Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lung Benders “?
It’s the first song off of our new record ‘Clear the Walls’, and probably a favorite amongst the band.It’s a song about letting go of the things you’ve become comfortable with and adjusting to new things, even after you’ve put so much of yourself into the old. We wanted to put this song first, because it sets up thematically what a lot of the record is about, which is change, and the struggle and eventual growth that comes from that change.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song actually came from a practice where I found out that E was moving to Boston. We walked into the basement with the intention of telling the rest of the band and having a difficult conversation. The tensions in the room were pretty high. But before we got a chance to talk to the rest of the guys, we all started playing, and this song is what came out. It’s special to me, because I feel like it came from a very raw place, and we didn’t change very much as we refined it.
How was the film experience?
It was a fun challenge. We did it ourselves, and it’s the first video we have ever done. I tried to capture the stream of consciousness feel to the song with some imagery I see in my head when I sing it.
The single comes off your new album Clear The Walls – why taking so long on releasing this material?
Well…a big reason is a lot of change in our band. We have gotten a new guitar player and bass player since the last record. But another huge reason was the distance for all of us, as we now have members living in Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston. So it took some time to write and coordinate everything.
What’s the story behind the title?
Lung Benders is actually a term our recording engineer/producer J. Robbins used while I was recording vocals on the last record ‘The Big White Whale’. After some heavier takes, he would say “man, that was a real lung bender”. The term stuck with me, and when I thought this may be the last song the band would write, we titled it “Last of the Lung Benders” which was shortened to “Lung Benders”.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was great as it always is at Magpie Cage. We actually tracked things live all in the same room, which is something we hadn’t done in the past. It definitely helped things move faster, and also capture an energy we wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise.
What role does Baltimore play in your writing?
Baltimore has been the city this band has called home since it’s start. What I love about creating art and music in Baltimore is that it’s a very real place, with very real hopes and very real issues. The energy that comes from the arts community here is extremely eclectic and inspiring because of that I think.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
From a lyrical standpoint, I try to write about my own life and the lives of those people close to me. I think I sometimes probably dig a little deeper into things that trouble me because of songwriting, and it helps me deal with certain things in my life. We try to keep our songwriting as honest as possible.
Any plans to hit the road?
We just finished up some initial touring off the release, and are heading back out in early November for a few shows in New York and Canada! We will hopefully be doing some more tour planning in the spring as well.
What else is happening next in Vinny Vegas’ world?
At the moment, we’re just trying to get our music into as many ears that will listen. This last record is something we’re all very proud of, and we’re really excited to finally get to share it with everyone.