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INTERVIEW: Erin & The Wildfire

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

We’ve been pretty GREAT ya’ll, thanks for checking in!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Great Love”?

The idea came up when we were writing this album that focuses on unrequited love. The verses are an almost satirical take on not finding love. Referring to “so-called men” expresses my frustration with some of the people I’ve dated who have disappointed me. “Honey in the hive” refers to the connection I see in other relationships, but can’t seem to attain for myself.

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

“Great Love” was the last tune we wrote before recording the album, but it has one of the oldest origin stories. When I was a 4th year at UVA, I got dumped, hard. It was devastating and unexpected and everything you might find after a first love heartbreak. At the time, I was doing an independent music study with my favorite professor/teacher (ever), Dr. Ted Coffey. I confided in him/ugly cried through our meeting about my hurting heart, and he shared a story with me about one of his breakups. He said he’d been dumped on Christmas Day by the person he saw his entire future with and that he felt like he’d never love again in the same way. BUT he said he never knew the greatness a love could have until his most recent relationship: “The love I have now is a great love.” I have held those words in my heart since then and call on them when I’ve felt hopeless about romance. Dr. Coffey also told me in the same meeting that this would not be my last serious heartbreak (lol). #wisdom

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Yes! We’ve got something in the works, but we are touring for the next few months so it might be a min.

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

Thirst is about my quest for love, but this leg of the journey turned up all misses… epitome of unrequited love. I’d say a quarter of the songs are about one person in particular who I chased for a couple/few years. The song “Thirsty” was the first in the series of longing songs followed by “Nothing Drowns You Out,” “Meant For Me,” “One Woman Show,” and finally “Great Love.” Longing turns to obsession turns to insecurity turns to anger turns in the end to a surrender of sorts with “Great Love.”

How was the recording and writing process? 

We recorded this album at Montrose studios in Richmond, VA and it was a dream. We prepped carefully to make sure we made efficient use of the studio time, so we felt pretty confident going in. We actually had a bout of the stomach flu, take out 2 of the 7 bandmates on day 4 and we went into panic mode. We were convinced that it was a matter of time before the rest of us were hugging the toilet too, but we somehow avoided more casualties. Otherwise, the recording process was silky smooth, filled with laughs, and a humbling musical experience.

What role does Charlottesville play in your writing? 

Charlottesville, VA is great. It’s home. But dang the dating pool is small! (see: One Woman Show, Great Love). We feel very welcomed by the music community in Charlottesville and we are especially proud of the resilience and grace with which our fellow Cvillians have handled the terrorist attack on A12.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

Lyrically, the inspiration comes from my/our lives. These songs are personal. For example, I mean it with all my heart when I say Every Single Song On My CD Is Gonna Be A Hit… comes straight from the heart. Our musical influences are varied, but we luv Vulfpeck, Alabama Shakes, and Funkadelic.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m actually writing out these answers from the passengers seat of our stinky band van! We are on the first leg of our album release tour to promote Thirst. En route to Annapolis MD currently. We plan to tour regionally in VA for the rest of the fall too!

What else is happening next in Erin & The Wildfire’s world?

We’ve been writing some new songs… there’s talk of another full length in 2018. Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Most def. The tunes never stop coming though (thank you ????), so more recording is definitely in our future. We are also aiming for a more extensive tour this coming spring- Midwest, west coast?!?, farther south.


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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