Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Never Heard Bob Dylan”?
Yeah yeah – it’s been cool to see people react to the song. People treat the song like it’s a new friend. Makes me smile watching people vibe on it live. Super cool way to connect with people.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not a particular event really – Just looked up one day and realized that how I was handling some of the pressure in my life was making me uncomfortable in my own skin. It made me hungry to have that feeling when your just cruising along being chill with yourself and clicking along with your friends. The song just kind of floated in on that feeling.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I’m super stoked on the video concept. I think it will be cool to watch even if you aren’t a fan of rock n roll or the song. It draws on a few topics I’m really passionate about and will make you feel great and give your soul something to chew on for a bit.
How was the recording and writing process?
Super simple – I showed the song to the band – everybody was into it so we went to Blackbird Studio’s where we’ve done most of our recordings since we moved here and knocked it out in a few hours. It was fun working out the harmonies. I don’t really play keys but I had them set me up a B3 and worked out a little solo. It’s the best feeling when a new song comes together really easy and you get the final playback at the end of the day in the studio.
What role does Nashville play in your writing?
I think for me it’s motivating because there are so many talented writers in town. You can always bet that within a few miles from where you’re downing some tequila or having a smoke someone else is fishing for a great song and it’s a good reminder to get the guitar and get cracking.
How do you get to balance your rock roots with the Soul?
I was floating around in the lake today listening to James Brown just thinking how pure of a drug that soul music was when it was first turned loose on the world and how powerful it still is in it’s earliest form. My heroes were all cut from that cloth and here we are so many decades later still drawing from it’s influence. Amazing really.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
For sure. We’ve got 20ish songs recorded and are still writing and recording all the time. This track felt like a cool place to get started with releases.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We are going to release at least three singles and videos before we put out a record. But I think the next singles we put out are going to have a few b-sides on them.
Any plans to hit the road?
Rock bands belong on the road! – we have a secret show coming up in Nashville and some regional dates before we hit the road on a pretty big tour in late fall early winter. Keep an eye out for announcements it’s going to be a fun show.
What else is happening next in Bearing Torches’ world?
We are getting together with a few of our friends here in Nashville and cutting an EP – just going to spend a day in the studio making tracks and playing songs together. The Josephines are our buddies from Bowling Green Kentucky – they are going to come down and do some stuff with us and a few other locals Nashville acts we haven’t announced yet. I’m really looking forward to that. Jennifer – our drummer – and I are going to ride motorcycles out to Joshua Tree from Nashville in a few weeks. We rode to Vegas last year and it was insane, but this will be our longest trip yet. Ride safe out there.