INTERVIEW: San Jose Rock Band Love District

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

Alex James: It’s been one hell of a year, but we made it through and we’re happy to be here.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Feels Like Home”?

Chris Pounders: We’re excited about this track. We’ve had it written for a few years now, and we are excited to finally have it out. “Feels Like Home” is about life in a dense city where you feel alone and at home at the same time. It’s about how we can forget the important things in life during the everyday grind. Wherever you live, whatever the situation, we all have a place we feel like is our home. 

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

Chris: This song isn’t about any particular event, more so about living life through the good and bad times, and finding peace with it all. We wrote this song before the pandemic, and hearing it now gives us a new feeling of what home is.

Alex: It doesn’t have to be a certain place or location, but could be with the people you’re with that give you that feeling. Our goal was to give the song a nostalgic feel as a tribute to those moments.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Chris: Yes, we are planning to release a music video when we release the full EP later this year. We recently met with a director who is super excited about this track and we are in the planning stages.

How was the recording and writing process?

Alex: This song was written a few years back. It was first written by Chris Pounders and then brought to the band to work together to finish writing the structure. Then we brought it to Tone Freq Recording Studios in San Jose, CA to record the song.

Chris: The recording process was great! We worked with our friend and collaborator Don Budd to help produce the track. We wanted to capture our energy as a live band as much as we could and tracked drums as a full band in the room through headphones. A lot of work and time was put into this one to make sure we captured the sound we were looking for.

What role does San Jose play in your music?

Chris: Our city supports us and we love working with San Jose’s music scene. They are like family to all of us. San Jose is a mixture of different cultures and we see ourselves as unique in that you do not hear a lot of New Wave or Post-Punk influenced bands out here. We hope to be a band that can be successful out of San Jose.

How has The Cure and The Smiths influenced your writing?

Chris: We wanted to have a band that belonged in the same genre as these bands but with our own take on it. We love the sad song lyrics and happy guitars that The Smiths brought. We wanted that dreamy driving acoustic guitar with big drums, claps, and a bass line grooves of The Cure. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Chris: This is one of six songs that we are rolling out this year. We plan to release another single in about a month or so, and then all six tracks together with a music video. We are excited!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Alex: We don’t have any hard release dates set yet for these planned releases. But they will all get released this year, we promise! And DAMN they sound good. We have our next single title ready, but we aren’t ready to announce that yet. All in good time!

What else is happening next in Love District’s world?

Chris: We are getting back into practicing and getting stage ready! It’s been a long COVID year. Everyone is excited to get back out and play again; we’ve missed it so much.

Alex: We hope everyone enjoys “Feels Like Home” and shares it with their friends. We are proud of this one!

Listen to “Feels Like Home” on Spotify

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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