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INTERVIEW: Smoky Knights

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

We’ve been busy and good! We’re gearing up for a tour with close to thirty dates, and we’re stoked to finally be getting some new more music out.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Feels Right”?

It’s a pretty dancey and accessible song about trusting yourself and your gut, despite the expectations you feel from others – and society in general. It’s kind of a funk/disco throwback vibe but it rocks pretty nicely towards the end. It’s been a fun one to have in our live repertoire

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

We wrote ‘Feels Right’ shortly after a few of us had gotten back from Burning Man, so thematically, there are a lot of those elements in there. I think it was an attempt to convey that none of us actually have to do anything we don’t want to do, even though that’s not always easy to remember.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah, we have one in the editing bay right now actually!

How was the recording and writing process?

(Andy) I heard the chorus when I was on a neighborhood walk one night and squeaked it into a voice memo on my phone. Then Seth helped me get the rest of it sort of arranged as a proper demo in Logic. As for the actual recording process, it was a pretty experimental and hilarious atmosphere because we recorded it at our home studio in Burbank with our good buddy/producer, Mike Pappas. We kind of used the lyrics as a motto for creating parts in all of the songs we were arranging and recording: if it feels right, then it’s alright. If it don’t, get it the hell out of here.

What role does LA play in your writing?

We actually live in Burbank which is somehow very un-LA, despite it being so geographically. There really is no music scene, which creatively, has probably allowed us to really be ourselves, whatever that means. We are not trying to do the lo-fi Burger Records thing, we’re not trying to do the pure pop thing. We’ve been making music that feels good to us and the rooms we play.

What is it about the 60s and 70s that you find so fascinating?

There was just a vibe and a pocket that seemed to be in all of the music happening from like ‘68-’74. Funk was a new and evolving thing, and musicians just new how to tap in and listen. And the freedom of expression from all of the psychedelics being taken made it such a beautiful and unreplicable time.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yeah, we recorded what we thought was going to be an album, but we may be turning it into two EPs. We have four tracks mastered and ready to go for a release in January. Hoping to release the next one in March.

Any tentative title in mind?

Thinking about Burbank Vol. I and II. But we’re kind of an indecisive crew, so we’ll see.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re getting ready to be on the road in September and October. Cruising up through Washington state and back down the west coast, then hooking down to Arizona. So very stoked.

What else is happening next in Smoky Knights’ world?

We have to take our van in for a little maintenance and make sure our camping gear is up to snuff before the tour. We will have a new batch of songs will be showing up in these upcoming months too.

Youtube Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EgnCp9O4ZM

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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