INTERVIEW: Rachel Bobbitt and Justice Der

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

We’ve been great, the last month has been relaxing- a lot of writing and a couple of shows.

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

Iris Road is the first song that we wrote together in the same room. We did a lot of sending ideas back and forth while we were at our respective homes for the summer of 2017.  It’s a song about being young and dreaming of a utopia.

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

The song was inspired by the location-based naming system built into the voice memos app. After we recorded a demo for the verse of the song, the voice memo got labeled as “Iris Road” automatically.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Maybe further in the future, but we have videos planned for other songs on the record.

The single comes off your new album When This Plane Goes Down – what’s the story behind the title?

The title of the album is based around the cycles and changes that we experience in life specifically regarding relationships and mortality.  In the past couple of years we have both taken flights to and from home pretty frequently. The experience of converging and diverging with other passengers for a brief but concentrated period of time served as an inspiration for a larger concept. Having a connection and moment with a person or experience in life can easily be compared to the experience of meeting someone on a plane trip. They can come into your life and then leave it for a long time. It was also inspired by the planes we often see overhead living near the largest airport in Canada

How was the recording and writing process?

The song was initially written on an acoustic guitar and was demoed a couple of times with drums, bass and electric guitars. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi by Radiohead was a primary influence for the groove of the track and further inspiration was drawn from bands like Alvvays and Soccer Mommy. Iris Road was bed tracked in Justice’s basement with Stephen Bennett on the drums and the vocals were done in my (Rachel)  room. The mixing and mastering was done in Justice’s parents car and home studio.

What made you want to team up?

Mostly common musical goals and interests.

How did you get to balance and share the creative inputs and ideas?

With our creative process compromise of artistic freedom has never been a big concern. Our musical tastes overlap and oppose each other in a way that has been beneficial so far.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

The experience of collaborating so far has mainly been an extension of what we do on our own.

How have Radiohead and Soccer Mommy influenced the writing on this record?

Many of the arrangements and textural elements of the album were influenced by Radiohead, whereas many of the chord progressions and lyrical approaches were inspired by Soccer Mommy.

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

We tried to approach the experience of a relationship in as many ways as possible. There are songs about the honeymoon phase of love, the loss of it and the feeling of mundanity sometimes experienced as relationships fade over time.

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

Growing up and giving the reality of mortality more deliberate thought. The album is a product of entering early adulthood and what that experience brings.

Any plans to hit the road?

No definitive plans yet, but we’d love to hit the road in the next year.

What else is happening next in your world?

Writing, recording and experimenting. We have some shows coming up and more releases planned.

Listen to their new single “Iris Road” here”:

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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