TDH: We are good! It has been a great year and we are excited to finally get back into the studio and start working out some fresh material.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mississippi Devil”?
TDH: Mississippi Devil started with Luke and a girl. Imagine that, a song about a girl. Hahaha. Luke was talking to a girl that ended up moving to Detroit and getting married to a guy that she had never met before. It gave him the tagline and a good idea of how he wanted the chorus to go. Bringing the freshly formed idea to John and letting him run with it gave us the song as we hear it today. It seems to mean different things to different people but for John it is about the things in life that grab you and breath you in so completely that you can not escape their grasp.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
TDH: The filming process was farmed out to Brad Owens of Snake productions. Luckily he is really good at what he does and took the ideas he had in his head and ran with them better than we ever could have hoped for. The process took him less than a week to get moving and what you see is the result of his work. We gave him a few pointers but for the most part it was just a couple tweeks to the already almost finished product.
The single comes off your new album Loose Ends and Ashes – what’s the story behind the title?
TDH: The single is actually a stand alone single for the moment but we are planning on releasing a full length LP next year. As for the name “Loose Ends and Ashes”, Luke and John started the project as a studio project and had a couple songs that were already finished as well as some collaborations that needed to be finished. The end result was the EP.
How was the recording and writing process?
TDH: The recording process is our second favorite part of being musicians. we get to start with an idea and mold it into a perfectly formed ball of our collective emotions and experiences during the writing and recording process.
What role does Tennessee play in your writing?
TDH: To be honest it affects John and Daniel more than Luke. Luke is from Pittsburgh and while John is from Bakersfield, California he claims TN as home now. Daniel has been here the longest of us and you can tell in his playing that the South runs deep in his veins. John just really likes bluegrass.
What aspect of addiction and seduction did you get to explore on this record?
TDH: We all have addictions and are seduced by something. The fight against or the failure to fight is what makes the journey worth talking about. Can you wrangle your demons or do you have to let them in for the night so that you can hold out later? It’s just about your choice of when to fight and if you let yourself get confused about the life you want versus the life you live.
Any plans to hit the road?
TDH: We are really hoping that we can find our way over to Europe next year. We are starting to get a lot of interest over there and we really like old cities. They just feel like they are alive even when you are standing there by yourself. You can feel the heart of the buildings and the streets pulsing around you.
What else is happening next in The Darkest Hearts’ world?
TDH: Other than the potential touring and the writing of a new album we are taking a little time to try and reach out to fans and listen to what they have to say about us and to us. Listening to the people that come to your shows and buy your music is the most important thing about what we do as musicians.