Doing good! I just got off a month tour supporting the release of the new full-length. I had people fill in for the tour so we could get out there and get this album out to everyone. I am now almost set on a new line-up and plenty more shenanigans will be announced shortly.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Dead by Dawn”?
It is a song about struggle and strife. Even against all odds still pushing through and persevering. That no matter how bad and dark things may seem in a current situation there is always hope. And that if we work together rather than letting them tear us apart, better days are ahead.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not really. It was one of those magically moments when the entire thing came to me in one burst and extremely quickly. You know it is an interesting song when you have to preface “alright this might sound super weird but just trust me” to the other plays before you show it to them.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
We have been hard at work on a full-length documentary about the new full-length and a 4 ½ week west coast tour last fall. This will come out 2018 and is currently in the submission process for film festivals. It is entitled “Punk Band”. I do plan on making a video for both this and the song “Rustbelt” now that we have wrapped on this project.
The single comes off your new album The Lost Art of Empathy – what’s the story behind the title?
The songs came before the album title. I did an online contest asking for ideas for the album name. I had over 600 unique submissions, but this by far was the best title. It was in fact the original name of the song “Corporate Pariah”, I decided to change the name when I decided on this album name. I felt like it perfectly encapsulated the current political climate.
How was the recording and writing process?
Some of these songs are older then others. For instance “Petty Schemes” was written after Chris Christie closed all the lanes on the bridge in Fort Lee heading to New York. I literally wrote “Are We Even Human Anymore” days before recording it. The previous full-length, it came as an after thought to do an acoustic song to wrap the album. I liked it so much I tried replicating the process. I spent 12 hours a day for two weeks with Mr Precision at bombshelter working on this. A few people came and went a day here or there, but ultimately this album was a collaboration of recording with him.
What was it like to work with Mr. Precision and how did that relationship develop?
I first met him over ten years ago when he played in “Zero to Sixty” at Ye Olde Town Inn. Over the years ran into each other at plenty of shows. I had recorded the previous 6 releases with Stranded on a Planet Studios. When I realized I needed a new partner in crime, I think I first mentioned it to Dan over a year before we started. We kept in touch on upcoming tours and finally found a good block of dates that worked for both of us.
How much did he influence the album?
It was basically us two on the album, so I feel like more than on most albums. But nothing was changed in the songs, I mean by tones, effects, techniques etc.
What aspect of empathy and today’s political climate did you get to explore on this record?
Almost everything we have in common with all other human beings. But there is a major trend in all forms of media, including social, that only focus on that extremely small percentage of things that make humans different. This is usually drawn on religious, class, race lines and reek of rhetoric. Our greatest weapon against the state is our mass in numbers. The people of power are well aware, and continuously seek to divide us.
Any plans to hit the road?
I just finished a month tour in support of releasing this full-length. V.o.A. Did 160 shows last year and always tour hard. I hope to have some dates announced very shortly
What else is happening next in Voice of Addiction’s world?
Trying to get tours booked and working on writing the next record.