Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Been great, thanks for asking. Trying to get through this pandemic in one piece, mentally and physically.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Only To Find”?
Of course. It’s actually one of my favorite The Yorks’ tracks. I started writing the song back in late 2017. At first it sounded a more like a whimsical Ariel Pink song out of Pom Pom, but eventually it came into its own as a dreamy anthemic song. I like to describe it as a sun bathed atmospheric jam.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
One of the first set of lyrics for the song went “Beautiful girl / a wonderful time / come to the show / she says she’s too tired”. This was referring to my now girlfriend, who I kept inviting to shows in the LA area. For some reason or another, our plans got cancelled many times. Obviously the song evolved from there, but I’d say that this was the instigating event.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes. It’s just a matter of whether or not I can make it happen. I’ve tried to be extra careful because of Covid so I’ve been storyboarding some video ideas that don’t require a large cast. I don’t want to reveal much beyond that, so keep an eye on the YouTube channel.
The single comes off your new album Purple Sunsets – what’s the story behind the title?
In mid-2018 I was feeling deeply unsatisfied with the state of my life in general. The solution I came up with at the time was to pick up and go live in New Mexico with my best friend for a while. On the way there, I found that nothing puts your live into perspective like driving for 12 hours through the American southwest. Everything going on in my mind culminated around sunset at the New Mexico border. It was an awe-inspiring sunset; it was also slightly purple.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was an educational experience. We tried to self-produce and record with the band. And we learned that it wasn’t as easy or simple as we thought. If anything, it was harder. In my opinion, it always helps to have an outside force act as a captain to steer the production ship.
What role does LA play in your music?
It’s impossible to walk around this city without meeting talented musicians and songwriters. Being in this environment pushes me to stand out as a songwriter. On top of that, just being here exposes me to all kinds of styles and approaches to music. I may not be able to tell you exactly how that influences a particular song, but I can tell you that the net effect exists.
How has Real Estate and Ty Seagall influenced your writing?
Not much to be completely honest. Many listeners have compared The York’s style to that of Ty or Real Estate, and I do see the similarities. That being said, whenever I work on writing, either by myself or with bandmates, I always keep an open mind about where the song is going to end up. Rarely do I have an end goal in mind, either in terms of lyrics, structure or sound. That being said, both groups are great, so the comparison is not a bad thing at all in my opinion.
What aspect of relationships did you get to explore on this record?
This EP was definitely more influenced by personal relationships than the previous one. I tried to explore the opposing feelings of deep love in “Many Things” and “Only to Find” and disillusionment in “Purple Sunsets”.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The lyrics for this EP are deeply personal; all the songs are based in actual events in my life. I tried to write about these things without being too self-referential or specific. At the end of the day, everyone experiences love disappointment, regret, etc.
What else is happening next in The York’s world?
I think this EP is just a preview of many things (pun intended) to come. I already have an LP’s worth of material. I want to find a great producer to make the next record the best one yet. I’m currently working on putting all that together.