INTERVIEW: The Guilty Lenses

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

We’ve been doing good, living life, working at our jobs, writing new music and just moving on.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dance Bar Blues”?

Dance Bar Blues – it’s a dance with insecurity and anxiety of trying to find a lover/one-night-stand in the most dramatic Hollywood-esque scene at the bar.

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

I wrote this after another lonely day at the bar near my apartment in Frisco, TX. I envisioned the encounter I never had that day, in my mind, with a girl who looks so divine but out of my league. She pretends she’s interested in me but she’s trying not to be rude and she leaves through the backdoor. Haha However what I was really going for is I was creating this scenario of not being likeable before even approaching anybody, hence, touching on the insecurity and anxiety of not being good enough to score a one-night-stand. Had I approached  anyone in real life instead of being paranoid, I wouldn’t have written the song and I would have had a one-night-stand, hopefully.

Any plans to release any video for the track?

Yes, we are planning to release a video soon for this track. We are in the brainstorming process.

The single comes off your new album Somewhat Romance, Somewhat Poetry – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s a story about my last three years in Texas, I moved there for a corporate job from Virginia, I had never made so much money and I wasn’t so smart about it. I spent it all on alcohol and women. I screwed up my relationships, I basically destroyed what I had built. So then you know, you come to a realization and see yourself in the present, as if you were on auto-pilot all this time and now you have landed and stranded yourself in an island full of horrors of the past.  So then I quit my job, over the last three years wrote all these songs without a goal of ever recording them at the time, but here we are. It’s me dealing with loneliness, re-incarnation of childhood/teenage trauma, addiction, self-awareness and an overthinking brain which led to the removal of romance and poetry from my life in a way. Also I think the world is always in need of somewhat romance and somewhat poetry, you know. 🙂

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote these songs over the last three years, never thought I would record them professionally. So there was no pressure of any sort in terms of writing. In terms of recording it was a lot of fun and educational. My man Justin Labosco from the Four Horsemen studios in Denton,TX helped me with the recording process, I had no clue what I needed before coming in the studio, I dove right in. He was patient enough to guide me through the process.

What aspect of love and addiction did you get to explore on this record?

Love as a teaser, deceiver, healer and a cynical motivator.  Addiction as a bully, two-faced, insinuating, dark and momentary relapses.

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

In life I’ve actually encountered the tip of the icebergs but in my head they become the submerged half of it. Hence all the lyrics come from there.

What else is happening next in The Guilty Lenses’ world?

Right now, we’re advertising the first album. We would love to play as many shows as we can, but the world in its shambles has failed to offer the recourse. I’ve started writing the next album as well, and just waiting on the bandmates to get back from holidays and get our hands dirty.

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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