Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bill To Pay”?
Christian: Bills to Pay was the first song we ever jammed on as a band, and is a fan favourite at our shows. To me, it’s one of those songs you can hear over and over again. No matter how many times we play it, I never get tired of it.
Cecil: It’s one of those songs that really gets us pumped up. It sort of lights the fire for the entire set.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Cecil: Not really, Mike had some really great lyrics and it just came about naturally.
Gerrod: One writer from Toronto said it captures a rock & roller lifestyle. Lyrically, it’s like a not too distant cousin to the blues, in that way.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Christian: We actually just released the music video for Bills to Pay during our Single Release Party, in April. So far, we’ve gotten a great response from it, and as our first ever music video, it’s very exciting for us.
How was the recording and writing process?
Christian: We’d been sitting on most of these songs for a while, so they had already been written. The challenge for us, going into the studio, was to figure out how we could make these songs the best they could be.
Gerrod: There is a certain energy when you play rock & roll music in a live setting. The trick and biggest challenge is replicating that feel in the studio.
How Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses has influenced your music?
Christian: While we love them, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses are just fractions of where we get our inspiration, as our influences differ from bandmate to bandmate, varying from rock, to funk, to metal, to jazz. However, our mutual love for rock music is undoubtable, and you’ll hear that in our songs. I will say this, though; Zeppelin and Guns were some of the coolest and influential bands of their respective times.
Gerrod: I think it’s safe to say next to no one has created more impressive debut records than both Zeppelin One and Appetite For Destruction – maybe Rage Against The Machine and Velvet Revolver’s Contraband approach that level. While there are a lot more influences to our sound, we are more than happy to sit with that company.
What was it like to work with Murray Daigle and how did that relationship develop?
Gerrod: A friend recommended him to me saying he will get us the best drum and vocal tones. Being the drummer, it was a no brainer. Murray’s a cool dude, we just clicked with him right away.
Christian: From the very moment we stepped into Phase One Studios, Murray and his colleagues were awesome to us, and made it extremely easy for us to do our thing. I was just blown away by his level of knowledge and professionalism. Totally cool guy.
Cecil: Murray is just awesome. He would tell us some funny stories while we took our breaks between recordings. Being professional is one thing but going that extra mile to connect with your client, I thought that was just gold.
How much did he influence the album?
Christian: We came in prepared, so we wasted very little time on production and most of our time nailing our parts down to the best of our abilities. When we did need to do some tweaking, Murray was there to give his expert and brutally honest opinion, which ultimately made the songs turn out even better!
What role does Toronto play in your music?
Gerrod: Toronto has such an incredible musical community. In a fifteen minute walk down Queen Street West you can hit up The Rex – a jazz club – and The Bovine Sex Club – a punk, hard rock, and metal venue – with The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – an essential Toronto venue that has hosted The Rolling Stones and The Ramones – in the middle. The real rock & roll scene is a bit smaller, but it’s a nice tight knit group. There is a lotta talent here, and we are appreciative to be a part of it.
Cecil: I think all of us in the band have a different relationship with Toronto. We’ve played at some venues where our heroes once played, and that’s a beautiful thing. Toronto has some of the most interesting people who really love the live music scene, when you get them at your show you never know what’s coming.
Christian: Yes, the music scene in Toronto is amazing. We’ve become a part of this great community and everyone is so supportive of each other. Rather than it being a competition, Toronto’s rock scene seems to strive for mutual growth, with all its artists helping one another reach success. Being a part of something on that grand of a scale is an incredible feeling.
How’s your new EP coming along?
Gerrod: We recently got the final mixes back. Shit sounds tight! We’re all really proud of this record.
Christian: Yeah the final mixes sound amazing. We can’t wait for its release!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Gerrod: Nothing has been revealed yet. It has a working title, for the time being. You can expect a big reveal sometime this summer.
Any plans to hit the road?
Gerrod: There are a lotta ideas floating around right now and we are hoping to do some small touring after the EP release.
What else is happening next in One In The Chamber’s world?
Gerrod: Right now, the focus is on the EP and the shape it will take. We are looking to make this our biggest year yet with a few big things potentially in the works. In the meantime, though, there are songs that need writing, so it’s back to the practice studio for us.