– Doing well! It feels good to have some new songs out in the wild
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Peachy Keen”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
– Sure. “Peachy Keen” is the recording that we were all the most excited about on the new EP so it made sense to make it the single. This song is unique for me in that the songwriting began with the opening bass line. I was watching a movie with a guitar in my lap and stumbled upon the main groove. By the end of the movie, after hitting the Pause button a few times, I had recorded the first demo and sent it over to Derek and Chris so that we could start brainstorming! I should also add that our mixer and good friend Dan Griffin was a great collaborator on this song, adding all of the juicy synths and strings.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
– Our guitar player, Chris, created a beautiful lyric video for “Peachy Keen” using some dreamy surfing footage. He definitely captured the song’s vibe, which is not easy to do.
Why naming the album after this song in particular?
– It just rolls off the tongue so nicely. We had a few other potential titles but nothing else really took hold.
How was the recording and writing process?
– The writing process nowadays usually consists of me putting on a good movie with a guitar nearby and if the mood is right I can usually get a musical idea or two that might turn into a song. I’ll make a little demo in Garageband on my old Mac laptop, send it around to the other guys and at that point we just send ideas back and forth until we can all meet up with our instruments and hammer it out in a basement. Chris lives in Toronto these days which make things a little bit trickier but once we finally meet up it usually doesn’t take long to get the general arrangements together. If we can’t get a song working after a couple of rehearsals it usually gets tossed to the wayside.
The recording process is always the most fun part. Derek and I recorded our drums and bass here in Charlottetown with Colin Buchanan at the Hill Sound Studio and then sent the tracks to Chris who recorded his guitar parts in Toronto with Dan Weston. We were a bit worried that recording in different places might result in some sort of audible disconnect but luckily Chris knocked it out of the park! Our good friend, Dan Griffin, was a big part of the recording process, mixing the hell out of these songs and adding synths and strings that really elevate the recordings. Dan Weston mastered the tunes which was a real thrill because we love a lot of the stuff he has worked on,such as numerous classic Daniel Romano records.
How the shoestring budget did serves as an advantage for the album?
– I think working on a small budget can absolutely act as an advantage in certain ways. Don’t get me wrong, it would have been nice to fly Chris in and record for a week but there is something to be said for working within limitations. Once you know your limitations, which for us was mainly a limited numbers of days in the studio, then you have to figure out how to still make the songs sound killer. That pretty much meant knowing our parts inside and out and loving them so that there was no second guessing in the studio. It’s still nice to be able to improvise, especially on instruments like guitars or synths, but having the main parts nailed down was important. There are definitely ideas that we came up with due to our limited budget that would not have existed otherwise and those are the ideas that often feel the most special.
What role does Prince Edward Island play in your music?
– Prince Edward Island has been a huge influence on us in many ways. Mainly we all grew up going to all-ages rock shows and then bar shows and it was the bands that we loved during those times that really shaped our musical tastes. Going to see beloved local bands like Smothered In Hugs were times when we could all get together and talk about whatever records or bands we were currently obsessed with. There was a time in the PEI music scene in the early 2000s when there were so many good local bands that you could go out most nights of the week and catch something great. At least that’s how I remember it…
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
– I tend to find inspiration in art that connects with me, whether it’s a movie, record or live musical act. For this round of songs I was watching a lot of old Criterion Collection movies and going through a re-obsession with The Pixies. I also caught a number of concerts that inspired me during this time, with one particular show by Cape Breton band, Villages, leaving me determined to write better songs.
Any plans to hit the road?
– No plans to hit the road but we are planning a late December show with our friends Kiwi Jr in Charlottetown, PEI.
What else is happening next in Golden Cinema’s world?
– Now that these songs are out there it’s time to start writing again! I’d like to record a full length record next. Do people still listen to those?