Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Backtalker“?
It’s actually the very first song we recorded in the studio, and it really inspired a lot of the sonic direction for the rest of the record. It’s our take on how fun it is to be in a relationship with sassy women.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Hall & Oates was the main inspiration. It was us trying to pull off Hall & Oates. Then it moved to Jackson 5. Then we went into the studio and tweaked it, but it was inspired by Daryl and John.
How was the filming experience and process behind the video?
Working with Azod is great because we trust him so much creatively that we just get out of the way. You just let him do his thing and it’ll be great. It’s cool to watch him work. It can be frustrating sometimes with him because he’s so focused on getting it right that he throws out a ton of great stuff. That’s what makes him so good, though. His attention to detail is amazing. There was a “casting call” for the Barbies. He was so picky about which ones were chosen. I think he chose well. We’re super proud of it.
The single comes off your new album The Collide – what’s the story behind the title?
So, the song came first. It was all, sort of, instantaneous. The melody and lyric arrived at the same time, as well as the idea of it being the first song on the record and the title track. It was inspiring to think about the idea that the collision of two worlds is how a relationship starts. The main characters on our record are meeting for the first time and falling in love. The rest of the record is their story. Rookie Season is a collision of worlds as well — music, design, fashion, etc., it’s all colliding to form what we’re about. And yes, we’re aware it’s not grammatically correct, but The Collision just isn’t as interesting. Plus, we wouldn’t be able to call our backing band The Collide-O-Scopes.
How was the recording and writing process?
We had been writing together for several years before actually deciding to formally record anything. Everything we had was basically written using piano, vocals, and drums. Then we’d record demos at our houses. We finally decided to cut two of the songs in the studio, one of which was Backtalker. The demos all had this old soul/R&B vibe, which we loved, but we really wanted to keep it from sounding like a throwback. We were very intentional with the production. We added a lot of synths and stuff to give it a modern vibe. We worked with Konrad Snyder who is truly a “soundsmith.” The sounds he was able to capture were superb, and I think we landed a really fun jam.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
1/2 of Rookie Season lives there.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Any plans to hit the road?
What else is happening next in Rookie Season‘s world?
We’ve mainly just been in the studio and writing a lot. We’re in production on our new capsule collection for our apparel. A lot of new things coming in the next few months.