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INTERVIEW: Seattle 8-piece Progressive Outfit, The Complex Dialect

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Capitalism”?

The song is an observation on our love of consumerism that has become even more apparent since moving to Seattle.

I wrote those bare with the intent of not only opening the audiences eyes on our reliance to material things but also my own.

I want more people to realize that voting with a ballot isn’t as important as voting with your dollar.

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

Moving to Seattle had a huge impact on this song for me. Being in a place where someone is living in a million dollar condo and a few blocks a way someone is struggling to find something to eat is and continues to be very eye opening. The distance between lower and upper class is growing at an alarming rate and I can see that by just looking outside my window.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we have plans to release videos for all of the songs on the record. We hope to build a cinematic experience to go along with the music.

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

The title for the album is very much so what you think. There is a lot going on right now in the world that is in desperate need of change.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for me consisted of coming to practice and freestyling bars while the band played. I formed the melodies and some of the words that way and then sat down at home and smoothed it all out.

What was it like to work with Eric Lilavois and how did that relationship develop?

It was amazing! Working with Eric at London Bridge studios was a dream come true! Eric is very easy to work with and the whole process was enjoyable!

How much did he influence the album?

He definitely committed towards cultivating the vision that we had for our record. It was awesome to have a producer that understood what we were writing, while at the same time giving us strength encouragement to try out all the strange weird extra things we wanted to try. He showed us it was totally possible to write an album that we felt 100 percent represented us.

What role does Seattle play in your music?

For me, Seattle plays a huge role in the music. It is place being overrun with gentrification and is displacing huge numbers of people in order to accommodate new skyscrapers and condos. It also filled with all sorts of music and art a lot of which is created by these displaced individuals. Taking all of this in has a huge effect on what I write about.

What aspect of society and politics did you get to explore on this record?

Police brutality, Economic displacement, depression, etc., the list goes on. I feel this is a very socially conscious record. So much injustice is happening in our world right now, and we are trying to do our part to shine a light on that

Any plans to hit the road?

We are planning on hitting the festival circuit this year, but no plans on a tour quite yet. Soon!

What else is happening next in The Complex Dialect’s world?

We have a huge show at The Showbox in Seattle on January 27! Lots of great things in the works!

Stream Politically-Charged Track “Capitalism” HERE

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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