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INTERVIEW: Layne Montgomery Paper Company

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

We’ve been good! Playing a lot, hanging out a lot!

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Teenage Feelings”?

“Teenage Feelings” was recorded in a single 14 hour session. We were losing our minds by the end of it. By the time we got out, it was morning so I decided to take the train – with the people going to work at like 6 am.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

I wrote it at the beginning of a relationship when I felt the first rush of “omg everything is great, this is the greatest person ever,” but I never finished it (we played it live a few times where I’d sing gibberish over the 2nd verse and bridge.) Then, me and that person broke up and suddenly, I could finish the song…

How was the film experience?

It was really fun! I’d never made a music video before but now I want to go back and do music videos for all my old band’s songs.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song was still kind of unfinished when we took it into the studio and we only had that day to record it, so we kinda messed around with it for awhile, trying different parts. At the last minute our producer Ayad Al Adhamy cut the bridge in half using the magic power of Protools and all of a sudden it was done and 100 times better.

What role does Brooklyn play in your writing?

I think the city you live in always has a hand in how you create. New York especially feels like it creeps into your music because you’re always hustling and everyone’s usually exhausted at practice. People usually are coming from or about to go to a menial job to pay the bills and playing music is usually a release from the stress of life but also can feel like OH GOD ANOTHER THING I HAVE TO DO TODAY. So I think our music, like us, has little bags under its eyes, even when we’re having a good time.

With the new band name, how has that affected the band’s music?

It’s basically the same! We ended up getting a new bass player when we changed the name and I think having him on the record will end up changing the way we play a little. He’s younger than us by a few years and brings new energy to our withered, old bones (the rest of us are all twenty-five.)

How has Weezer and The Strokes influenced your writing?

I wouldn’t play guitar or write songs without them! My natural instinct when writing is to do something that sounds like either of them – so I have to push myself to not sound like my most obvious influences (with mixed results.)

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

I think my life is pretty boring so I usually take inspiration from books or TV shows and jump off from there.

How’s your new album/EP coming along?

I’ve sent demos to friends and the band for three separate albums with different songs and titles in the past four years since my old band put out our last record (The Great American Novel’s “:(“ – check it out if you have the chance!) I still feel like my songs aren’t quite good enough so I’m still writing, but I have a plethora of material to pick from. I’ve been listening to (and we’ve been covering) the Who and the Kinks a lot so that influence is creeping in.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Hopefully in the new year we’ll have a new song or two out, the album to follow in the spring maybe?  At a some point, we’ll just have to pick our best ten songs and record them!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m planning on lining up some dates in the new year, hopefully up and down the east coast a bit. I have a lot of friends in California and Nevada so maybe we’ll trek out there too.

What else is happening next in Layne Montgomery Paper Company’s world?

We’re playing a Pavement cover set at the Gutter on October 28th! My friend Mike is playing guitar with us and singing and I’ve been a fan of his since I was 15. He was in a great band I loved called Skaters and an arguably even better band called the Dead Trees before that, so it’s an honor to have him on board for this. Pavement is one of my favorite bands ever and I can’t wait. Then we’re doing the International Pop Overthrow and hopefully some more recording before the year’s out! Thanks for talking with us!

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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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