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INTERVIEW: Fool Heavy

1. Vents Magazine – Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Sam Coughlin – Busy! But idle hands are the devil’s playground, so I guess that means we’re good.

Taylor Berke – Just dandy. Absolutely dandy.

2. VM – Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Canada Dry”?

SC – This song terrified me from the start. It was our first collaborative effort in years, we knew it was going to be the single…. there was a lot riding on it. There’s moving parts to it. Until the day before it was mastered, we were still adding and taking away from it. I like to think the vibe is really effortless and carefree, but the reality couldn’t be farther from the truth.

TB – The main riff to the song has been written for a few years and it took that long to figure out how to structure it and take advantage of the inherent catchiness and turn it into a full fledged “single”.

3. VM – Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

SC – Not one event in particular, I don’t think.

TB – Nope, nothing except pure will-power to finish the damn thing. It was the first song recorded and was the last song to be finished, in many ways.

4. VM – Any plans to release a video for the single?

SC – Yes! We’re headed to New Hampshire at the end of October to shoot, which is gonna be dope because NH is gorgeous. It’ll have a more outdoorsy feel because we’re definitely going to take advantage of the location.

5. VM – The single comes off your new album Gusto – what’s the story behind the title?

SC – I honestly forgot where I heard it the first time- I have a weird musical background that returns to me in bits and pieces. But I used it in the studio with Taylor once. It means “with taste”. I was exhausted, we had been in the studio that whole day, I just kind of yelled it at him and we both liked how it sounded.

6. VM – How was the recording and writing process?

SC – There were whole entire parts of lyrics we were writing as we were tracking vocals. There’s something raw in framing a song in that moment- you’re in a different head-space. It’s like sneaking up on yourself.

7. VM – Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects?

SC – This is my first time writing and playing out since I got sober two years ago. I think I’m at a point in my life where I can’t put time towards something I don’t care about, and I care a lot about what we’re doing. It’s the first project I’ve been a part of that’s really honest and really unapologetic.

TB – I wouldn’t call this a crazy departure from previous projects. My last band Soda Bomb was very similar in style.  If anything, this is very much an evolution of whatever we were doing, but more mature cause we are in our mid 20s and not teenagers.

8. VM – What role does Long Island play in your writing?

SC – Here’s the thing about Long Island…. I work ten minutes down the road from a town with its own KKK chapter. I work with kids in music; we have “Safe Space” stickers everywhere. That dichotomy is really staggering, you know? It’s like the Twilight Zone. That gets the creative gears turning.

TB – The only thing it affects, is us wanting to be better than and more creative than everyone else around us.

9. VM – How has the 90s influenced your writing?

SC – We grew up in the ‘90s, so that was when we discovered most of the music that influenced us. There was this lawless backdrop for the cultural renaissance that was happening. People were writing these dirty, sludgy grunge songs with beautiful melodic vocal landscapes, that contrast really defined the era. There were no rules. I guess that’s what it is, if anything.

TB – Honestly, I think its had little to no effect.

10. VM – Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

SC – Drugs. I don’t do them anymore, but I used to be really good at them.

TB – Everyday life. We would sit around for hours discussing themes and topics that we could attempt that would not be corny. Not being corny is usually the goal haha.

11. VM – Any plans to hit the road?

SC – Hopefully sooner than later, but definitely.

12. VM – What else is happening next in Fool Heavy’s world?

SC – We’re storyboarding and fleshing out ideas for a “Pulp Friction” video which should be a blast! Other than that, we’ve got a bunch of shows planned, we’re playing around with ideas for new songs. We’re taking things one at a time so that we can do them the right way.

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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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