Telltale - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Telltale. We discussed the band’s recent livestream, their book, their latest single, what fans can expect in 2021, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Of course, thanks for having us!

You recently hosted a livestream. How was the experience and what did you think about it?

It was a ton of fun! We got to travel up to New Jersey and record the stream with our good friend Pete Zen, who also produced our first EP. It was definitely challenging to put it all together to make it run smoothly, but Pete crushed both the audio and video production and we were very pleased with how it turned out.

You released ‘Timeless Youth Memory Book’ recently, as well. It looks like a really interesting project. What inspired you to put the book together and can you tell me more about creating it?

On tour you spend a lot of time looking out of a van window. It not like traveling by plane or taking major highways to a single destination. It's sort of this rare circumstance where every city is pieced together by unexpected sights and scenarios. You wind up connecting the days together with photos and phone notes about what you see and feel. We just really wanted to share that journey with the people who listen to our music, because that's the environment most of the songs come from. 

You released your newest song “Won’t Be Me” in 2020. Can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the song?

Won't Be Me started as an acoutic bedroom demo, and at one point early on we really considered releasing it that way. When we went into the studio to finish up the last few tracks from our first record, we played the demo for our friend Zach (Jones), and he had one of those "I got this" moments. Next thing you know, we had added this crazy affected vocal hook, and Tim had layed down the thickest bass line possible. The added procution stuck and John threw down some sweet 2004 Kelly Clarkson choruses to finish it out. 

Timeless Youth’ has been out for a little over a year. Were you pleased with the response the EP received at the time? What was your favorite moment from the recording sessions of that EP? 

The EP definitely got us a lot of opportunities and really allowed us to make a name for ourselves so yeah it was a great response. It still is. If 2020 has taught us anything it's that people are finding new music more often than ever. Another favorite moment would probably be all of the pieces from Hereditary clicking together. It is definitely very dark and serious but finding a way to tackle that subject in a way that is sincere without being cliche is very challenging and we think we did that well.  

Do you plan to release any more new music in 2021?

Yes, definitely! We have 5 songs that are just about ready to be mixed that we recorded in LA in 2020. We've also been demoing at home during the pandemic and have another 10-15 song ideas that we'll be flushing out as the new year progresses. You will absolutely hear music from us in 2021.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Make sure to stay tuned in with what we've got going on by following our social media/Spotify pages. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @telltalerva. Stay safe out there and wear a mask!

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