Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’re healthy, wealthy and wise. Izaac found a cassette deck at the dump and we’ve been bumping Cisco Kid by WAR at unbelievable volumes.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “LIVE AND I LEARN”?
Sure! Nashville-based producer Vance Powell picked us to be featured in his pureMix.net series Start to Finish. A camera crew filmed us writing and recording the song at Blackbird Studio A and Sputnik Sound. It was a really interesting experience because we had to create something from nothing in a very short amount of time. It has become one of our favorite songs and definitely the most memorable recording process. Up until this point, everything we recorded/produced was made in our home studio. For a DIY band it was an incredibly humbling opportunity to work with the best in the business and see how records are really made.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The lyrics were inspired by a lot of bad habits we had in the past, like putting the cart before the horse instead of enjoying the entire creative process. The magic is in the minutia. We have been working on this band for about 4 years and the biggest takeaway is there are no shortcuts, every time you cut a corner you add another 10 miles. Stick to your commitments even when there are weird temptations, you just have to do the work. This idea is represented in the lyrics with a more universal metaphor: “booty”
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We had to make a decision to film via analog VHS or digital. There were so many obstacles having to record analog VHS….we had just moved to a new house and lost the camera battery in the process. If we were to commit to the analog format, everything would need to be wired, but we did it. Izaac rigged a 50 foot extension cord/RCA cord to connect directly to the AC inverter in the van which was our power source (a trick we picked up from The Real Tom Productions.) We filmed and edited the music video in about 48 hours. Additional obstacles included trying to find green face paint in the middle of February (ended up having to make it out of Crisco and food coloring,) and making custom labels for the cassette tape/medical bill.
What made you want to go analog?
Our buddy Real Tom Productions is a big source of inspiration. We’ve made tons of videos with him exclusively on VHS, including our music video for our song Lost in the Chronic.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was the most fun we’ve ever had while under the most pressure of our lives. Turns out we like that kind of shit.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville has been home-base for a while and it’s sick because this is where it all began. We met each other at a spaghetti dinner and have been making music ever since. It’s a hard town but if you work hard and expect nothing great things can happen. There is an amazing community of recording engineers and musicians most of whom want to help each other. The summers are disgusting though, definitely the best time to be on the road. Also, Brother Z’s Wang Shack is the only chicken you need in Nashville…we eat there a lot.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yeah, we’ve been writing a bunch and plan to release a B side to LIVE AND I LEARN on a 45.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The song is called Melody, and it will depend on how quickly we can get vinyl. You can expect more singles this year that will lead to a full album.
What else is happening next in The Weird Sisters’ world?
We are 100% DIY so whatever we feel like. Right now we want to play as many shows as possible. If you’re reading this, hit us up. We want to play in your town!