Wander - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the chance to interview Wander. Check out the full interview after the jump!

You guys have been recording some acoustic versions of songs as well as some acoustic cover songs. I know you talked about the possibility of doing an acoustic EP is that something you are currently working on? 
Jack: We’ve actually only done one acoustic version so far. We’re throwing around the idea of an acoustic EP, but we have a couple tricks up our sleeves. We just want to spice it up and make sure it can stand on its own as something we’re proud of. As for the cover song, that will be full band and it’s one of my favorite songs from when I was growing up.

Your self-titled album was released this year and it's been getting a lot of praise. One thing I liked about the album is the overall sound production wise and how it's mixed. What was your approach to the recording process and what are some of your favorite parts about the way the album sounds overall? 

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by our singer Andy, so the entire process was really relaxed. Since we weren’t signed at the time, we could take as much time as we wanted to refine the songs and make them the best they could be.

The song "Grapevine" stands out to me a lot on the album. Can you tell me a little about the song writing for that song specifically and what some of the inspirations for the song were? 

That song was the first demo I ever wrote for this band. It’s funny that you say it stands out to you because we came so close to cutting it from the record for sounding too similar to some of the other songs. I wanted to have a couple songs on the record that had a “raw” feeling to them where I could just jam out and not have to worry about playing more complex lead parts. “Grapevine” and “You Deserve Each Other” were born from that train of thought.

I'm also a big fan of the artwork for the album. It's really interesting and definitely eye catching. Who did the image and why did you decide to go with it for the cover art? 

Bradley F. Edwards did our artwork for us and absolutely killed it. Andy and I are big fans of A Lot Like Birds and Bradley did their artwork, so I hit him up and asked if he would be interested in doing ours.

You did a video for the song "Thanks A Lot". Where did you guys shoot the video at? What was your favorite part of the video shoot? 

We shot the video at a sunflower farm about an hour from our hometown. There were a lot of cool parts during the shoot, but my favorite part by far was getting to the sunflower farm and seeing that all the sunflowers were dead (haha). Needless to say, we had to change the direction of the video shoot quite rapidly.

We Are Triumphant released the album. What made you want to work with them for the album release? 

They actually contacted us a couple of days after we released the album on bandcamp. We talked for a while and left things up in the air because we wanted to explore some of our other options. After visiting/talking to some other labels that we had received offers from, we decided to go with We Are Triumphant because the deal we were offered was pretty casual and worked best for us.

The actress in the video has some really interesting face paint. What is the significance of the paint and who came up with the how her face would be painted? 

There is no significance to her face paint at all. Brad (our director) needed some filler footage and came up with the idea a couple days after the original shoot. I think it came out looking pretty cool!

When you guys are writing songs what's the most important thing you want listeners to connect to? Or are there multiple things you'd like the listener to take away from the experience? 

We don’t really go for anything specific other than making sure that our songs are relatable in one way or another.

I guess that about wraps it up. Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else you would like to add? 

Thanks for taking the time to interview us, and thank you to our fans for the continued support!

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