Hi Sarah Frick, Golden Ones vocalist and guitarist, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi VENTS! We’re hanging in there! Can’t complain. Hope you’re doing well!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blood Stained Mouth?”
We’re so excited to release our first single from our upcoming debut LP, Nowhere Fast. And just in time for Halloween!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It wasn’t written with a specific incident in mind. I just wanted to write a song about gaslighting because it’s something I suffered from in my last relationship. But I wanted to put a fun twist on it and make the antagonist a vampire. Emotional vampires are very real and everyone can relate to encountering one at some point in their life.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the music video was super fun. Working with Justin & Kaye France of 8X8 Productions was a blast. We were covered in homemade fake blood that smelled like chocolate syrup for most of the day. And we destroyed some instruments in the process which was pretty therapeutic. Fun fact- the guitar Sean plays in the video was an Epiphone SG my previously mentioned ex gave me years ago. I sold it to a friend at some point, and then it was given to a mutual friend, who then eventually asked if I wanted it back. I couldn’t escape the damn thing! So it was the perfect way to get rid of it once and for all. Cover it in blood and smash it.
The single comes off your new album Nowhere Fast – what’s the story behind the title?
Nowhere Fast is a lyric from the first track on the record- “Call to Arms.” The line says “We ain’t going nowhere fast” even though a lot of the time it feels like we are. It just kind of sums up that existential dread we’re all feeling, especially this year.
How was the recording and writing process?
We wrote this record over the past 3 years and it really showcases how our sound has evolved. Typically, Jesse Frick (bass,) Sean Fisher (guitar,) or I will bring a riff or chord progression in and then we all contribute and collaborate on that idea. I write all the lyrics. We recorded Nowhere Fast at Leon Russell’s old Paradise Studios in Tia Juana, Oklahoma on Grand Lake. It’s now owned by local musician Rick Huskey. Our friends Jason Weinheimer and Zachariah Reeves of Fellowship Hall Sound drove in from Little Rock, AR to engineer the album for us. It was great working with them. You can still feel all those vibes in that room from the 70’s that legends like Bob Dylan or Eric Clapton left behind after their sessions there.
How has the likes of David Bowie influenced your writing?
Bowie has always been a huge influence for all of us. Personally, I think my writing is influenced most by his ever changing styles. There’s no rules with Bowie and he’s always unapologetically himself. That’s how I strive to be.
What role does Tulsa play in your music?
Tulsa has a deep rooted musical history. From the jazz and blues of Black Wall Street to the iconic rock legend Leon Russell, our music community is very diverse and always growing, which is incredibly inspiring.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Most of the songs on this record are about personal experiences I’ve had with a touch of fantasy. Music is like therapy for us and it’s the perfect outlet to work through things.
What else is happening next in Golden Ones’ world?
Our second single comes out next month, it’s my favorite song on the record and Nowhere Fast will be out on 11/27.
You can pre-order or pre-save Nowhere Fast here: https://orcd.co/nowherefast