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INTERVIEW: The Penny Serfs

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

-Aiden: We’ve been good! We just finished up our “day jobs” for the next few months. We’ve been out, in various capacities, over the last 18 months as support techs for a rock band called the National. So as people we’re currently readjusting to life off the road and spending some time among family and friends. As a band, we’re beginning a fully collaborative writing process for a new EP and taking looks at a few live dates.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write “Walking In LA”?

Stu: We were all up in the Hudson Valley in NY for work stuck in this AirBnB… Our good friend Lanz had just done this amazing cover of LA Woman that kinda blew our minds, so we tracked the drums really quickly at the gig after work and then tracked everything in the livingroom of the AirBnB… It was really fun and kind of spontaneous.

Tell us about the inspiration behind the music video.

-Aiden: It was kind of a weird time. We were on an extended off period off tour but miles away from home. I think we had days off in London and Kent. London would make sense as a backdrop for a music video. It isnt LA, but it’s big. Massive. Kent made way less sense. But I think I had already made plans to get a tattoo of my cat dressed up as a viking while we were in London.

Earlier this year you released your new album Politics In The Time of Heroin – what’s the story behind the title?

-Aiden: We’re at that age now (we’re all in our 30s) where we were born into the war on drugs, we were teens and twenty twentysomethings when meth was rampant in small midwest enclaves like our own, and now we’re watching those people [via whatever blame you assign (doctors, dealers, economic factors, etc)] turn from meth to oxy to heroin. Which is a drastic oversimplification. So I guess the title is in reference to the response and support, or lack thereof, we as political actors (because if one votes they are a political actor) we give to our addicted populations.

How was the recording and writing process?

Stu: Brief and extended. The songs were written over a couple of years and many went through various iterations… I’m On Fire is the oldest… We started working on that the first time I came out to LeClaire to play a couple shows and we just started jamming that song out… It made it into the live set and evolved from there. Recording was 10 days in Atlanta with our excellent producer Rick Beato and his right hand man and recording engineer Ken Lanyon.

Any plans to hit the road?

-Aiden: Yes. May we please crash in your office?

What else is happening next in The Penny Serfs’ world?

-Aiden: We’re working on an EP and limited release single. The single we did over a couple days outside of Atlanta with our friend Rick Beato. Its subject is the time Mikey thought it was a decent idea to jump out of the ceiling of a church building.

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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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