Miami’s own indie-rock trio Tremends recently released their second single of the year “Hands On The Wheel”, and with it a colorful, nostalgic feeling video. We talked with all three members of the band to find out a little bit on what went on to inspire both the track and film, and their impressions on Miami and it’s musical scene.
AP = Alejandra Posada
AR = Alejo Rozas
JR = Juan Rozas
Some of your songs are pure rock and guitar driven, others, like “Hands on The Wheel,” are indie ballads. How would you classify Tremends music?
AP: We write what we are feeling at the moment. Some days we are all about the raw rock and roll energy and some days we just feel more romantic or intellectual. We don’t tie ourselves to only one particular sound anymore.
AR: We are very curious about what we are able to achieve by being completely free of any barriers.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
AP: The Beatles, Led zeppelin, Pink floyd, Radiohead, Syd Barrett…
What do you want fans to take from your songs?
AP: Whatever they want as long as they enjoy it!
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
AP: We are definitely more open to experimenting with different styles and sounds.
AR: I think lately, in a way, we have been competing with each-other to see who brings more to the table. Its interesting, it gives us more motivation and satisfaction when we achieve something. Then we get to work on them together, making them more complete.
JR: We harmonize when we are in rehearsing and working mode, The evolution this last year goes from being “local ghosts” to “let’s get out there and exist”.
What do you think about the current music scene in Miami?
AP: The Miami scene is often fresh and experimental. It is very diverse, you never know what crazy act you might run into.
JR: So much talent out here, performers and plenty of new projects popping constantly. Some are very temporary, but it has to explode and be known to the outside world at some point soon. There is something going on in Miami every single night of the week, no joke, sometimes I don’t know how to choose what to go and see. I used to go from one place to another, trying to catch everything, I know many friends that still doing just that…
You have been performing in Miami very often. What do you like most about playing live?
AR: The rush of being on stage, sharing what we’ve been working on, it’s always cool. Also, hearing all the people scream and not being able to hear ourselves, hahaha. Its enjoyable,
AP: and fun!
You just released a video for your single “Hands on The Wheel” what’s the story behind the song?
AP:It’s a song written and recorded by our drummer Alejo Rozas . He basically went through some rough times, and decided to write a couple of songs about that experience.
AR: In the case of “Hands on the Wheel” It’s about that feeling of belonging, and being a part from a loved one. The anticipation and isolation you feel while driving all night, thinking of the moment you’ll get back together.
The video has a very particular aesthetic, almost nostalgic. What’s the concept or the main intention behind the video?
AP: Exactly that. Nostalgia of being apart. I think most people can relate to that.
AR: The concept was very simple and spontaneous. We got together one day, as we usually do during weekends, to share a family BBQ and decided to start filming. It was directed by Juan (Rozas, Guitar/Vocals). We wanted it to be simple yet a bit moving. We added some shots we did of the train, beach, and highway. It also had film look aesthetic that gives it a warm feeling.
JR: It is a warm tropical afternoon, in song and film.