Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dirty Laundry”?
“Dirty Laundry” is about hanging our demons up and letting them dry out. We had a rough year last year, and after doing a lot of reflection, we wanted to write a song that showcased that work we put in to keep the band afloat. It’s directly about the struggles we endured collectively, and gave us a chance to continue exploring the sound we created on our last EP.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was written about the struggles we endured and chronicled on our previous EP, “The Ruins”. We felt it was important to acknowledge growth and take that to music, see how it sounded sonically.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was a really unique experience for us. The process itself was rather simple, but we had some of our lead vocalist Hope’s dance students featured in the video. They represented the demons that we were hanging up, so it was fun to figure out how to give them that aura. We shot the video in just a few hours; the girls were incredibly professional, and were willing to dig a bit deeper to create that dark character.
The single comes off your new EP The Repair – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s the second EP in our new era called The Trilogy, which consists of three EPs. The first was called “The Ruins,” then “The Repair,” and the final EP will be called “The Revival”. It documents the process of reviving from your ruins, finding a rebirth within yourself. This EP in particular focuses on repairing your ruins, so they’re all connected.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a bit more difficult than “The Ruins”; it took much more fine tuning and rewriting. Some songs were written and recorded much more efficiently and with more confidence, but overall it was easier to create than older releases.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
No, not at all. We like to call it an evolution. We’re always expanding on what we released previously and seeing how we can consistently grow.
How did the good reception your music got throughout your previous work get to influence your work in here? Did you feel any pressure?
There’s always pressure when you’re unsigned or up and coming, I feel. You want to create a strong body of work that will resonate with both new and returning listeners. We definitely wanted to get to “The Repair” quicker than anticipated because we felt inspired after the release of “The Ruins”. There will definitely be more time in between before the last record of The Trilogy drops so we can slow down a bit, but there’s always some form of pressure to do better than your last release.
What aspect of relationships did you get to explore on this record?
None of the songs on “The Repair” are about romantic relationships, but there are tracks about our relationships with each other within the band (“Dirty Laundry”), with Hope and how her therapist has helped her (“Dear John”), and mistreatment from old friends (“No Nostalgia”). It’s interesting to write about other kinds of relationships outside of romantic ones because you have to dig a little deeper.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The songs on this EP directly connect to the ones on our last, since they’re all interconnected through The Trilogy as a whole. For example, “Crutches” is a direct follow up to a song called “I Don’t Need Help”. We wanted to make sure that the themes connected, so the listener can listen to them back and back and see the process as a whole. Once we established the themes of the previous record, that laid the foundation for “The Repair” and how those themes continued to evolve.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ll be heading out to the Midwest for the first part of The Trilogy tour in April! We’ve haven’t been that way since last year and we have some new markets that we’ll be hitting, as well. All dates can be found on www.vistaband.co/tour.
What else is happening next in VISTA’s world?
We just released a music video for “Dirty Laundry,” and then we’ll be on tour in April!