Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been livin’! Playing lots of shows, set up a studio in our basement, psyched about our new release, “Help, I’ve Been Dreaming” – our first song and video out on the airwaves! And of course, getting amped about the rest of the EP coming out.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Help, I’ve Been Dreaming”?
Yeah! It’s a relief to finally have it out – I (Alex D.) wrote this a while ago and it’s been in the live rotation for quite a bit. We’d been working on this recording for a good chunk of time as well. It’s actually pretty surreal to have it out now. We’re really pleased with the response to it, too. It’s a very validating thing, haha.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My girlfriend and I took a break after years of dating – at the time, we weren’t sure if it would be a break or an end. This was me in the heart of that period of separation, kind of messed up on my own, pining over the stability she provided.
The single comes off your new EP Rippled Glass – what’s the story behind the title?
Rippled Glass is an idea that pops up on the EP that seemed like a central current running through these songs, all relating in some way to individualism and interpersonal communication – don’t want to give it all away before people get a chance to hear it for themselves!
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was quite a journey for this EP – we started out recording in Philly with our buddies in Darla, then did some more recording in NYC with Jack Hallenbeck, and then turned to a lot of home recording – probably 80-85% of this EP was recorded in our old apartment in Morningside Heights. All these songs were written in that apartment, and this band really formulated in that apartment, so in a lot of ways, this EP is our lasting memory of that place.
What was it like to work with Jack Hallenbeck and how did that relationship develop?
Jack and Trem had a bunch of classes together at Clive, and he’s been around behind the board a bunch for us. He’s the bomb, and super easy to work with.
How much did he influence the EP?
Jack wasn’t really too involved in the EP, but one awesome thing we did together was some tape magic at the end of “Sense” where we recorded the drums faster than the song, and then slowed it down to match the actual tempo, which slightly pitched them down along the way, giving them this cool new depth and richness.
What role does Brooklyn play in your writing?
We moved to Bushwick with this EP all set and ready to go! But since being here, we’ve definitely felt like we’re in a community of people doing what we’re doing. We’re playing with a ton of different people every week, gathering influence from everything that passes through our home and that we see and hear in the area – which is so so much – and it has inevitably colored our new material. We’re crazy excited for the future, but one thing at a time!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
That kind of stuff really does come from everywhere, but one constant source of inspiration is any kind of change in environment – be it seasons changing, moving to Brooklyn, traveling somewhere else, talking to someone new, etc.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! We’re hitting New York hard this summer, and as the fall comes around we’ll be expanding to other nearby cities and some colleges. The more shows, the merrier!
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