INTERVIEW: The Prairie States

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

All things considered, we’re doing great. We’ve been respecting the social distancing and self isolation requests pretty strictly, so we’ve been keeping all interactions to facetime and phone calls. Sometimes it can get a little tough cause for us, music is our emotional outlet. If one of us is feeling down or bummed out, a good loud show or rehearsal is always the perfect remedy. These days that’s not an option, so it can be rough.  But we just have to remind ourselves that we’re healthy, our families are healthy, and then crank up our favourite records on the headphones.

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

Yeah for sure.  Our new song Low Life is just a really fun song about finding the joy in the simple things in life. If these past couple months have taught us anything it’s that it doesn’t take a bunch of flashy stuff or extravagance to be happy. Like, what we wouldn’t give to just be able to get together with our families in a backyard for a BBQ right about now?!  Or just sit on a patio and have a few beers with our friends. So the song just sings about how the high life is no life for us; “cold beer and good company, that’s my kinda high society”.

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

No not really.  That melody and that Low Life line we’re just so sticky, couldn’t shake it. So in a co-write with our good friend Aaron Pollock, it shifted and moved a little and then we just found that sweet spot and the song just came together. It’s always a great feeling when that happens, when a song ends up exactly how it was supposed to sound from the beginning.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the single?

Well originally we had a killer video planned. It was going to be this really cool big budget shoot, but then COVID hit, so that got shut down. Our video director Jay Sparrow is an owner of a brewery here in our hometown, and so we decided to shift from a video over to a beer. We partnered with Sea Change Brewing and now there is a custom Low Life Lager to go along with the song. Also, we’re taking that budget from the music video and buying essential workers a round of beers. It’s our way of thanking them for all the sacrifices they’ve been making during the pandemic.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording is always a blast.  We record out of Velveteen Audio here in Edmonton; that place feels like home for us so it’s super easy to open up to being creative. And we brought in Bart McKay again to produce the track.  He such a great guy and is so relaxed, but really knows how to politely crack the whip to get the best performances out of us.  We can’t wait to get back in the studio and start working on new material again.

What role does Canada play in your music?

Such a huge role! As an independent band here in Canada, we are so fortunate to have access to all sorts of grant funding to help us record and promote our music. This doesn’t happen everywhere and we are so grateful that this support is available for the arts. Not too sure where this band would be without the generous funding from the Edmonton Arts Council that helped us record our debut album in 2017.  Everything we are right now was built on the foundation of that album.

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

It’s our mission to get a new single out there every two months in 2020. Our fans have been super patient with us and have been waiting for new music since our first album came out back in 2018. They deserve to have fresh tracks delivered and delivered often.

Also, delaying the release of songs due to COVID is really not something we want to do. People need music now more than ever. So if our music can be a happy distraction even just for a few minutes of someone’s day, we want to make sure we don’t stop putting out songs.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Probably going to have another track come out in July sometime, and then another in September. And we definitely have titles for the songs, but gonna keep that sort of thing secret till we get closer to the release date.  One of them is a fan favourite from our live show, so we’re super stoked to finally get a proper studio recording of it out there.

What else is happening next in Prairie States’ world?

Write, record, release, repeat. Until we can all get back to playing live shows, we are going to keep the new music rolling. But we do hope we can get back to playing live again really soon. There ain’t nothing quite like playing really loudly in a room full of people jammin out to your songs. Live and loud, that’s the way we like it.

Stream “Low Life” on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/theprairiestates/low-life-unreleased

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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