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INTERVIEW: Dynamic Indie Rock Band Mohawk Bends

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

Hey there, thanks for having us! We’ve been doing well-just riding high off of a great single release show we had last week!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “See What You Do To Me”?

Sure. I think the biggest theme for this song is that it’s really the effect of “letting go” in the song writing process. We didn’t want to overthink what the song could be and mostly just let the vibe of the music influence the lyrics. It was one of those songs that just came together incredibly quickly once we stumbled upon that opening riff!

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

I wouldn’t say that it was inspired by a specific event, but more the amalgamation of many events, emotions and experiences. The character in the song isn’t anyone specific, nor is the setting in which the song takes place, but it was heavily influenced by the women in our lives as well as experiences we had, and continue to have, when exploring nightlife-both in Austin and other cities, as well. No matter who you are, I think we’ve all met a person like the song describes.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

It’s been on our mind for a couple of months, and if we were to do a video for any of the songs we’ve released so far, it would most likely be this one. It’s a high priority for us, but we have a few other things we may choose to invest in before doing a video. But it really all depends on the next couple of weeks, in terms of how the song is received!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was probably one of the easiest we’ve had as a band. It was one of those perfect situations where we’re all in the room, we stumbled on that opening riff, and the song was essentially hashed out within an hour. Even lyrically, I usually take a while to write lyrics for our new ideas, but this one just came together so naturally.

The recording process for this was also one of the most enjoyable studio experiences we’ve had. We tracked both “See What You Do To Me” and our previous single release, “Sun Tea,” at the same time and I really can’t recall a more smooth recording session. For our first L.P., “Stay A While,” we did that entirely ourselves. Our guitarist, Colin, engineered, mixed and mastered the entire thing himself in our bassist’s house, which was a truly amazing thing as it was his first attempt at recording a full-length record. This time, we enlisted a talented Austin-based producer named Kevin Butler, and while we did have to factor timing and expense for these tracks, it was really great having an unbiased, third party helping us!

What role does Austin play in your music?

It’s different for each of us, but I think Austin as a city does an amazing job at giving bands inspiration to pursue their careers. There seems to be a desire among venues, booking companies, etc. to prop up local, independent artists in a way that we haven’t experienced in other cities we’ve lived in. For instance, I lived in Los Angeles for a few years before moving to Austin, and that city just completely sapped my desire to work on music. But Austin really breathed new life into the passion I had for songwriting and working with other talented musicians.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Oh you can always expect new material. We released two singles in the last three months and we don’t expect to slow down any time soon. As of now, we’re likely going to be releasing a new E.P. in 2020, but we aren’t sure if that will include the latest single. Let’s just say it’ll be 5 songs, and you probably won’t have heard at least 4 of them by the time we release it!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’re pretty confident you’ll be seeing this drop at the end of Summer/beginning of fall this year. But no, a title has yet to be landed on. Maybe we’ll just go with “The Fabled EP”?

What aspect of your own lives will you get to explore on this record?

THAT is a good question, and I’m not sure it’s one we can really answer at this point. If I were to sit and think about what’s on my mind now as we work on these songs, it’s likely the transitory phase we all seem to be experiencing at the moment. Our drummer and guitarist are getting married this year, I’m exiting my 20’s, our bassist is eye balls deep in music with both us and his other projects…I guess I expect a big theme for some of these songs will be revolving around the changes these events bring. Getting to witness two groups of close friends begin their eternal lives together is bound to bring some inspiration, right?

Any plans to hit the road?

Much like the music video, it’s something we’re constantly talking about. We’re still a fairly young band- haven’t even been playing together for two years-but I do think this year will see us stepping out of our hometown and trying to break into some surrounding markets, like Dallas, Oklahoma City…who knows? Maybe farther. At this point, if a city shows an interest in hearing us play, then we’ll definitely make our way out there!

What else is happening next in Mohawk Bends’ world?

As of now, we’re all about writing this upcoming EP. We have about 10-12 songs in the works with more on the way, so once we narrow it down to 5 of the best, then I think we’ll be hitting the studio immediately. From there, we’d love to book a tour of the surrounding states to promote! We are finally in a place where we know who and what we are as a band, our music reflects that, and I think 2020 is going to be a really game changing year for us.

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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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