Can you talk to us more about your new single “Hairless Cowboy”?
Hairless Cowboy is something of a title sequence for the album. All the actors, names, and establishing shots have been rolled out, and we’re finally into the action: kids biking around town in the middle of the night after a party. But to me it raises a lot of questions about how you love your friends, how you treat yourself, actions vs reactions. To me, the “hairless cowboy” is sort of a guardian angel of lost youth. This song went through a lot of stylistic iterations. We wanted the vibe to put the lyrics in the right context. It’s fun and fast paced, but ultimately melancholic and self-aware.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
This song certainly came out of past experiences, although I can’t point to one particular night. The song doesn’t necessarily have a linear narrative to it, and I think the sort of collage of images and dialogue are picked from the large memory bank of late night shenanigans I have in the back of my mind.
Any plans to release a video for Hairless?
Eventually, yes. Right now we’ve got a lyric video for The Photographer that’s big on our minds – it’s coming out very soon!
The single comes off your new album Buzz Buzz Buzz Vertigo – what’s the story behind the title?
We had put off titling the album until the very end – it wasn’t until we were sending the tracks to be mastered that we decided to name it. It ended up being completely a gut decision. We brainstormed through a few ideas separately and when we came together, we had both picked this. It’s a quote from Hairless Cowboy, but we feel like how it sounds, what it means, and what it feels like speaks for the whole album.
How was the recording and writing process?
We wrote everything together and did all the recording ourselves. It was recorded over a few months, we spent a lot of time working out the songs in our studio, almost jamming with the recordings, and developing our own little electronic instruments. This album has been the development of us as a compositional duo, from writing separately and putting things side by side to making songs entirely together.
Why taking so long on releasing this material?
This is our first album – it took us a long time to figure out how a writer and a musician could jam.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s really been us processing our own past experiences. We were thinking about how kids/us are raised and raise each other in their own bubble. So we decided to make a bubble between the two of us, with its own autonomous characters and stories.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ll be doing a US cross-country tour this summer!
What else is happening next in Via Intercom’s world?
We’re starting to collab with some visual artists for music and lyric videos. And there will be some Brooklyn shows popping up if you want to see us live!