Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
VENTS! Pleasure to virtually be here. We’re holding up in different parts of the country, but lots of wine and TikTok, which we’re ashamed, but not ashamed, of you know?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Maybe It’s Me“?
“Maybe It’s Me” is the third song we’ve released off our upcoming EP, The Misters TO GO, out May 29th. It was written in our guitarist/producer’s Bushwick basement, and recorded/mixed at Bunker Studios with Nolan Thies; mastering by Alex Saltz.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Michael: This song feels like I found a bit of my footing as a person and a writer. I came out freshman year of college (18), and had my first relationship last year when I was 23. After I ended things a few months into it, it was tough, but it felt necessary to depart for personal growth. It’s been this very slow (and sometimes self-sabotaging) progression of finding my voice. I don’t have any horror stories about my ex – he’s one of the kindest, most selfless people. I just felt like I wasn’t returning that energy and he deserves that.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
In the truest Misters fashion, plans have been slightly skewed since we’re in different parts of the country now, but we’ve been brainstorming. Definitely will be releasing a live version from our respective homes, and we’re trying to see which venue we can break into to perhaps film something there. But we’ll see.
The single has an interesting title, “Maybe It’s Me”, what’s the story behind the title?
Michael: MiM was a way for me to self-reflect. After I ended my relationship, I was like, “Wow, I have a lot to work on.” It’s something I bring up in therapy a lot, but I subconsciously have been wired in a way that makes it hard for me to feel comfortable in queer spaces – that includes relationships. I’m making more of an effort to be around other gay men, and I also feel super alienated at points when trying to navigate where I fit in. MiM is realizing that maybe I need to do some work on my own, and that I can’t constantly look to others for affirmation and guidance.
How was the recording and writing process?
This is our first full body of work. This project is a departure from the singles only format we followed. We needed time to try out a few things, but this time around it feels more cohesive, like we’re really digging into what makes The Misters sound like The Misters. All of the demoes were written at the end of the summer and recorded iin our apartments. We used the demoes as “skeletons” for the final versions, which were recorded in the fall at Bunker with some additional vocals at Cornerstore Studios in Ridgewood. After tracking, we did a ton of mixing on our own and then took them to Bunker for the finishing touches in the winter and my god, it’s spring, and we finally get to put it out. “Maybe It’s Me” feels like a really good trailer for what’s to come in The Misters world. But, then again, we love surprises.
What role does New York play in your music?
This question hits hard right now haha. It’s that dimly lit bar buried in the West Village, it’s Pepe Rosso in SoHo (where we shot the album cover!), it’s Brent’s old apartment on Bleecker, the $2 beers in Bushwick, our old rehearsal space in Williamsburg. New York is everything. It’s our home and our biggest supporter, sometimes disguised as the enemy. We feel very proud to be a New York band, and always carry that grit and drive in the way we approach everything we do.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
“Other People” à “The Spot” by Your Smith, “More, More, More” by Andrea True Connection
“Temperature” à “Hypnotize” by Biggie Smalls, “Because” by Smerz
“Maybe It’s Me” à “La Ritournelle” by Sebastian Tellier, “Somebody Else” by the 1975
“If It Helps” à “Marvin’s Room” by Drake
“Surprise Yourself” à “When We Were Young” by Adele, “One Day Like This” by Elbow
So all over the place, but very specific! We love bringing a really technical approach to pop music and breaking the structure creatively. In a way it feels like the last 2 years with the band has been such a big inspiration too. Like everything leading up to this moment, becoming a tighter band, seeing each other’s highs and lows, has influenced the music, and will continue to do so. Our biggest goal as a band is to always keep people on their toes. What you’re listening to now is just how we’re feeling right now.
Any plans to hit the road when everything calms down?
Literally looking at rental cars rn lol. We had our first shows ever in Chicago booked for April that were cancelled, in addition to plans to hit California again in October. Thus is the current situation, so everything is on hold. But The Misters live show is our bloodline, so we’ll need a good dose of it when it’s safe. Always on the lookout for a tour we can jump on.
What else is happening next in The Misters world?
- EP out May 29th
- learning to virtually write via the “pass-off method” between the band members
- more music
- a dinner party for fans and important people when we’re allowed
- a few weddings to play for friends & family
- why are lists so aesthetically pleasing?