INTERVIEW: The Vindys

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

Hi guys and thanks so much for having us! We have been on cloud nine these last two weeks! We released our single “Bugs” on July 30th and released our new studio album titled Bugs on July 31st. We had a hometown show in Youngstown, Ohio and had over a thousand people attend the album release! Also, we just confirmed some national opening slots and a wonderful music festival in Winnetka, Illinois so we are just having the time of our lives.

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

“Bugs” is a slight departure from the normal Vindys sound. On this track, you’ll hear electronic drums and bass that are driving the entire song. This is definitely different from what you normally hear on one of our tracks. Also, the guitars take a backseat and play more of a supporting role by adding texture instead of providing driving riffs.

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

I had a bee infestation at my house that inspired me to write about it. I was hearing a crackling sound coming from the walls of my bedroom. Coincidentally, a local beekeeper called “The Bee Man” was on the news talking about that exact sound. I called him up and had him check out the sound. Needless to say, he found hundreds of bees that were living in the walls of my bedroom! He mentioned that if I had stayed there one more night, they would have broken through the walls and entered my room while I was sleeping. I didn’t sleep well for days after that.

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

After writing “Bugs” I realized a pattern in my songwriting.  I usually feel compelled to write about things that, pun intended, “bug” me, hence the album name.

How was the recording and writing process?

Bugs is definitely a standout from our usual music production.  This was the first time introducing drumbeats in our music.  The melody and lyrics came together pretty quickly.  We wanted to make it feel creepy and cool.

What role does Ohio play in your music?

The Vindys are proud to be growing and making music in Youngstown, OH.  Our very name stems from our local newspaper called The Vindicator.  We love our community and want to see bigger and better things happen for the Ohio music scene.  We also take advantage of the fact that we are perfectly placed to be in several major cities within a half a day’s drive.  As things seem to open back up slowly, we will be able to hit the road more this coming year!

With the major reception your music has gotten – do you feel any pressure while putting this album together or rather the opposite?

Our goal is just to make sure we always enjoy what we play and grow creatively together.  Any success we may see after that is an added bonus.  I don’t know if I feel pressure, but I do feel relieved that we are finally putting new music out.  It’s been a long and strange past year and navigating how to support an album today can be somewhat tricky.  I am glad however, that we postponed releasing the album so we can properly release it.

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

My process is always different with songwriting.  I find inspiration in many different ways whether it’s from a guitar riff, piano line, or something I was humming in the shower.  With “Bugs” I was inspired by guitarist Rick Deak’s new beat production he was working on.  I quickly found a hook and the song really almost built itself.  The Hard part was figuring out the right production.  Mike Estok (Producer/Engineer at Court Street Recording Studio in Canfield, OH) really made it come together and come alive. We sent it to mixing engineer Ryan West who has worked with Rihanna, JayZ, Eminem, to give it the final polish it needed to complete the song.

What else is happening next in The Vindys’ world?

Catch us opening for Patrick Sweeney in Canton, OH Aug 13th.  We’re right outside of Chicago for the Winnetka Music Festival September 11th, opening for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on September 18th, and we’re also playing at Stage AE in Pittsburgh with Sheila E. and Rita Wilson for the Women Who Rock Concert October 16th!

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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