TJ: Thanks! We’ve been doin well. Busy. Stock LA answer, we know.
V: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fall or Fly”?
TJ: Always happy to talk about ourselves ;-). Sonically, “Fall or Fly” is a good representation of our growth as a band. It takes a lot of the things we liked about our sound on our previous release – the darkness, brutally honest lyrics, anthemic nature, etc. – and added some electronic production we’ve wanted to incorporate for a while. It also really allows Caitlin’s vocals to shine.
V: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
TJ: It wasn’t a particular event so much as a life stage. In a broad sense it was birthed from the idea of being ok with disappointing people. We’ve both reached a stage in life where we’re only surrounded by people we admire and respect, and it’s taken awhile to get to this point relationally where we’ve filtered people and relationships out that don’t serve our best or make us better. The flip side is that, to live really honestly, you’re inevitably gonna disappoint people who don’t agree with you. That’s not a problem when you don’t really care about the opinions of the people in your life. But when your life is only filled with people you respect? Living honestly becomes much more real. And in the context of a romantic relationship? Shit. Being able to look your loved one in the eye and say, “I know you don’t like this but this is me,” as opposed to catering to my first instinct, which is to just make them happy….that’s hard, for both parties. It’s freeing, but hard. That’s where real life is. Thus the line ” We live or we die on the edge of a lie.”
CP: There’s so much power in that moment when you decide to expose all of yourself to another person. There’s so much unknown hanging in that tension. Not knowing how you, in all of your vulnerability, will be received by someone whose opinion of you means everything, is terrifying. To say the least. This song captures those feelings right before the truth is uttered. And it kind of feels like getting ready to jump off a cliff.
V: Any plans to release a video for the single?
CP: We’ve got a little something in the beginning stages that we’re getting excited about.
V: How was the recording and writing process?
TJ: Really pleasant. Our producer, Michael “Smidi” Smith, is a genius, and one of the nicest guys on the planet, so recording is always a joy.
Writing on this one was quick. It was a bass line that drew the melody and lyrics pretty effortlessly. Sometimes you get lucky.
V: What role does LA plays in your music?
TJ: A huge role. LA is huge and intimate and diverse and isolating and peaceful and chaotic and….all kinds of dichotomies and paradoxes. It becomes hard to settle on one sound and genre and ‘feel’ for creating music. Living here makes you want to branch into everything cause you realize everything can actually exist and work together.
CP: LA is all about reinvention. That’s how most successful artists manage to stay relevant, and while reinvention isn’t the end goal for us, it certainly allows us the freedom to branch out and explore literally every aspect of our artistry and not feel locked into any one genre or brand and that’s pretty cool.
V: Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
TJ: Yes. 8 songs. A short LP or long EP, depending on how you look at it. It’s in the mixing/mastering phase.
V: Any tentative release date or title in mind?
TJ: October of this year.
V: Any plans to hit the road?
TJ: Not on a tour… yet. We’ll have an LA release show later this year, but just a one-off. We’re studio rats and homebodies. Creating the music is where we feel most ourselves, so that’s where we tend to spend most of our time.
V: What else is happening next in The Rigs’ world?