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INTERVIEW: Harmless Habit

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

We’ve been great! Thank you for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tight!”?

We were aiming for something that was a little more upbeat and swing oriented, with more of a “larger than life” kind of feel to it.

Did any particular event inspire you to write this song?

Our lead singer Joey battled with addiction and alcoholism for many years. “Tight” was intended to portray the feeling of relief and happiness he (or anyone) felt or can feel when breaking free from the grip of addiction. When Joey got sober in December of last year, he wanted to write something to express his grateful feelings.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

All 4 music videos were shot in 5 days, filmed and produced by Paul Cunningham at Cool World Photography. None of us have ever done anything as professional as the video shoot for the “Fronterror” series, so constantly being on camera was a new experience. We needed some extra people for crowd shots in a couple of the videos and a surprising amount of people showed up to be in our videos. It was awesome to have our friends and fans be a part of our story.

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

The album, as a whole, was meant to depict the terrors of addiction. It follows the protagonist into the dark depths one can sink to, confronting the fear, anger and despair that comes along with it. However, as the album progresses, it becomes more uplifting as the protagonist finds hope within sobriety and recovery. The last song on the album “Not Afraid to Die” is a message of hope for others who face the same demons. It’s not a literal translation, but more of a statement of having the courage to let go of who you once were and growing into someone new.

How was the recording and writing process?

We have all learned a lot since recording our last record. We were able to spend more time on every part of each song in order to be sure it was a product we were proud to release. “Fronterror” showed us growth in our band and gave us and optimistic view on what we have potential to do in the future. Huge thanks to Micah Powers at Bird’s Eye Audio, who produced and engineered the record. The work that he put in pushed us all to become better musicians, as well as a tighter band.

What is it about the 60s and 80s that you find so fascinating?

60’s rock music had a message of peaceful rebellion and helped express the public attitude on social movements going on at the time. 80’s rock leaned more towards having fun and living in the moment, causing rock and roll to become more commercial. Our goal is to combine those two elements in a way that gets our message across, and appeals to a new generation of listeners.

What aspect of terror and addictions did you get to explore on this record?

We had the realization that if our dreams of becoming a successful touring rock band came true, any existing problems with substance would only grow worse. This record symbolizes the 5 of us fixing and building the foundation of Harmless Habit so we have the best chance at a lifelong career in the industry.

Any plans to hit the road?

We plan on being on the road in spring 2019. If anyone reading this likes what they hear, tell us where you are so we can come to your city!

What else is happening next in Harmless Habit’s world?

We started writing immediately after releasing “Fronterror”. We have some new demos and hope to record a new single in early 2019 as well as tour. After living through the experiences written in “Fronterror”, we feel we now are ready to take on whatever future obstacles the music industry may throw at us.

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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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