Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Been good – really busy – but overall good. Been working hard promoting our record and our album release show. Now that its finally out its nice to finally breath a bit again. Thanks for having us for this interview! Really happy to be doing this with yall.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “In The Valley”?
In The Valley was written essentially to be like a thesis statement to our album. The album deals a lot with heart break and overcoming feelings of loneliness. I’ve always been a fan of concept albums – albums that have a story and purpose about them. Life is full of peaks and “valleys.” Our album is a story of one of my “valleys” – when I lost someone who was, at the time, really important to me. I think life is about finding meaning.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No not really. We used part of the song as a soundcheck for like, a year before I even finished it. Eventually I came across a chorus that I thought fit and the thing came together.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Before the tour we made a conscientious decision to film a music video – so all three of us just recorded us doing stupid shit and then Alex put it all together at the end.
Why naming the record after this song in particular?
We were originally going to name it “I hate myself and I want to die” but we didn’t know how people would take it.
How was the recording and writing process?
I kind of ripped off a song called “Two Zero Two” by an old emo band called Northstar. I just played the riff faster and in a different key. Then I recorded a demo of it on my phone and showed it to Alex and he was like “yeah we should for sure put it on the record.” Then I came in, recorded the guitars then the vocals and Alex recorded the drums and bass and boom we had ourselves a finished track.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
Yes and no. Stylistically, its a bit more electric but I feel we haven’t revoked our “folk rock” card just yet. Production wise we have improved a lot. In our old EP, I would say we rushed things in terms of production. We just wanted to get something produced fast so we could start booking shows. I feel like I didn’t know a lot about songwriting or singing or anything really. I mean I still really don’t – but I feel playing out and working through this record has really opened up my eyes to things we could be doing differently This time around we layered a lot more acoustic and electric guitar. We also took a lot more time in recording bass and drums. Alex did a wonderful producing it all.
What role does Minnesota play in your music?
I moved here from a piss ant town in South Dakota about two years ago. We started this band a year and a half ago. Before this I didnt really do anything musical – I was just too focused on making it through college. I feel when I first came here I was so naïve to how competitive the music scene really is – or moreso how good some of these bands around here are. I feel I am an extremely competitive person, so seeing some of these local bands just killing it has really inspired me. I’m not sure if it is part of learning – trial and error – but I think being here has changed what kind of music I want to make. I realize that the more energetic/upbeat your sound is, the bigger the stage you get invited to play. Most bars don’t want to book you if you are going to play slow melancholic songs all night. People want to feel the energy and get loose, and I can’t blame them. Shit, I want to feel the energy and get lose. We have been working on some new stuff lately and its a lot more “rock oriented.” I don’t want to play slow music anymore, I want to party. I wrote most of this songs a year or two ago, before we had really played out much or before we really know what kind of band we wanted to be. I was kind of separated from the “scene.” I think being in Minnesota has taught me there is a big ocean of music and we are but a drop. But again, I like what these bands are doing. I also like what we have done and what we are about to do. Minnesota is inspiring.
What aspect of loneliness and solitude did you get to explore on this record?
I wrote a lot about how being with someone makes you vulnerable if you are not able to find solitude within your own self. I feel I put a lot of my happiness and self worth in the relationships of my past. I felt kind of bitter about how conditional love is. If you put anyone on a pedestal they are forced to look down upon you. In “I Will Not Bury Myself” I talk a lot about how love sometimes feels like “you’re giving a knife to someone else” and that they will “stab you in sickness and take off the edge in health” – meaning that when youre doing well in life people are attracted to you but if your life takes a turn for the worst people become distant to you. And I pretty much think that. We tell young men that they should be open about their problems – about their depression – that they will be accepted for it if they ask for help but I whole heartedly believe that is the opposite. Admitting weakness is not attractive. What IS and what SHOULD BE are entirely different concepts. People are attracted to strength – not weakness. But if you wallow in your depression instead of taking action against it, maybe you deserve to be alone. Maybe I deserved to be alone. But then again, maybe I’m just bitter.
What made you want to explore this somewhat dark themes?
Honestly, saying stupid shit like “I can’t help feeling like I’m going to die alone” or “I still fantasize about crashing my car” is funny to me.
How did you go on balancing the darkness with the much uplifting tone?
I think that is just a reflection of my generation – joking around about sick/dark shit.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I found a lot of inspiration in one upping myself. I want to continue to write better and better music.
Any plans to hit the road?
Possibly next summer!
What else is happening next in Twin Lakes’ world?