1.) We’re happy to have some time today with one of the most exciting bands to hit the music scene in a long time, alltheprettythings; greetings and salutations, gang! Before we dive down the proverbial Q&A rabbit hole, could each of you say ‘hi’ and introduce yourselves to our ever-lovin’ readers?
Worth Weaver – Thanks for the introduction, and hello to all. I’m Worth, and I play guitar in alltheprettythings in addition to producing and recording the band.
Tristan Matthew – Howzit, this is Tristan and I play guitar in alltheprettythings.
Logan Tabor – What’s up everybody, this is Logan Tabor, singer for alltheprettythings – I’m excited to be here chatting with you today.
2.) Congratulations on the upcoming November 16 debut of your premiere single Teenage Lines! What was the genesis of this brilliant and rousing tune, how did it come into being?
WW – Thanks for the kind words on the tune. Teenage Lines was initially brought to the writing table by Tristan with a basic structure and outline musically, and we built the drum parts around the chord movements and core vibe of his idea. Typically we write and demo all of the music before Logan begins his creative process, and that was the case with Teenage Lines as well. The song started in a much more mellow state initially, but after we started added layers of guitar and vocals; it became apparent that this track had something special that we all really gravitated towards as a band.
TM – Musically speaking the song was a demo from my old band ‘Newlands’ which never really took off. We wanted a mid tempo rock banger to introduce ourselves, and Logan certainly made sure that introduction will make people take notice.
LT – As far as instrumentation is concerned, Worth and Tristan had this tune pretty much dialed in by the time I got ahold of it. Those guys have great minds for arrangement, which does me a ton of favors when it comes to constructing lyrics and melody. As soon as I heard this song I knew I wanted it to be energetic and impactful with a rhythm-forward hook. The vibe always came across as fiery to me, and I knew the vocals needed to exhibit that, so all I had to do was sit around and think about the worst relationship of my life and then it just fell right into place.
3.) Worth, how is Teenage Lines absolutely different than anything else on the 2022 musical landscape?
WW- Great question. The current musical landscape is full of so much talent, and I have an immense amount of respect and love for so many of the great artists, composers, and producers in the industry that pour themselves into their work. Comparing myself and our work as a band to such amazing company is difficult to say the least. Teenage Lines stands out in the current musical landscape in my eyes by delivering a kick ass rock vibe, but with depth and layers of the years of struggles and triumphs that you absorb as an artist through your career melded into the music. As a producer, I tell my artists that you can “feel” when someone is pouring themselves into their art. It comes through the speakers and hits your soul in a way that no other artistic medium or device can in my opinion. I think we have done that with Teenage Lines in our own way, and made something that we feel is unique that will connect with the listener on a deeper level.
4.) Tristan, who was the producer on Teenage Lines and what did collaboration between band and producer look like in the studio?
TM – As it stands, we’re completely self-produced with Worth taking the helm along with engineering duties at his own studio, Red Room Recordings. We’ve all been in bands and studios since our teens, so we’ve definitely all developed a workflow that works well between us all. For these first songs Worth and I wrote about 20 demos and whittled it down from there, we remotely went through each demo, changing arrangements, parts etc until we got to a point we were happy with and that’s when Logan comes in to write his parts. So far we haven’t run into any serious problems with working this way, but personally I’m very excited to get in a room together and jam on some new ideas.
5.) Logan, how did alltheprettythings come into existence? Is there a VH1-Behind the Music story you could share with readers?
LT – A while back I was tracking some bass for another band at Worth’s studio (Red Room Recording NC); while I was tracking, Worth showed me some of the early versions of these songs and I was immediately like “dude, I have to sing on this.” At that point, it was something Worth and Tristan were very passionate about but I knew they had auditioned some other vocalists and bassists, but nothing seemed to work. At that point my original music had taken a backseat to other projects for a number of years and I just had so much built-up creative energy. This type of heavy rock is where I really cut my teeth with songwriting and singing in the first place so it all came pretty naturally. And ohhhh buddy has it been a treat for all of us to get back to our roots!
6.) Tristan, what do you hope listeners walk away with after giving Teenage Lines a couple of dozen spins on their hi-fi systems?
