Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shelter Me”?
After sitting on Shelter Me for three years we FINALLY got to share it with the world at the beginning of the month, and it feels SO good! The positive responses we’ve gotten for it has been so exciting and is a big confidence booster in moving forward planning other releases.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I (Jake) had been living at home with my parents at the time after being laid off. I was trying to get my shit together and just felt isolated from the everyone. I was heavy into alternative/pop artist like AWOLNATION at the time that had me experimenting with different sounds and that combination of things birthed Shelter Me.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Andrew and I came up with the idea and ran it passed our videographer Andy Woodall. He’s always down to be creative and kinda just go for it so we got together and made it happen. The “pigeon” mask is suppose to represent insecurities and how they’ll always kind of be there in life, and in the end you just have to face them. It was like 95 degrees that day so our friends that volunteered to act were troopers wearing those masks for 5 hours (shout out kyle and luke).
How was the recording and writing process?
Most songs for this record started out in my room, just a computer, keyboard, guitar and I. I’ll make a demo, show it to the guys, and if they dig it they add their own style and parts. Then we’d take it to Jeff Martin (Frequency Factory) and Joe McFaddin to finish tracking/producing.
What role does Cincinnati play in your music?
Cincinnati has always been an inspiring place for us. There’s so much soul and beauty. After moving there a few years ago from a small town called Troy, it’s just become home for us.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Oh ya, there’s a lot more to come 😉
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We have a full length done and will probably announce the title and release later this year.
What aspect of anxiety and other themes will you get to explore on this record?
I actually had my first anxiety attack ever when we were in the studio. We were working on one of the tracks when it just hit me like a train. It felt like there was a balloon expanding in my chest and I couldn’t breath. I started hyperventilating and had to go lay down by myself until I calmed down. It’s happened a couple times since when I get really stressed out but anxiety sucks and I feel for anyone who suffers from it. It’s real and terrifying.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are actually on the road right now! Currently I’m sitting in the van doing this interview on our way to Terre Haute, Indiana. This is the 3rd date on a 45 day west coast in we’re doing. Everyone’s already over sleeping in a van haha, but that’s rock and roll. We’re still a small band so we try to save money where we can and camping out/sleeping in the van is one way we do that.
What else is happening next in Colly’s world?
The rest of our tour dates are on our website (heytherecolly.com) and you can follow us @heytherecolly to see what we’re up to.