INTERVIEW: The Carolyn

Pic by Shaun I. Ramkumar

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

Busy, busy. Just trying to finish up our full length being released on 59 X Records this fall.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A.M.”?

A.M. was one of the first songs written for the album and it came together pretty naturally. It made sense for us to put it out as the first single.

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

During the Spring/Summer of 2017 we were all in pretty weird places in our lives. I think the combination of being in a transition phase, both personally and as a band, and the return of our favorite show that summer (Twin Peaks) inspired the lyrics heavily.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Quick and easy. Jonathan Milograno from Homestead Pictures approached us early this year about shooting a video. We told him the meaning behind the song and he came up with a treatment in no time. We pretty much filmed the entire thing in a day. Can’t say enough good things about Jonathan Milograno, Josh Kirkland, and everyone involved.

The single comes off your new album This Will Begin To Make Things Right – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s also another reference; hopefully the Star Wars nerds will pick up on it. But it’s a lyric from one of our upcoming singles. It sort of represents what we tried to accomplish with this album and how The Carolyn went from a solo project to being a band.

How was the recording and writing process?

Long and arduous. A lot of the songs were born out of ideas that were several years old, so revisiting them and making the best they could be was challenging. We also recorded the drums in one studio, and the rest of the instruments in another.

How much would you say the band changed after it went from a solo project to a full band?

Overall, I would say we moved into much more of an “indie punk” direction. The songs still have a poppy vibe, but sonically this album is a lot rawer.

What aspect of small town America did you get to explore on this record?

The “dead end-ness” for lack of a better term. Like almost any pop punk album you could name, the songs deal with the feelings of discontentment one feels while living in a small town. However, we also explored the darker underpinning of some of the rural places we’ve lived, and how the socioeconomics affect everything, including our mental state.

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

We’re huge movie fans so a lot of the songs make references to films that have inspired us. However, the continuing theme on the album is the feeling of exhaustion.

Any plans to hit the road?

Trying to hit the Midwest and Tristate area asap!

What else is happening next in The Carolyn’s world?

More singles/videos in the coming months before the album. Stay tuned.

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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