TM – Ultimately, I just want people to enjoy it. This is the first thing that anyone will hear from alltheprettythings, so I am very curious about what the feedback will be once the single is released.
7.) Worth, with the release of Teenage Lines, can we look forward to an LP release from the band in 2023?
WW- Absolutely. We are currently in the middle of recording the remainder of the full length album in my studio at this time, and are working on a release and tour strategy in 2023. There is so much more to come.
8.) Tristan, what does the touring schedule look like for alltheprettythings in the weeks and months ahead?
TM – Right now the focus is on releasing music and developing our fanbase – I am very excited to bring our band to a live situation and we’ll be working hard on bringing an awesome show to life very soon.
9.) A question for all of you: Musically, who inspires you?
WW – I’ve always been moved by authenticity in art. You can feel it, and it has a magnetic quality that makes you want to be a part of what is happening right in front of you. I was raised on Classic Rock, Oldies, R&B, and Blues; and there are so many legends that have made me fall in love with music and the guitar many times over. Slash is arguably my personal favorite guitarist as he encapsulates that authenticity effortlessly. His style and tone are so stylishly signature, and I’m moved every single time I hear that Boss Delay start the intro lead line for “Welcome To The Jungle”……
TM – Musically I’m inspired by so many things, all of which are different things every day. But if I were to say any one person in particular it would be Joe Strummer.
LT – Man, I am absolutely all over the place when it comes to musical influences. I’m a huge Peter Gabriel fan, so abstract story-telling and sonic diversity always get me jazzed up. I love me some Radiohead, Incubus, Wilco, Every Time I Die, Taking Back Sunday, etc. I’m also big into female-fronted R&B and electronic music. Apart from other musicians, I also draw inspiration from movies, books, and video games – anything that ignites my imagination really. If it injects an inexplicable feeling into you, makes you see colors you’ve never seen, or opens your mind in any way, I’m all about it.
10.) Logan, the members of alltheprettythings all come together having previously plied their musical alchemy in other bands. How has all of that past experience with other groups informed the unique sound of alltheprettythings?
LT – Well I think this level of diverse musical experience allows us all to look at our songs from a number of vantage points. We all do our best to listen like a listener, and not always just listen like a musician might. Being open to criticism from one another rather than strictly being defensive about and protective over our personal creative prowess is extremely important as well. I think we’ve all learned over the years that our individual roles in this band should all work together to make each song shine, rather than just wanting to hear ourselves shine independently. Obviously, everyone’s own musical influences make their way into our sound, but I truly think it’s our learned ability to listen objectively and to heed constructive criticism that gives us the results we’re looking for.
11.) Worth, what is the creative methodology of the band? Does everyone pretty much equally contribute to the amazing music you guys create?
WW – We typically start the process with an idea, be it a chord progression or riff on guitar. I tend to have a general vibe for the drums and bass as well, and will program/play those and send to the guys for feedback after everything is demoed out in the studio. We open up a dialogue, and build the song from the ground up. Sometimes parts are added, augmented, or scrapped altogether; and I ultimately leave space in the demo for everyone to add their own artistic touch when we start the actual recording process. We are very open to each other’s ideas as we respect each other’s perspectives and talents; and it has cultivated an excellent creative environment in the band.
12.) Logan, who is the record label of note for alltheprettythings and what makes them the perfect home for the band and their music?
LT – Right now we’re captains of our own ship. We want to be able to establish an image and bring fans to the table with our own sweat equity before we move on to something more. I think this is important not only for building long-lasting fan loyalty but also for showing other industry professionals what you and your hard work are capable of. Labels want to see proof of your dedication, and we intend to show them just that.
13.) Final – SILLY! – Question (for all of you!): Favorite movie about the music scene – This Is Spinal Tap or Almost Famous?
WW – Almost Famous.
TM – As much as I love and appreciate This is Spinal Tap, I have to give it to Almost Famous.
LT – Oh dude this is probably predictable but I will forever be a This Is Spinal Tap guy. The Christopher Guest universe caught my attention long ago and I have never looked back.