INTERVIEW: The Weekend Transit

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

We have been great! We’re all riding on a high from the excitement for this release as well as the release of our upcoming EP “Dust and Color.” We are so ready for other to hear what we have created on this journey.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Quiet, My Secrets Are Safe”?

Writing Quiet was a journey of much positivity as well as negativity. It came at a point where we really began to push ourselves as musicians. We explored new techniques on guitars that were a little out of the realm from our 2 previously released singles. Vocally, quiet was taken to a new level that really allowed the energy and emotion of the song to reach a new height. Despite the darkness that created this song, there was an incredible sense of accomplishment in the thought that this song could reach even just one person.

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

Some things in life have caused greater pain than others, but “Quiet” was more of a manifestation of everyday struggles that we all live with. Struggles that just make you feel stuck in place and to a point where you can’t seem to find a silver lining. Where you speak but you feel like no one really hears you or maybe just feel that you are negative and don’t want to burden them with it. Ultimately, these things cause you to retreat into yourself and you have to realize you are the one that has to pull yourself through and allow yourself to be okay.

What made you want to touch on these very dark themes?

“Quiet” is a testament of our own experience. We all visit this dark place in our own minds and deal with it differently. But we all fight this battle, and within our band we all knew people have lost this battle of depression and/or anxiety and never had a chance to recover.

Did you have any second thoughts?

There really was never a question on whether or not we wanted to focus on this topic. We wanted to do our best to write something that could help someone feel less alone when they are going through tough times. In a way it is a bit of an ode to all of the bands that have done the same thing for us.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Hot! We shot on the second floor with no AC in the middle of the summer at Zephyr’s in Lake Charles, La. The owner, Scott Mcinnes, is an incredible and he has looked out for us and helped us so much since we became friends. The experience was fun but also very much one of learning. We had a great time being creative with It and trying to tell a story to support the song’s message as well as just cutting lose for some beautiful jam shots.

The single comes off your new album Dust and Color – what’s the story behind the title?

The name Dust and Color comes from our title track. We had a different name in mind, but when we started to reflect on the album we realized the song reflects the albums story perfectly. Dust represents the aftermath of emotionally distressing events that we collectively have gone through such a fake friends, depression, addiction, failed relationships, or losing loved ones. These are all thing we wrote about on the EP. But after the dust settles, we can see clearly again. We see that we are surrounded by vibrant shades of life. The kindness of friends, the touch of a lover, the support of family. While dust is translated in the EP, the color is something we as individuals and as a band have learned to see through our own eyes.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was a challenge for a while as we struggled to find ourselves as a band. After constantly questioning who we wanted to be and how we wanted to represent ourselves, we just took a step back and allowed the songs to become what they were meant to be. We still have so much to learn, but after this process we are light years ahead of where we were. Thankfully, we had a great team of producers/engineers with Konkrete studios. Marcus Noel, our producer/recording engineer really pushed us to open minds and challenge our abilities to create as well as our skill level. Jonathan Dolese really opened our eyes to the possibilities of creativity with his own twists that he added during the mixing/mastering process. The process has really put us in a place to want to continue to challenge ourselves creatively.

How has Saosin and Too Close To Touch influenced your writing?

Influences tend to be subconscious for us. We try to stay away from becoming a nuanced version of our influences. Something like a riff may land in a place where the influence may be present but it isn’t necessarily intentional. We have bands like these to thank (Saosin and Too close To Touch) for their innovative styles and their ability to integrate different spectrums and genera in to their sound. Listening to bands like that influenced the way we think about writing. We challenge ourselves to find the write sounds that elicit certain emotional reactions from ourselves and each other the same way songs do like “You’re not alone” by Saosin or “Sympathy” by Too Close To Touch.

What aspect of anxiety and depression did you get to explore on this record?

We touched on a few different causes and effects of these emotional distresses. We hit on themes such a personal disappointment, addiction, failure, abandonment, and dealing with inevitable changes.

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

In this high tech society it’s hard not to come across tragedy on any given day. People have the ability to share stories at the click of a button. On social media, we on tend to share the best of ourselves which kind of begs the question of what the worst of the people are that you see constantly posting or tweeting things that paint a pure and blissful scene. It’s interesting to stop and think about how easy it is to put on a fake façade and have the world fooled thinking they know who you are because of a few photos. There could be hidden mountain of emotional baggage that a person just wants to bury and finds a bit of comfort in painting themselves in positive vibrant colors. This direct link to the world (Social Media) is and endless supply of opportunity to try understanding people and the way we differ. Creatively, despite the dark outcome at times, it is fun to step out of your own mind in attempt to understand the way another’s may thing and feel.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are looking into doing a few runs around our home state in the months to come, but we don’t have anything big planned for now.

What else is happening next in The Weekend Transit’s world?

We have been itching to get back into writing. We all can’t wait to see where our experiences over the past year and a half take us in this time around. We have learned so much about each other and ourselves through this cycle and cycle and look forward to seeing how it is reflected in our next project. Also, hopefully there are some unforeseen opportunities that will arise, but until then we will just keep enjoying the journey that we are on now!

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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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