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INTERVIEW: Silent Theory

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

We’ve been good! This last year has been great and created a lot of momentum for us.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Before The Storm”?

Absolutely. We love the different interpretations people take from our songs. So sometimes I don’t like to say what each song is about, but this song is about addiction. Now at the time the opioid dependency epidemic was at its peak and we are a band that likes to write about the atmosphere of the moment. Personally, I put a lot of myself into the song. We are proud of the positive reception.

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

I wouldn’t say a specific event. Addiction is something I battle with and millions of other people struggle with, it was just one of those things we saw on the news every day. Another OD, especially in our area. It seemed prominent and something we wanted to challenge ourselves to write about.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Cold. It was cold. We filmed in Spokane at an old aluminum processing plant (with the talented Jon Kuritz) we wanted to show that this kind of crisis affects everyone, from the rich to the poor.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well we recorded with the amazing Jimmy Hill at Amplified Wax Studios in Spokane. We are always happy with the kind of sound he can get out of us. He helps with the song development further in studio which is such a benefit. When we have a great concept and song, it practically writes itself. Typically the music is written in a tedious, trial and error style of process. We decide on a direction for the song and I then, take that home and write my lyrics, bring it to the guys and let them pick it apart if they want to. Add or subtract whatever they feel will improve it.

How Chevelle and 10 Years has influence your writing?

It’s no secret I’m a huge Chevelle fan. Tenors that register in G like I do, have always appealed to me. I remember seeing 10 years right after ‘Wasteland’ released and felt so motivated to write music after that show. So in my opinion, those two, are a realistic standard to what we should be aiming for. I can’t speak for everyone necessarily but we have so many influences stretching across a large spectrum of music. (Rush, Chili Peppers, Kiss, Johnny Cash, Linkin Park) to name a few, and with our music moving forward we hope to demonstrate our growth.

What role does Idaho play in your music?

We’re proud to represent this very “un”represented state. It’s not a shock that it’s difficult to be seen here but we will always be an Idaho band and one day we hope to be “the” Idaho band.

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

Yes. I can tell you it’s going to be quality songs over quantity songs, so closer to an EP than an album, but…it’s going to be good guys.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Spring of 2019 is the goal. And a title is usually the last thing we come up with. We’ll let the feel of the album help us determine the name.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are planning on hitting the road this summer in support of the EP/Album. We hope to get back on the festival circuit for 2019 as well.

What else is happening next in Silent Theory’s world?

A lot. Unfortunately that’s all I can say because we are currently in negotiations. The future does look bright though.

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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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