INTERVIEW: Pulp Romance

Hi Pulp Romance, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-Great! Just had a great weekend kicking off with the debut of our new single and ended it with an epic sold out show here in Portland, OR!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sad Bath“?

– We just love to play this song live and watch how the crowd really locks into this one. It’s got that heavy riff in the chorus, it’s dark and brooding, yet really captivating in the sense that it flows quite naturally from one part to the next. We loved working with Gus Berry on this one. He pushed us to record this one live and I think that really helped to encomp

As a band, 2019 gave us a bunch of changes and a lot of startling realizations about relationships that we didn’t need to put time into. I think anyone can attest to the frustration that occurs with any kind of relationship that lacks proper communication which can fester into a catastrophic reaction.We wanted to illicit images of a conversation needed, but never had.

‘’as our sound as a unit.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

-Nothing in the works for this song in particular right now, but we’re always looking to collaborate with other artists!

The single has an interesting title, “Sad Bath”, what’s the story behind the title?

When the song was in pre-production, we would call it the Sabbath song, and from there it somehow transitioned to Sad Bath. The word play is interesting because it helps to depict a “Sad Bath” which I think is a special moment in time for someone who is sad; a nice, warm Sad Bath. 

How was the recording and writing process?

-We had the riff looping for a while and just worked through it together as a band. After we worked through some basic structure, the rest came pretty naturally. The tremolo bass hooks you in right away and when that first chorus hits, it’s just massive. We were lucky to record this with Gus at Larry Crane’s studio Jackpot! here in Portland. Great team over there, and what an amazing set up to record at. 

What role does Portland play in your music?

-We’re lucky in Portland because the artistic community here is super experimental and encourages artists to try new things. We’re surrounded by amazing artists in the underground here and we’re all pushing each other into new worlds. It’s all about supporting each other first and foremost. This area is known for punk and heavy music obviously, but it also has a huge indie scene, too, which is awesome for a band like us that kind of fits in both genres. 

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

It’s mostly trying to capture the slow building and burning frustration of a relationship gone sour. For instance the closing lines of the verses/pre-chorus “Now your breath is on the table, the writing’s on the wall”

 Breath sitting over a table meant for deliberation and communion greeted by silence and an overwhelming dread of what’s coming next. The snap occurs on the chorus break “Why Now?” the frustration of someone wanting to fix something that has already been irreversibly damaged, and pointing out the past negligence that led to the “snap” as it were.

Any plans to hit the road?

– Absolutely! We’re planning a west coast tour this summer as we speak. 

What else is happening next in Pulp Romance’s world?

-We’re going in next month to record our debut EP which we’re going to have out in the summer. We’re very excited about this one. It’s a new era for us. We’ve had a few lineup changes and we’re finally at a point where we have our core. We’re stronger and tighter than we’ve ever been and yeah, we’re just really excited to share this one with the world.

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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