INTERVIEW: WHALE BONES

Facebook   Twitter   Bandcamp

Whale Bones is an indie / alternative band from Bloomington, Indiana that was started by Nathan Kane (guitar/vocals) and Paul Lierman (drums). The band’s new EP, The Seaside, will be drop on July 14 and is up for preorder on Whale Bones’ Bandcamp.

We got the chance to chat with Kane about how Whale Bones got started, its musical influences and the concept for its music video for “Hiding from the Sea.”

Can you give us some background on how Whale Bones got started?

NATHAN KANE: Whale Bones started out when Paul and I both moved away from home to attend the same college. We were each looking for someone to play music with, and we ended up clicking really well! We had a lot in common as people and we shared a lot of the same goals for our music. Before long we discovered that we worked really well together writing and performing. We first started playing together on the street for fun/to earn some extra spending money. We also hung out together a lot outside of playing music; in our down time, we like to go on trips exploring together. In late 2014 we drove down to Florida to gather inspiration and write music for a week. The songs that we developed during that trip eventually became The Seaside EP. After realizing that we had something worth sharing, we decided to record the songs and call ourselves Whale Bones.

How did you come up with the name Whale Bones?

NK: The name Whale Bones has a few different meanings. Firstly, it is the name of a song by the band Secret & Whisper. Secret & Whisper was one of the first artists we bonded over when we began jamming together since they were a pretty small, obscure group and finding somebody else who has head of them is rare. We both love that band and consider them to be very influential in our writing and style as a whole. Their song “Whale Bones” is about doing things you don’t want to do because you know that that they’re for the best and they must be done. Another interpretation of the name focuses on the transience of everything (even whales, the biggest mammals, all die eventually and their physical might gets reduced to bones). We love exploring abandoned buildings and finding remnants of the past; those places once had so much importance and life, but are now completely empty. It’s a very humbling and sometimes frightening thing to think about. I find those spaces to be really magical.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?

NK: For me personally, I’m very inspired by bands like Now, Now, The Dear Hunter, As Cities Burn, Dear in the Headlights, Copeland, Yvette Young, Oceana, and From Indian Lakes. Depending on what kind of music I’m working on I try to channel different artists. I’m usually inspired by musical or visual artists that make me think about the creative process in a different way.

What are three words you would use to describe your music?

NK: Uninhibited, Turbulent, Sincere 

Can you tell us about the concept for the “Hiding from the Sea” music video?

NK: Paul and I like to go on a lot of adventures, but we rarely document them. We decided to film one of our trips when we found out that our friend was coming to town to visit. Tyler is a fantastic photographer and videographer, so we were excited to get to have him follow us around for a day. The video hits some of the highlights from that day: we explored a few different abandoned buildings and a decommissioned fire tower, invited some friends to get ice cream, and then headed out to a nearby lake to go swimming. That night we hosted a party/basement show at our house, and invited a lot of friends to come celebrate the arrival of summer with us! It was such a blast. It’s one of my favorite memories from this past year.

What was the writing and recording process like for The Seaside EP that’s going to be released in July?

NK: We wrote the skeletons for all the songs in Florida, and fleshed them out further throughout the demoing process. In December we headed to Primary Sound Studios to record the EP. We spent a lot of time practicing our parts ahead of time so we were prepared when it came time to track. The process was very comfortable and fluid. Paul killed it on drums, and the rest fell into place. It was nice to get away from everything and just work on perfecting these songs for days on end. After that, we sent the songs to Matt Goldman to do the reamping and mixing. Matt’s one of our favorite engineers/producers, so we were so thrilled to get to work with him. I finished mastering the EP and we’ve been getting ready for the release ever since!

What’s next for Whale Bones?

NK: After the EP drops on July 14th, we’re planning a few small tours around the Midwest. We’ll start writing more and demoing. We’re going to try to keep things growing as much as possible! Playing fun shows and dancing with fun people are the top priorities. Making friends all along the way!

INTERVIEW: THE RAISED BY WOLVES

The Raised By Wolves is a song writing duo from Maryland started  by Ben Eskin and Dusty Durston. We got the chance to chat with drummer and vocalist Dusty Durston about the band’s history and the recording process for the duo’s new LP, Sadie Hawkins.

What artists do you look up to for inspiration? Have those artists changed over time?

The people we look up to were discovered for having their own sound and established longevity in their careers by refusing to put restrictions on that sound. Artists like Kanye West, Weezer, Death Cab For Cutie, The Strokes. Each record is different and a testament to their growth over time.

Can you give us a brief history of The Raised By Wolves?

We’ve been best friends for ten years or so. When we were in high school, I asked Ben to be in my band. That band eventually broke up when we went to college, but Ben and I continued to write together and develop the catalogue of songs that made it onto our debut.

How did you come up with the name The Raised By Wolves?

I wrote a short story back in college called “Raised By Wolves” that touched on this repressed desire to abandon inhibition and order. I’m a strong believer not only in the music of rock and roll, but its mythology as well. So, the name is just a reminder to keep believing and to keep things interesting and hopefully a little dangerous. Adding the “The” was just my obnoxious attempt to make people look at the name twice and commit it to memory.

What words do you think best describe your music and band?

Earnest, emotional, interesting. Hopefully!

What was the process of recording your album Sadie Hawkins like?

It was a big undertaking because on top of writing the music, we also recorded and produced it on our own in our basement. I had a foot surgery that pushed the whole process back and we both were working pretty intensive jobs, so the project took much longer than expected. It was emotionally trying for both of us and we both played the role of patient and therapist at different times. We’re very proud of what came from the struggle though.

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What’s your usual songwriting process like?

We draw from a mixed bag of artists. Nothing is off limits. Regarding the process, usually I’ll come to Ben with some lyrics or he’ll come to me with a riff or melody and from there we really build a song. The best work we do is when we’re in a room together hashing it out.

What’s next for The Raised By Wolves?

More music. We’re in the process of writing and demo-ing some songs for the next release. More shows. We’re hoping to get to tour a little more of U.S. this summer! More everything!