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INTERVIEW: Big Band

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

We have been pretty good! Just getting ready for shows in particular our Vinyl release show for our Debut LP so we are excited about that.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Vape Police”?  

Vape Police actually isn’t on the record it was recorded by our Friend Billy Maia who snuck us into SAE audio school after coming to see our live show. The other songs from the session at SAE will be coming out later this year. It was a bit different because from “Options” because most of the songs were written or figured out in the studio.

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

I think it’s kind of in part to do with the police state in American socitey and the fear culture it perpetuates.The name came about when we made a joke going “what’s next? Is Trump gonna create the “Vape Police” for all of the yuppies on juuls?” So it has a bit of satirical kind of thing to it but it’s more social-political than being straight up political in how it’s more of a commentary than preaching to people.

I think it also has a related theme of how narcissism and the idealization of particular socially violent traits is a driving force into the chaos that’s created when you have a society built to reward people that abuse others . It is a silly title, but the song itself carries serious themes for the times we are in.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Possibly we like to keep things a surprise especially when it comes to visuals.

The single comes off your new album Options – what’s the story behind the title?

The Album title “Options”  was based  off of the concept Chris had for the record which was kind of a Cataclysmic punk record with a futuristic kind of sound to it. It has in part do to in part with the Information Age and the “Illusion of choice” We are told what we have and don’t have for the average working class person, and realizing these things that oppress us. We don’t always necessarily have to buy into those ideas, so it isn’t all doom and gloom. There is some empowerment in it we would like to leave people with.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process of Writting the record took us awhile. Chris Had been writing the songs in sequence so a majority of songs were written to kind of flow together through sparatic jam sessions with his brother James on Drums. Then Pele Uriel joined the band about 3 months before we recorded and the album really started to take form as he helped Chris further structure the record,Co-write a few songs and really helped along the records overall flow. Although there was only about 8 full band practices before we went into the studio, I think that alowed us a good bit of chaos and spontaneity although our goal was to make a cohesive piece that flowed from front to back. So in short I think we hit a good balance

What was it like to work with Connor Hanwick and how did that relationship develop?

Chris met Connor through his friend Myles who showed Connor an early live video of the song “Drunk Tank” and then he offered to record our album .Working with Connor was a blast! and a real learning expierence for us he really took us under his wing in a way of giving us an oppoutinity to create exactly what we set out to make as well as guiding us along with advice along the way .We recorded it in is his studio for a week strait so it was a lot different than when we had done basement recordings and Demos in the past it was a lot more in depth process although a lot of the songs were done in just a few takes to keep things raw sounding.

How much did he get to influence the album?

He influenced the record in the sense of really helping Chris achieve his vision for the album. which was to make a futuristic sounding punk record that wasn’t bound by nostalgia but rather an attempt to take those influences to a new place and have it sound like now. In short we didn’t want it to sound like any specific decade of rock music but something that challenges the listener by not using standard means of kind of lo-fi production you hear on most punk records. Although the songwritting was done all before we stepped into the studio he assisted in having us not “overcook” the record by keeping it simple and not adding too many layersto the songs. He also collaborated with helping pele with synthizer tones and certain textural elements to the songs.

What role does NYC play in your music?

NYC plays a pretty a vital role in our music as Chris,James ,Joe(current bass player) and Pele were born and Raised in Bensonhurst. We all came from a DIY South Brooklyn scene called “Franks Basement” that was short lived but very impactful to the bands outlook and ethos as songwriters.

What options did you get to explore on this record?

We really had the opportunity to make something that was extremely hi fi sounding so we took full advantage of that. The reason why we took this route for the production was to really in a theatrical way to create a sleek claustrophobic vibe but having it sound very large and and Three demensional to really immerse the listener. Chris felt this accuratly portrayed the social violence and fear culture driven world we all live in and wanted to kind of hold a mirior up to it in a sense.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are planing to do our first Tour later this year as well as playing our first out of state show in Philadelphia on 5/11 at Creep Records.

What else is happening next in BIG BAND’s world?

Well like I said before  we are putting out our Debut LP “Options” out on Limited edition blue Vinyl on May 2nd at our release show at Mercury Lounge that same day. Other than that we will be realeasing a small experimental more noise driven ep called “Public Opinion” of Which the song  “Vape police” is feautured on it. All of the songs are really chaotic and noisey so we are Excited to put that out. In Addition to that we are currently In the process of our follow up LP to Options.

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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