INTERVIEW: Nashville psychedelic rockers Krantz

Pic by Taylor Farrant

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

What up VENTS?! Doing fine and dandy! Always pumped when we’ve got new music coming out. The new stuff is always the best, right?!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Misty Morning Dew”?

Yeah, it’s the first single and title track off our new album, which will be coming out this fall. It’s definitely a feel good track (as most of our songs are cuz I like to be happy) about just running through my fantasy land with my favorite girl. I wrote it on a sunny day in my garden, and you can tell I must’ve been feeling good.

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

I can’t think of any one certain event, but it’s definitely got a little Beatles influence in it, as many of my songs do. The words just kinda spewed out as I was humming the melody with the chords. The recreational substances might’ve helped as well….

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a long but fun day/night. The directors, Josh Mendez and Karl Wiedman, had a buddy with a bunch of land in Bon Aqua, TN. Since it’s about “Morning Dew” we filmed us playing the song a bunch of times out in a field in the middle of the night with some crazy lights and fog going on, and continuing through the sun rise.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Honestly just because we thought it sounded cool. Flows off the tongue…

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the songs over the last year or so, and we recorded everything last Dec/Jan at Sienna Studios in Nashville, TN.  David Joseph mixed it and Nathan Dantzler did the mastering.

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

I wouldn’t say it’s too crazy different from a lot of our previous recordings, but the songs I would say are probably more on the pop side as opposed to a lot of our past “rock” stuff. We went with David to do the mixing because even though he does live in Nashville, he definitely didn’t mix it with the Nashville sound, so it’s a bit more raw sounding.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

I actually try and stray away from the Nashville way of writing with my own music. A lot of people here try and write specifically to mimic what’s hot at the moment, which is obviously not my thing. I just try and write what I think I would enjoy and sounds good…

What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?

It’s funny because during the 90’s, I wasn’t into current music really at all. I just got into music in the mid 90’s and was kind of a snob and would only listen to music made before 1975. Now that I look back, I feel the 90s was the last great era of music as far as music being new and revolutionary. I love it now!

What aspect of decade did you get to explore on this record?

Honestly we weren’t really trying to mimic any certain era or sound on this record. We just kinda made our own sound…and that’s Krantz for ya.

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

Hmmm…lots of places I’d have to say. Most of them are about women in my life of course, but one is about going to my childhood home, one’s about my cat, and one’s about a lesbian.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re taking a little break from the road while releasing these first few singles from the album, but hoping to later this fall!

What else is happening next in KRANTZ’s world?

We’re gonna release probably 4 more singles before the album comes out in late September, then hopefully hit the road, and my dream is to get us over to Europe! Oh, and check out all the cool stuff VENTS is talking about!

Stream single “Misty Morning Dew

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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