Frontside - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Frontside. We discussed writing and recording their new EP, ‘Closer To Closure’, how the title is a reflection of their feelings about the songs, how the songs still remind them “of the love we had for being a band”, songwriting, merch bundles, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thanks for reaching out!

Can you tell me how you got together and formed the band for those who may be unfamiliar? How did you initially become interested in music?

The band was formed back in 2008. We were all just friends that shared an interest in punk/rock music, so it was pretty instinctive for us to form a band around that interest.

Your new EP ‘Closer To Closure’ just came out. Can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the EP? What was the studio experience like?

I would say most if not all of the songs started out with me writing the guitar parts on an old Yamaha acoustic. I’d record a demo of the guitar and then try different vocal parts and lyrics out until I found something I thought worked well, and then bring it to the guys and we’d work out bass/drums.

The recording of the EP took place in March of 2019. We went in to Blackplate Productions in Dunn, NC and tracked it out over the course of a couple weekends. Jon and Garrett that run the studio are very knowledgeable, helpful, and fun guys. Tracking was a relative breeze and honestly one of the best times we’ve had tracking as a band. 

I like the title of the EP a lot. What’s the meaning behind it?

The title is a reflection of how I feel about the songs and why I wanted to rerecord some of these old tunes. We’ve definitely recorded these songs in the past (some of them twice actually) but we were just kids. We hardly knew what we were doing, but we loved doing it. The songs still remind me of the love we had for being a band despite having no real successes to speak of, and also before any pressures from the world were really introduced to us. The notion of being able to turn these songs into something that (hopefully) translates into the modern era of music that we exist in is very exciting to me, and hearing all of them shine the way I imagined them when writing them is incredibly fulfilling. I feel like I’m doing my prior self justice. I’m embracing my past and taking advantage of being able to change the things that I can. I am closer to my own personal closure.

What was the easiest song to write for the EP and what song took you the longest?

Unfortunately, I really don’t remember. 😅

Take Heed” is one of my favorite songs the band has written to date. Can you tell me about writing that song specifically?

I specifically remember finding the perfect chords for the outro section on an old Alvarez guitar and absolutely jamming it for hours until I got the melody in place. I think it might be one of the songs that I’ve worked backwards through. 

Looking back, the song is very heavily influenced by Coheed. The Willing Well II, to be exact. I love the adventurous rhythm that song has and I guess it ended up translating into what I wanted to write for myself!

You released some various bundles for the release. Who designed the merch items in the bundles? What was the concept? 

I’m not 100% sure who to give credit to for the merch designs. Historically, I’ve always been pretty bad with merch graphics so I try and defer to my band mates or the label as much as possible. That being said I’m very happy with the designs. I didn’t give any explicit direction to anyone but we were given some cool results!

I saw the EP was released on CD as well. Is there any chance that you’d like to release a cassette or vinyl pressing for it in the future? 

We’ve always wanted to press vinyl, and we probably will in the near future. Never really looked into getting cassettes for the band but that could be an option.

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

Just want to say thanks for the questions and thanks to anyone reading the answers!

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