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

I’m doing well!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Not Alone”?

That one, musically, is me channeling The Byrds and Tom Petty. Lyrically, this one was written after I went down a Buddy Holly Rabbit Hole, via the internet. There are so many people passionate about Buddy and his music and sooo much lore. After coming up for air, the concept for the lyric came to me. I thought about a fictional male in his late teens who was struggling with coming to terms with his sexuality and finding solace in Buddy, his persona and his music. Ultimately allowing him to embrace his authenticity.

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

Yup! The aforementioned Internet Deep Dive.

The single comes off your new EP New Age Coming – what’s the story behind the title?

The title is a reference to the 2nd song on the EP.

It’s about blackmailing someone in order

to carry out one’s wicked plans. It’s told

from the perspective of the person doing the


How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded each song as I wrote them. After each song was completed, I tried to envision what the vibe and feel of the next one should be, and then proceeded writing it.

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

I would! I’ve never recorded a solo record before. Especially one where I’d be assuming all duties. Initially, I was concerned about the musical bubble I’d find myself in and the absence of another person to bounce ideas off of. Eventually, I came to embrace this circumstance and just let the insular aspect of making a record on my own be something that can potentially make it unique.

Does your approach tend to change when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Absolutely. For better or for worse, I’m on the hook for the quality of the art or lack thereof on this record. On one hand – I don’t have to compromise and on the other – If I run out of ideas – I’m F’d. I think, ultimately, when several human beings come together to make at r(or anything for that matter) – It’s a good thing and one of the great joys of life.

What role does Boston play in your music?

Whoa. Boston. What a huge and indelible mark Boston made on me as a musician and person. So many unforgettable experiences and so many people that let me into their livse both personally and artistically. So much of the encouragement and positive energy that allowed me to make this record came from life-long friends from Boston. When I think about it – I’m so humbled and grateful. There is no me without Boston. That’s just how it is.

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

Lyrically speaking, 90% of the songs in some way reflect where I’m idling emotionally and how I’m contextualizing this strange, historic and what feels like a watershed moment in time we’re all living through in 2019. So much appears to be absolutely Bonkers right now.

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

Aside from what I mentioned earlier about tapping into my current emotional idle. I explored some fictional story lines in a couple songs as well as drew inspiration from real people. Namely, Great Thunberg. Her story and brave soul led me to write the final track on the record, “Greta” which will be released in October. There’s a lyric in that song that distills the way she moves me. “Listen for wisdom revealed through babe’s mouths.”

Any plans to hit the road?

Just looking forward to playing here in Los Angeles for now.

What else is happening next in Tthe RCVR world?

Doing all that I can to get this music into as many ears as possible (Thank you VENTS!) and looking forward to writing new material and continuing on this journey.

New self-titled album will be out on on 10/11

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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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