Can you talk to us more about your song “Swingin”?
Swingin is really the moral of the story moment for this EP. It sort of encompasses the mood and ethic that pushed us to make the record. I think sonically it captures the fusion of 80’s synth pop and other contemporary pop punk elements in a really interesting way.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
It wasn’t any event in particular, though I remember when it was written there was this huge rush of inspiration. As a result the song was put together pretty rapidly. There was this sense of spontaneity and breezy energy in Swingin that was indicative of where the band was at the time. We were finishing up one of our last semesters in college and about to hit summer touring so we were pretty amped.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Not immediately though we do have an idea for a video in our back pocket if we were to do one.
The single comes off your new album Pseudo Star – what’s the story behind the title?
Like Swingin this record is really a description of the process we went through to make this record. Ultimately we had to overcome a lot of natural hesitation and fear that was holding us back from going all in. So the phrase “Pseudo Star” is meant to reflect the mindset we were in and how we forced ourselves to push through.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was pretty stressful, there wasn’t a lot of time and we were getting really ambitious with the arrangement. However when you’re put in a creative pressure cooker like that a lot of times really good ideas get produced. For example Earth Girls and Magic were written in the studio. In my opinion those are some of the stronger songs on the record.
What role does Virginia play in your writing?
That’s an interesting question. You know I’m not entirely sure. I moved from Washington State to Virginia in middle school and through that made all new friends who were into all new types of bands and genres that I probably wouldn’t have been exposed to had I stayed in WA.
How has My Chemical Romance and Queen influenced your music?
MCR was sort of a gateway drug to Queen for us. The Black Parade locked in a lot of this really cool grandness and openness that we’ve always tried to channel into our own sound. In discovering Queen it was like discovering a whole new set of musical or stylistic tools that we could incorporate in our own music.
What aspect of stardom did you get to explore on the record?
I think if we explored stardom at all on this record it was only in the respect that we realized how far we are from it. Stardom is this thinly coherent concept where there really isn’t any specific criterion that describes it in any definitive way, yet its something that people will either claim for themselves or about others. Honestly we’ve never felt more sober about what its like to be in a band, fame and stardom really aren’t on the radar for us at the moment, were just thinking about the music and having meaningful relationships with the people who listen to our stuff.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yep! About to hit the road Feb 16th – 27th for our record release tour which we’re very excited for!
What else is happening next in His Dream of Lions´ world?
Right now we’re just focusing on making this record release as cool as possible and trying to write new exciting music.