Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Connor: Hey there! Thanks for having us. We’ve been great, keeping busy!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “S.O.L.”?
Connor: Absolutely. “S.O.L” has been kicking around for about a year and a half now, we wrote it just about a week before we went out on the road with John Paul White and had the pleasure of playing it on stage so quickly after writing it.
Karlee: It’s really a song about the bad timing of a relationship and how some just aren’t meant to work out. You’re left “endlessly hoping” if you keep trying to hold on and make it work. We wanted the recording to really set that scene and have some space where space would naturally occur in an on and off again relationship.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Connor: You know when you’re really bummed, like really bummed? Like things couldn’t possibly get any worse? That’s where “S.O.L.” comes from. We have both been in relationships that don’t work out. We’ve both had loads of trying times personally. I think “S.O.L.” draws from those really deep emotional times in your life when you feel like there’s nowhere else to go. When you feel “broken” or “stuck”.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Karlee; That would be very cool! “S.O.L.” has always felt very visual to us and being able to represent the lyrics in video form would be amazing. No plans yet, but hopefully soon!
How was the recording and writing process?
Karlee: We wrote this song pretty quickly, which usually isn’t the case for us. And uniquely, we wrote this one completely together.
Our writing process usually begins with either of us bringing a pretty well flushed out lyric or melody idea to each other and we’ll then finish the song together. However, this song was really written quite quickly and truly started together, which is a cool thing for us.
Connor: From then on it was a part of our live show and has grown into its own thing on the road. People have responded to it really well in that environment so we’re excited to release it in a recorded format. We recorded ourselves this time around (Connor is a producer and audio engineer) and that has been a very gratifying process. We have a big shared studio space in an old rice mill with our band in Sacramento. We all hang out there and just create as much as possible. It’s been fun to have people pop in and out throughout the day because it leads to trying things just for fun and that usually works pretty well. After all that, we sent it off to our friend Kyle Monroe in Nashville who mixed the song and Sam Moses who mastered the song.
What role does Sacramento play in your music?
Karlee: Sacramento plays a huge part in our music! We were born and raised here, learned to play music here, and have moved away, traveled, and returned home to live here full time.
Sacramento has been supporting us every step of the way and the fans here are just amazing. Sacramento is actually America’s Farm to Fork capital and that homegrown, sustainable, grassroots mentality is truly how we approach our music and life on the road. We wouldn’t be who and where we are today without the amazing music community and educators in Sacramento!
How does your family bond influence your music and writing?
Connor: Being in a band and having a sibling as a writing partner is an interesting process. We always joke that it works because we tell each other how we really feel, and it doesn’t work because we tell each other how we really feel. We are extremely honest with each other and very passionate about the music. It’s really the only thing we argue about. We share the same interests outside of music and those inspire our writing a ton. Being in a band with a sibling: 10/10 would recommend.
Karlee: What he said. We really are lucky to be best friends and I think we just really impress each other and challenge each other to continue to grow. We’re both good at different things and that’s why we work well together, we’re not one without the other.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Connor: It does…We are currently working through recording some more songs…we’ll be releasing another single soon with an EP to follow!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Karlee: The next single will come in April, and the EP in June. Stay tuned for EP title!
What other aspects of relationships will you get to explore on this record?
Karlee: We write a lot about romantic relationships and falling in and out of love, but also about the relationships we have with ourselves, the natural world and those we share it with, and our relationships with time, and lack thereof, death, stress/anxiety, and family.
Any plans to hit the road? Are you excited about your SXSW debut?
Connor: Ohhhhhhh yes. We are so excited to get back out there. We head to Texas this March for SXSW and we are really looking forward to that. While we’re out that way we’re stopping in Waco, TX to play at the Magnolia (Chip and Joanna Gaines’ company) Spring at The Silos event. That will be a blast. We have never been to Texas as a band before, so we’re anxious and excited to see what happens (and to drive that far). For the rest of the year, there will definitely be other tours. We can’t wait to get back up to the PNW and out to the East Coast.
What else is happening next in me&you’s world?
Karlee: Right now we’re focusing on writing some great songs and getting this record out. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on and play these songs on the road. There’s a lot to be done, but we are excited!
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