INTERVIEW: Jeffrey Dallet

Can you talk to us more about one of singles “Sweet Cindy”?

Yeah Sweet Cindy is a nice little love song to a woman who’s incredibly beautiful but has a very dysfunctional way of maintaining a relationship and basically is as mentally disturbed as I am. The trouble is I’m so psychically attracted to her that I’m willing to put up with everything. I’m sure she tolerates me, but it’s basically an unhealthy imteraction that made for a better song than a relationship.

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

 Yeah, public screaming matches.

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

My band and I are thinking of recording a video for it but we have to find the right actors and the funds to pull it off to where it looks professional.

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

There’s kind of a double meaning, where as acid tongue can mean pointed and maybe acerbic language, or a flat out acid drop. In this case it’s the former,  but we played around with the album cover to give a comical red herring sort of thing. No, we didn’t drop acid or anything.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had all the songs written, and then we recorded the scratch tracks and the drum tracks with the band, then our bass/keys player Jon Von produced, engineered and recorded it. We started before the pandemic hit, so it took a while to complete it after we couldn’t be together for such a long time. Everyone added their parts piece by piece eventually when things loosened up with the pandemic. The songs were all written by me, and Jon Von really gave them life and took them to the next level. Scott and Brian our lead guitarist and drummer added their talents and really gave the songs juice as well. It was all around team effort with everyone lending their strengths and talents to create the album. It was a whole team effort.

What role does Denver play in your music, in any?

Denver makes for some good protest songs. See our song Mile High Lament. Denver’s now unaffordable, overcrowded and over saturated. Other than that I try to ignore it. As someone who grew up there I lament what it has become and what has been lost.

What aspect of personal love and/or society did you get to explore on this record?

The aspects of love and society are reflected and explored on songs like 45 Song, Psalms of Freedom and Sinners Dance. Kind of like the decay of the American dream. That American dream that our parents and grandparents had is long gone. It’s a new reality for people just coming into the work force were wages haven’t increased and costs have skyrocketed. The aforementioned Denver, and other large cities are an example of that economic disparity. Homes in these cities are no longer affordable to the working class. Something has to be done, and I don’t think it’s going to end well unless there’s some serious attention payed to this.

What  is happening next in Jeffrey Dallet’s world?

Well I’ll be on a solo tour trying to promote our music and newest album until November! Hopefully we can gain some steam and get some ears on the album. Going to have fun and enjoy the time playing, because it really is a blessing to be able to do so.

ORDER: https://jeffreydallet.bandcamp.com/album/acid-tongue

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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