Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Beautiful Monsters”?
Well, the track was one of those songs that simply wanted to be itself. By that I mean, Dan and I were working all day trying to write a chorus that worked and nothing was landing. We had the title, the concept and I think the verses were written and we called it a day. I took a shower and the melody and lyrics came to me. It wasn’t going to be forced. It was very much its own monster.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I’ve always been inspired by people. I love connecting with and helping people. However, as the world gets ever smaller with these magical devices we all look down at, the more “social” media we use, the less social and the less connected we seem to be.
The song is a metaphorical battle between the demon of technology and all the lies and bullshit and fake news etc. and the “beautiful monster” which is the very thing that makes us human. The demon is not going to go quietly… so it needs a monster to fight it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Absolutely. We shot a killer video with the guys at Sitcom Soldiers after seeing their work with While She Sleeps and Of Mice and Men. We are putting that out for everyone on 21st of February.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was some of the most detailed work I have ever been a part of. Dan and I got in a room and wrote for hours at a time. I consider myself a task master but Dan is a harder SOB to please than me! If we weren’t both sold on an idea, it didn’t go down.
What was it like to work with Romesh Dodangoda and how did that relationship develop?
Recording with Romesh Dodangoda has always been a pleasure. I first recorded with him back in 2007 with New Device and we have stayed in contact ever since, though socials or other bands I know working with him.
He worked us hard through every session and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
How much did he get to influence the song?
With the recording, our music is always demoed really well, so he knows what we are going for but his slant on our music as a producer is precisely the reason why we work with him.
When working with a producer, we feel that it is wise to be open to their ideas. Nothing was off the table, but he understood us so we trusted his judgement.
Would you call this a departure or rather a continuation from your previous musical work?
Working with new musicians always brings out sides of you that you didn’t know were there. This has been some of the darkest and powerful music I have ever been a part of for sure and I never work on anything that sounds the same as what I have done previously. Unless I am growing and exploring new directions I’m not interested.
What would you say you get to borrow from your previous experience?
As a songwriter, I have had to do away with a great deal of ego over the years and deal with masses of rejection when submitting ideas. Working with a visionary like Dan who lets very little through the gates, I was well prepared to have 99% of my ideas shot down and not have it phase me. With that said, I have become very prolific with my writing. I would send him 7 or 8 different vocal ideas for verses or choruses and let him see what was working.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
We’re working on our album. We are always bouncing ideas around but right now it’s time to share what we’ve created with the world.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The only sure date we have is for the single which will be on the 21st. As for the next single and the album release, you’ll have to wait and see!
Any plans to hit the road?
For sure. We have started rehearsals and you’ll be the first to know of our tour dates.
What else is happening next in Jordan Red’s world
The future looks exciting right now. Once the video drops, we will be playing live and looking forward to releasing the next single in preparation for the album release.
As I’ve said, we are writing like crazy all the time. It starts with the music first and the vision just grows from there.
Keep an eye on our website and socials for what comes next—we’re here to stay!