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INTERVIEW: Dead Friends

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

Hey VENTS! Thanks for asking us stuff!

We’ve been doing pretty well considering that as we write this, our hometown of Virginia Beach is about to be royally wrecked by Hurricane Florence. So as your readers are reading this we may have already drowned in heavy flo 2018.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Paimon (What You Omen)”?

Paimon is the first song I (Austin) wrote with the other guys (Christian, Brian, Dan). The band kind of formed during/directly after the recording of our first single Down For Good, and we immediately started working on the next single. There’s a decidedly different vibe between the two songs, and I think that comes from finally being a full band and getting to pull from everyone’s tastes and influences.

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

I (Austin) had recently moved from Dallas, TX to Virginia Beach, and was having a mild identity crisis trying to decide if I should/could continue playing music or if I should hang it up and pursue something else. I ended up associating with a group of people who were very passionate, but at times that passion seemed misplaced. It reaffirmed my belief that music was indeed where I needed to put my emphasis. There are also some references to the occult in the song. So that’s fun.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

In terms of a video, we’ve always had a pretty strong aversion to lyric videos but Paimon is a song that I think is driven by the lyrics, and since I’m shrieking like a dying hyena through most of it, we decided to post a lyric video, but with a little twist. Your readers should definitely check that out.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing of Paimon was surprisingly smooth, given that it was the first group effort. We recorded it with Will Beasley, who had recorded Down For Good, so we were already comfortable with him.

What’s been like to work with Will Beasley and how did that relationship develop?

I wasn’t all that well connected in the Virginia Beach area when I started messing with ideas for this project, so I just started hitting up producers from the area, and asking musicians for recommendations. Everyone said “so and so is good. He’s cheap” or “check her studio out, she’s got a great tracking room” but everyone I talked to would tag their recommendation with “…unless you can get in with Beasley. If he’s an option, you have to go there” So I did and he was unbelievably fun/easy to work with. He immediately understood what we were going for and helped build on that. Also, he recommended a session drummer who turned out to be Christian. He and I hit it off and he joined full time. So, we have Will Beasley to thank for helping form our band. Thanks Willy!

What role does Virginia play in your music?

As I said before, I (Austin) haven’t lived in Virginia for very long, but I’d say living here influences us in terms of wanting to get out of here as soon as possible. (I’ll get some angry texts about that) Meaning, living on the east coast puts you so close to so many great opportunities and big cities that it fuels that desire to stay out on the road and play as much as possible.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material? How’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind? Any plans to hit the road? What else is happening next in Dead Friends’ world?

So! When we began, we agreed to release a string of singles as opposed to immediately putting out an EP or album. We figured, with attention spans as short as they are these days we’ll just put out one song at a time, you nerds can add it to your ‘workout mix’ or whatever and you also don’t have to worry about us putting out a 10 song album with four good songs on it. We do have another single slated to come out in October. Then we’ll begin preparing for spring 2019, but those plans are Avengers 4 level confidential. All I can say is that these 2018 singles won’t be included on any other release. All fresh tunes, babaaay! First things first though, bout to go surf Flo all the way up the eastern seaboard! Wish us luck.

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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