INTERVIEW: Shallow Waves

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

Thanks for having us! We’ve been pretty good, really happy with the traction Shapes has been pulling! I feel people are really digging the song, which makes us so ecstatic about the whole thing!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shapes”?

Sure! It’s the first release of off our upcoming EP/ mini album that we’re currently working on. It also marks a transition coming from our older sound and showcasing where we’re heading towards. When we finally finished writing the song, it laid the foundation of what direction we wanted to move towards with newer material.

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

I’d been listening to a lot current psych bands but also quite a bit 70s krautrock, which played a role on Shapes. That, plus rethinking my career and personal path, started inspiring in the direction I wanted to go with song and by proxy, the bands direction as well. The song itself also underwent several changes from its initial incarnation but we’re really happy with the destination we got to.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Probably not for Shapes, but we are entertaining the idea of doing one for our follow up single.

How was the recording and writing process?

 We actually tried something different, in which we recorded all the parts in various places, not intentionally, just because of our scheduling conflicts.  Guitars and synths were done at Taurus Studios ( Metz and Fucked Up have done albums there), bass was done at Jesse ( our drummers studio) and vocals and additional synths were done at my home studio.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

The Toronto music scene has played a significant role in helping us forming our sound. There’s such a great garage/ psych scene here.

What made you want to go for a whole new direction this time around?

It was really being influenced more by our ever changing tastes in music, as well various bands coming out of the Toronto music psych scene. There are so many amazing bands here, you can’t help but feel so inspired around it. However, a lot it was just what we were playing around with and experimenting a lot with sounds and ideas, until we felt we finally found something that works really well for us. It took awhile, but it’s definitely a sound we’re enthusiastic about.

What is it about the 60s that you find so fascinating?

For me it’s really the innovative recording techniques that came about in that era. Thinking about music in a very nonlinear way and using the studio as an instrument, was something I really found fascinating from that period. You hear it in so many albums.

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

Yes there definitely is new material coming! We are expecting to have a finished product by the fall. No definite date as of it. We play around with sounds and ideas in the studio so much, that its taking a lot longer than expect to finish material, but we are on a good pace and should have it ready sooner than later.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We are expecting to release for the fall. As for the title, it’s still a bit in the air, but I do have a few ideas. Once we get closer to completion of the release, I’ll have a clearer picture of what I want to name it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Well the main focus is to finish the album right now, but once we’re we’ll looking at options for a tour possible in the next year.

What else is happening next in Shallow Waves’ world?

We’re actually playing a show here in Toronto, June 29th at Sneaky Dees with a couple of  great bands, giving us a chance to play some of the new songs we’ve been working on!

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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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