Interview: The Nightmare Police

The Nightmare Police

The Nightmare Police have a new album out this Friday. Check out our interview with them on the album, their future plans, and more.

When the band started in 2014, did you have any idea of where it would go?

None at all, we just wanted to write music that people could relate to and hope that we could exorcise some demons.

Losing The Light is out on June 9th. What was the writing process like for the EP? Who did you record it with?

The writing process was actually the best I’ve ever been a part of. The 3 of us just blend so well together when we write it’s almost an infinite flow of ideas. We wrote 12 songs for this EP and picked 5 to record. We recorded the drums with Brett Romnes and Frank Bones, the remainder was all done with Frank Bones.

How would you say the band has progresses since if only I could…?

We have become more personal and raw. This is us shouting out. Can you hear us?

What do you have planned after the EP is out? Going on tour?

Lots of local shows for now, we just did a short Northeast run  but expect us down the East Coast and the Midwest soon.

Are there plans to work on a full-length next?

Maybe, but you didn’t hear that from us!

Do any of you have hobbies outside of the band? And if so, what are they?

Jesus is a tattoo artist and does amazing work. Joe is a handy man, give him something and he’ll fix it or build it for you. I’m a gamer but a bad one, I should probably stick to music.

Any local bands that you think everyone should be checking out?

Our favorite local band right now is MJT. There are so many great ones on Long Island right now though it’s hard to name them all.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow the band?

Check out our website at http://www.thenightmarepolice.com and you can follow the band on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram as well as listen to all of our music on digital retailers (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, etc.).

Interview: Craig Wedren

Craig Wedren

Craig Wedren took some time to talk to us about what it’s like to make music for film and television, what he’s working on, and more. Check out the full interview below.

We’ve recently seen more and more musicians getting involved directly with film and television. How did that come about for you?

From very early on -even when I was playing in bands- I always had a home studio where I made more experimental, film-like music. When I went to college, many of my closest friends (David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Michael Patrick Jann) were in film school and would turn to me for music, largely because I was the only guy they knew who was in a proper band, Shudder To Think, with actual records! Everything evolved from there.

With “No Estoy Triste,” did you know up front it would be used for the end credits?

I wrote No Estoy Triste specifically for the end credits of Latin Lover. Ken Marino, who directed (another one of my besties from college) wanted an upbeat, family-themed closing song that would leave the audience humming and happy. It popped out very quickly and immediately felt right, but it took a minute to figure out the right lyric bc my Spanish is basically 8th grade level(::

When you create original songs for film or TV, how does the process differ from making music for yourself?

In a band, one is usually saying “FU” to any-and-everyone else telling you what to do (except maybe your bandmates). Its an expression of freedom, independence and uniqueness of expression -its meant to be ‘foreground’ music, the sole focus of attention.

Movie music is explicitly about taking direction, it tends to be assignment-based, and needs to serve a larger vision. Its usually background music. I think of it like acting, where you take on a character, and speak through it. Movie music is frequently meant to be background music, subliminally directing the emotions of the audience. For me, personal music music for film are totally complimentary, and at this point I wouldn’t want to do one without the other.

Are you given any direction on what feeling the song should embody or where it’ll be used?

On a film or TV show, the director and I will discuss what the music for a given scene -or for the show as a whole- needs to convey, story-wise, emotionally, and ion terms of character or relationships. Then I go from there. Direction is vital in film and TV, although sometimes I like to create sketches and pitch my own ideas and impressions based on just the script, before the director and I get into it.

Going back a bit, what was it like working on a movie like School of Rock?

School Of Rock was a dream. My friend Randy Poster (music supervisor) called and asked me to write a ‘Creed-like’ power ballad for the evil band No Vacancy, and then they needed some instrumental score for the rest of the film. I also got to rehears with the kids, which was a blast. I feel very fortunate to have been involved in that one -a classic imo.

Do you have a favorite song from these projects or do you like them all for different reasons?

I’ve made so many songs and scores at this point that its hard to keep track, but I have a particular fondness for the songs from Wet Hot American Summer, particularly “Higher and Higher” from the movie (co-written with my friend Theodore Shapiro), and the original songs my team -Pink Ape- and I made for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix. Those songs still get stuck in my craw.

Do you have anything in the works right now or in the near future?

