Hi there, thanks for having us. We’redoing well out here. We’re excited about the upcoming release of our debut EP.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Top of the Heap”?
We are really happy with the sound we got on that track. We brought in a couple of studio musicians who helped us define another level of detail and really hit the sweet spot.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not one event in particular. We started toying around with the idea of guys sitting alone at home watching hot women on network TV. Then we wondered what it might be like if some guy had a crush on this smoking hot girl in high school, and maybe he managed to get a date with her or maybe he never even talked to her, because he was just too shy to approach her. Then fast forward 20 years and she’s gone “full-Machiavellian” and become this global power player, cold as ice, while he’s stuck in his home town, in his underwear holding beer and a remote. Now he can only watch this hot witch on the tele. It’s a mad world.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
This one definitely deserves a video, but no hard plans yet.
We were thinking about a story around Cougar in her 40s who commands a lot of attention, a real ball buster. We would probablyappear in some of the scenes. Jeez now you’ve got the wheels turning!
The single comes off your new album Crimes Against Yourself – what’s the story behind the title?
That title comes from the line in the chorus of Airplane Model Glue which is the second track on the EP. I think most all of us can relate to that line. Participating in self inflicted pain, admitting that “you’re your own worst enemy”, a little bit of therapy, which is nice.
How was the recording and writing process?
We love being in the laboratory, and building a track from scratch. The process involves making important choices, and we feel we’ve done well at that. The key has been really listening to each other and staying flexible while movingtowards the goal, which is to serve the song and the track. The writing process is more tedious at times, but perhaps more rewarding, because it’s the genesis. We had the gift of almost no time pressure on these songs, so ideas, especially lyrically, were able to gestate, or to be put away for periods and taken back out, often months later. Lyrics can seem so effortless when listening to them in a finished composition, but often there’s much time and space, and chiseling and cobbling behind the finished product.
What role does Venice play in your music?
Venice definitely inspires our music and our sound. Maybe it’s the California sunshine and the skate culture that rubs off on you. There has been much resentment in recent years that gentrification has driven out the real soul of creativity here, but Venice still has a colorful landscape of grunge and characters which we vibe on. If you want characters, come to Venice, the streets are full of them. Though their conduct may be unsettling at times, it can also set the muse off, and we stay open for that opportunity. Alwayslooking for ideas and inspiration.
How did you go on balancing the modern with the much classic on the music of this record?
Good question. If you listen to rock music spanning the 60’s through the early 2000’s, you can find sounds on many of the records that were modern or en Vogue at the time, and then vanished in less than a decade— like some of the organ sounds and fuzz guitars from the 60’s, the synthesizers in the 70’s, or drum machines and midi-driven instruments in the 80’s, and big drums (and big hair) and guitar wizardry of the 90’s. But the sound that has always endured and remains “timeless” are tracks built on good old guitar tones and that’s our “go-to”. So, hind sight being 20/20, we have been blessed to sit here now, because in making our records we’ve had the benefit of learning from all those decades what we don’t want to do and using sounds that work and really suit our fancy.
How has The Who and Tom Petty influenced your writing?
The Who and Tom Petty have more in common than one may think— it’s all about the story for them. They have level of depth and honesty lyrically, combined with great melodies, and that’s what we are shooting for. There’s also the angst and irreverence that comes through in much of their work, and we tend to channel that same energy.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We tend to be misfits and quiet observers, so there’s a measure of sensitivity that comes along with that. Having empathy and being a good listener keeps the notebooks full.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are planning some local shows out here in Southern California for early Spring.We should be posting some info on that in a few weeks.
What else is happening next in Generation Dude’s world?