Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been doing great, thank you for having us!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Am I Okay”?
Absolutely. Am I Okay is off our new EP Cycle which kind of works like a story. “Reckless” (the song that precedes “Am I Okay”) is about the careless nature exuded following the end of a relationship – a desire to go out, party and not think too hard about the consequences. “Am I Okay” is about the anxiety that hits in after the fact: “What am I doing? Do I even have control? Do I even care?”
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I think it’s a culmination of events that have inspired this song and the entirety of the album. Cycle is about catching yourself repeating your same mistakes over again and “Am I Okay” takes aim at the anxiety that coincides within that process.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not right now but I think if we met the right person with the right vision we would consider it. I think all four of us put a lot into the band sonically but we haven’t had a tremendous amount of ideas for visuals (whether in the form of a music video or on stage visuals).
The single comes off your new album Cycle – what’s the story behind the title?
The album is about the cyclical nature of what happens after getting out of relationships. It’s also about the behaviors, fears & emotions residing within those events.
How was the recording and writing process?
We recorded the album in our home studio and at GCR Studios ( located in the heart of Buffalo, NY) with Jay Zubricky. We tracked keys, vocals and bass at my place to a drum machine and then recorded live drums with Jay. The writing process started out with me working through some initial rough drafts of demos (usually a verse & a chorus or something similar). We then would all sit down and arrange the songs. We’d honestly spend several hours on a single bridge lead or a chorus lead tone. With this album we were very meticulous on crafting every tone and fleshing out every song. Matt Estep who mixed and mastered the album really took it to the next level after we finished writing and recording. His masters sounded exactly how we envisioned this songs.
How Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun has influence the writing on this album?
Passion Pit was huge for me (Tom B) when I was graduating high school – I remember Manners was on repeat in my car that whole summer. Empire of the Sun is still a go to for me in the middle of summer. Their songs are just absolutely infectious. Both bands, in their prime, were creating very strong indie pop and I think those songs have had a big influence on us and how we write & produce what we do.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The primary focus of the band has always been about the feel. How does the song feel and do the lyrics reflect that? The songs end up being about life experiences – loss, love, anxiety. But it’s always been imperative that there’s a cohesiveness between the subject matter and what you feel when you hear the song.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have a few shows lined up or in the works as of right now (10/19 in Rochester, NY and 10/20 in Buffalo) while we’re still locking in a schedule for some future shows.
What else is happening next in Humble Braggers’ world?
We have a few shows coming up, hopefully a studio session or two in the works and then maybe a cool surprise before the end of the year (but that’s as much as I’ll say about that for now).