Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sway”?
Charles: Well, it’s a little dance number, we’re very proud of it.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Charles: Just going out to different little clubs and discos, feeling alone and empty, and goth, goth, goth, emo, emo, emo… but also my trip to Egypt, that really inspired quite a few songs.
How was the filming process and experience behind creating video?
Austtin: I took Charles’ ideas, interpreted them, and Matt helped to actualize this interpretation using his skills, so it was truly a collaborative effort.
The single comes off your upcoming debut full-length album Starkiller and the Banshees (out June 1) – what’s the story behind the title?
Charles: There’s a lot of stories behind the title, and a lot of different meanings, but I’ll pick one. Space pirates. A band of gypsies, more or less. There’s a lot of different meanings, and if you dive into the songs you’ll be able to see more, and possibly make more sense of it.
How was the recording and writing process for the album?
Charles: Well, the writing process is always very special. Recording was super exciting because I’ve never really done it professionally, although I have dipped my toes into it before. It was a learning experience, recording is like a whole instrument in itself, that I would love to master, like the great Brian Wilson.
You’re from far upstate New York – what role does that play in your music?
Charles: There’s no internet, and there’s no people, so it’s kind of a little Fortress of Solitude where I live. I mostly drink my tinnies and look into the woods. Any time you live in a fort, you’re going to develop unique songs, and I live at the Alamo.
Any particular artists you’re most influenced by? Music you’re enjoying right now?
Austtin: FEAR, Elvis, Dean Martin, and Johnny Cash is mostly all we listen to.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Matt: I often want to ask an artist, “where do your ideas come from?” But then I don’t.
Charles: Going to Egypt definitely produced a lot of ideas. And the actual mountain carol… the music comes down from the mountain and we write it down. We just transcribe it, we don’t actually write anything, we’re just like little antennas, picking up something special.
Any plans to hit the road?
Charles: I really hope to be able to go back to Egypt soon.
Austtin: And Oshenya, we hope to hit the whole Oshenya circuit. But we also have plans to purchase a band yacht for a mobile seaside venue and compound…
Matt: That’s in the future for sure.
What else is happening next in The Mountain Carol’s world?
Charles: We need to keep writing down the rest of that music, and we have a few art shows coming up. There’s also a Mountain Carol Christmas special that we’ve been working on for a few years that we hope to release for this Christmas.