Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Busy working on telling people we have a new album coming out!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Black Dog”?
Jens: Yes, I am capable, I have vocal chords.
Felix: Aaaaand that’s why people say we are strange.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I found that there are many different tales of a hell hound in the past histories of different cultures. This has become a more consistent idea in American folk lore but in most of the European versions it was basically an omen of death. We thought it might be interesting to incorporate this idea into the concept of a fractured psyche.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Fairly stressful… we’d rather not talk about it for the moment.
The single comes off your new album Texas Medicine – what’s the story behind the title?
Texas Medicine is a reference to a Bob Dylan lyric, it resonated well with us. Ever heard of Mescaline?
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process is always going on. We like letting our ideas develop over time. Recording the record was great fun, we basically spent the weekend in the middle of nowhere with no Internet or TV and a full studio setup at our disposal.
How Black Keys and The Who has influence your writing?
We like to mix simple blues style riffs with complex bass lines and interesting beats. We take inspiration from groups like The Black Keys in the form of experimenting with our style. We try to keep it consistent while pushing our personal boundaries. The Whos’ attitude on stage and rhythm section interplay are legendary and have definitely seeped into what we do.
What role does Scotland play with the writing of this record?
I would say due to our location a lot of traditional Scottish musical and cultural ideas have influenced us subconsciously and we were all brought up around a lot of country music.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
They generally come from mishearing things or just a clever line or idea. Couple those with a few long nights and lifes’ experiences and you’ve got yourself an HL tune.
Any plans to hit the road?
Aiming for a tour next spring and hoping to do a few festivals too.
What else is happening next in The Howling Lords’ world?
On the 30th November we release our second album Texas Medicine.
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