INTERVIEW: Wasting Moonlight

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

Fantastic! We have been all kinds of emotions leading up to this release. Now that it’s out, we are just excited to get to show it off.

2) Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Surprise”?

No Surprise was the first song brought to the table that we truly started writing together as a band. Prior to the additions of Dom and Joey, a few of the songs were already close to finished, two of them already recorded. No Surprise was a milestone for the project in a sense of us coming together and was the beginning of learning each other’s styles of learning and writing.

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

Yes. Brandon had written the lyrics to this song after learning of a serious traumatic event someone close to him unfortunately went through. It was the type of situation where you were not there and rationally speaking, you know there is nothing you could have done to prevent it from happening, but you still blame yourself. When you hear the repeated lines in the chorus “I can hear the voices serenade me” it is meant in a metaphoric sense. The face in the mirror kind of perspective, alluding to that voice in the back of your head saying it was your fault, which you can hear in the following line that “I told you so”. But you feel you can’t let them know you’re hurting so you can be strong for them, “you’ll never see me laying on the ground”. In line with the theme of the album, this song was a lot of inward-directed anger.

4) How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The experience was really enjoyable and would not have been possible without some key people. The artist behind the makeup was Cassandra McKeown. She did such an incredible job and had so much patience with us. The largest notable part about the filming process was how we were each individually taking turns going back and forth constantly from filming to getting more makeup done as the video progressed. We can’t thank her enough. And we can only say the same for Jordan Griffenberg of Fat Kat Video and Bobby Perrini who filmed the video for us. I think the final product speaks for itself, they do great work.

5) The single comes off your new album Honestly, I’m Just Angry – what’s the story behind the title?

Titling this album was actually one of the easiest things to do and it’s such a simple story. When about half of the album was written, Brandon sat down to try and start looking for connecting tissue to come up with potential names. After going through each song individually he kept finding himself with the same thought: “Damn, this is pretty angry”. After finishing, the only thought he had left on his mind was “Honestly, I’m Just Angry”. After jokingly sharing the name with the guys and some friends, it caught on quickly and the name stuck. We have been sitting on the name for longer than Dom and Joey have been in the band.

6) How was the recording and writing process?

It was a long, fun and educational process. As a complete unit, this is the first time we have all worked together on a project. From the writing perspective, we each have fundamentally different backgrounds in terms of what we listen to so hearing that blend come together was refreshing. We also had unique approaches to how we write (where to start, where the inspiration comes from, what we want to hear, etc.) so there was a lot of learning being had from one another. For recording, we owe a lot to our audio engineer Joe Dell’Aquila from Exeter Recordings. He mixed and mastered the whole thing and did an amazing job. He is always so easy to work with and has so much patience. We were working together from the start of June all the way through November.

7) What role does Freehold play in your music?

Being based out of Freehold is one of our biggest conveniences. All of the big-name venues are extremely close in proximity to us which made it so much easier breaking into the local scene.

8) What aspect of anger did you get to explore on this record?

This question in itself could be an entire interview. There is a lot of anger being unpacked in these songs, coming from a lot of different places, being directed in a lot of different ways. You have “No Surprise” where it’s anger on yourself. You have “Ameliorate” where it’s anger towards an individual. You have “Empty Promises” and “Anything You Need” where it’s anger because of society. Some of the songs do it subtle ways like “What Do You Ask” where some are more lashing straight out like “This Isn’t Your Fault, But It Sure As Hell Ain’t Mine”. In regard to different aspects, we could go on and on through every song individually and tell you something different for each one.

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

In addition to the stories behind where all this anger is coming from, a lot of the lyrics are fueled by depression. We want to be the kind of band that makes a difference for its listeners. These are words that we have to share personally for sure, the music is definitely an outlet. But it’s also an opportunity to be a tool to reach out to people. A lot of people listen to music when they’re feeling depressed and it’s not an exaggeration to say it saves lives. We want to have the kind of impact that at the very least if someone is feeling down and listens to our songs, they can at least feel like they’re not the only ones who are struggling and there are people that understand them.

10) Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We just wrapped up a little string of shows to end the year off strong for the release, and are currently booking our dates for January through March so be on the lookout for us!

11) What else is happening next in Wasting Moonlight’s world?

We plan on spending 2020 playing as many shows as humanly possible. We want to take this album and push it to its absolute limits. We will be doing everything in our power to share this with as many people as we can, taking it as far as we can go.

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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