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INTERVIEW: Don’t Tell Dena

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

Chris Krummrich: We’ve been great! Ready to start on a lot of new exciting adventures!

Can you talk to us more about your song “That Way”?

Campbell Young: It was a cool experience both writing and recording! It’s the only song we were able to track live as a band, and I think you can really hear it in the finished product.

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

Sean Kanaly: I don’t think it was an event, but just more of us figuring out our sound as a band. It was the first song we wrote together, and just kind of happened as we played.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Sean Kanaly: Maybe not “That Way” but we are working with some friends to get a video put together for one of our new singles that should be out early November.

The single comes off your new album Phases of the Moon – what’s the story behind the title?

Campbell Young: The songs form a sort of loose storyline about life, and the changes we go through as humans. So we decided on “Phases of the Moon” because it was a title that reflected the story of the songs.

How was the recording and writing process?

Triston Lightner: To write songs we usually jam on a chord progression for about 20 mins and we listen back to it and use the parts we liked and then write words over it. The songs evolve over time as we perfect our parts on the song and come up with new things to put on the song.

Campbell Young: For recording, we went to our friend’s studio Lunar Manor in OKC. We tracked “That Way” live, and multi tracked everything one at a time for the rest of the songs.

What role does Oklahoma City play in your music?

Campbell Young: Oklahoma City seems to be strangely accepting of the weird. We have quite the psychedelic/indie rock scene.

What aspect of moon did you get to explore on this record?

Campbell Young: We explored all of the moon. Especially the dark side.

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

Chris: Just from being human. Experiences and feelings that we’ve all felt before. Happiness, love, sadness, anger and everything else.

Any plans to hit the road?

Triston Lightner: We’ve been looking around for a small bus to modify to travel in, after we get that we will be looking for gigs to play in other states.

What else is happening next in Don’t Tell Dena’s world?

Sean Kanaly: We are currently working on a new album, and a couple of singles that will be coming out soon. We also have T-shirts and other merch that will be available soon.

Listen to their full album here

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