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INTERVIEW: FLOAT

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

We’ve been good, thanks for asking, hard at work with the new EP & such but keeping at it! (Arthur)

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sweat Out This Impulse”? 

Sweat out this impulse was definitely a more experimental song for the band. We wanted to explore new material with less straightforward Chord progressions. Our vocalist was also going through a huge arctic monkeyes phase and wanted to write something in the spirit of that. (Ryan)

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

The song wasn’t inspired so much by one particular event so much as it being a culmination of many. These events were best coped with by drinking alone. Did that help? Probably not. (Ryan) 

I know a portion of the lyrics were literal situations Ryan was in, just because he was in a rough spot emotionally. However, although he did write them off of a handful of particular circumstances I know a lot of Ryan’s lyrics I can relate to & that’s why i’ve been always been such a fan of, on top of the fact that I can relate to them they’re coming from my best friends, it like reiterates the fact that I’m not going through it alone, if that makes sense. (Arthur)

How was the filming process and experience behind the video? 

Filming the video was super fun as always but it was a long time coming, we had our good buddy Christian Lawrence come to a handful of shows spread out over the course of a few months & just capture what he could. It was just a matter of syncing availability because he’s a busy guy! (Arthur)

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

Well for me I thought Recalibrate felt right, because in retrospect new music & lineup changes were coming into play. We weren’t exactly starting over or from scratch but things were different, very much so when comparing things to when these songs started coming together. Recalibrate just seemed to accurately represent where we were at. (Arthur) 

Most of the tracks are about finding yourself in a situation that you know you probably shouldn’t be in, and then having to start all over. Losing progress, burning bridges. The idea of taking a “minute or maybe several to recalibrate” is a consistent theme in all of the tracks and as such, it felt appropriate to title the EP “Recalibrate” (Ryan)

How was the recording and writing process? 

The recording process is always nothing short of unforgettable. You’re literally in a studio with your boys, producing new content and hanging around, encouraging/annoying each other. It’s what we were made for. We recorded recalibrate at Zin Records courtesy of Nick Zinnati (who just got engaged) in Long Island. His studio is private home that honestly feels more like a museum. There’s movie posters, props, memorabilia, a kitchen modeled to look as if you’re eating lunch in 1955. Every bedroom has a different theme. It was like recording in a theme park. (Ryan) 

The writing process is always fun, because we all have such different influences, it’s always super interesting to see how the finished product comes out. As far as recording goes Nick Zinnanti is a dream to work with. We hung out with him for about a week and went back out for a day or two to just finalize some things. We did the first single off the EP with him & loved the studio and how professional he was, and the turn around was great to! (Arthur) 

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

Maybe not a departure, but a new direction for sure. It’s still us, still has the same feel but in my opinion it sounds like we’ve matured a bit which I know personally was something I wanted to see, I love being able to hear a bands progress with each release. (Arthur)

We wouldn’t necessarily say this is a departure. We have a few tracks on the EP that feel very much like what we’ve come to expect of ourselves. “Clean Slate” for example. But some of the other tracks were the result of a very conscious effort to defy conventional songwriting. We wanted to get out of the typical “intro/verse/chorus/interlude/verse/chorus/outro” formula. That’s how “Chronic Overthinker” and “Make a decision” came to be. We also put a stronger emphasis on vocal harmonies as well piano/synthesizer instrumentation that hasn’t really been present in some of our previously recorded material (Ryan)

What role does NYC play in your music?

We’re a Yonkers based band, but our vocalist comes directly from NYC, so it’s definitely impossible for your lyrics to be completely devoid of any city influence. Some of our earlier tracks such as “The Center of the Social Universe” and “Happy Hour” as well as “Momentum in a Bottle” are directly inspired by city dwelling. There are direct references to Chinatown and Washington Square Park as well as bar hopping downtown (Ryan)

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

Lyrically, I try to toe the line between being being completely personal and generally poetic enough so that I’m not the only person on the planet who understands what on earth I’m taking about. I’m a huge fan of RHCP. But I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you what half of those songs are about. “Can’t stop/addicted to the shin-dig” what does that even mean? As far as where I find the inspiration. That just comes with living life. Lyrical inspiration isn’t too hard to find when you fall into and out of love, when you get fired, when you’re feeling lost. Those all come with living (Ryan)

How are you preparing for your upcoming tour?

We’re preparing for our tour by penny pinching because oh BOY are tours expensive. We’re certainly gonna be stocking up on snacks and supplies, but as terrifying as the prospect of touring can be financially, we know we are gonna be a mess when tours all said and done (Ryan)

What are you looking forward the most?

Definitely tour & future releases I feel like with this release we covered more ground when compared to our last EP. We’ve got a little more traction behind things & we have some exciting tour plans we hope to execute earlier in the year. (Arthur)

What we’re looking forward to most is simple. We’re excited for the chance to get away for a few days, eat nothing but gas station food and sing along to Vanessa Carlton in a van for a week. (Ryan)

Any plans to do some live collaborations with any other of the bands in the bill?

Maybe, only time will tell. Our hometown music scene is so close knit that despite whether or not we’re on the bill all our friends all pull up to one another’s shows. So we know the words & it’s very possible. I definitely have people in mind from home id like to collaborate with.  (Arthur)

Nick Quiles from another astronaut did guest vocals on this really silly mashup we did of “Dance Dance” and “Just Dance” by fallout boy and lady Gaga respectively. Nothing at the moment but we certainly are always open to the idea of live collaboration. Anything to make a show better (Ryan)

What else is happening next in FLOAT’s world? 

Don’t wanna give too much away still have a few surprises up our sleeves, all I can say is that we’re just planning out the rest of the year at the moment! 

Stream the EP here!

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