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INTERVIEW: Blues Alt Rockers Delmont

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

Thanks for having us! We’ve been extremely busy gearing up to release this single and the EP itself. Between getting new merch in, shooting a music video, revamping our website, and keep our chops sharp we’ve had a lot on our plates. More than anything though, We’ve been just itching to show everyone what we’ve been working on and hinting at for so long. We’re like caged animals over here!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Young and Vicious”?

“Young and Vicious” is a song that has a lot of swagger to it. It’s a song about sex, desire, and the rush that comes with acting on impulse (even if you know it may be a decision that you regret later). It’s a song that definitely glorifies instant gratification, but also makes it clear that rushing to get that quick fix is not without its drawbacks.

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

The song was inspired by an event in our singer Sean’s life, where he was very briefly involved with someone with whom he found a great physical connection. This was at a time shortly after leaving a serious relationship and it was very much a “flame” that burned extremely bright, but not for long.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

As a matter of fact, there will be a video coming out the same day as the single!

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

The title, and the way that Aged came about as a whole, was derived from the fact that the band has really changed a lot since its inception. These five songs are a move towards a louder and more exciting sound. They also show a refining of our songwriting process and our growth as individual musicians.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was probably the shortest part of the whole endeavor. Often times, Sean would bring in a riff or an idea, and over the course of one practice session we would typically have most of a song fleshed out. From there we would spend time tweaking the music, the lyrics, sometimes adding or removing parts after we had time to listen to them. By the time we hit the studio, there was very little structurally that needed to be changed aside from one or two drum fills and a vocal line.

When we walked in to Forge, Ron DiSilvestro’s primary goal was to take those five songs and elevate them to another level. Whether that was using a certain microphone, guitar, amp (or combination of amps), or simply a certain effect in post, he added lots of interesting textures to the sounds we had already created. He’ll tell you though that even the raw mixes were something for us to be proud of.

What was it like to work with Phil Nicolo and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Phil Nicolo was a great experience. He has so many high-power names on his resume, and being able to count ourselves among them was exciting. We made the connection through our Engineer/Producer Ron.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Ron specifically brought Phil in to do the mastering on the EP and it came out exceptionally well.

How do you go on balancing and toying with the classic and modern sounds?

Part of how we balance those two elements has to do with the make-up of our band. Sean, Colby, and myself are “ex-Metal Heads” who played more ‘modern’ sub-genres of metal. We also had a lot of experience with pop-punk as well. On the other hand, Joey and Ryan are old-school blues men at heart and definitely the true classic rock aficionados of the group. It actually worked out perfectly because we have a very precise/tight rhythm section combined with classic guitar tones and bluesy riffs. Sean’s vocals are then the finishing touch of soul and grit, which rounds out the sound we have spent the past year cultivating.

What role does Philadelphia play in your music?

A lot of our songs focus on some form of struggle. To us, Philadelphia is a hard-working city that understands the value of overcoming the obstacles set before you. It’s a city that isn’t afraid to show its grit and it’s less than ideal side. Philadelphians pride themselves on being genuine (whether you like it or not). To us, these songs represent that same desire to be real and show the ugly parts of life but in a way that still allows people to come away from the experience with a good vibe.

What aspect of alcoholism and mental health did you get to explore on this record?

A lot of what we explored regarding substance abuse focuses on how it can be destructive and the desire to find a better way to live. With mental health, it was combination of depression, anxiety, and just fear of the unknown and how that can affect people in their daily lives.

What made you want to touch on these dark themes?

All of these themes come from us drawing on experiences that we have had or that people close to us have had. In fact, it’s a side of life that nearly everyone has seen at some point or another. Part of the driving force of each song is exposing part of ourselves to the audience and be genuine, even if it hurts. We want to let people know it’s ok to not be ok. We are all dealing with something, we are all human.

Was it easy to dive deep into this topics or did you have second thoughts?

There were definitely days where talking about the content of a song and really analyzing it could bring the mood down at practice. Delving in to this subject matter is never easy, especially when you want people to feel the gravity of it. However, we never had second thoughts. Part of what we believe makes good art is coming from a place of authenticity. We spent a lot of time making sure we were creating a feeling and a message that was exactly what we wanted it to be.

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

Some of the lyrics, especially the song “Nothing Yet” just came from conversations we had when hanging out together or when taking a break at practice. Sometimes it was just a matter of a riff giving us a certain feeling that it would lend itself well to one subject or another. Sean’s also great at free-styling lyrics so sometimes he would just make a hook on the spot. More often than not it stuck too!

Any plans to hit the road?

 We will be playing Dunellen, NJ at the end of this month at Roxy and Dukes so we’re excited about our first North Jersey show. We also have a short run up to NYC and Boston planned for the weekend of 5/11-12 following the release of the EP. Beyond that, we are  on the look-out to expand down south to DC, Richmond, Baltimore, and even North/South Carolina this summer, and will be announcing more dates very soon.

What else is happening next in Delmont’s world?

We have two lyric videos that will be coming out after the EP is released. Those videos are for “Nothing Yet” and “Grey”. You can expect to see those released in the weeks following the initial EP release. Other than that, we’re looking to expand our touring radius, get our music on some Spotify lists and spreading “The Gospel of Delmont to everyone we meet!

“Young And Vicious” will be available on all major digital and streaming services starting April 19 and the entire EP on May 4. Physical copies of the CD will be available through https://delmontband.com.

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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