We’ve been great. Excited about the album and upcoming tour.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mirrors”?
It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record at the moment. It just has this vibe that really strikes home with me. We did some experimenting in the studio with it too. Tim had the idea to add that very simple piano part in the bridge which I think really grounded the melody. The vocal takes at the end of the track were also a little different then I had normally performed them. I think it came out incredible.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I can’t speak for the instrumentation that was written, but I can speak for the lyrics. I spent some time at my home studio improvising over the track. The chorus was the first to stick and I remember being super into the vivid imagery it created in my mind while singing it. I have a whole cinematic scene that plays out in my head. For me, the lyrics are about a lot of things that have happened in my life over the years. I wouldn’t be able to transcribe what that is into words, which is why I put it into a song, but I hope that other people can find their own meaning and inspiration in the lyrics and melody.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We’ve discussed it a few times. I’d really like to do something very ethereal and introspective, but we’re just a little low on budget right now to get it in. Hopefully over the winter we can get some kind of super chill snowy video.
The single comes off your new album The Venus Transit – what’s the story behind the title?
It began as the title for the first track off the album, then we decided the concept was a little more all encompassing. The Venus Transit is a vessel of discovery. It’s about starting a creative process with a specific goal in mind and finding along the way that it will not be what you expected.
How was the recording and writing process?
We wrote the songs over the course of a year and a half. I will admit the writing process was both incredibly rewarding and undoubtedly frustrating. We spent a lot of time voting on arrangements and parts. It’s rare for us to have a unanimous agreement on any one thing, which I think in part is why the songs came out so great. The recording process was very similar. It was our first time paying for a professional studio so there was a lot of pressure to get the most out of every moment that we could. Wyman could not have been more awesome. He is very good at reading the moment and the people involved. He knows exactly when to push and when to lay back and work on something else. His ear for bringing new sounds and layers to the songs is uncanny.
How has The Mars Volta influenced your writing?
On a lyrical level, I’m not sure it has much. I think the reference mostly goes to the writing style of Tim Meehan and his influence by Omar. Tim has a lot of influences though, I think The Mars Volta mostly got attached to our first EP because of that Omar influence coupled with a few latin style beats by Peter G on the drums. In my opinion, I think the new album strays pretty far from that initial reference to that band. I really feel like we’ve found our own unique sound.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Like I mentioned, the process took a year and a half to write these songs. Within that time a lot has happened in all of our personal lives to influence the process. Lyrically I’ve always found myself striving to express what can’t simply be spoken. Sometimes I find myself inspired by writing about inspiration, and other times I have no idea what the fuck I’m writing about. The latter is sometimes my favorite. It usually comes out of improv, and months will go by and I’ll find this incredible significance and deep personal connection to the words in a way I had not even intended. That process and the album title are kind of analogous.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we’re on tour in October following our album release show in our home town of Portland, ME. We’re incredibly excited to head out with our good friends In The Presence Of Wolves as we make our way to Progtoberfest III at Reggie’s Live in Chicago. We haven’t been on tour in 2 years, so we’re stoked. The full list of shows is on our website.
What else is happening next in Five Of The Eyes’ world?
We’re patiently awaiting the arrival of extraterrestrials, and working hard on spreading the good word about the album. I think the plan for the next year is to do another music video and play as many shows as humanly possible. West Coast tour… European tour… who knows!