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INTERVIEW: Year of the Locust

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

Been havin a whale of a time my amigo.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single Stay Alive“?

Sure. We recorded it in Nashville with Brett Hestla this past November. “Stay Alive” is a redemption song. Never give up!

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

I had a toy drum kit on my back porch that had been kickin’ around. My drummer wanted to play it and I said, “yeah just clean the leaves off if it and bring it inside (my shoebox apartment.) So I, (Scotty Mac) started messing with a drop A version of “State of Love and Trust” from Pearl Jam and I ditched that idea and “Stay Alive” was born in about 10 minutes.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

Not particularly but that could definitely change.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming it after the band?

The last 4 years have been a roller coaster. But I really think we hit our stride in November. So when it all came down to it THIS is the Band’s sound more fully realized. Hence, self titled. I really see it as the true birth of the band.

How was the recording and writing process?

For me personally recording is always a challenge. Trying to drag the waters for the absolute best you can offer is emotionally taxing. 

We were in Nashville and my label reps brother stopped by.. who happened to by Troy freakin’ Luccketta from Tesla. So of COURSE he played on “Stay Alive.” What an inspiring dude. In addition our good buddy Brian Bonds (ex Florida Goergia Line) hung out and layed down some ebow and guitars. Surreal.

Did you approach this record as a total departure from your previous work or rather a continuation?

Total rebirth. Had some new blood in the band. So, you have to create something that your players will thrive on. So, since two of the players had only recently joined I had to make a quick judgement about there styles. At the end of the day everyone brought they’re A game and really grew the songs to their potential. Brett Hestla is a beast also. Helped with arrangements a bit and added some additional parts. Oh and his background vocals.. His “Bon Scott” perfectly complimented my smooth tortured vox. 

How do you go on blending all your different influences together?

In today’s day and age we listen to SO much different music. Combining them ALL is near impossible, although some bands can pull this off quite well (12 Foot Ninja!??,) nor would I want to. I’ve always said, “I just want to be in a cool band.” I never wanted to be typecast as part of a particular “scene.” If that makes us too milktoast for some fans I’m totally fine with that. We’re just trying to get the purest form of what we hear in our heads on a recording. I believe it was The Boss who said that about his 10th studio album.

What role does NYC play in your music?

Fred, Outlaw and I live outside the ‘burbs.

I think its a hotbed of the avant-garde. So if it plays any roll at all it’s “not being THAT.” But the NY in us shines through. Its a mentality of  “get to the point WILL YA!”.

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

I saw a PBS special some years ago where the songwriters of a ton of huge contemporary songs were gathered to play their personal renditions on a piano. I think it was the writer of an O-Town pop song a piano that hit me the hardest. This non assuming half bald dude sings the song about his second marriage ending and it literally broke my heart in half. He lived that and you could tell. So, I’m lucky (and sometimes unlucky) to have lived these lyrics. That sincerity cant be faked. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Now that we’re with Green Machine Management and The Label Group/ Universal there are some things to accomplish before we hit the road again. Should be out this summer.

What else is happening next in Year of the Locust‘s world?

We’re taking “Stay Alive” to radio. Super psyched. 

Let’s see how much noise we can make on this blue planet. Thank you for the great questions. See you on the road.

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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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