INTERVIEW: Just Before Dawn

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

It’s been a hot and hectic summer.. Doing A LOT of vocal recordings to get all voices arranged and in place. It is a luxury problem when you have three main vocalists and two additional guest vocalists

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Own Crowd”?

It is a train going relentlessly forward, but then bits and pieces are starting to fall apart for different reasons, both musically and lyrics wise. It starts off with basically acoustic instruments, very steady like machinery. It slowly comes apart until in the end it is picked up again with drums, electric guitars etc. who is tightening it all together and create a framework for the chorus to keep going

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

The feeling you get when you get a lump in your throat because without being aware of it yourself you were struggling, running on a flat tire. You trust your engine so much that you didn’t notice.  And then some force shows up, someone who’s got your back and make sure you got the support you need. Actually, Robert DeNiro’s character Harry Tuttle in a movie called “Brazil”. He is a good man when you are in a tight corner. Made me think of someone who takes care, no questions asked.. “I’ll even bring my own crowd”. It’s about how even the strongest among us sometimes meet resistance, often from unexpected directions, and sometimes the pressure is to strong and you start withering away. That’s when you need someone who see you and have the strength and attention to let you get back to your potential.

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

No, unfortunately we do not have time and resources for that at the moment.

The single comes off your new album Bits and Pieces – was this always meant to be a conceptual record or it evolve into this?

The previous one was a conceptual one long story record, this one is stand-alone tracks, you know just.. Bits and Pieces..

How was the recording and writing process?

Flowing. Everything falls into place naturally. Just Before Dawn is not a band, it is a project. To me that means that we do not have to tackle the friction of a lot of personalities and opinions, we got our roles and it works. It’s all about feeling good about making music.  

How would you say you have evolve since your first record back in the 90s?

Even more interested in trying out new elements to create the right musical landscapes. Apart from that I actually do not think we are evolving, just growing. But we stay true to the same ideals we had then, everything is allowed as long as it sounds good to us.

What is it about the 70s that you find so fascinating?

The power and intensity in the songs. The focus on the music and storytelling.

How has the likes of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath influenced your writing?

They represent the combination of creating massive, beautiful soundscapes and telling stories in a theatrical way together with the heavy raw riffs. And interesting arrangements.

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

Everywhere. In a quote from a politician, from movie, a situation…But actually most often form a sentence that stick to my mind. Something that makes you feel there’s a story trapped within that one sentence.

What else is happening next in Just Before Dawn’s world?

Trying to fight the phobia against social media…  No seriously, we make music purely because we love it, so we just keep on making music. Maybe we release it, if people have any interest in listening, or else we just make it, share it with our closest friends and put it away in a drawer.

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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