’t be very long before we have new material ready to release. I’m extremely excited for Vault 51’s future and the direction we are headed as a band.