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INTERVIEW: Brass Box

Pic by Jenny Rolapp

Can you talk to us more about your single “Bats”?

I like Bats… the creature that is.

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

‘Bats’ emerged from another song I was working on with a friend. I wrote the melody over what we had collaborated on. Then I started working on it independently and ended up changing the music, but left the vocal melody the same. It originally had an 80s New Order vibe, but it wasn’t feeling right so I changed it to be heavier.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re planning on creating videos for a number of songs off the record.

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

It’s an odd juxtaposition that fits the aesthetic of Neil and myself, but mean very different things to each of us.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process of recording and writing was close to how we approach much of our songs. I brought Neil a demo, we flushed it out, recorded it at his place, then took it in to the studio to record live drums.

Coming from different musical backgrounds – did you approach both the record and the band as a departure or rather a continuation?

Personally, I’m inclined to go with how I feel. The vision tends to present itself as we go. I like the process of evolution and exploration. I’ve never been interested in trying to create for a certain genre, look or feel. At this point I’m just trying to enjoy the process and not focus so much on the end result.

What role does Los Angeles play in your music?

I grew up in the Los Angeles music scene and it jaded me very early on. I was really in to crust and OC punk and avoided the mainstream. It kept music real and accessible to me. Being involved in the Los Angeles music and art world had given me a strong backbone along with a bleak look into how the industry works. As I grow older being jaded has opened the door for me to be more creative because now I don’t take anything too serious and don’t have anything to prove.

Los Angeles attracts so many people who want to pursue their dreams in entertainment. Being involved in art and music in Los Angeles has given me a sense of reality where at the same time I still feel privileged to be here. I make the music and art that I like for myself and I think that is a big weight off my shoulders in a time where everyone is trying to “sell” themselves.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration comes from books, art, feelings, life… Inspiration is everywhere.

Any plans to hit the road in support of the album?

We are touring up the West Coast early April:

4.5 Out From The Shadows Fest \\ Portland

4.7 Astoria Hotel \\ Vancouver

4.8 Central Saloon \\ Seattle

4.9 Elbo Room \\ Oakland

4.11 Furstworld \\ Joshua Tree

4.12 Echoplex \\ Los Angeles

4.14 Whistle Stop \\ San Diego

What else is happening next in Brass Box’s world?

One day at a time… Some shows, some videos, most likely another record.

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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