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INTERVIEW: Amigos, Amigos

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

Hello, or should we say “Hola!” We’re doing well, and we are very excited and proud about the work we’ve been doing in preparation for the “Music Box EP” release.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Birds”? + Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Birds” is a dynamic and compelling track. This track started out as an instrumental piece that was only performed on guitars by Nick Evans (Guitar) and Chuck Salamone (Lead Vox, Guitar). Chuck brought the piece to Nick as “something pretty” that he was working on. Tina Aragona’s  (Bass) wedding was approaching, and we decided to give the instrumental version of the song a test run on acoustic guitars while the wedding guests were finding their seats. The band members (at that time) agreed that it was a fun track that was worth developing, but they had only gotten ONE opportunity to play “Birds” live before their original drummer, Dan Silverstein, decided to part ways with the band. This was an interesting coincidence, as the lyrics to the song are primarily about struggling to meet as a group for rehearsal, or even just to get together as friends. Schedules weren’t lining up at that time and Chuck could feel there was a sense of disconnection. The lyrics are a mixture of the anxiety of impending loss and a positive outlook to better times ahead. An ambient weather event continuously develops throughout the entire track, embellishing upon the anxieties that one may feel in times of loss and change. Once the current band line-up was solidified, Joe Christianson (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) and Mario Correa (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) worked together to add a strong trumpet melody that brings additional melodic support to the track as it reaches it’s conclusion. By the time the song was finished in the recording studio, they didn’t quite know how to feel about it. It’s a mix of several strong emotions, but again, the amigos focus on making music that just about anyone can identify with.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

A video IS in the works. There are four other interesting and dynamic tunes on this EP. There’s no telling which one will get a video.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was rather quick and painless, mostly thanks to Mike Gevaza at Continental Recording Studio (Long Island City, Queens, NYC). The whole EP recording process felt very streamlined. The band had a fairly strict itinerary and made sure they were well rehearsed before the recording process was underway. All of the songs had been written and performed for a significant amount of time before they were recorded, so no one felt uncomfortable. The addition of the horns in Amigos, Amigos! is the most recent development for the band. Joe Christianson feels that the horn lines in particular were developed rather quickly. The idea for the horns was to enhance through means of contrast and register at the climax of the tune, when the horns first enter. In the last minute of the song, the horns really deliver a new melody that “flies” alongside the vocal melody. Both the vocal melody and the trumpet melody are highest in pitch and intensity at this point of the song. From start to finish, the production of “Birds” was a journey in and of itself. The band is extremely proud of this tune in particular.

What role does NYC play in your writing?

Being that Amigos, Amigos! is North Jersey’s “premier” power mariachi band, it is only in the best interest of the band to venture into the major metropolitan area right next door. Our music is written for all ears to enjoy. NYC is and always has been a cultural epicenter of the world, so Amigos, Amigos! bringsthat level of energy and excitement to the stage when they gig in the city.

How’s your new album coming along?

The album as a whole is dynamic, creative, and FUN. It’s also completely done, featuring five tracks and has a runtime of 27-ish minutes. It’s a fun ride!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The “Music Box EP” will be released on Friday, October 13th! The band isn’t particularly superstitious.

Any plans to hit the road?

The band has talked about touring and there are plans in the works for some “extended weekend getaways” in the future! Though our main focus will be in the tri-state area, we have talked about travelling as far North as Boston and as far South as Washington D.C.

What else is happening next in Amigos Amigos’ world?

Honestly, the band is just trying to focus on establishing a greater sense of awareness within the listening community – power mariachi is a challenging genre! On a more serious note, the band loves playing with the fusion of musical ideas in a way that sounds natural. We aren’t trying to re-invent anything, we’re simply having fun playing and experiencing the music we write together. We hope the listenersfeel that too!

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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