I’m finishing up my new album Adult Desire right now. It’ll be out late-Summer/early Fall 2017. There will also be an accompanying album length video that I’m concocting. Very excited! Also, look out for the TV show GLOW on Netflix in June. Its about women’s wrestling in the ’80s, and I love the music we made for it. And Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will be out this Summer, too! It takes place in 1991 so there’s lots of fun music or fans, particularly Gen-Xers.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow you?

Thank you! Here are my handles..
Website: www.craigwedren.com
Twitter: @craigwedren
Insta: @craigwedren
FB: @craigwedrenmusic; @shuddertothinkofficial
 

Interview: Ben Hazlewood

Ben Hazlewood

Ben Hazlewood took some time to answer questions about his new EP, getting into music, and more. Check out the interview along with a stream of EOS.

When did you first know you wanted to get into making music?

I started writing music when I was 12 and it grew from there. I have always performed on stage from a young age but it was when I starting writing and performing my own music that I realized this was exactly what I want to be doing with my life.

What was it like being on The Voice Australia?

I really had a great experience on the show. My mentor, Joel Madden, said to me at the beginning of the show “This will not be the be all and end all of your career” which really helped me focus on the show and not take it too seriously; and enjoy the experience. I learned a lot and it really helped me grow as a vocalist.

Do you think being on the show helped you figure out what exactly you wanted to do with music?

Yeah, I think performing other people’s music really let me work out what style and genre I wanted to focus on writing. I chose songs that I connected to lyrically so, afterwards, I began writing music and lyrics that are very emotive and anthemic.

Last year, you released VANTA. How would you say EOS differs from that?

The theme behind the two EPs is “its always darkest before the dawn” so on VANTA, the stories are coming from a dark place but always looking toward a positive light. EOS is lighter and more hopeful in its writing.

Can you tell us a bit more about your single, “Sail Away”? What is the inspiration behind the song?

“Sail Away” is a journey of letting go, which is the hardest thing to do after fighting for so long to keep a dream alive.

It’s when that natural resistance to admit defeat sets in and provokes taking that one chance to move forward instead of waiting for the change that may never come.

Now that EOS is out, what are your plans?

Continuing to write new music and be back out on the road again soon performing all the tracks from both EPs.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with you?

@benhazlewood on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Interview: Table Talk

Table Talk’s Sal Salamone recently took some time to answer questions about the band, their recording process for Where I Am Without You, and more. Check out the full interview below.

What was the recording process like for Where I Am Without You?

The recording process for Where I Am Without You was a wonderful time. We were lucky enough to be able to work with an old friend of ours Matt Lagattuta from Giants at Large for WIAWY and it felt so natural and constructive. Matt’s always been a huge influence on us since we first really joined the scene and has been at the center of other projects that we’ve all been a part of over the years. To finally do something with Matt under Table Talk was very fulfilling and I wouldn’t have asked or trusted anyone else to handle these songs.

With the EP being two songs, is there more new music in the works?

Yes! We’ve written and demoed out about 5 other songs aside from the two we’ve just put out and we have a lot more that are currently being worked on late nights at the space.

What’s the best part about being in a band based out of NY?

Definitely the accessibility to be able to play anywhere in the tri-state area where a lot of really incredible bands have been killing it for years. I love being able to throw together a weekend of shows, play four different states and see all of the friends we’ve made in that place whether it’s South Jersey/Philly, the Poconos, or New Bedford.

What goes into the songwriting process for the band? How do you ultimately put a song together before hitting the studio?

It usually starts with Ryan and I bringing an idea to practice that we’ve started laying the groundwork for ourselves, mostly in our heads. We really rely on one another to push and create something unique every time we work on a song whether it’s trying a new bridge part or changing the melody in a chorus. We have a very constructive writing process that can sometimes get heated but in the way that leads to better writing and better songs like I think we have been.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band or does that take up a good chunk of your free time?

Pretty much the only thing I would consider a consistent hobby is music. Everything else tends to come and go depending on how I’m feeling about music. There are some weeks where I can’t stand the thought of playing a guitar or writing a song so I try and focus my attention and creativity on another outlet.

Any local NY bands you think everyone should be checking out?

Our boys in Whittled Down are about to drop the sickest record of 2017 so be on the look out for that. Aside from that there’s Giants at Large, Macseal, Casanova, Makeshift, Nice Shot Kid and a hell of a lot more that are all killing it right now.

