INTERVIEW: Indie rock outfit Bedroom Ceilings

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

We’ve been good all things considered. Definitely staying busy promoting our new record Another Bulb Burned Out, and I’m [Dean] personally busy with working on the newer stuff. Thank you for having us!

  1. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Clairvoyance Is Never Simple”?

It’s a lot of people’s favorite to hear live.. The softie ballad as I like to call it. It’s also the most dramatic song in my opinion. It starts very delicately and stripped down but reaches this huge climax in the end. In the album, it’s like the peak of the roller-coaster, and we just went down the biggest slope, and we’re coasting to a stop.

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

Let’s just say… at the time of writing this song it was about a close friend of mine, and my realization that our relationship was slowly falling apart and I knew it wasn’t going to be the same ever again. I ended up writing about that, combined with them drifting away caused by the forming of new habits. Because of the distance between us, it became harder for them to see the negative impact it was causing, and that divided us even further. They never saw the best in themselves and I felt like I always saw the more positive aspects than what they saw in themselves.

  1. Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! It’s currently in the works. We’ll spoil a tiny bit of it. A friend of ours named Andy is very talented in the traditional arts, particularly sketching and line work. I asked him to help us with this video because I wanted it to be animated, so he helped us storyboard the song. It’s going well, but as you know animation is a long process and we’re both new to this sort of project, but the keyframes look great and it’s going to be worth the wait.

  1. The single comes off your new album Another Bulb Burned Out – what’s the story behind the title?

I don’t know if there is a particular story. [The album is] a gathering of experiences and thoughts and recurring themes from my life. I actually don’t remember the day I came up with the name which is unusual (I remember everything). When I was writing “well-designed robot” I really liked that line (“…another bulb burned out, the light escaped as quick as that second”.) because it said a lot about the tragedy of letting great experiences go and dealing with big changes. Sometimes you have to start over completely. Every song is another bulb burning out. In a lot of ways things fall apart and you have to build yourself back up again.

  1. How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was super fun. We hired a close friend of ours, Alex Tobin, who had worked with us in the past. We brought him out from New York to come record with us in Kalamazoo, MI at La Luna Recording & Sound. We did the principal tracking on the album in three days, including the full band take of “Journal Entry: A Dream.” it felt like every minute really counted while doing it. Compared to the first album, it was like night and day because we were in a really nice studio. Before that we were recording in my living room sometimes. We don’t plan  on going back to home recording unless we have a lot of equipment to work with.

The writing process was pretty lengthy. The last song on the album was the first song to be written, about three years ago. It was the first song to intentionally be plotted for Another Bulb Burned Out. It was very cathartic to write because I felt like i was getting out my most honest feelings, and it felt natural to turn those feelings into songs for this purpose. When I’m finished writing a song It’s quite easy to find a home for it in our discography, because I know which tracks work really well together and which ones don’t. It’s like having a bookshelf and you’re trying to organize it by size. EZPZ.

  1. How has Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes influenced your writing?

Conor Oberst has influenced me to be an honest songwriter instead of trying to cover up who I am. A lot of artists hid behind the mix with effects in their music but oftentimes Conor’s voice is loud and right on top because he has a message to get out and he wants to show us that we are all just human. People appreciate honesty. Most importantly he’s taught me never to do the same thing twice. I realized early on that when I was really trying to write like him and I zoomed out and saw the bigger picture I saw how different the songwriting had become, and that I’m more motivated by his work than I am trying to emulate his style of writing.

  1. What were some of the struggles and reflections you get to deep dive on this record?

That’s a hard question. These songs each represent a conflict within myself that I had to face while writing. I was trying to be honest with myself and the listener. Writing songs is therapeutic in a way because I learn about the depth and the emotional severity of the issues I’m facing. In the end I  feel much more at peace on the subject I’m writing about. It always feels good to tell someone about your feelings, and I want the listener to feel that way, too. Maybe whatever I’m expressing is something they’re feeling and that is, in some way, comforting for them. Something for them to hold onto so they know they aren’t alone.

  1. Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

That one’s easy. Thank God. A lot of the time it’s experiences with travelling, friends, and family. For instance, I might’ve written a song because someone expressed something to be about themselves that they find important, which is inspiring to me. Movies, interpersonal situations, and recurring thoughts that seem to be something I care about, negative or positive. One day I was sitting at the beach with my feet in the water and I came up with the personification that someone could feel like a seashell. To me, a seashell is a very beautiful thing that you could notice lying on the beach. I think it’s one of the most pleasant parts about the beach because each one is intricately unique – but to the person who feels like a seashell, they could see it as a negative thing because they feel invisible and unnoticed and commonplace.

  1. Any plans to hit the road?

Nope. We sort of had plans to do a couple weekenders around Michigan in the fall but sounds like that’s not going to happen. Instead, we are planning to perform several livestreams this year until we are able to play venues again.

The next livestream we have scheduled is on June 12th at 8:50 p.m. (EST) – it will be streamed on Facebook, so check our page for more information on that.

  1. What else is happening next in Bedroom Ceilings’s world?

We are releasing a couple singles this summer as well as an EP. We were hoping to finish tracking it this spring but when the pandemic hit we were unable to use our preferred studio, so we will have to wait on that. I’ve already begun writing the next album and we are putting together some demos for that. We haven’t decided when we’re going to record, but we definitely want to return to La Luna Recording & Sound for our third record, which will be a proper follow-up to Another Bulb Burned Out, and it will be a much longer album.

Listen: Bandcamp

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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