Speaking With Ghosts, have already released a debut EP titled "Searching For Direction". They are currently in the working process for their next album, their debut album. Going as far as releasing the first single turned video off it called "The Boy Who Lived" referencing a particular series, among other references, that can be found once this album gets it's release. Guitarist Tyler discusses the EP, new album, and future ahead.
1. What role do you play in the band?
Tyler: My names Tyler and I play guitar.
2. How did you get your band name Speaking With Ghosts?
Tyler: I wish there was a cool story here, but honestly I was just scrolling through my iTunes library, and I was huge on the band citizen at the time. They have a song called "Speaking With A Ghost" so from that I came up with "Speaking With Ghosts" and it stuck!
3. What has influenced your sound and style?
Tyler: We all come from different musical backgrounds and I think that's something great about our band. We all write from different places but we're able to come together and centralize our ideas. I'd say our biggest influences are each other.
4.What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Tyler: Our songs cover topics from our day to day experiences. For the most part our songs relate back to ideas like progress/perseverance. I'm (Ryan) the type of person who does everything within my power to go forwards never backward, and sometimes that's an extremely difficult thing to do. In order to keep pushing forwards I've learned it's easiest to cope with what life has to throw at us by expressing them in song. By "talking about my problems" in a positive outlet I can sort them out and focus. Our songs are simply my experiences and thoughts expressed aloud and attached to the idea of hope/positivity.
5. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
Tyler: Basically the writing process starts with either me (Tyler) or Craig coming up with a riff on guitar. Sometimes this happens together but more often then not we'll come together after writing something separately and try to build on it. From there we put together a rough demo with all the instrumental pieces, and give it to Ryan our vocalist, who really puts it together by giving it a theme and lyrics. When we go into the studio to record the songs our good friend and producer/audio guru Cory Brunnemann helps us take the songs to the next level too, so he's a huge part of our writing process and our unofficial 6th member, haha.
6. How do you describe your music to people?
Tyler: I try to keep it simple and generally just say we're a metal band, haha. It's so easy to get lost in sub-genres and at the end of the day if someone wants to know what we sound like I'll pull my phone out and show them and let them decide what we sound like!
7. If you had to pick one song of yours, to show someone to hear, which would it be and why?
Tyler: That's a tough one. For me it'd have to be something coming from our unreleased upcoming album, so when that drops look out for "Kingmaker". It's an explosive song that hits you hard but gives you a fun chorus to jam along too as well!
8. Where are you in the process of the new album? How would you say that the new album, differs, compares, and is in equal to your EP "Searching For Direction"?
9. What is the story behind the song and video for "The Boy Who Lived"? By the way, is that a reference to the Harry Potter series?
Tyler: The song is about reflecting on life, and realizing all the changes going on. Wishing things were simpler like they used to be but also recognizing the need to move forward and finding security and purpose in what we're doing now, with music. Also, it is a Harry Potter reference! We actually have a few references from movies/TV on the album. Generally these titles don't actually pertain to the songs lyrical content or theme, but it's something we like to do to remind us not to take things so seriously all the time.
10. Does that song "The Boy Who Lived", come off your upcoming new album?
Tyler: It does!
11. When can we expect the new album to be released?
Tyler: We're aiming for early June right now!
12. How about the rest of this year, what can we expect to see from Speaking With Ghosts?
Tyler: Touring, touring, and hopefully more touring. After we release our album we really want to hit the road and support it as much as possible and really push ourselves into new areas. So keep a look out for us in your city!