INTERVIEW: NOLA-Based Indie Rockers One South Lark

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

Hi, thanks for having us! We’ve been doing our best trying to stay productive and keep making music during quarantine. Three of us are finishing up our freshman year of college at different schools (Miami, Northwestern, and Virginia) and one of us is just graduating high school this year, so moving to online classes actually allowed us to return to our hometown of New Orleans and get back to working on stuff together as a band again. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “On Jupiter Drive”?

Yeah, so this is the second single we’ve released in 2020. In college we started getting more into folk music and took inspiration from this in writing our songs, so it’s got a lot more of an indie folk type of vibe than most of our stuff. This was kind of new for us, but it actually worked out really well and we’re looking forward to experimenting more with this type of sound in our music. For example, a pretty prominent piece of this song is the trumpet that you can hear in the choruses. We’re only a four person band, but we wanted to expand our sound to seem much bigger.

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

It came from a moment like the first few weeks of college when I just stopped and wondered how I got there. The past year had gone by so fast and I was now in this completely new environment far away from my home where I didn’t know anyone. My dorm building at Northwestern is on Sheridan Road, which is kind of the main street for the university, and I wanted to describe what it was like to live in this new place. Originally I thought it would be “On Sheridan Road” but I decided to change it to be more of a figurative place, so people could relate if they might also be somewhere they feel lost or a little uncomfortable. I think that’s a pretty common feeling, especially for people going to college or leaving their hometown for the first time.

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

Right now, we’re hard at work on finishing the album, and we actually just released a music video for our previous single, “Vacation.” If people want a music video for this one and we have an idea that would suit the song, it would definitely be a possibility.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process for this one was actually a big change for us. This was the first song we wrote while in college, so we couldn’t meet face to face. A lot of it was recording short ideas on voice memos and sending it to each other in between classes. It’s also kind of weird brainstorming ideas and singing into your phone when the people in the dorm next door can probably hear you. It definitely takes time to find a melody or line that sounds good, and so it can be a little uncomfortable knowing that strangers can hear all of your good and bad ideas. Luckily, our roommates are all really supportive of our music so they didn’t mind it at all. As for recording, the song was pretty much done by the time we finished fall semester. So as soon as we all got back home for winter break, we practiced as much as we could and hit the studio. We record all of our stuff at this awesome place in Bogalusa, LA called Studio in the Country. It’s always a fun road trip up there and the sound engineer Ben Mumphrey is one of the best in the business.

What role does NOLA play in your music?

New Orleans is a huge music city, so we grew up going to concerts and seeing live music all the time. Even though we only started the band a few years ago, we’ve been playing music pretty much our whole lives. The importance of music to the city is what allowed us to become a band in the first place, even though we may not sound like a traditional New Orleans band. For example, our singer actually joined the band while we were at a music festival a few years ago after a conversation about music. Additionally, New Orleans is a city that naturally fosters creativity, so we’re lucky to have lots of love and support from people here.

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

Yes! We have a whole new album coming this summer. We’re getting into the final stages of writing songs and we’re super excited for everyone to hear. We’ve already recorded most of the album, and now we’re just finishing up a couple more songs.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The title of the album is “Vista Beach.” We’re shooting for a late summer release, so stay tuned for a release date!

Any plans to hit the road?

We’d love to go on tour, but obviously we can’t right now due to the pandemic. Hopefully when things get better we can go on our first tour!

What else is happening next in One South Lark’s world?

We’ve got lots of ideas and are planning on doing lots of stuff outside, you know, taking advantage of the nice weather. Stuff like going for runs, kayaking, playing bocce ball, collecting sea shells, taking metal detectors to the beach to look for buried treasure, climbing trees, falling off trees, filling out forms, setting the table for dinner, online glass blowing classes, giving our friends nicknames like “babyface mcgee” and “choo choo stinkwad.” Ummm….. What else…. Going to Subway, surfing the world wide web, and hopefully making some friends along the way! 🙂

Thank you so much for having us! 

Follow us on instagram @onesouthlark for updates and check us out on any streaming service!

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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