Corina Corina: We’re great! We worked really hard on our new EP, “Straight to the Face” and are really excited for people to finally hear it!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hear me Out”?
Jesse O’Neill: I wrote this song as a love letter to our band.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
JO: I’ve been told that our songs are too depressing. We do have many happy songs but it’s true that they skew blue. So with this song, I was inspired to right a pure Beatleseque pop song full of joy and optimism, that also addresses the frustration of getting your music heard and the hope that this song will get “heard out.”. And I must have been desperately needing to say this stuff because I wrote it in the time that Corina walked home from practicing at my apartment. She doesn’t live that far away!
I think my vision for this song was truly realized in the studio, and the contributions from Coralie Colmez on fiddle and Alex Cohen on drums bring it together.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
JO: Yeah a video for Hear Me Out is in the works.
The single comes off your new album Straight To The Face – what’s the story behind the title?
CC: The ballad, “That Empty Chair” has a line: “another shot, straight to the face…” It’s a term people used when I was growing up in Berkeley/Oakland California when we drank 40oz. It was always a contest to see who could drink them fastest, we’d say “take it to the face!” it’s kind of an odd thing to put in an acoustic heartbreak ballad but it works! One day Jesse just said it should be the title of the EP because he thinks it’s the best line on the album. haha it works for me!
How was the recording and writing process?
CC: It was pretty easy! Jesse and I play A LOT of shows so we have the luxury to develop music that way, we have a large arsenal of songs so we basically just picked the ones we’ve developed over the last year that we think are the strongest. By the time we were ready to start recording, they were already pretty much good to go with the exception of a few minor tweaks.
JO: Yeah, in the past year we’ve been consistently developing and writing material. We picked these five songs as sort of a cohesive snapshot of where the band is at right now musically. They are stylistically varied but all tied together in spirit.
What was it like to work with Mike Kutchman and how did that relationship develop?
JO: Mike is a true pro and his patience and knowhow and good humor was a pivotal element recording of this projecting. I worked with Mike on my solo album ’talkin paradox blues’ and really appreciated his craftsmanship both recording and mixing. His Look To Listen studio at the Pencil Factory in Greenpoint is a gem too.. full of great guitars and instruments and creative people all over the building. It was a really good experience.
How much did he get to influence the album?
JO: Well first off he expertly recorded my Martin D15. We doubled a lot of the parts, and it sounds huge and terrific. He was calling it his ‘Grammy winning acoustic guitar sound.’ So take note, Academy members. Mike’s got great instincts and just intuitively knows which little parts to highlight in the mix.
What role does NYC play in your music?
CC: NYC is a HUGE influence on us. There’s no way it can’t be, it’s just such a part of our every day life: riding the subway, walking around Brooklyn, trying to date when you’re busy and everyone else is busy too, our crazy ass jobs, the diversity, the stress, the madness! We absorb alllll of it and it makes for great songwriting!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
CC: New York City fo sho! Relationships, dreams, conversations…
JO: The emotions and energy I get from songs I admire. I try to tap into that with my own voice and experiences.
Any plans to hit the road?
JO: We’re hitting the road on June 1 to celebrate the release of the EP in my hometown — Albany. Then playing in New England. We’re looking to do a run in the south before the end of the year.
What else is happening next in Max Caddy’s world?
CO: Right now just focusing on promoting the hell out of this project and prepping for our release show at Rockwood Music Hall!
JO: Corina says I need to go vest shopping. Oh and we’re getting Max Caddy tattoos!