INTERVIEW: Nicole Boggs & The Reel

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

Nicole, Sam, and Alex here! We’ve been busy prepping for new music in 2020! Feeling excited, exhausted and mildly turned on.

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Money”?

Recording “Money” was like jumping off of a rock n’ roll cliff. It was the first song tracked for our upcoming EP and set the tone with aggressive guitar riffs and bold stacks of harmonies. We really leaned into a rock n’ roll identity that we only hinted at with our previous releases.

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

It’s not really about one event in particular, but an amalgamation of 10 years spent in an industry town. A common topic of band conversation has been frustration with pressure in the music industry particularly as a female-fronted act. The song is a satirical statement pointed at the “powers that be.”

Did you know that amalgamation and amalgam are both equally correct words to use? Knowledge is power!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We are so pumped to share the video for “Money” with the WHOLE WIDE INTERNET. We can’t give away too much yet, but it was directed by Nashville native Jenna Winstead and filmed by our friends at ZenMantis. Jenna came to us with the concept inspired by the stoner circle in That 70’s Show. It was July. It was hot. We were sweaty and there was jello.

The single comes off your new EP None Of Your Business – what’s the story behind the title?

None of Your Business is the title track of our upcoming EP. The song is an open letter of dismissal to an ex. We were toying with a few different titles, but ultimately the attitude and message of the whole project felt summed up in those 4 words.

How was the recording and writing process?

We are constantly writing and recording. As writers we feel a need to get songs off of our chest even if it’s just for our own sanity. We recorded upwards of 13 songs before narrowing the EP down to 5. We wrote most of these as a group, but are also big fans of co-writing. We have something of a “brain trust” made up of some of our closest friends. Connor Rand, Nicole Lewis and Kelley Ann Hocter were writers on this EP alongside us and of course nothing would be what it is without our bass player Loren who is integral through the whole arranging and production process.

On the recording side we all pretty much report to Nicole’s dad, CJ Boggs. He engineered and co-produced the entire project along with his right hand man, Richard Corsello.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Nashville is all about the songs and that’s what brought each of us here. The attention to songwriting craft in Nashville is what keeps us constantly chasing something original. We don’t necessarily consider ourselves “country,” whatever that means, but we are 100% influenced by the Nashville writing style. Nashville feels like the last bastion of real drums, loud amps, and authentic voices pushing air.

What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?

As cliché as it sounds, we were just born in the wrong time. What can we say, we have analog hearts. The 70’s represent the pinnacle of organic music made in a room, before the advent of digital technology, which kind of blew the doors open to what’s possible. It’s charming in it’s nuanced simplicity and also stands the test of time. Groups like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac are guiding influences for how songs can be delivered powerfully and tastefully. Also, the clothes.

How much deep into this decade did you get to explore on this record?

We really spanned multiple decades, drawing influence from early Sheryl Crow to what would be described as today’s “Americana,” our first more direct nod to the country side of Nashville. We didn’t have to dig too deep. Rock and roll is the music we were raised on; it’s all a part of our musical DNA.

Why did you choose to explore themes related to insecurity, for example?

It’s the most universal feeling, isn’t it? Most of these songs are pretty personal and we hope that by being as real and open as possible we’ll connect to people who might need to hear it.

How did you get to balance the darkness and uplifting message?

We’re not kids anymore, so we feel like it’s our responsibility to deliver songs with adult themes and ones that represent the struggles of real life/reel life, get it? That being said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously and will be the first to make fun of our own quirks. Actually, making fun of each other is kind of our main thing. So telling the truth, but with a sense of humor felt like the most natural way to express ourselves.

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

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll; is there anything else?

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We’re currently booking dates for spring and summer and plan to go as far and wide as possible. We’ve been really enjoying opening for Trigger Hippy in the past few months and are looking forward to more dates with them.

What else is happening next in Nicole Boggs & The Reel’s world

We eat sleep and breathe the band life. We’re always chasing the next song, the next love-of-our-lives, and obviously tequila with lime.

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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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