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INTERVIEW: The Legal Immigrants

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

All over the place. Finishing our third studio record. Trying to finish our Christmas record with our pals in Melophobix and Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys in time for, ya know, Christmas. Also working on a music video!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hang On”?

It all started one day when the whole band was rehearsing without me and I came home hearing what would become “Hang On” shaking the floor boards. Instead of embracing the new creation, I was a pouty little bitch and tried to hate the song because I wasn’t there for the true beginning. After a couple of beers I came to my senses

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

Not so much a singular event, more so my collective failures.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was pretty easy. Whenever someone has a good idea for a song, they rest of give thoughts and ideas as to how we could shape it. That’s my favorite part of working with Ben, Kevin, and Marcus. We focus on good music and don’t to (very) hurt when our friends tell us our ideas suck.

Recording was a little tough for me personally. I was trying a lot of different things melodically and lyrically and it just didn’t feel right for whatever reason. This was IN THE STUDIO, so yes, it qualifies for the “recording” part of the question. Any-who, I was under-prepared and very frustrated, so the “song sucks” at the end was recorded without my knowledge and completely authentic.

What role does Michigan play in your music?

I have no clue, but I love Michigan. As long as you’re not some yuppy asshole, I’d recommend visiting if you haven’t already. That is, of course, if you like outdoor stuff. In Michigan we call it “up north” which is basically anything north of M46. Grand Rapids is really cool and Detroit is the greatest.

How Rival Sons has influence your writing?

I don’t know that any band or person has influenced TLI all that much. The fellas in Rival Sons are great, grounded human beings though and really set a great example as a true rock n’ roll band.

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

Hope is for the optimists. I pity the hopeless. What’s the point of doing anything if there isn’t a chance of getting what you’re after?

Any plans to hit the road?

We have a few BIG festivals lined up right now that we can’t talk about, and we’ll have an extensive tour ready for spring.

What else is happening next in The Legal Immigrants’ world?

Write songs. Record songs. Perform songs. Repeat!

Listen “Hang On” on Spotify I SoundCloud

Socials: Website I Facebook I Twitter I Soundcloud I Spotify I Bandcamp

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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