INTERVIEW: Psychopath Etiquette

How would you classify your music?

If Folk and Rock had a baby, it would sound like us.  We for sure have lyric driven acoustic songs, but we also rock out with the best of them when the occasion calls for it.  Mostly, I would describe our music as “Dynamic”.  We have very few songs that maintain a singular tone. 

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

I like to think our music lands at the intersection of Third Eye Blind, Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes, Damien Rice, and Death Cab for Cutie.  Those bands for sure hold the most influence over our style and tone.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

We aren’t in this for casual fans, although for sure we have some, and will find more.  The point of the music is to make a truly intimate connection.  We want you to know who we are; flaws and fortunes alike.  Our music is full of scars and imperfections because that’s exactly how we are.  And we want to find the people who feel like we do, and make them feel better.  I would rather have a thousand people who LOVE us, than a million people who like us.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

We are from Southern Maine,so the music scene depends on how far you’re willing to travel.  But given the state of the world, we have taken refuge in Live Streaming our music.  So far, it has proven to be a net positive, and we’re constantly getting people on who are REALLY listening, which is the best thing.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I saw Dashboard Confessional in Boston and they blew me away. It was a life changing experience that made me realize I wanted to be the one on stage. 

I love playing live, because it makes me just uncomfortable enough to stay completely present in the moment.  As I very much write music for other people, so being there when they hear it is pretty amazing.  

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? 

Last Fall we released a song called “When Anxiety Attacks”  about loving someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, but facing the fact that you can’t always help them through things.  There are times when even just your presence can add a kind of pressure to “be okay”.  The song is designed to be a stand in.  So even when they are completely alone, I can still be there, just a click away, ready to sing them to sleep a million times over.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Over the past year, we have shifted from casual artists, to serious ones.  We play four times a week, and we are constantly writing new songs and tweaking old ones.  We’ve taught ourselves how to play new instruments and learned new ways to play the ones we already play. 

But most importantly, we’ve figured out how to make our art fit into our life.  We all work full time jobs outside of music, so the logistical aspect of being a musician has always been the hardest part for us. Playing live music online has helped a lot with that, and opened up doors we didn’t even know were there.  20-30 People all literally two clicks away at a moment’s notice, which means it’s way easier for us to get our music out there; which is all we’re trying to do.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be? 

I would play a gig with Bob Dylan.  And in real time, we would co-write a song together live.  Then have dinner and a drink and talk about how crazy this world is and will always be. 

What’s next for you?

At the end of August we will be heading back into the studio to record our first full length album.  The EP “Rough Draft” from 2019 was rushed, and raw.  But this time we are going to take as much time as we need to make sure every second of every song is right.  It won’t be perfect, or overly produced.  It will still be raw.  But it will be a fair representation of our “Sound” and our hearts will be in it for anyone who is willing to listen.

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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