Can you talk to us more about your song “Show Me”?
Sure thing. Show me is 1 of 4 songs we put out on our most recent EP called EVERYBODY SCREAMS which was produced by Alex Newport. Matt and I wrote the foundation of this song with a good friend of ours Ted Boldt on drums when he was coming through town. We linked up to jam and the idea that came out felt very NEW LANGUAGE so we took the foundation and grew it from there with Jake and Seb.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
No event in particular but more like a series of life experiences that have come together to leave me with plenty of questions to explore through songwriting.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
This was a fun one to film. We wanted to be a bit ridiculous with this one so we decided it’d be a good idea to wake up at 4am on a Sunday to shoot a one shot music video with a friend in a gold skeleton mask and a few dancers you found on craigslist the night before with some cheap confetti cannons and smoke bombs on a quiet industrial street that also happens to host a swap meet. Even further we thought it’d be a good idea to take that video and figure out how to do hand drawn animations over every frame…. art. In the end we’re happy with how it turned out and think it fits with what we’re doing as a band.
The single comes off your new album Everybody Screams – what’s the story behind the title?
We named the EP Everybody Screams after the track title Everybody Screams which is a song about perspectives, differences, and the difficulties involved with listening. There’s so much going on around the world that to me seem inexplicable…. but on the flip side of the coin there are huge groups of people that feel the same way I do, but the opposite perspective (particularly in America). There are tons of divisive issues at the forefront of social conversation at the moment and instead of turning that mutual confusion of other side’s perspective into anger, I think the world would benefit if both sides realized everyone has an opinion built on previous experiences and a lot of good could come from listening to each other.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was really fun on this EP. We booked a residency and to celebrate we decided to record a few songs we had been working on with a producer named Alex Newport. It definitely all happened pretty quickly because in a matter of a few weeks we had finished writing the songs, recorded them, released em, and started playing them live. Working with Alex was a great experience and we hope to do more with him int the future.
What role does California play in your writing?
Hmm I’m not sure if there is a direct relationship though indirectly I’d say it’s safe to say your environment can shape your perspectives. We’re all lucky to live in California but on a scale of 1 to Red Hot Chili Peppers I’d say we’re about a 2 on the influence scale.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Most of my writing comes from me being a sponge in the world and looking to analyze my own thoughts and feelings through lyrics. For this EP there isn’t a set point of influence but more everything that happens in the day to day.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have a few gigs coming up and are looking to do much more touring in the summer and fall of this year. At the moment we’re playing May 4th and May 6th in Southern California with Will Haven and Fake Figures.
What else is happening next in New Language’s world?
We’re currently prepping to release two new singles paired with two new videos and start working on our next full length effort… so more music, more videos, and anything else we can think of coming soon.