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INTERVIEW: LOYALS

-Hi Dana, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Been good! On the road and happy to finally be releasing the record this week!

-Can you talk to us more about your song “Hold On”?

I wanted to write “Hold On” as a song that can resonate with anyone who has experienced heartbreak in any scenario—love, friendship, or even family—but the themes are the same no matter the instance. Frustration, anger, hurt, sadness, and a little hope.

-Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Yeah – a friendship that burnt to the ground.

-Any plans to release an official music video for the track?

No not yet. We have a listening video up that I think captures the vibe of the song, though.

-The single comes off your new self-titled album – why did you decide to name the record after the band?

It’s just a self-titled record. Bands do that ever so often to show a pivot point or make some kind of point, I think. It seemed right to make that one the very first LOYALS record. It’s important enough to us, that’s for sure.

-How was the recording and writing process?

These songs were written within a 3-year timeframe. There was a lot that happened and a lot to say. Love, loss, faith – it’s all in there.

Matt Arcaini produced the record and he’s been a friend since the beginning. Felt right to have him working on the record with us. Recording was pretty relaxed and easy for the most part. Heck of a time.

-What role does being from Nashville play in your writing?

We are very proud to be from the Nashville area. I love the city and it is home, but, honestly, I hope the writing and sound transcends Nashville. I want it to relate to you whether you’re from Los Angeles, CA or Bucksnort, TN.

-You guys are known for blending different genres – how do you balance your different influences?

Haha not very well. Thankfully we’ve had a producer that reels our shenanigans in pretty well. We want those different genres to shine through, but a lot of the time I can write a song and the demo will sound either too rock, too R&B, or too whatever way. We work together to smooth all that out.

-What made you want to incorporate such different styles?

I have a playlist that has everything I have ever liked in it. I’d die if I had to listen to just one genre. I don’t know if we’re the most diverse band or anything, but we definitely love a lot of different kinds of music.

-What aspects of pain and thankfulness did you get to explore on this record?

Writing for this was very exciting. A record deal with one of our favorite labels, we were moving forward in a more honed-in sound… we were having a lot of fun and there was a lot to be thankful for in regard to that. At the same time, though, we’ve been through a whole lot of rough experiences over the past few years. I think heartbreak is a great word to sum it all up.

-Any plans to hit the road?

We’re on the road right now with Emery and As Cities Burn through Feb 3. Some things are in the works for the rest of the year.

-What else is happening next in LOYALS´ world?

Record release 2/2 and we’ll always be writing. Can’t wait to share even more with everyone.

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