Released on June 11th, “Push Away The Rain” is the latest release from Hammond, Louisiana-based musician Troy Bennett with his project Troy Bennett’s Graveyard Lips in collaboration with fellow Hammond group WONDER KID. Troy Bennett’s Graveyard Lips is a solo project Bennett started to continue being creative during quarantine while
also exploring writing music through a different scope and perspective.
What started off as an acoustic song with some “spice and flavor” added by WONDER KID, Bennett is quoted calling the track “a super fun collaboration that yielded beautiful results”. A great listen for anyone who’s a fan of soulful Americana with hints of blues and garage rock.
We caught up with Bennett to go more in depth with the process that became “Push Away The Rain” and more.
Hi Troy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Really well, happy to be here.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Push Away The Rain”?
Well, it started as a slower folk song that will be released in its original version (slower and folkier) on my upcoming album (Bare)ly Existing that I’m currently working on in New Orleans at Hightower Recording. This version is a more moving/pulsing version I did with my buds in WONDER KID.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It was actually something I wanted to do for the live stream I did with WONDER KID for their release of their latest record “Pretty Grim” that was kinda like a surprise for them to come in and play on my last song in my set. I thought it went really well and thought it would be cool to record the song as a stand alone single.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes, I’m actually working on a video next month or early August if everything goes well. This video will be a bigger budget video so it’s just taking a lot more time and planning than any previously released videos I’ve done.
The single comes off your new album (Bare)ly Existing – what’s the story behind the title?
Well, it’s a stand alone single. It’s a re-imagined version of the track though, that will be featured on the upcoming album (Bare)ly Existing. The title is just a good metaphor for having the courage to overcome the day to day woes of our lives. The will to overcome adversity and all that jazz. But mostly just to remember to be kind with yourself.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was super fun. I had actually gone in weeks before and tracked the acoustic guitar, vocals and critter piano parts. The WONDER KID dudes came in a few weeks later and laid down their parts live to my tracks blaring through the monitors. We also threw around ideas while in the studio. The group vocal part at the end was a totally spontaneous last minute decision that we all thought was really neat.
What role does Louisiana play in your music?
The community of musicians and artists I know in this state plays a huge role. I wouldn’t be able to continue doing what I’m doing without the continued collaborative efforts with so many incredible people.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Mostly just personal experience(for lyrics). The music just pops into my head and I try to transcribe/translate the ideas as best as humanly possible.
What else is happening next in Graveyard Lips’ world?
Right now just focusing on finishing my first full length (Bare)ly Existing. Finishing up the b-side track featuring Silver Godling that will be on the “Push Away the Rain” 7” release and trying to get some local/out of state shows planned.
Facebook for Troy Bennett’s Graveyard Lips: https://www.facebook.com/donotmournme
Facebook for WONDER KID: https://www.facebook.com/wonderkidtheband
Bandcamp for Troy Bennett’s Graveyard Lips: https://troybennettsgraveyardlips.bandcamp.com/
Bandcamp for WONDER KID: https://wonderkidtheband.bandcamp.com/
Spotify for Troy Bennett’s Graveyard Lips: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2QzQDzGkcdeDs7t3VUKtuP
Spotify for WONDER KID: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6hNNPYUZagXKDedaDDnTH7