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

Stephen- Spectacular!

Andre- Stellar!

Duane- Lovely, thank for asking!


Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Taking Over”?

Absolutely! Taking Over was the first song we wrote as a band. We wrote it organically at practice in two hours and I finished the lyrics in about a month, which is much faster than I usually do. We were originally going to go into the studio and record two other songs, but right before we went in the studio we finished Taking Over and all knew that this had to be in the first round of songs. We decided to do all three.

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

There was a point in my life when I was drinking a lot and it was getting the best of me. I was literally just wasting my life away, which happens to be the last line of the chorus. I was constantly trying to start a band and just overall better myself, but I got stuck feeling sorry for myself. It’s hard to dig yourself out of that hole once you’ve been there for a while. I decided I had enough. I had shit I needed to do. Things I had to say.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

That experience was amazing! We hired Northwood Revolution to do the video. They had previously did a video for our friends in Madina Lake and Super Happy Fun Club, and the quality was insane. They came up with the idea to shoot in an abandoned grain silo in Chicago. Beautiful grafitti on the outer and inner walls. The initial plan was to shoot inside, but the city said no since the roof was dilapidated. So their next idea was to shoot outside in the middle of the night. We got there at 6pm, did some preliminary shots, then started on the performance shots around 9pm. Our buddy Patrick Riley(Biolume Productions) came with his lighting rig which added a tremendous amount to the overall feel. Our friend Alex Zarek came and did behind the scenes photos while our friend Holly Kapsalis(Blush&Burgundy) lended us her make-up skills. We ended the shoot at 5am. We were exhausted to say the least, but definitely well worth it. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording went absurdly well. The members of this collective have been through many bands before and have perfected our skills and levels of respect when it comes to writing in a group setting. Releaser could not be happier with the turn around of how fast the songs and record came together.

What was it like to work with Nick Radovanovic and how did that relationship develop?

Nick fit with Releaser like a glove. We finished each others ideas left and right and are very proud of his engineering, mixing, and productions skills. Looking forward to working with each other again in the future.

How much did he get to influence the song? 

A great deal! We as a band agree that he has become a member or special individual of Releaser. Does that answer the question?

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

YES. We never stop writing. We are actually releasing a 6 song EP shortly, and have a slew of material for our next release.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The title of the EP is called Retox with a release date of December 7th, 2018.

What aspect of tragedy will you get to explore on this album?

Self reflection, over coming ones own faults and addictions.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. Aiming for late Winter or early Spring.

What else is happening next in Releaser’s world?

We are stoked to perform our second show at House of Blues Chicago. Sold out a month ahead of time. We are main support for Lucky Boys Confusion who came out and saw our first show with Spill Canvas a few months prior. This will also be our EP release.