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INTERVIEW: Silent Theory

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

Awesome! Thanks for talking with me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Watch Me Burn”?

It’s definitely a band favorite and what is turning out to be a fan favorite as well.  I had the music for the song written years ago but was never able to put lyrics to it that I liked.  As we were writing the Delusions album, Dakota and I got together and smoked cigars and drank beer on my back deck and cranked out the song.  Dakota has a really interesting and poetic way in writing lyrics so once we got the ball rolling it proved to be pretty seamless.  Originally we didn’t think it would be anything more than just another track on the album, but aside from Fragile Minds it is our most popular song.  We kept getting hit up by the fans regarding a video and finally gave in and filmed one.

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

I wouldn’t say anything in particular other than the climate of the world at the time, which I know is a pretty bold statement.  We’d never consider ourselves a political band, but during the summer in which we wrote the song, the upcoming election was anywhere and everywhere and constantly in our faces.  It seemed appropriate to write about our daily interpretations.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually did end up releasing the video for Watch Me Burn on October 24th.  We were very fortunate to have Loudwire premiere it and then tattoo.com to do an exclusive as well.

The single comes off your new album Delusions – what’s the story behind the title?

When we finished the writing and recording of Delusions, we noticed underlying themes of mental illness and depression.  We bounced a bunch of ideas off of each other related to mental illness themes and eventually settled on Delusions.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was pretty seamless.  Everyone collaborated to the writing in some capacity, but a bulk of the music was written by Scott and a bulk of the lyrics were written by Dakota.  As I mentioned before, Dakota is really able to think outside of the box when it comes to lyrics and is able to flow things together that the rest of us wouldn’t be able to come up with.  For example, what you hear on the recording of Fragile Minds is exactly what Dakota had written and presented to us in practice.  I remember him singing it and all of us being like, “yeah, amazing!”  I think in regard to the actual recording, we knocked the album out in seven days.  We worked with Jimmy Hill at Amplified Wax Studios in Spokane, Washington, and he is such a genius in his craft so we were very happy with the final product.

What role does Idaho play in your music?

It’s unfortunate that Idaho isn’t on a bigger music radar in my opinion.  There is some phenomenal music coming out of Idaho that the rest of the country and world hasn’t heard.  I think we are always trying to prove our place on the map.

What aspect of the world and social climate did you get to explore on this record?

Because some of the songs had been written prior to Dakota’s arrival, this is a somewhat hard question to answer.  Throughout the writing process we were in different phases in life.  When Leave Alone was written, we had just come off of our first tour and I remember we were really bitter about various personnel. Most recently, I’d say the election year influenced our writing quite a bit, as you can hear in Watch Me Burn.

Any plans to hit the road?

We do have plans for touring/festivals in the spring and summer but unfortunately I can’t divulge any of that information yet.

What else is happening next in Silent Theory’s world?

We are planning on hitting the studio the first week of January to record our next single.  We are hoping for a February or March release date and then an EP or album to follow.  The goal is to have new music in people’s hands prior to us hitting the road.

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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