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INTERVIEW: Coyote Kid

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

Doing good! Just getting our ducks in a row for our album in October.

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

Definitely. Femme Fatale is the first single off of our upcoming record “The Skeleton Man”. It’s kind of a western/surf/mariachi punk tune, with a lot of attitude and a lot of moving parts.

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

So we make what we call Story Albums. So each album is a self contained story that fits in with a large scale overarching narrative that spans across all of our releases. And each song in each album is like a chapter of a story. Femme Fatale is the introduction of two of the lead characters in our new story album.

Was the whole Tarantino approach planned from the beginning or it rather happened throughout the brainstorm session?

I think the Tarantino inspiration really started in our last record “Bone Crown”. The story is like a dark bloody forest animal kingdom drama. A reviewer described it as “Bambi directed by Quinton Tarantino”. Ever since then we kinda leaned into that idea, and as our sound became a little more western, some of those Surf-Rock Tarantino inspired sounds crept in.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was wild! We were finally able to hire an actual film director team for this video. We wanted it to have a real cinematic quality to it. They suggested we shoot on film to get that authentic vintage look and we rolled with it and just let them craft the story they wanted to see in the video.

The single comes off your new album The Skeleton Man – how did you come up with the idea of making a concept album?

The Skeleton Man is kind of just the natural next chapter in the long running story arch of our albums. The last record Bone Crown ended in an apocalyptic wildfire. So naturally this one takes place in a post apocalyptic wasteland. We always wanted to do an epic sci-fi western and we thought now’s the perfect time to try it.

What’s the story behind the title?

The Skeleton Man is one of the primary characters in the album. He is the embodiment of death itself. But he’s not the villain. More like a noble hero bound to his duties to keep the natural order of things in place.

How was the recording and writing process?

This record was the first time we were really able to sit down and take our time and write a record we’re really proud of through and through. This is literally the first time we made actual demos and didn’t just learn the songs in the studio. I think all of the intense work we put into this record is really gonna show when it drops in October.

What role does Minnesota play in your music?

Minnesota has a really great music scene. We’re pumped to be a part of it. We write mostly about mythical battles and stuff like that, so it doesn’t play a huge roll in the writing or anything. But I think if we were anywhere else we wouldn’t have the local support we do here.

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

I was really interested in the taming of the wild west. I thought it’d be a really interesting scenario to have our story based in the distant post apocalypse. The fires are long gone, and civilization has had a little time to get back on it’s feet. There’s no governments or laws of any kind yet, but slowly the human race is starting to tame itself again. So it’s like a world-wide wild-west basically. We had lots of fun with the themes of Nature vs Science, and were able to introduce lots of sci-fi elements into this one, as well as western. You can really feel the tension between the two when you listen to the record I think.

What were some of the westerns that serve as a source of inspiration for this album?

My favorite western of all time is “Once Upon a Time in the West”. It’s painfully slow, but it really makes you appreciate every detail. It’s just the culmination of the western film genre as a whole. After the western revival and the birth of the Spaghetti-Westerns as a result, the film scene was grittier than it used to be, and I think it really shows in this one.

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

Honestly lots of movies and TV shows. I always ask myself, “If these lyrics were a movie, would I be interested in it.” And usually most pop songs and stuff like that just don’t pass the test. I want to make something that’s really intriguing and really draws people into the scenes we’re creating.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hoping to tour a lot this fall on this new record and then a bunch throughout the winter! We can’t announce anything just yet, but the plans are all being laid. Hopefully that MN winter weather holds off a little longer.

What else is happening next in Coyote Kid’s world?

We have our second single “Strange Days” coming out in Sept, and then a whole bunch of videos and stuff coming in October with the album. We’re making a D&D campaign, and a real life treasure hunt if you can decipher the secrets hidden in the album. It’s gonna a wild ride. Thanks for chatting with us!

-Austin Durry (vocals)

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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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