INTERVIEW: Suit of Lights

Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Nice to be here! I’m drinking lots of coffee, catching up on binge-watching, reading, etc.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rock Paper Scissors”?

It’s a song about the sociopathic nature of modern society.

I like songs that aren’t what they seem at first. People hear this upbeat melody and then later absorb the dark lyrics.

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

No, not any one event, but the general belligerent and cut-throat human behavior we’re all too familiar with.

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

We decided against videos for this album. Sometimes I think it’s better to let the music do the talking.

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

Hide and Seek is an album of games. Each song is a different game, beginning with birth in the song “Tag!” and ending with death in “Ring of Roses”

The protagonist of the title track is ‘The Great Pretender,’ better known as ‘God’, who is playing hide and seek forever and ever”.

How was the recording and writing process?

I’m always singing and typing ideas into my phone!  At some point, I gather all my ideas and record all of the songs on vocals and keys at my studio, Dark Velvet in Hoboken. Then we recorded guitars, bass and trumpet at Chris Connors studio, Concrete Sound in Brooklyn and also at Arun’s studio, Rebirth in Austin, TX. Drums were recorded at Big Blue North in Utica, NY. I also spent a few weeks there mixing the album. Then, I did some remixing at Dark Velvet.

You brought some special guests into the album – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

I specifically asked Evan Hooker from Ruby Roses to sing backing vocals on a few songs.

What did they brought up to the table?

Evan has a great quality to his voice which I thought would work well in the mix. Turns out I was right! He also added some interesting harmonies

How has The Ramones and Echo and the Bunnymen influenced your writing?

Ramones were my favorite band growing up, and I taught myself how to sing and play by listening to their records. Their music proves how powerful a simple melody can be. And I think I still have that kind of energy in my music.

I have a lot of respect for Echo and the Bunnymen, and they were really nice to us when The Rosenbergs toured with them but I can’t say they influenced my writing in any way.

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

On this album, I was thinking about children’s games like Tug of War, and I Spy, and I thought it would be a unique vehicle to write about the adult world. Like “Tug of War” is about the endless partisan bickering you see in the media. “I Spy” is about the encroaching surveillance state.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Covid, how long it will take for venues to open again. But never say never.

What else is happening next in Suit of Lights’ world?

15TH ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate Suit of Lights’ 15th Anniversary, the band is offering every album to download for $1.50 each.
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