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INTERVIEW: Midnight Larks

Hi folks, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having us! I’ve been pretty good, keeping busy!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Gunfighter”?

Gunfighter was inspired by the westerns that I used to watch with my Dad growing up. My Dad loves them and he passed on that love to me. I wanted to write something super simple and repetitive that is sweet but also bordering on creepy.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Watching a movie from the ’50s called The Gunfighter.

The single comes off your new self-titled album– what’s the story behind the name?

We wanted something kind of mysterious and we also liked the fact that the name has a double meaning. A lark is a beautiful songbird so it could mean a bird singing at night, but lark can also mean mischievous and playful so I think it describes us well.

How was the recording and writing process?

Nikki [Speake] and I had some songs we had already written that we started the band with and we were both inspired to write some new songs as the band progressed. We collaborated on a track called “Tease” which was fun and we would like to do more of that in the future. We recorded our album at a studio called The Greenhouse Atlanta with Aaron and Nancy Hill. They were really great at helping us to bring our psychedelic dream to fruition.

How did Ennio Morricone and Dick Dale influence this album?

I have always been a big fan of both of their music and styles so you can definitely hear how some of my songwriting and guitar tones were heavily influenced by them. I love making cinematic music, one of my favorite things I have done in the past was to score music for some movies — The Treasure of The Black JaguarDust Up, The Legend of The Widower Colby Wallace and Tecumseh’s Curse. All of those movies had a desert type western influence.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects or rather a continuation?

I would definitely say it is a continuation, my previous projects was a psychedelic western band called Spindrift and a punk rock blues band called The Mobsters, Midnight larks definitely has western, punk rock and blues sounds.

What is about the 70s that you find so fascinating?

I was born in ’78 so that might have something to do with it. I love all kinds of music but mainly late ’60s and early ’70s are my jams. Sometimes I feel like I was born too late.

What role does Atlanta play in your writing?

Atlanta is a wonderful city and the people here have really embraced me us as artists. None of us originally came from Atlanta but we are all very happy here and the scene is thriving.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

For me my inspirations come from my life experiences, good and bad. Happiness, love, lust, pain, the feeling of being an outsider, anger and frustration have all been sources of inspiration for my music.

Any plans to hit the road?

We hope to at some point. We are hoping to go on tour with some other bands and play more festivals.

What else is happening next in Midnight Larks´ world?

We have our record release show this Saturday and have been booked to play a couple of festivals, we are hoping to get booked on some more soon. We will also be working on new material now we can finally put out this album, it’s been a long time in the works and we are really excited for everyone to hear it!

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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