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INTERVIEW: I, Us & We

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

We have been great. Thanks for having us.  

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tryst“?  Sure. 

Tryst came together pretty organically.  I (Jordan) was watching this soundtoyz plugin demo that Trent Reznor did and started thinking how we could get this synth part that was three notes to play backward with the drums having a little slap back delay on them.  That all came together with a little tweaking and after the bass got put down the chorus came pretty quickly.  We auditioned a couple different verses and pre-choruses and end with what is on song.  If I remember correctly, in about a day we had the full song set out and started writing lyrics at that point.  Lyrically it can mean a lot of things but to us it is about being in a one sided relationship.  

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

I think we have all been in one sided relationship at some point.  We just wanted to shine a light on our experience.  

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

We definitely have some concepts for a video we have kicked around.  Nothing concrete yet but it is certainly a possibility.  

The single comes off your new EP Ceremonies – what’s the story behind the title?  Ceremonies seemed very apt because the process boiled down to two weeks of intense writing, engineering and producing which turned into a daily ceremony for us.  We basically woke up, ate and started working and didn’t finish til late at night.  I guess looking back it was pretty brutal even ritualistic.  

How was the recording and writing process? 

The process was very intensive.  We needed some new material so we sat down and wrote all the songs on the EP excluding 22 in 2 weeks.  There was a ton of questioning ourselves going into the process but in the end we feel like it made us better song writers and producers having such a small time frame to write songs from the ground up that had diversity across the EP.  22 on the other hand was a really rough demo that we sent out to some people and the feedback was such that we finished the song in a couple days and had it mixed to add to the EP.  Everything was done in our bedroom studio with a small and incredibly antiquated studio setup.  

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

Lyrically everything is based on our life experience whether it be our thoughts, opinions, outlook, ideologies, etc…  We have found that if the lyrics aren’t personal to us it always feel contrived and never translates.  As far as inspiration, typically we would start with one piece of a song that moves or inspires one of us and if that idea connects the rest of us then we move forward.  We have found that working on a song that doesn’t have an inspired idea to start is going to be shit.  

Any plans to hit the road? 

Yes.  We have a show coming up on November 16th for the EP release then we hope to hit the road as soon as possible in support of the EP.  

What else is happening next in I, Us & We’s world? 

Now that we have signed with Little Assembly we have a whole team of people we are working with to help bring our ideas to life.  So there is a ton in the works and some great things on the 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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