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INTERVIEW: The Nadas

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

Hey! Thanks. Great! You?

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

Roses is a simple but authentic love song. When you finally find the right person to love. It still may not always be easy, but worth the effort. Acoustic guitars, harmonies and a shuffling drum beat move you through the song and a wailing pedal steel feature appropriately pulls at the heart strings.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

I (Jason) married Emma “Rose” Peterson on July 16th 2017.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes, we plan to release at least one video for every over the course of the next year. We set  up a crowdfunding page to finance the videos with Patreon. Members can get video content that will be exclusive to our supporting members.  Its up and running now and we will be adding content often. Anything from a quick check in from the van to full blown produced music videos.

The single comes off your new album One Louder – what´s the story behind the title?

“One Louder” is our 11th studio album. We are big fans of the movie “Spinal Tap” (having lived nearly every detail from the movie in real life). There is a scene in that movie where they are describing why their amp “goes to 11” and what makes it better than an amp that just goes to 10…. because it is “One Louder”.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was incredibly fun and relatively easy this time. We worked with our producer Ale Dezen. We had been gathering seeds and ideas for a couple of years. We set Alex up in a house for the time he was in town and we just locked ourselves in that house until we had the record written. We took those songs into the studio in Des Moines for a few days of arrangement and preproduction. Once we felt we had them the way we wanted them we went over to ARC in Omaha and recorded the whole record in a little over a week.

After so long in the music scene – how would you say you have grown as a band?

Well, we have grown as human beings, we have matured and been through all the ups and downs of life. In many ways we are paralleling those experiences with our fans. We used to work very hard to write what we think our fans wanted or needed. We now make music with the confidence that all of our experiences are universal and if we just write what we know it will translate to others.

Will you be evolving or rather getting back to your roots with this album?

Both. I think you can hear some experimentation and some surprising sounds and moments. At the same time we stripped it down in ways and went back to the way we used to present songs.

What role did Iowa play in the writing of this record?

Iowa plays a role at the core of everything we do.  We chose long ago not to move to one of the music cities and stay put in our home state and travel where the wind and opportunities may carry us.   For this record we brought LA and Austin to us even though technically some of the record was cut just over the border in Omaha in the form of producer Alex Dezen and engineer James Volentine.

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

\We had been sitting on song seed ideas for weeks, months, and years, with themes from our everyday lives.  Right before we started writing I (Mike) lost all my voice memos in a freak uber phone loss incident. I had to start from scratch which really made me dig in deep to what was going on currently in my life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Always. We have already hit Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, Des Moines. We have plans for Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha. We are looking for opportunities in LA and NYC and we are booked for a bunch of fun festivals in the summer.

What else is happening next in The Nadas´ world?

We are celebrating our 25th year as a band this year and because of that we were nominated to be included in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am happy to report that we will be inducted over Labor Day weekend.

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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