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INTERVIEW: Montreal Rock Band THE UNFOUND

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

Very busy! We are currently preparing for the recording of our upcoming singles, and a release show of our next single “Monochrome”.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Monochrome”?

“Monochrome” is our next single, and interestingly, the first song we ever wrote together. We are excited to finally release it after all this time developing it.

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

No particular event, but ​the song is essentially about depression, or malaise. When you’re in that kind of state, you drift and coast, and the world seems kind of flat, or “monochrome”. When you’re deep in it, it’s almost impossible to imagine feeling any other way, hence the chorus line “Monochrome, it feels like home”.

When you do finally get out of that state, it literally feels like the colour is rushing back into life, so the final chorus ends with the line: “the colour’s coming back”. Its an optimistic note to end the song and to show that there’s always hope for the future.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! Our music video will be released alongside the single on February 21, 2020. ​The “Monochrome” video is an introduction to the band itself, and our high energy stage show. Like “Sooner or Later”, it is directed by lead guitarist Alberto and was shot at “The Mothership”, a rehearsal space in Montreal. It’s 4 minutes of The Unfound rocking out, with some spectacular camera work and great lighting!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was an amazing experience, especially it being the first song we ever wrote together. Since its inception, as we have grown together as a band, the song has grown as well. As we played it more, in rehearsals and at shows, we thought of new ideas for the song, and experimented with them until we felt it was ready to record. We recorded it ourselves at our home studio, and had it produced and mixed by Dave Traina.

What was it like to work with Dave Traina and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Dave Traina is an amazing experience, he gave, (and continues to give) a lot of great advice to us. He definitely helped with bringing “Monochrome” to a new level. We will be recording our next two singles with him at his studio, FreqShop, next month! The relationship developed very organically. Our lead guitarist Alberto simply messaged him and scheduled a meeting to discuss film projects, since Alberto is also a film director. In that first meeting, Dave asked about the band and from there, I scheduled another meeting with him where he met the band. He gave us a tour of his studio and started speaking to us about many facets of the music industry.

How much did he get to influence the song?

In the post-production process, the song underwent minor but very affecting structural changes, all led by Dave Traina, and by doing this, made the flow of the song even more natural. His mix really brought the song to life, by adding energy and excitement to the guitars and vocals.

What role does Montreal play in your music?

Montreal is a host to many great bands, like Arcade Fire and Half Moon Run, who definitely have an influence on us. The city is known for its indie music, and while we tend to write music that’s sometimes big and bombastic, our indie rock influence does have an impact in the songwriting process. Montreal also has many great live venues!

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

Yes, definitely, new material will be coming. We are planning to go into the studio to record two new singles, and we have many others in the writing and structuring process, just waiting to get made into demos and eventually a new release!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Our next single after “Monochrome” will be released with our Grand Prix Festival performed on June 12, 2020. We have the title, but it’ll remain a mystery for everyone until we announce it!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, eventually we will get back on the road, most probably more shows in Ontario. Last summer, we embarked on an Ontario tour in support of our first single “Sooner or Later” and it was an amazing experience.

What else is happening next in The Unfound’s world?

After the Grand Prix Festival, expect more material and music videos!

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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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