Hi Curtis, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m well, thanks!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Olive Mountain”?
Sure, “Olive Mountain” is the first single off of our upcoming record “Omens,” which is available on September 27. The title Olive Mountain is a play on the ‘Mount of Olives,’ where Jesus was praying before he was betrayed. Give it a listen:
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song is split up into two parts, the first being more personal; “Here I am again wallowing in it. Look at the mess you’ve made of your kingdom. It would appear you’ve gotten your comeuppance.” It’s a plea and a reckoning with a former relationship that was collapsing in front of me and the ways in which I had a hand in the matter. But I continue more haughtily; “I don’t want to know the reason you’ve been throwing stones at me.” There’s nothing I can do. The sides are drawn. The possessions, social circles, and love is cracked into halves and I’m too proud to show my underbelly. The tone shifts in the prechorus to something more sincere; “Okay, I get it. You’re happier, paid off the cable news networks and they’ll spin my words.” This was my internal monologue. The things I would say outright if things weren’t so twisted and hostile.
The second half is more of a birds-eye view, the current state of the culture. It’s constant outrage, nihilism, and an ever-diminishing middle ground. Everyone virtue signals to strangers on the internet constantly about how THEY are on the right side of history, but couldn’t last two seconds outside of their own echo chamber, much less attempt to understand or tolerate a difference in opinion. I mean, no one is immune to confirmation bias. The second prechorus echoes the more tender inner thoughts of the first, except now aimed at the world at large; “Okay, I get it. It’s the end of the world. We might as well all go home and give up. I mean, what’s the use in ignoring the control freaks? They’ve had a leg up since before we were born.” It’s a bit tongue and check, but honest.
However, it’s the choruses that are the true sentiment I’ve ultimately arrived at; “Bad undertones and diamond science.” And what makes the diamond shine? It IS all of that heavy and relentless pressure. Is that all you got?