What can you tell us about your upcoming album?
Our upcoming album, “Hex”, started out as a necessity. Stephanie, the second singer/keyboardist, joined the band after our first album so her vocals were not represented on those recordings. Since I was going back and recording Stephanie over the old songs I also was able to take the opportunity to tweak and re-work some of the song structures/mixing techniques.Also, we wanted to streamline the process of selling our albums by only having one definitive CD instead of two.
Which track was the most difficult to write and record?
I’d have to say our newest song “The Narcissist” was the most challenging song to write for. The song itself was broken down into two very different sounding parts. You had the dirty, distorted verses and then the cleaner, soaring pre-choruses. For the life of us we could not figure out a chorus for this song. We were so happy with the verses and pre-choruses, we did not want to ruin any of that with a lack-luster chorus. We tried a bunch of different ideas before finally settling on an anthemic, 80’s-style sounding chorus complete with gang vocals.
If you could pick one track on the record that best exemplifies Dancing With Ghosts’ sound as a whole, which would it be?
We feel that “The Nightmare Inside You” is the perfect song that sums up what we’re about both lyrically and musically. The lyrics address dealing with mental health problems in a very thematic and story-driven way. This is a topic we write about quite often as well painting story-driven narratives. Musically this song is electronic and driving, but also has a strong guitar-driven foundation at certain points. As far as tones and soundscapes go, I feel this song has everything but the kitchen sink. From reverse glass shattering samples to operatic choirs, this song was a high point for us creatively.
Do you plan to release any music videos to help promote the release?
Yes, in fact we are working on filming a music video right now. The song we’ve chosen is called “Eyes Wide Open” and is our “most pop” sounding song in our repertoire. The beauty of this song is that even though it sounds poppy, the lyrical content is dark. It is literally about leaving a cult so you can imagine the music video is going to be dark and complex. We’re no strangers to making music videos that stand out and grab people’s attention.
Are you looking to tour in 2019? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes we definitely planning on doing a summer tour although the details for that havent’ been firmed up yet so it’s still a work in progress. Currently, since we are working on this music video, we have dialed back the live performances however we do have a show March 23rd at the Blue Note in Tampa, Florida and April 21st at 1904 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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