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INTERVIEW: Wallace

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Wallace’s lyrical inspiration comes from the great storytellers, her voice from Janis Joplin, and her distortion comes at you from all angles. Wallace’s music deals with drug addiction, love, and life in a way that serves as both an emotional coping mechanism and communicative tool. Backed by Hannah Pugh (bass) and Adam Figurelle (drums), Wallace is a full fledged rock n’ roll force to be reckoned with. Their debut singles “Sunny Monday” and “Keeping Composure” will be followed by a full-length album in September.

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

Hey there! I’ve been great! Thank you so much for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Keeping Composure”?

Of course. Keeping Composure is one of the earlier tunes I wrote for this album. It’s about a bunch of the weird feelings and confusion that come with trying to find sobriety and changing your lifestyle to be more conducive to sobriety. In particular, it’s about trying to navigate friendships during this time and grappling with the reality that people you really love may not necessarily be healthy for you.

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

I wouldn’t say it was a specific event that inspired the song. It was more of a long-term feeling that I was trying to understand and deal with. The whole song stems from the line “It’s hard to keep composure when your best friends are getting high in the next room” and I think that line really captures all of the frustration I was dealing with at the time.

Do you have any plans to release a video for the single?

We do! We actually self-produced and edited a video that will be released within the next couple of weeks. I think it turned out really well and we’re really excited to show it to people.

How was the recording and writing process for song?

Keeping Composure started out as a super simple folky song with just an acoustic guitar. I brought it to Adam and Hannah and it became so much more than I ever thought it would because of their contributions. Hannah wrote some amazing bass parts and Adam’s drumming is so driving. Adam also thought of the breakdown thing during the bridge that adds so much to the song. I really didn’t think this song would even make it to the album, but we loved it so much after collaborating on it, it ended up being the single!

What is it about the 60s that you find so fascinating?

To me, The 60’s feel like a golden age of rock n’ roll. Some of my favorite music of all time and biggest influences come from that time period. In particular Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, but there are SO many incredible artists from that time. It feels like rock music was a giant movement in the 60’s with things like Woodstock and Monterey Pop. And it wasn’t just about the music. It was about creating a more progressive culture and fighting political oppression. To me, it feels like a particularly magical and important time in the history of music and culture.

What role does Philly play in your writing?

I wouldn’t say Philly plays a role in my writing in the sense that I’m specifically writing about Philly or anything. That being said, I’ve lived in Philly for the past five years and it’s become where my whole life is. All of my experiences in Philly throughout the past five years completely shaped this album. Also, Philly has one of the most incredible and active music scenes and being immersed in that scene is nothing short of inspiring. Being surrounded by so much music and talent also really has pushed me to grow as a writer, musician and a person.

How’s your new album coming along?

We actually finished tracking everything about two weeks ago. So now we’re in the mixing process. We’re working with a really talented engineer from Lancaster named Jon Sambrick and he’s done an incredible job so far. I honestly can’t wait to hear what he comes up with throughout the mixing process. But the album will be finished and released in September.

What emotions did you dive into on this record?

I’d say the emotions that I dove into the most on this record were those associated with getting sober. Music has always been my refuge and best coping tool, which is something that you need when getting sober. A lot of these songs were the first ones I wrote after finding and maintaining a state of relative sobriety for a long period of time so it was a lot of processing everything that comes with that. Beyond that, there’s some songs about love and relationships and some songs about finding yourself and trying to navigate a world that is really confusing and sometimes frustrating.

Do you have any plans to hit the road?

We don’t have any tours booked right now, but we’re definitely hoping to hit the road in the near future. I’d love to make it all over the east coast by the end of the year, so we’ll see what happens and keep you posted.

What else is happening next in Wallace’s world?

The next thing for us is releasing this album in September. I can’t tell you how excited we are for people to hear it and see what the response is. From there, hopefully we’ll be able to start traveling and performing more and kind of see where the whole thing takes us.

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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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