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INTERVIEW: Paul Moody and the Revelators

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

I have been pretty good sometimes terrible, thank you for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hate Being Alone'”?

This is the title track from our new EP. I am still trying to figure out who the villain of this song is. When a songwriter sings about a relationship there is no one fact checking, and you don’t get to hear the other side of the story. The song bitterly laments the fickle affection of a serial dater –  Someone who treats romantic relationships as a way to define themselves – thus are constantly shifting them to better suite their ego. But I am a wholly unreliable narrator in this instance. I am basically saying, “I will be with you, I want to be with you”, while also saying, “hey, by the way, I think you’re a shitty person.” Who does that?

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

It was inspired by a brief relationship that in hindsight was not a good idea. Thank God for strained human relationships – they sure offer a lot of song writing material.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not at the moment. But now that you mention it…

The single comes off your new EP Hate Being Alone – what’s the story behind the title?

I thought it was a fitting name for an EP about romantic relationships. There are some people who use romantic relationships as an escape from themselves more than truly caring about other people. I also immersed myself in solitude to write these songs about relationships, so there is a bit of Irony… I quite enjoy being alone.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was certainly easier and more enjoyable then recording stuff on my own. I am blessed to have 6 incredible band mates that have dedicated their lives to music and when I bring my songs to them playing cowboy chords on an acoustic guitar they quickly turn them into so much more.

What was it like to work with Brian Deck and how did that relationship develop?

I reached out to Brian about possibly working together and he was intrigued by our first EP enough to come to a rehearsal and things blossomed from there. Working with Brian was a great experience and made us all better at what we do. He decided we needed to record all our instruments at once to really capture the cohesion that makes this band special. Recording is not an easy process, and working with someone like Brian who has so much experience doing it, and so much unwavering passion for the process made everyone that much more excited and invested.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Brian is very good at guiding a band to get the best out of what they have without having an ego and without trying to put his own specific imprint on it at the cost of changing things about the band. It was kind of like having another bandmate that happened to be really damn good at producing and engineering.

How has Bon Iver influenced your music?

I was a comically sensitive and lost young person when For Emma, Forever Ago came out and it felt as if it was made specifically for me. The tangible world of that album was important to me. It is one of those albums that I listened to so much that I can’t listen to it objectively now – because there is so much nostalgia attached to it. He made something that offered me solace in some of my darker years, and I hope I can have that sort of positive affect on some people during my brief stay on this world.

What is it about the 60s that you find so fascinating?

How intensely the art of songwriting was elevated! There was so much musical brilliance and it paved the way for the brilliant artists of today. For a long time it seems like there was almost nobody saying anything of real substance in popular music then the 60’s came and the music shook the foundation of the country. Suddenly there are songs about racism, feminism, addiction, war – there are brilliant poets with guitars – it was a musical renaissance. It felt like songwriting was not really a thing and then suddenly there is Bob fucking Dylan.

What role does Chicago play in your writing?

I have always felt like a musical outsider in Chicago. I live here and grew up here and the humans I love are here – so to a certain extent the city permeates my music, but I have always felt a little out of place.

What aspect of loneliness and relationship did you get to explore on this record?

Love is often very inconvenient, and sometimes it can make us feel lonelier than ever. I take pride in narrating from a heartbroken and unlucky point of view. To me the worst fucking music in the world is music that is built on the notion that the artist is cooler and more important than the listener. If I ever do that, please kill me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now we do not have anything other than shows in the Midwest. It is tough. People have suggested maybe I should strip down this band a little bit from the 7piece to make touring more practical, but there is a magic that comes from having all 7 on stage that I am not willing to sacrifice. I think we are inching towards being able to tour more extensively and we are all itching to hit the road more often.

What else is happening next in Paul Moody and the Revelators’ world?

We are gearing up to record our first album and I am incredibly excited about it. All the songs are written and now it is just a matter of sorting through them and figuring out how to make them into a great album. This group still feels like it is just getting started and that we have so many more songs coming. I can’t wait to share them.

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