INTERVIEW: Bourbon House

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

Fantastic! Thank you for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Devil on My Heels?”

We wanted to write a song that showcased the slide guitar. We absolutely love the swampy sound it adds to rock songs and that’s what we were going for. It’s primarily a blues rock song with a bit of vocal soul, stomp and groove, and a whole lot of grit.

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

The song was originally in a different tuning, the words were completely different, and it was lacking that special something. Robert Johnson visited our drummer, Ryan, in a dream and told him we have to write a slide guitar song about the devil. Ryan heard the riff when we got together for a rehearsal and he said “this is the one.” That’s how Devil on My Heels was born.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We’ve already shot the video and it’s in the editing process. We will be releasing it in June, 2019. Expect a lot of hairography and psychedelic visuals.

How was the recording and writing process?

Surprising? A lot of our creativity happens in the studio. We went in and recorded four songs in total but this one was the very last song we put together beforehand so we were the least prepared for it. A good portion of it was written in the studio with the help of our co-producer, Evan Middlesworth. Certain things like the false ending and the pacing of the drums in the end were thought up during the recording of the scratch track.

What role does Wisconsin play in your music?

No role whatsoever. Maybe it would be a different story if we were writing songs about beer, cheese and football. Don’t get me wrong, Wisconsin can be beautiful and cultured, but it’s also incredibly cold most of the time. And Lacey is Canadian. You’d think she’d be used to this by now.

How have Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin influenced your writing?

Well, we’re all pretty much obsessed with Led Zeppelin. They are a hard band to not be influenced by. But to get more specific about it, Led Zeppelin inspired us to showcase each instrument and band member. And Janis Joplin is the first female rock singer to stylistically just bare her soul. Not every song calls for that, but songs with that kind of raw soul are definitely more powerful.

What is it about the 60s and 70s that you always hope to capture with your music?

What we take away most from that era of music is that the bands simply set out to write a good song. That’s what we want to do, regardless of genre, guitar tone, instrumentation or message. That’s why so much music from that time is timeless. Eliminating the specifics allows for more room to be creative, even when the song is simple. There is also a raw essence to that era, and we always hope to capture that in our music. We have tools now that make this a little easier and we can certainly polish up the recordings better but we always retake something instead of editing it if it didn’t turn out the way we hoped. It keeps the music genuine.

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

Yes! We’ve already recorded three more songs and we have a few more ready to be recorded. If we don’t release another album later in the year, we will definitely be releasing another single and music video.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We will likely be releasing either an album or another single by November, 2019.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re on the road a lot. We’ve played in Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison and many other cities in the Midwest. We’re heading out to North Dakota in June and hopefully we will be hitting the road on a more extensive tour sometime in the near future, but we don’t have any specifics on that right now.

What else is happening next in Bourbon House’s world?

More writing and recording! The plans and shows and releases we have set up so far take us pretty far into the year so we’re pretty busy with that, but we write whenever we can. We plan to go back into the studio to record more songs in September.

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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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