INTERVIEW: The Pink Dust

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

Cliff:  You know, considering what the last year has put us all through, we can’t complain.  We’ve got new record under our belt, summer is on the horizon, and we’re hoping COVID is starting to fade.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Evermore”?

Cliff:  I’m not that interested in explaining songs to the listener, not because I don’t care, but because songs and the meaning and emotion that the listener attaches to them is very personal.  I really don’t want to get in the way of that experience by influencing the listener with my own views.  That being said, the melancholy you hear in the lyrics and title are rooted in The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. 

Roy: Musically speaking, I was most interested in creating an epic journey for the listener and one that took unexpected turns but still grooved heavily.

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

Cliff:  Many of my lyrics deal with relationships, and I don’t have to look any farther than my wife, Donna, to draw seemingly limited inspiration.  She’s definitely my muse.

Roy: Everyday can be an inspiration if we just take a moment to look around and find it. I’ve been influenced lately by older and modern psych rock/synth-based works, like Brian Eno, early Tame Impala, and Os Mutantes.

Any plans to release a new video for the track?

Yes, we actually have lyrics for all eleven songs on the new record.  They were all done by our good friend Dustin Robichaux who actually goes all the way back to the Mutemath days.  The videos vary song to song but maintain a theme of the album imagery and the silhouette on the cover who we’ve named maze man.

The single comes off your new album Dark Seas– what’s the story behind the title?

It sounded cool.  Dark Seas.  That’s truth, but we really like the song itself.  Wide Awake and Dark Seas are one song that we split into two.  They are the last two songs on the record, and they feel like an ending, but we found a way to make it a beginning also.

How was the recording and writing process?

Cliff:  Great, our collaboration has always been easy when it comes to songwriting.  The problem is that I live in Texas and Roy is in Nashville, so some it occurs long distance.  I did manage to get to Nashville once during COVID and we had a great Dark Seas session while I was there. 

Roy: I’m always inspired by the hooks and lyrics Cliff writes. So, for me it’s just a matter coming up with a track that reflects the feeling his songs reveal to me.

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

Cliff:  The songs seem to write themselves.  It’s hard to explain.  Maybe it’s a riff, chord progression or phrase that you develop and all of a sudden there’s a new song before you, and if Roy sends over something new, it’s easy to get inspired and motivated by whatever he writes.  It can be almost magical and instantaneous at times, but not everything works, so we try to stick with it until it feels right.

What else is happening next in The Pink Dust’s world?

Cliff:  The biggest news is that we have pushed back the release date for this album Dark Seas to early September. We will be releasing singles and videos throughout the summer leading up to that date. We are super excited to have this album come out on limited edition vinyl. You can pre-order it at www.thepinkdust.com.

Roy: We also have collaborated some with Jonathan Allen on the new record.  He also designed the Dark Seas album cover.  He was a member of Mutemath and is a gifted musician and graphic artist.  Jonathan will also play with us live when that opportunity next presents itself. As always, we’re writing like crazy; so from there, I think we’ll see a new full length record next year. 

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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