INTERVIEW: Hoax Paradise

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

Hi VENTS ! We’ve been great, thank you !

Things were pretty intense lately with the release of our EP “Well, Nobody’s Perfect” so we’re a bit tired but looking forward to the summer and our next shows !

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ground Control » ?

Well, « Ground Control » is our heavier, baddest song on the EP. It’s a revolt song about the « Titanic Syndrome » we’re currently enduring as a society : we can see the problems ahead of us, but still we (or at least the people in charge) keep on looking elsewhere and won’t care. We thought the lyrics had to match the nastiness of the riff, without being too dark or unhopeful, because, if there’s no hope, then why even try ?

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

Not one thing in particular when everytime you look at the news there are so many reason to get upset ! Maybe the most vicious paradox is when the governments ask people to take efforts on things they did let break previously for bad reasons !

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We really love adding pictures to a song, we do think it really empower them and create something bigger than just the sum of it, that’s why we made videos for our previous singles from « Well, Nobody’s Perfect ».

Ground Control and I Don’t Care are respectively the heaviest and the softest song on the EP so all possibilities are open ! You can expect a videoclip for Ground Control for the fall of this year.

The single comes off your new album Well, Nobody’s Perfect – what’s the story behind the title?

This title is from the final quote of the movie “Some Like It Hot” ! It’s a way to say : “Okay, we’re all human beings, by nature imperfects, so let’s relax and enjoy who we really are, without constantly judging ourselves or others harshly”.

You have to accept who you really are to start to be free, even if it means acknowledging that… well you’re not perfect, just like everybody else. That’s also kind of giving the finger to publicists and the society hypocritically lying to us constantly by making us believe that, should we consume a little more, we could be a bit “perfect-er”, even if this “perfection” is unattainable, and totally fake, using photoshops, false surveys and so-on.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was so much fun ! We recorded the tracks in the Studio Beam, with Romain Della Valle (who plays guitar in the band Stuck In The Sound) as our soundman, and he loves this kind of music as much as us, so it was a blast to work with him !

He really took the time to craft with us the ambiences of each song, carefully placing each amp, and each microphone before any take.

By the way, we recorded the drums and the bass playing together in a live setting to really get the groove going. After that, it was a piece of cake for Laura and Thibaud to record the vocals and the guitars, and we could spend time finding little oddities like strange effects, weird sounds etc !

What role does France play in your music?

France is a country of paradoxes : it has this glamorous aura around the world, with Paris being the “City of Love” and everything, but behind the curtains, when you live here, it really is not : it’s a country with a difficult political situation, and with a very rigid caste-like society : that’s why you have so much agitation at the moment, as the social movement of “Les Gilets Jaunes” showed. We hope that we channeled some of that moving energy within our songs !

What aspect of the “Titanic Syndrome” did you get to explore on this record?

The “Titanic Syndrome” can take many forms : be it the denial of the governments and lobbies about the state of the world right now, both the environmental and human aspect of it, (and sometimes both at the same time, like what’s happening in the Amazonian Rainforest and to it’s people right now).

On a more personal level, it’s when you don’t accept who you really are : not only talking about the genders or sexualities but what the society made you think you are or what you need to do to “fit”.

Nothing is sadder than realising at 40, 50, 60 or 70 years old that you “missed” the life you really wanted to live, not being able to change that, and having only regrets. Sadly, when people get in this position, they often become really salty or bitter, thus bringing more bad energy around them, not wanting others people to have what they don’t : “If everybody’s sad then at least i’m not sadder than anyone” is a very human way of thinking, so we have to try to prevent it, it brings no good.

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

It’s mostly Laura who writes the lyrics, event if we all help sometimes. The complexities of human relations are an inexhaustive subject to write about ahahah !

“Les Garçons” is about someone fiercely declaring that (s)he’s about to seduce everybody : men, women… It’s a empowering song about not letting anyone or the society telling you what to do !

I also wrote also about the pain of seeing someone you love struggling with his life, problems or addictions, and seeing this person drowning without being able to help. As there’s multiple kind of love, there’s multiple kind of love-related issues !

There is some kind of global human-identity crisis right now with all the algorithms and the changes they bring, that’s an interesting subject for sure !

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes we do ! We definitely are a live band at heart (even if we love composing songs and the recording process) so we take every chance to play live !

We are currently performing everywhere we can, especially outside of France : we played in Belgium this year for instance, and we would be delighted to play in other countries as well !

What else is happening next in Hoax Paradise’s world?

Now that the EP is released we have to make it live by touring as much as we can ! We also have some new songs we’re working on that we’re gonna play live now, we just can’t wait to show them to you !

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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