Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Reluctant Love”? Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
During the time that I wrote that song, I was writing a lot of cynical, sarcastic songs and I didn’t want to end up having an album full of songs that made me appear crotchety. So I decided to write a slightly sweet song.
The single comes off your new album Owe Everybody Money – What’s the story behind the title?
Owe Everybody Money is a lyric in our song “So Kind” and we thought it made for a funny album title, plus it’s slightly true because we spent a lot of money on this EP 🙂
Are you writing about real people and real situations on the EP? If so, do the people know? Have they heard the music? What has been their reactions?
I’d say that I mostly sing about situations and not necessarily about a particular person. However, if I did write a song about a particular person I don’t think I would necessarily let them know. Unless it was a really nice and flattering song but knowing myself, that probably would not be the case.
What was it like to work with Vance Powell and how did that relationship develop?
Our manager Tom Carolan linked us with Vance and working with him was really great. It all happened very quickly, Vance is a machine!
What types of things, if any, did you learn from him?
It’s really easy to get caught up and over think any artist process, especially mixing a record. Vance taught us that if you listen to your instincts, you can move quickly and keep things rolling along while still being happy with the end result.
Music is a saturated market these days. What sets your music apart?
We tend to be the world’s worst self-promoters. That being said, we like to keep the music honest. We don’t view ourselves as a joke band but we like to view the world in a humorous and light-hearted way with our lyrics. Sometimes I wish I could be a more serious person but I just find life to be too hilarious.
What are your upcoming tour plans?
We will likely do a west coast run for a week or so in late January and then we will do two weeks out to SXSX in March/April.
Since this is your first EP release, what’s been the biggest surprise about the music business?
There is A LOT more to do then just write songs and put them out into the world! Self-promotion is so important in this digital age and it seems to be our biggest challenge. We are working on it though!
Is there anything you wish someone had told you before you made a record?
Save up your money because it can be very expensive. And don’t read Youtube comments.
Have you started writing music for your next release yet?
We are trying to! Little by little, I think that once we release the EP we will really hit the ground running with writing our full length. We are also in the throws of planning a big EP release party for 11/22. We have 19 bands playing so that has certainly taken up a lot of our time these days. We are very excited though!
In addition to the interview, we are also pleased to give both new and old fans an exclusive first listen to the band’s new record!