Warren Franklin - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Warren Franklin. We discussed thoughts about his 2011 album, the writing and recording process for new EP, ‘Second April’, how the songs explore the passing of time, collaborating with Max Bemis on “January”, releasing the album and vinyl variants with Count Your Lucky Stars, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview. 

No, thank you! Sorry it took so long, this probably needs some proof reading but here ya go…

You released your album, ‘Your Heart Belongs to the Midwest’ in 2011. What are your thoughts looking back on it now? 

I still love those songs. I just wish they were recorded in the style of this new EP. Subconsciously I think this EP was me going back and recapturing the life of that early stuff and bringing in the band to fill it out and record it the way I wish “Your Heart” sounded. 

You recently released new EP, ‘Second April’. Can you tell us about the writing and recording process? 

I felt very spent after writing and recording these songs. This could’ve never been a full length as much as I wish it could’ve been. I feel like these songs have a specific sound and I tapped that well and it was complete after just these 4 songs. We were going in the studio one by one and just layering ideas. These songs were never played together by the 3 of us until it came time for the show. Definitely a unique way to go about it for us.

You’ve said the songs are about the passing of time or looking at situations from different times. Can you tell us more about this? 

Yeah, I think in order to process the situations on the record I had to try and understand why it was important or difficult and in order to do that I had take perspectives that I’m so far removed from at this point, but it’s all a part of processing. 

The first single is “January”. You’ve said this is the song that sparked the EP. How did it inspire you?  

I had just pieces of the song for a few years and the chorus was just a little part at the end. I just loved singing that ending. It wasn’t until Max became involved that I realized that ending line was actually the chorus.

It features Max Bemis. What did Max bring to the song and process?  

He brought his unique voice to the song. He really brought the drama out of the lines, there’s a huge Max Bemis scream that we ended up having to cut that I wish could’ve been more prevalent. 

Can you tell us a bit about the EP artwork? 

Art was done by Michaela Wachlin. She’s a great artist and really understands the style and aesthetic we were looking for again the art feels like a companion to Your Heart Belongs to the Midwest. 

You released the EP with Count Your Lucky Stars including the vinyl variants. How has this experience been?  

Always great. Love Keith - him and Cathy are always giving new and younger bands a chance to release music and be heard and I was one of those once. It’s so important. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Is there anything else that you’d like to add? 

Just a big ole THANK YOU.

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