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INTERVIEW: Phantoms

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “There We’re Once Birds That Sang”?

This song is about giving up on the idea of love. It’s about being hurt by love many times before and not wanting to be hurt by it again.  It explores the memory of how great it felt to be in that state, but now it’s gone and inside it just feels like the ruins of what was once a great feeling.

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

There wasn’t a particular event, but I know I’ve had this feeling after failing relationships before.  This lyrics are a recollection of what was going on in my mind when I was over the idea of being in love and how it made me hate myself to a certain degree.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually just release a music video for this track and it came out amazing.  It was our first official music video and people seem to be responding very well to it.  It really captures the essence of the song and we are happy with how it turned out.

The single comes off your new album Screaming On The Inside – what’s the story behind the title?

At first, the line, “screaming on the inside,” was just a lyric in our song “Dark Secrets(I’ll Never Tell).”  When it came time to name the album, I was listening to that song and I really connected with that lyric.  I felt like that was how I was expressing myself throughout the album.  The idea of that line, is based on being calm and having composure on the exterior, but on the inside, it’s almost chaos.  It’s a chaos that you are hiding from world.  We have so much going on in our lives, and sometimes all we want to do is scream.  We keep it inside so no one else will know.

How was the recording and writing process? 

It was a process that spread over a long time actually.  We had done a few songs with Drew Fulk and then a year or so later we recorded another few with him.   Some time after that, we recorded two more songs with his engineer, now producer, Kile Odell.  Each time we went there was an amazing experience.  They both had great ideas to help bring out the best in these songs.  They were really creative and on that same page with our thought process which made everything go really smoothly.

What was it like to work with Drew Fulk and Kile Odell? How did those relationships develop?

They are both really friendly, down to earth people who absolutely love what they do. It definitely shows in the work they put out. We got linked up with them through a recommendation from our manager. As soon as we heard what they could do we were on board and it was a great decision for us.

How much did they influence the album?

They encouraged us to draw from our influences and experiment with sound we hadn’t thought to include in the songs. Subtle things like a big metal can being hit during a snare shot and adding creepy whispering voices on top of vocals, really added a nice dynamic to the record.

What role does Jacksonville play in your writing?

Still being new to Jacksonville, it hasn’t played a huge role yet. But, now that we are all in closer proximity than before, it will definitely help us collaborate more on the songwriting process.

What aspect of your lives did you get to explore on this album?

This album touches on a variety of different topics. Some of the topics include, fighting your demons and leaving your mark on the world, learning from your past to become a better self, obsessive love and how it can take control of you, overcoming suicidal thoughts, and a few other ideas in sure many people can relate to.

Any plans to hit the road?

We definitely plan to his the road soon. We are looking into playing a lot in our new hometown as well as hoping on some great touring opportunities on the table in the near future.

What else is happening next in Phantoms’ world?

We are always writing new music, preparing for the next record. So that is an ongoing thing for us.  Our main focus right now is getting our music out there to new fans as well as getting on the road to play for all of our supporters. We are working on various social media campaigns to give us more opportunities to interact with our fans, so be on the lookout for that!

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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