Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Static”?
Static is probably our favorite song to play at the moment. It’s raw, upbeat, and aggressive. We pushed our limits with this song- high intensity guitar solo, rap section, and even live choreography.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes, there was a time when I (Tony) put a lot of effort into helping someone and build a strong relationship with them. Then, out of nowhere, they completely vanished from my life and never spoke to me again. The lyrics “you feel so static to me,” and “slowly you’re fading out” most resemble this aspect of the song.
The single comes off your new album What Would They Say? – what’s the story behind the title?
As musicians, we express our life experiences through the use of music. Our music is a compilation of our life stories, and each song tells its own story. This is where we get our band name- If Walls Could Talk. This was our first EP, and our way of showing to the world “hey, this is who we are.” These stories are about our lives, and so it was only fitting that we would further the question of “If Walls Could Talk; What Would They Say?”
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing Process for Static: Late at night, after growing tired of unsuccessful attempts of reaching out to this person, I (Tony) tried forcing myself to sleep. It was around 2:00 am that the melody for the chorus just popped in my head. Right away, I got out of bed and focused all that aggression into the song. Recording Process: We recorded with Michael Martenson (of Undead Media and the lead singer of Boys of Fall) and it was an absolutely amazing experience. Mike is one of the best producers around and the commitment he makes to creating great music with his artists is incredibly inspiring.
How do you get to balance all your influences together?
For this song, I (Tony) think that my influences mainly affected the arrangement. For example, there are synths inspired by AWOLNATION. Given the fact that I have never rapped in a song before, I took inspiration from one of my favorite artists who has had success in rap/schizoid pop, Twenty One Pilots.
What role does Detroit play in your music?
Detroit means something very special to all of us. Not only is it our hometown, but it’s also where so much of our musical growth has come from. We’re all from around the area, but more specifically, we’ve seen our favorite bands in concert down here, we’ve street performed next to drumming mimes at local Detroit Tigers games, two of us even studied music at Wayne State University and briefly worked at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Overall, we’re proud to call this city our hometown, and Detroit has shown us only love in return.
What aspect of frustration did you get to explore on this record?
Although it’s somewhat difficult to tell just by listening, frustration actually plays a prominent role in this record. “Sleepless” is all about the anger and aggravation of not being able to sleep at night. “A Rose in the Sky” emotes the disappointment and regret of loss. And now, our newest single “Static,” adds to that overwhelming feeling.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, plenty! We’re hoping to hit more of the west side of Michigan, Chicago, and even some further east areas like Pittsburgh and New York. Stay tuned.
What else is happening next in If Walls Could Talk’s world?
You’ll most likely see us hitting different cities this summer, as well as some more new material in the near future. I guess you’ll have to stay in touch to see what happens!
Watch the Music Video for “Static” at Pure Grain Audio HERE