Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nefertiti”?
‘Nefertiti’ is jarring, has close quarter dynamic changes- much like sounds of a Nat Pwe festival. Some pretty wild lyrical imagery too- a lot of fun to play.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I’m really into Egyptian Mythology and at the time of creating this piece I was fully engrossed in the stories and characters (Horus, Ra, Nefertiti.) I had begun seeing parallels in my own reality.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely plans for videos & movies.
The single comes off your new album Thrones – what’s the story behind the title?
Early on in the evolution of Chives this recurring idea of claiming your throne was a really sparking force. There’s a throne with your name on it, only you’ve got the power to take it.
How was the recording and writing process?
‘Thrones’ as a collection of songs was culminated over a period of years with several lineup changes so the songs have had a lot of maturing and growth alongside the band. This album was recorded live February 2018 at Postal Recording with Destin Kitto (of Big Hog / Apunxta) , Nicolas Clark (of Radar Gold) , and Mitch Geisinger (of SERVICE) .
What role does Indianapolis play in your music?
Indianapolis is my home, it’s where I live, love, work, & play. I think my environment & circumstance drive the music in more ways than just inspiration, this city let’s me have an outlet where I can showcase my work to the public; it’s constantly blooming and thriving on it’s own. I am grateful to be apart of this city at such a special time of it’s existence. It’s only going to get better.
How has DEVO and Frank Zappa influenced your writing?
I wear my influences, both DEVO & Zappa are definitely formative to my musical endeavors.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I find inspiration in life experience- thoughts, feelings, memories, emotion. And I listen to music like it’s my homework, it fills me with energy throughout my day and invokes thought. Always keep an open ear and apply what you learn directly.
Any plans to hit the road?
Culminating tour plans to city near you- please stand by. (Follow us on the internet, we will make it to your city ASAP)
What else is happening next in Chives’ world?
After this record stay tuned for the next- also follow our sister project Village Mut.