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INTERVIEW: Dear Boy

Pic by Fender

Hi and welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

So good, thank you! We just got home from the first leg of this Rogue Wave tour, so we’re still coming to terms with being in our own beds. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love Interest“?

Love Interest’ is a song written for our clumsy years. We wanted to write something recklessly optimistic about love and the joys of being out of your depth. A lot of times our music leans dark, so it was a nice change of pace for us. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Honestly, I had wanted to write a song called Love Interest for like 5 years! I had the title and was quietly pooling together lines and concepts before we even had a note written…Hoping every day that we would find the song that deserved the title. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We had been shooting this video for a long time… like, months. Super elaborate and bizarre. If we were somewhere on tour or out of the country, we snuck some footage with our little camera, hoping to find some sort of cohesion. But then we got together in Austin’s backyard before we left for tour and shot a performance thing in 3 takes. That ended up being better than all of the other stuff we had been doing. The song is coming from such a pure and simple place; it was clear that the video should do the same thing.  

How was the recording and writing process?

For the recording, we worked with our friend Ian Hultquist and recorded it at his studio in Eagle Rock. We’re big fans of his and he’s a serious savant when it comes to guitar tones. Pulp and Reckoning era R.E.M. had a big influence on the song, so it was important to find the right person who could marry those sounds. We ended up recording like 30 tracks of guitars, which is pretty arrogant. Our friend Matt Farrar let us borrow a bunch of incredible Fender gear for the recording, so we just couldn’t stop experimenting. Then we had it mixed by Tony Hoffer, our favorite mixer in the world. So that was a dream for us. I’m babbling. Whatever, it was super fun and we finished it in like 4 days. 

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is in our DNA. Lucy and I grew up in the Valley, so there’s no escaping the 818 influence on the music… but what I think makes Dear Boy what it is, is the California / United Kingdom power struggle raging within all of us. The UK is home to almost all of our favorites bands and artists, so a lot of the time I feel like Dear Boy is the pursuit of channeling and honoring those bands from a city that could not be more different. It’s like if Robert Smith was from Winnetka. 

Can you tell us more about your recent partnership with Fender – how did that come about?

I was wandering aimlessly backstage at the When Were Young festival last year and I was introduced to Matt by our friend Sahir Hanif, who owns Masters of Maple. We hit it off immediately and started flirting about working together. Our meeting was moments before I accidentally walked into Morrissey’s dressing room, but that’s a different story. 

What can we expect of this and how it has helped the band overall?

Fender is really helping us articulate our sound for the next era of the band. Truly. We’ve always been a Fender band, but their generosity has really allowed us to have access to and explore sounds we never would’ve been able to before. I don’t mean to sound sycophantic or anything, but it’s for real. They’ve been amazing and my Dad is legit crazy proud of me. Finally. 

How’s your new EP coming along?

Almost finished! We’ll be done early by May, I think 🙂  

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My dream is that would be out early June, but I don’t know how much control I have over that. A new song is going to come out next month, so we’ll have that to hold us all over. No title yet, but I think I know what I wanna call it.

Any plans to hit the road?

We leave again for the next leg of our tour with Rogue Wave in early May… And the sick part of my personality wants to already start packing. 

What else is happening next in Dear Boy’s world?

Austin is getting married this month and I’m officiating! 

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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