What else can we expect from the band in 2017?

A lot of shows, a tour in the fall potentially, and maybe a new record… but I can’t confirm any of that.

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers follow the band?

Head over to Tabletalkli.com to find out all things Table Talk!

Interview: Noise Brigade

Noise Brigade

Noise Brigade took some time to answer questions about the band, their new album, and more. Check out the interview below.

How did the band first form?

The original form of the band began when we were in high school, but we had a major lineup change and effectively did a hard-reset with the four-piece lineup about a year and a half ago.

Being a relatively new band still, what was it like working with a record label for This Is Fine?

It was a little weird to put our songs into somebody else’s hands since we’ve always been pretty self-sufficient as a band, but thankfully Pete and everybody at Manic Kat took good care of us and made the entire process incredibly painless.

Personally, I don’t hear about too many bands from Alaska. What was it like living there and what are the venues like?

There is a very close-knit scene up there, there generally are only one or two all-ages venues active at a time but the scene has been strong regardless of that. The winters can obviously be rough but the summers made it all worth it.

With the band now being based in Portland, do you find it’s easier to play shows and get involved in the music scene?

Getting started was kind of tough, there are a LOT more bands in Portland but thankfully we found our footing pretty quickly and settled nicely into a very supportive group of bands and friends that have made living in Portland a really great experience.

What was the writing process like for the new release?

After we finished our EP From The Mountains to the Sea and toured on it a few times, we settled into a writing mode for a few months and started holding back on playing shows. There were a lot of tough things going on in our lives as individuals that affected the writing process and overall tone of the record. It felt a lot more collaborative as a whole than we’ve done in the past and I think we sound a lot more like a “real band” now which is a really cool feeling.

Are there any plans beyond the album release and tour for 2017?

We don’t have any solid plans as of right now, but we really want to tour overseas sometime soon. We’ve always wanted to head over to Japan and the U.K. particularly, so hopefully we can make that work before too long!

What’s it like now that the album is finished?

Feels great! It feels awesome to finally have these songs that mean so much to us released into the universe. Right now we’re on tour for the record and it’s been really great so far, people are responding really well to the record and the new sort of direction we’re heading in so that fear of “man I really hope people are into this because we’re really proud of it” has definitely subsided.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow the band?

Not a problem, thank you for having us!!

Facebook: @aknoisebrigade
Instagram: @noise_brigade
Twitter: @noise_brigade

Interview: The Technicolors

The Technicolors

The Technicolors have some new music coming out soon. Sean took some time to chat with us about that, what’s next for the band, and more. You can check it out along with their new single below!

Hey Sean! How are you doing?

Doing fantastic!

Awesome! Well let’s go ahead and get this interview rolling. When did the band first form and how did all of the members meet?

The band in its current form got together early in 2015. Brennan met Nico while he was performing session gigs. He was always the young guy playing for the older artists. Brennan and him met each other while they were still in high school. I was in a previous band from Phoenix and had heard through the grapevine about this band called The Technicolors that I had to go to see and Brennan and I got together through coincidence of mutual friend. About a year after knowing each other, him & I casually suggested that we should jam together just to feel out a vibe. A week later we wrote our song Tonight You Are Mine together and thing kind of took off from there.

Nice. Is the Phoenix music scene a pretty close-knit one then?

It has its niches and each of those have their relative closeness but overall the music scene is a bit spread out. Honestly, the Phoenix scene goes in waves where a few bands are connected and then it takes a minute for it to grow and flourish again.

Did you think that made it a bit difficult to find a good following when the band first started out?

I think that the following for the band has evolved a bit in the last few years. Initially, I think we were attempting to find our identity and some of the fans that grew with us early on have been gracious enough to allow us the creative freedom to become the band we’ve always wanted to be. I feel that there’s more dimensions to us now and that process definitely had it’s ups and downs.

Of course. It’s always great to be able to explore that creativity and still keep fans interested in what you’re doing. How would you say the band showed that with “Little Charmer”? Would you say that song is a good portrayal of what the new album will sound like overall?

That was a tune we had early on in the writing process that we really felt stretched some of the vibe that was on the record as a whole. It had this laid back groove-type thing that we didn’t really dive into on our EP. The record at large is pretty fuzzy and bursting at the seams. “Little Charmer” is the break in the super charged action.

