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INTERVIEW: Saint Evil Street

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

Well, this first EP was a hell of a ride! You wouldn’t believe all the bizarre atmosphere around it. Hint, it was kind of a die and retry game until now. But now, we are fully happy with the result!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Wolf Behind the Door”?

The wolf behind the door is a definition about the sound and the color of the band. It’s basically the song which identifies the style and the tendency of our music, so far, it doesn’t mean that we keep the songs this way, but it describes the way we’re walking through our creativity. It’s also one of the first songs we played together.

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

This is if you want to take it this way… An autobiographical song! (laughs).

Any plans to release a video for the single?

A video… Yes! We’re planning to go forward on this. But it’s a new skill like was this first EP for us. We don’t want to rush and rather be sure that we’ll like (love) the result.

The single comes off your new EP Cursed – what’s the story behind the title?

The wolf behind the door is the story of a man who desperately search an answer. He claims that all his misbehaving is caused by someone out there in the world and this man/animal goes to face the world to hunt the responsible and he arrives at a little house hidden in the wood. He seeks this person responsible of his unhappiness and yells, screams and calls through the door, to finally figure out that that’s his house. That this is the world he has created, that this is his wood and he is the primary reason of his own situation.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing of this song was very simple, and the recording process had no big deal or drama. I remember the only issue recording was the drum track, this song has some tricky parts for the drum and Val got stuck in the simplest passage of it (laughs drinking his beer).

It’s a song that I wrote basically in a very simple way and with basic ideas, but the solo had a lot of different versions, actually because I’m not a strong lead guitarist and I always found the solos kinda unsatisfying, but basically, it’s a song that is exactly as it was written.

How Alice In Chains has influence your writing?

I love old dark literature and poetry and I found beautiful the fact that we can use conflicting circumstances to create beautiful ideas. Not beautiful messages, but ideas about real circumstances and the grunge movement was the door to this world. I love nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In chains, and I can relate Alice In Chains as a big influence because he has all the ingredients I personally wanted to have in my dream band. Especially melancholic lyrics with vocal harmonies! It was the model to follow speaking about the sound and the style, arrangement and sound.

What role does France play in your music?

Well, France, is the place where this band was born, the world is an incredible adventure and France is the beginning of this adventure for Saint Evil Street.

France gave us the characteristic sound we have, believe it or not, our sound comes from the result of a lot of things together: the winter, the summer, the people, the smells, the things we learned from other musicians, the things we see happening in the world through the French windows, the daily adventure of every rehearsal, all beautiful experiences.

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

It can look like we are exploring the negative side of the human, but we remark the ugly side of society, as a critic, as a modern paint, as how we still act in many wrong ways even after thousands of years of development. We’re just witnesses of the events and we make music with those testimonies!

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

The inspiration… I’ll call it more a modus operandi… I look at the TV, I read the news, I look on the internet and I create the background music depending on how it makes me feel. This is my way to internalize and learn from what happens outside in the world and then, I just find myself creating a song behind the story. That’s all… As simple as that!

Any plans to hit the road?

I guess as everyone with bands, we just want to play, we’re ready for it… That’s all we want.

What else is happening next in Saint Evil Street’s world?

For the future, we plan to keep writing, to keep playing concerts, to continue our evolution, to keep working, because all this, about being a rock band, is a hard job that only musicians in the same position than us will understand. Musicians are predators hunting songs.

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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