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INTERVIEW: Cry For Help

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

Laying low like the rest of humanity but we do get in some long walks. Been doing duolingo Spanish for 311 days straight and playing a lot of guitar at home. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forever and A Day”? 

That was one of the last things written. The album is filled with a fair amount of anger and I felt it needed a love song.

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

I saw Kenn Rowell perform at the Issyra Gallery in Hoboken and he was playing some interesting chord patterns on an acoustic guitar and a few days later I picked up a guitar and played something like I imagined he was playing. The melody came pretty fast.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?  

I had worked with photographer Ellie Kitman on a couple projects in the past.  I really liked how she photographed her friends. (elliekitman.com ) Her affection for them really came through and I thought it would be cool to make a video of her documenting her friend group. The video is a combination of stills and live action of a bunch of her male friends who are all part of her quarantine pod.  She dressed them up in vintage T shirts so it’s nostalgic and youthful at the same time.

The single comes off your new album 2 – what’s the story behind the title

When you have a band name as long as ours you need a short album title. 

How was the recording and writing process? 

The album was completed right before the pandemic but like everyone else we waited. Then Chris Stamey from the dBs heard the album and offered to do a re-mix of “The Other Side of the Dream” and on Halloween I went into the Magic Door Studio in Montclair with our guitar player Rick Sherman and producer Ray Ketchem and we recorded a new song called “Whistling Boy” to add to the album. That song felt like an advancement for me as a writer.

What is it about the 70s and 80s that you find so fascinating? 

My prime listening experiences with music start around 1965 with AM radio and go to the late 70s discovering the music at CBGBs. I’ve kept up with new music but I generally discard it for newer music and while returning to the   well of the music that initially inspired me.

What role does Hoboken play in your music? 

While I am not living there now I have probably spent close to 40 years living there. The club Maxwell’s now closed was there for most of that time and it is where I was lucky to be part of an amazing musical community.

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

Most was reactions to things happening in the world over the last four years in this nation of ours. There was also a memory of a rock band in my high school who played covers in the early 70s. GB&Co. is about them. “Come Back” is a melodrama of a love song while “Forever and A day” is grounded in real life romance.

What else is happening next in Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help’s world

I have some ideas about new ways to write songs. I look forward to creating something with my band mates in a world that opens up and is perhaps a more hopeful and positive place than what is being left behind.

Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help - Forever and a Day

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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