INTERVIEW: Walking Papers

Pic by Ernie Sapiro

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

A: Never been better! Thank you! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hard To Look Away”?

A: The song is a perfect song for tearing a band aid off! It’s a driven song about celebrating a relationship coming to an end and the awkwardness of someone finding themselves newly single and thrust by themselves back into the meat market.

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

A: Nothing specific. I’ve seen several people find themselves in this situation and the kind of remind me of a new born colt learning to walk. It’s a little awkward at first but sooner or later they find their feet.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

A: Walking Papers had just finished a national tour in the states supporting Alice In Chains and playing headlining shows on our own. We decided to have our sound guy set up some gear in Dan’s Garage to capture the band peaking after having so many dates under our belt. 

The single comes off your latest album WP2 – what’s the story behind the title? 

A: Hard to Look Away was a title I thought worthy of inspiring a song. I think we as humans have a hard time tearing our attention away from a train wreck. 

How was the recording and writing process?

A: this particular song was a riff Barrett Martin brought into the band that I expanded on. I thought it had a cool Zepplinesque quality too it or a Lenny Kravitz kind of thing going that I thought sounded familiar without being derivative. 

You brought a series of producers to this album – why did you choose to go with more than one?

A: Our band already has too many producers. Every member could produce an album himself. Allthough all of these producers are talented guys they really just recorded the ideas that we had already put together. Each person was someone we respected that happened to be at the studio in the town we had time to record in. 

How much did they get to influence the album?

A: Their biggest influence was probably keeping us from getting distant Red by new ideas. 

How do you go on capturing your live essence into your studio work?

A: we record everything live together to maintain the energy of a live situation. We then record until we feel like we can’t out so the previous take. Then we do a minimal amount of overdubs so that we don’t bury that initial energy.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

A: it’s everywhere  guy just has t keep his eyes, ears and heart open. The inspiration is everywhere, the time to pursue the inspiration is the challenge. 

Any plans to hit the road?

A: I am on the road as we speak!

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What else is happening next in Walking Papers’ world?

A: When we return from the tour we are on we will probably start developing new songs and carving out our next album!

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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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