Oakrest - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jacob Szabo of Oakrest ahead of the release of the band’s new song, “Love For One Day”, which is out today. We discussed the writing and recording process for the new song, how lockdown has impacted writing, lyrical influences, how the song and artwork explore failed relationships, the possibility of new music, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

No problem! Thanks for the questions!

Your new single, “Love For One Day” is out September 3rd. Can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the song?

So I started writing this song in the fall/winter of 2020, whilst writing the rest of the record. I was thinking of the theme “relationships”, for the theme of our record, and that had me pondering on a failed relationship I had In the past, where it seemed to be all lust and no love.  The typical 2000s teen movie plot. Guy likes girl, but girl doesn’t see the guy in the same way. Fast track to January of 2021, we recorded this single with Anton Delost in Toronto, ON. Although due to Covid restrictions, only Chris, Anton and myself could be in the studio. 

Did the pandemic impact anything about writing or recording?

As things locked down in the end of 2020, the guys weren’t able to come to my house to write this song, and the record, so I had to take it upon myself to write the record alone in my basement, and later on, in my condo in Toronto, ON. 

What was your biggest lyrical influence and inspiration for this song?

While I was writing this song, Seaway put out a few singles from their newest record “Big Vibe” that had a huge impact on me. This involved me looking up Seaway’s inspirations for their record, and going down a rabbit hole of 80s/90s pop-rock bands, like The Cars, Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, Weezer etc. The catchy, simplistic choruses in a lot of these songs definitely helped inspire the line and melody for “Love for One Day”.

The single artwork is really interesting. What is the meaning behind it?

So we actually had a band Zoom call to discuss the single artwork. Lots of other concepts came up, but we all agreed on the current artwork of the couple sitting on a bench, in space, looking at Earth because it sort of didn’t make sense, just like a failed relationship doesn’t. We went with a 50s flash art vibe for the couple, since the tune has a mixture of 50s/current instrumentation. 

Who came up with the concept for it and designed it?

Our very own Jacob Graves actually made the single artwork while we were on the Zoom call, which only took about 20-30 min.

I know that you’ve said your debut album could possibly come out this year. How far along in the process are you? Is this still happening?

So we actually have recording dates set to record the rest of our record this year, but we aren’t able to speak more on when it’ll be released just yet.

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

Thanks for the interview and stream the HECK out of Love for One Day!

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