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INTERVIEW: Alouth and Swinging Riot

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

Pele: We hHiave been busy, but well- thank you.

Cody: Definitely busy, more like well done.

So how did you guys meet up?

Pele: Well, Cody (alouth) had come out to a Swinging Riot show a while back, and had asked us to play his house show- our bands have been friends ever since

Cody: We sorta met at the music festival Punk Island when Alouth first played in 2014. Pele was there handing out flyers for a show. Still have it in my room somewhere. Funny cause Pele and I have been managing a stage at that festival together since 2017 now.

What made you want to come together and work on this double single?

Pele: Since we already work so closely on Basement Dwellers and are both undergoing some drastic development in our bands sounds, we decided to create this split with some of the tracks that don’t quite fit into our future releases, but work well together.

Cody: Well we live in the same area of Brooklyn, which helps. (South Brooklyn) Besides that i feel that we work well together and are both motivated.

How was the recording and writing process?

Pele: I have been offering to record and produce Alouth since their recent lineup change, we did the recordings DIY at mine and Cody’s houses- the drums were recorded by our friend Billy Mia in the studio he works at after hours. The songwriting processes differ for both bands- I can’t speak for Alouth, but the Swinging Riot process is fairly hectic…

Cody: Yeah, it was DIY i guess. Pele orchestrated almost everything. Nothing beats recording in a Basement (Probably). As far as the songwriting goes the process is pretty natural for me. Things sorta just happen.

Will this serve as a sneak peek for a bigger split EP or individual material?

Pele: The split is 4 tracks, 2 from each band- the main purpose of the split (besides for the need to release our collective pent up energys) is to bridge the gap from our first releases into our new albums.

Cody: Like Pele touched on before our bands have been going through some drastic development. I don’t speak for Swinging Riot but for Alouth these tracks mark a major turning point in our sound. Our tracks on this album are definitely a sneak peak of what’s to come for us.

Are both tracks somehow connected?

Pele: The songs and lyrics aren’t directly connected, they all however touch on the same feelings of anxiety and frustration.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Pele: Since we are both so busy with bands, bookings, recording and our full time jobs- a lot of the excess baggage that we carry is felt in the music and lyrics. It’s real, it’s not always friendly, but it’s what we have to give at this point in time.

Any plans to hit the road?

Pele: Definitely! We have some east coast shows booked and will be releasing a tour schedule in September, around the time that we will releasing the full EP on digital outlets.

What else is happening next in your world?

Pele: Just trying to work really hard and polish our new albums- we have a lot of music and video content coming soon from both bands.


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