We’ve been doing 14-hour days prepping this live show and finishing up the record. You guys are the only thing that could have possibly brought us out of hiding.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ringer”?
“Ringer” is the second single of six off the record. This song is an exciting and different sonic departure for us as a band. It’s a bit more pop than we are traditionally comfortable with, but its theme required it of us.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, but the true story can only be told through our “Confession Video Series” (watch on YouTube). “Ringer” has a dark and twisted backstory that tells a small piece of the events that will be colorfully acted out on stage during the live show.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Jared has had these visions for crafting an animated story that would parlay into the live show. In an abstract way, we are introducing you to the characters that will part of the live show, as well as some of the storylines. The videos themselves are made entirely out of paper, crafted by hand by our friend in Italy, Stefano Bertelli.
How was the recording and writing process?
We’ve been writing this album for about 5 years. The recording process has spanned 7 states, 6 producers, and hundreds of songs. It was beautiful, grueling, joyful, and utterly exhausting at times, but Jared will not stop until he feels he has crafted the perfect record that we and the fans deserve.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
We moved to Nashville 5 years ago in an effort to hone our crafts. Nashville serves as the songwriting capital of the world and we had never been submerged in such a diverse bastion of creativity. Nashville upped our game in so many ways. We feel like we turned from Boyz II Men (Jared’s favorite band as a baby).
How has your entire musical perspective changed since you moved away from Alaska to the City of Music?
There is nothing like growing up in Alaska. We didn’t realize the different life experiences we were fortunate to have until we left. Alaska has given us a unique perspective on how to survive and thrive in this world. We still take Alaska’s culture and spirit into every song and show today.
You are known for your crazy performances that reminds us to the Blue Man Group and Circus Du Soleil – do you think about your performances when writing a song?
We rarely craft the music with the show in mind because we believe that would be doing the songs, and especially the meaning and motivation behind the songs, a disservice. The live show’s storylines and themes are bred from the music and the record. We’ve found this is the best way to fuse the two together.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! We have a single at the end of March and will have a total of 6 singles dropping about every month/ month and a half. Hopefully, the full record will drop in the fall. Each of the 6 singles will have an animated experience alongside it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The next single, dropping at the end of March, is titled “Wolf”. The wolf is one of the main characters in our new live show. You’ll learn more about him as the videos are released this year.
Any plans to hit the road?
The full show will be launched in the fall, but we will probably be playing dates with some of our favorite artists and friends starting in March.
What else is happening next in Static Cycle’s world?
This is the year of Static Cycle. 6 singles, a full record, and a genre-changing, immersive live-show. The only other thing we have time for is sneaking in some hoop (basketball) and trying to stay in shape to survive all the prep for the live show.