INTERVIEW: Violent Idols

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

V: Like most of America right now, angry and fed up.  It’s a crazy time in this country right now but I am relieved to see that injustice is a hot button topic right now.  People are finally waking up and most importantly speaking up. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fuck You”?

V: Fuck You is a feeling that I think a lot of people are feeling right now.  Between coronavirus, racism and police brutality I feel like our new single speaks to a lot of the frustration in people’s hearts right now.  It’s a song about being fed up and I feel like there’s almost not a soul alive that isn’t fed up right now. 

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

V: I was actually inspired by a particular bad case of road rage I was experiencing of all things.  I started singing/writing it in my car and by the time I got to my destination I knew I had a very special kind of anthem on my hands.

How was the filming process behind the video?

V: We’ve been asking fans to contribute video footage of them saying ‘Fuck You’ during quarantine at ViolentIdols.com.  It’s a really cool project and a good way for people to channel some of that frustration into something creative and collaborative.

What was it like to work with Aaron Nordstrom and how did he come on board?

V: Aaron is so talented.  We’ve been fans of his for a while and managed to connect through our producer Kane Churko who did the last Gemini Syndrome record.  From there it was a very organic evolution of friendship that led to us wanting to do something together.  When I came up with the initial idea for Fuck You I knew Aaron would be the perfect guy to finish writing it with and include on the release.  He brings so much amazing creative energy with him wherever he goes.

The single comes off your new album Idolatry – what’s the story behind the title?

V: Idolatry means the worship of idols.  We thought it would be an appropriate concept to explore.  Our song ‘New Religion’ dives into that more specifically.  It seemed to me like everybody is worshipping some sort of idol these days.  No matter who you are or what you believe, we all have our own poisons to pick.  It’s really interesting to me how materialism is overtaking us all.  Do I think it will keep going that way?  I hope not, but so far history says otherwise.  We are more obsessed with the worship of individuals than we have ever been.

How was the recording and writing process?

V: Fantastic.  Our producer Kane Churko is incredible and makes the process so easy and inspiring for us.  He really knows how to bring out our best and has been a tremendous resource for us to depend on and defer to throughout this process.

What were some of the human struggles you get to explore on this record?

V: The exploration of the balance between one’s own motivations and that of their oppressors.  Our song ‘Enemies With Benefits” dives deep into that.  Are we dependent on our enemies?  Are we the enemy in the eyes of our own.  Who really is serving who and the idea that maybe we aren’t so different from the people we hate sometimes.  How do we transcend that?  These are all things we explore within our EP Idolatry.

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

V: Right now it feels as though there is an unlimited well of frustration to speak on.  Where are we going as people?  Where can we go?  I love seeing that the nation is starting to unite against racism and oppression in an unavoidable way.  Every single person who has hate in their heart is going to be challenged in the coming months and I can’t help but believe that to be a good thing.  It’s an incredibly introspective moment of time we are in and so much reflection will force us to change and be better.  These are some of the concepts that interest me and I find myself writing most about.  How do we take all the frustration and channel it into art and powerful statements that force people to think and act for themselves?

Any plans to hit the road?

V: Not for a while with everything going on but once it’s safe to do so we hope to put on some amazing shows and meet all the fans we’ve been making in quarantine. 

What else is happening next in Violent Idols’ world?

V: We are already working on our next EP.  It’s nearly 75% complete already even though we just released the first one a couple weeks ago.  We’re planning more music videos and more ways for fans to get involved with what we are doing.  How can we affect positive change together with our fans beyond just music or live shows?  These are things we are exploring and hope to shed more light on in the coming months.

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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