Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tui”?
MATT- “Tui” is extremely important because it sets the tone for the rest of the album. Musically it’s very big, very ornate, and very powerful. Lyrically, it sets up for everything that follows: sadness, longing, pain, but there’s beauty in the way that it’s all expressed. This was one of the earliest songs we arranged for the album, and you can listen for its echoes and motifs throughout the other songs.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
MATT- I remember being in college and being very depressed, I was isolated and wanted the comforts of the past. I wrote the vocals in one take, just singing along with the prepro, and it summed up my feelings succinctly; lost at sea, begging for reprieve. It’s a love song from the ocean to the moon, a cautionary tale, and the final product is, in my opinion, an absolute perfect representation of the emotional state I was in for many years.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
MATT- We’ve got plans for a few songs from the album, and you’ll start to see those trickle out in the coming months.
The single comes off your new album Tui La – what’s the story behind the title?
MATT- We chose to use a lot of metaphor on this album, lyrically and musically, and the moon and ocean were two themes we wanted to capitalize on. All of us have at least some interest in Avatar: The Last Airbender, so we took the names from the ocean and moon spirits in the show: Tui, the moon spirit, the push, and La, the ocean spirit, the pull.
How was the recording and writing process?
MATT- It was a years long process, and I think that’s because we were all in a different mindset when we started this album. We were younger, more unsure, less experienced than we are now. Overall, I view this entire cycle of writing, recording, and releasing as a healing process; there was a lot of junk in my heart, a lot of growth that had to be done, and this album helped elicit all that from me and the guys. Recording was equally as long of a process, but it was a blast getting our ideas out and making them sound huge, and the creativity that the brothers at WerleyBird Studios were able to provoke in us was just so much fun.
What role does Pennsylvania play in your music?
MATT- We had all been involved in various music groups forany years, and the music scene in southeastern PA was so healthy and vibrant that it was very natural for us to throw our hat into the ring.
What aspect of introspection and personal growth did you get to explore on this record?
MATT- We all got in touch with our inner demons a lot on this record, our strengths and our weaknesses, so facing those reflections of ourselves in the music helped us to grow and work through our issues. That’s really what Stargazer is about: looking inside, facing the monsters within, growing stronger and smarter, and appreciating all that life has to give.
Any plans to hit the road?
MATT- We’ll be expanding our sphere of influence over the next few months, touring and playing in new places along the east coast and eventually spreading farther west. Baby steps for now, but all marching towards a larger goal, a larger audience.
What else is happening next in Stargazer’s world?
MATT- Continuing to grow as individuals and increasing our knowledge and skill in this industry will be a huge part of us moving forward. We’re here to make great music that we love to play and connect with people all across the world. Come hang with us at a show and we’ll hacky sack, play cards, and laugh long and hard.