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INTERVIEW: The Statistics

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

We’ve been great! Just living the dream. 

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

Absolutely. We are so damn proud of this song.  It’s a song about nostalgia and becoming your own person. We come from a small town and this song is really about what it’s like to move on from that place to something bigger.

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

I found myself watching a lot of the people I went to high school with grow up and have kids. All the things people do as time goes on. I noticed that there were kind of two groups within that. There was the group of people that married someone, bought a house, did the normal thing. Then there was the group of people who moved to a big city and tried to make something of themselves. I just wanted to write a song about that process because even though it ends differently for those groups, it’s a shared experience for everyone. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Well. We got the day wrong. We had gone for haircuts, got new clothes and loaded up our car with all our gear. We started driving out to the set and we think we’re going to be late so we phone our director. He says “You know we’re filming tomorrow, right?”

Nope. We didn’t know that.

Once we got there, the filming was a ton of fun. It was our first time working with a proper film crew so that was a learning experience. It’s odd walking into a professional setting like that and having everyone there working on your vision. It’s kind of intimidating. Everyone that worked on it was so fantastic and friendly. We are so, so grateful for them.

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

It was kind of allegorical of a time in my life where I felt I was really growing up and learning what that meant. My friends and I would sit in bars all along Robson Street in Vancouver and plan our lives together. We were all constantly broke but, still hopeful.

What was the recording and writing process like?

Intense. We really wanted to step up the quality of what we were doing. That requires finding new gears that you didn’t know you had. Writing a record requires a ton of self-reflection and holding your self up to the light. You learn things about yourself that you didn’t know before and maybe things you didn’t want to know. I think we came out of it with higher standards of ourselves and our team. It’s also really nerve-wracking. While we were driving down to our sessions, Darby, our lead singer, gave himself horrible neck problems and headaches that the doctor said were caused by stress.

How did your perspective change as you move into the big city?

We still live in a small town. We have lived in a big city for a short time but ended up moving back because Darby ended up with such bad anxiety that we needed to be closer to family. But it’s true what they say: You really can’t ever come home. You never let go of that sense of how big the world is and how big you can build things. Once you’ve seen what’s possible it’s hard to go back to more limited scope.

What aspect of moving and new beginnings did you get to explore on this record?

We really got to dig into a few parts of that experience quite deeply. One of the things movies and songs tend to gloss over is how much of your past you bring with you. Whether in the form of nostalgia or emotional baggage, it’s always there. So many people try and escape their problems by changing scenery but, I found if the problem was me, no amount of running would ever help. 

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

I think your environment as an artist is super important. So many of our songs over the years have been written about random events and relationships we have. They can really be anything. A small interaction that sticks with you or an important life event that fundamentally changes you. We also grew up listening to punk where big complex things are often broken down to their simplest forms. Usually with a touch of ironic angst. Who doesn’t like a little teenage angst?

Any plans to hit the road?

Tons! The road is one of our favourite places. We have a tour of Eastern Canada and the United States in the fall. Then we have even more plans for the spring. Stay tuned for that.

What else is happening next in The Statistics’ world?

Grind, grind, grind. Not even the fun, sexy kind. We are working on a tour in the spring and a new record sometime after that. We already have a bunch of new songs and are chomping at the bit to share them with everyone.

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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