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INTERVIEW: Haunted Like Human

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

Dale: We’ve been doing well! There’s been a lot of running around and sorting out some last minute things, but it’s all been a good time. Thanks for having us!

-Can you talk to us more about your latest single “In the Woods”?

Dale: Well, it’s a fun little tune about small town cheatin’ and killin’. It’s one of my favorites to sing, because I can really let loose and just rip on it.

Cody: “In the Woods” is a little bit of a different sound for us. It really digs into an Americana groove, and it’s more gritty than a lot of the sounds we usually play with.

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

Dale: The idea for this song actually came to me right after our first album, Ghost Stories, was released. We always like to tell stories when we write songs, and I loved the idea of telling a ghost story or urban legend.

-Any plans to release a video for the single?

Dale: Not for this one! But we shot a really gorgeous video for our next single, “Feels Like Fire”, so be on the lookout for that.

-How was the recording and writing process?

Dale: Our songwriting is very much a 50/50 split, where I do most of the lyric and melody writing and he brings the songs to life with these guitar parts I could never dream of playing. So I brought the idea for this one to him like, “Hey, Cody, so I’ve got this kind of weird idea, and it’s either gonna be really cool or just really dumb, hear me out.”

Cody: Musically, it was a really hard one to work with. She came in with this really minimal chorus, and I had no idea what to do with it. We played with some slide guitar for a little bit, but that wasn’t fitting. I wasn’t sure this song was going to come together to make the record. It really started to click once I figured out the walking bassline, and that became the driving force behind the song.

-What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Cody: I feel like we get exposed to a lot of really great music being in Nashville, and that is really inspiring. There’s also a huge sense of community with most of the musicians here, which you don’t see in a lot of other cities. There’s a lot of collaboration and exchange of ideas, and it always brings out fresh ideas.

Dale: I agree with all of that. There’s so much more variety to Nashville than people expect, and some of our best friends play in wildly different genres than we do. I’m also just so in love with this city that I can hardly see straight. I’ve been here for a few years, so I really ought to be past that point, but I’m so inspired by a city whose blood runs with music. So many people here are dreamers and are hustling hard to make it happen, and it pushes you to keep working hard for yourself as well.

-How do your different backgrounds and upbringings influence your music?

Cody: I think our differences really do make us the perfect team. Her background is in the words and mine is in the music. I grew up playing with bands in a ton of different genres, usually more in the hardcore scene, then went to college to study classical composition, so my musical influences draw from all over.

Dale: Cody likes to sell himself short. He’s an incredibly versatile guitar player and musician in general. He can play just about anything you put in front of him. But he’s definitely not your traditional folk or Americana guitar player, and I think that creates a really unique sound. He’s very intentional with how he composes our music, and even though it’s all written primarily for guitar, he plays piano on the record and finds these perfect places to augment what’s already going on. He’s a wizard.

Dale (cont): My own background is very musical, but was more focused on traditional writing. I played flute for eight years through school, and I attribute a lot of my melody writing to that, but I was much more focused on writing prose and poetry. It took me a long time to transition the voices I’d developed in those genres into my songwriting, but I finally hit my stride with “Storyteller” from the first record. I often write these phrases that drive Cody crazy because they aren’t nice and even and consistent, but it’s because I’m writing kind of like I write my poetry, which is very free-verse. And I feel like our storytelling base comes from my prose writing. My degree is actually in publishing with an emphasis in editing, so my mind is always in a place of, “What is moving this story forward? Where is the tension? Why are the characters in this song doing what they’re doing and why does it matter?”

-Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Dale: Yes! “In the Woods” is the first single off the new EP. It’s actually all done and we’re just pulling together the last logistical details before the release.

-Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Dale: Because we always write from a place of storytelling, and the first record was called Ghost Stories, we wanted to continue that thematic idea. So the new EP is called Folklore, and it’s set to release on October 12th.

-Any plans to hit the road?

Dale: Oh absolutely. Touring is pretty much Cody’s favorite thing. We have a few dates that we can go ahead and announce, but for the most up-to-date tour schedule, you can check our website or our Facebook events.

  • October 11 – Chicago, IL – Uncommon Ground (Edgewater)

  • October 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Herzog Music

  • October 14 – Elyria, OH – Blank Slate

  • October 17 – Memphis, TN – Growler’s

  • October 18 – Dallas, TX – Opening Bell Coffee

  • October 22 – New Orleans – The Howlin’ Wolf (The Den)

  • October 23 – Birmingham, AL – Charlemagne Record Exchange

  • October 25 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar (The Atlanta Room)

-What else is happening next in Haunted Like Human’s world?

Dale: Well, the next few months are going to be all about Folklore, but we’re already beginning to write for whenever the next release will be. And we’re actually working with a lot of our friends and helping them put their music out.

Cody: We have a small studio in what would be our dining room, and we’ve already recorded and are working on mixing a debut release for a friend of ours down in Texas, and we’re starting to talk preproduction for our other roommate’s first release. We have too much fun with music to be confined to our own, and it gives us an opportunity to play with different genres and have a good time with music that we really believe in.

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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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