Trying recently took some time to answer questions about the band, releasing Halloween-themed songs, and more. Check out the interview and their new songs below.
What were the expectations when the band first started? Was it something to do for fun or a more serious endeavor?
I wanted to start a serious band with lots of practicing and thought. So I wound up just making demos in my bedroom alone. I would write songs on guitar, record them, maybe add another guitar, a keyboard part that sounded like violin, and put some glockenspiel and melodica over it till it felt full. After I had a handful of those I shared it with some friends and a few that were really interested—Brady Costigan, Kelsey Yappel, and Nick Michael—wanted to play with me, Zayn Dweik eventually joined. The band definitely tries to be fun, we play covers, have band date nights and sleepovers occasionally, but I try to make sure we’re always being thoughtful in what we do—the shows we play, music we write, photos we take, and everything.
You recently released a couple Halloween-themed songs. What went into making those?
Over a year ago, I was fooling around with public domain videos on the Prelinger Archives at archive.org and I stumbled on the Marathon of Fright horror movie trailer from, I think, 1953. The turquoise tint over everything and bizarre characters were so outrageous. I got inspired and made a little song using a keyboard to go with it, planned to share it the next Halloween, got busy and never did. I’m finishing up the debut album for Trying now and wanted to get some of the songs out early, so I’d finished up “Nobody Loves Halloween Like You Do” over the summer and wanted to release it. At some point it became obvious that I had a song about ghosts and haunting with Halloween in the title and that weird little “Marathon of Fright” song. I went back and tidied up “Marathon of Fright” and added in a melodica (that one creepy note that rises up at the end) and had Sierra Mollenkopf help me assemble artwork, and then it was done!
On the topic of Halloween, what makes the holiday appeal to you?
As a child, I remember so much excitement on Halloween night. It was spooky but in a magical sort of way, like you could be anything and anything could happen. Costumes were so fun. And the candy was great, though honestly I think I rarely ever finished all mine, but the magic was in going out with people and acting weird and odd and over the top. The pumpkin painting and all the fall stuff really warms my heart.
Can we expect some more holiday themed releases?
Oh yeah, probably. We put out a Christmas cover, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” I think the first year we were playing together on a friend’s compilation—we were called The Sports back then—and I absolutely love and adore Christmas. I still make the band play that song and I play classics like “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Silver Bells,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on my own or with friends. I usually write Christmas songs too but don’t release them. I want to make sure I do it right and not cheesy, but definitely count on me doing something eventually. Maybe even this year, but I doubt it.
What’s next for the band and what are you looking forward to most in 2018?
Oh, boy. There’s a new Wes Anderson movie coming out in 2018 and I’m really excited for that, I think it’s called Dog Island. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also coming to Broadway and I want to see it even though it was kind of fan fiction-y, I’m still a sucker for Harry Potter and will buy into the scam. Also, Trying will be releasing our first album! Unless things go horribly wrong or something. But it will probably have ice cream on the cover and it will have songs about long drives and childhood pets and moving to a city. I want it to be out in the early spring, fingers crossed.
Thanks for your time. Where can our readers follow you?
Our name is actually borderline impossible to find, totally our fault, but we tried to make it easier so everything is TheBandTrying, except for Spotify which is something random. Thanks for asking questions and listening!