What is the writing process like for the band? Is it a very collaborative effort?

There’s a usually a skeleton that forms with Brennan & I. Sometimes it’s a riff or a phrase but usually thats catalyst. Nico will typically come in from there and lay some crazy bass groove down that helps us shape the whole picture. It’s been highly collaborative compared to other projects I’ve been involved in and I think it really helps the tunes feel connected to us a group.

That’s awesome. With Metaphysical coming out in July, what plans do you have in the meantime? What about after the release?

We’ve got plans to get out on the road this summer/fall and bring as many people as we can into this universe we’ve been creating for the longest time.

Sounds like a solid plan. Is the band constantly working on new music or do you set aside specific times to work on ideas?

We’ve been fortunate to not have any sort of set writing schedule. We function best when creating constantly so there’s never a period where music isn’t on the brain. That’s kind of where the idea of our Mixtape came about, just sorting out the bits of jumbled material that kept popping up. We’d like to continue doing things like that as long as we’re inspired to do so!

That’s great. That about wraps it up for the questions I have. Last one is where can our readers keep up with the band?

You can find us on all the lovely social media (@thetechnicolors) and on our website at thetechnicolors.com.

Great. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview.

No problem! Thanks so much!

Interview: Lazarus Wilde

Lazarus Wilde

We recently had the chance to ask Lazarus Wilde some questions about Breathe Now, what’s next, and more. Check out the interview below.

How does it feel to have Breathe Now out?

Lazarus: It feels great! I’ve been looking forward to releasing this record for a while now so it’s nice to see it finally out there to the public.

Who did the artwork for it?

Lazarus: This local artist from NJ called Chris Wolf who works at one of my favorite comic shops called East Side Mags.

What’s the reception been like for the album?

Lazarus: It’s been very well thankfully. People have been really receptive to my new record and resonating with it very well. I’ve had a couple new fans reach out to me telling me how lyrically the record has connected with them and helped them in some ways. Means a lot to me to hear that and find out it’s having that kind of effect on people.

Where did you record the album?

Lazarus: I recorded this record at my personal studio here in Tallahassee, FL. Then I had it mixed/mastered in NJ by Jason Krebs.

What was the best part of the songwriting or recording process for you?

Lazarus: I have the most fun layering guitar tracks and working on harmonies for the vocal sections. But I think for any artist or band the best part of the recording process is the very beginning when you’re bringing the songs to life and then at the very end of the recording process when you can hear the final product of your work.

What can we expect from Lazarus Wilde for the rest of 2017 now?

Lazarus: I’ll be doing some weekend runs between now and June and then in July I will be doing a tour with an artist out of PA named James Barrett. We will be touring throughout the northeast region. Afterwards I have some booked time to shoot some more music videos for songs off of “Breathe Now”. In between that all I’ll be working on writing my 3rd record.

Are there any local artists in your area that people should be listening to?

Lazarus: Unfortunately, I haven’t spent that much time here locally because of my tour schedule. One artist that comes to mind, though, who has played a couple shows with me and is from Tallahassee, is an acoustic artist named Brighter Poet. Good guy, unique voice.

What do you do when you aren’t working on something for the band?

Lazarus: I work with animals at an animal clinic.

Well, that about covers it. Last question. Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Lazarus: You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Bandsintown to keep up with my whereabouts and shows that are in a city near you.

Interview: Molehill

Molehill

Molehill have a new EP coming out soon. Check out our chat with them about that, their influences, and more.

Hearts On Fire is out on May 12th. What was the best part about recording the EP?

This was the second EP we did with J. Hall. The last one was 6 songs tracked over 6 days, this time we did 3 songs in 4 days. It was great to have a little extra time in the studio to experiment and play with some ideas.

Who had the idea to make a music video with a Clockwork Orange vibe to it? Is the band big on watching movies?

Matt (director) and Trevor and I had a conference call to brainstorm the music video concept. Our starting point was “footage of protests/revolutions.” I think at one point I said something like “remember that scene in Clockwork Orange? It’s really cool, but I don’t think it would make sense in this video,” but then a few days later Matt came up with a concept and he ended up using that eyeball-closeup thing after all. I can say personally that I’m a big movie buff, although I don’t have as much time for it these days as things have just been so busy. Occasionally, if the band is on tour and we have a day to kill somewhere, we might go check out a movie together. The last two I can remember us watching as a group were The Martian and Pacific Rim.

You have quite a few cover songs on your YouTube page. What inspired the band to do those? Do the songs you cover heavily reflect your influences?

Well two of the covers, Snow Patrol and The Kinks, were the result of our last PledgeMusic campaign. We were raising money to cover PR and radio for our EP “Tin God”, and if someone pledged a certain amount of money, we agreed to make a video of us covering any song they chose.  So those are the two songs our fans chose. I wouldn’t say they really reflect our influences at all. Beck, however, is definitely an influence. The Beck covers we’ve done are from his “Song Reader” album – he released a full album in sheet-music form, with no audio recording at all. We all loved that idea and decided to do our own rendition of two of the songs from that album.

I have to ask, where did the name Molehill come from?

I started the band in Champaign, IL. At the time, we weren’t a recognized part of the scene there, I felt like we were very overlooked. The name Molehill implies the phrase “Make a mountain out of a molehill.” It’s supposed to reflect the idea that, while we might have been overlooked at first, we’re going to keep working and growing until we’re undeniable.

How would you say your sound has evolved with this release?

This release is continuing some of the decisions we made with “Tin God”, while trying a couple new things out and continuing to push our boundaries. “Hearts on Fire” is very similar to the song “Ghost Town” from the last EP, but with a stronger synth presence. I think of “Reverie” as a combination of a couple songs from the last release – it’s very synth-driven, like “The Repeating,” but also a little lighter and sweeter in mood, maybe like “Two Souls.” The 3rd song on the new release, “Old Soldier,” is probably the most unique song we’ve done yet. Again, it’s continuing the very synth-heavy approach we’ve been using, and it has a strong West Coast hip hop influence in the rhythm section, but the lead vocals in the verse almost sound like a church choir. We describe is as “Dr. Dre meets Gregorian chant.” We’re really exploring all the different sounds we can get using a combination of analog musical instruments and soft synths while trying to stay true to ourselves.

What does the band have planned after the EP is out?

We’ve already been doing some touring behind the new songs, we are booking more shows for the Summer, and we’re diving back into writing. We have quite a few songs leftover from the “Hearts on Fire” writing session that we’re still debating recording and releasing, and we are sort of chomping at the bit to get back to creating new stuff as well. There are a few other exciting things in the works but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. 🙂

Awesome! Thanks for your time. Where can our readers follow the band?

Thank you so much! We’re on FB, Twitter, and IG @molehillmusic and our website is www.molehillmusic.com.

Interview: Joe Marson

Joe Marson

We had the chance to ask Joe Marson some questions about blending genres, his EPs, and more. Check out what he had to say.

When did you first get into music and know it was something you wanted to do?

I fell in love with music in a real way the year my mom moved our family to Italy for a year when I was 10 years old. My older brother and I were separated from a lot of distractions and turned to music very enthusiastically and without distraction. The things we naturally turned to were very adult, for lack of a better word. Lot’s of provocative rock n roll like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden etc. We also were introduced to punk rock, acoustic songwriters, and hip hop by the kids at the International school we attended.

When I was 13, I walked into a music store and said I wanted to play guitar. From there I wanted to play like Jimi Hendrix and then I became a songwriter around the age of sixteen or seventeen and then kind of got into other styles of music and went from there.”

What led to the blending of blues, rock, and grunge in your music?

The thing these my favorite artists and inspirations have in common is that they are all bit hard to describe because they pull from a lot of different genres. They sort of pick out the soul from different walks of life and combine them to make their own thing. I guess I just gravitate towards the three genres you just mentioned.

Who do you work with to record Electric Soul Magic Vol. II?

My buddy Kieran Kelly from Buddy Project Studio engineered and co produced some tracks with me. I also did a few on my own like Explore/Explode. I produced and mixed Float With It and My Love Is A Cannibal at home as well.

What was the thought process behind releasing two EPs instead of releasing the music as a full-length?

Just trying to keep modern! I think its smarter to release a few number of songs these days.

What are your plans after the new EP is out?

Not quite sure yet! I have some shows here and there, but the main focus will just be to get this EP heard by new fans!

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?

Thank you! Instagram is the best @joemarson… also following on Spotify! Thanks so much the interview!