Artist: Written Years
Single: "Superficial Feeling"
How did you come up with the name of your band?
The first songs I wrote were very confessional and journalist. We also took a ton of time before we arrived at a sound we were happy with on our earlier release - each song was given pretty much a 2-6 year treatment while I figured myself out as a songwriter so, I guess, the name just seemed fitting for us. I remember I was demoing and our drummer, Kane, lived in the room next to me - I bolted between our rooms (probably without a knock), announcing that I had the name.
Tell us the story behind your new single “Superficial Feeling.”
There was a period, for quite a few months, where we thought we had a finished record. We had been in the studio for a long time and didn't really want to admit that something was missing but it was. "Lost In You Now" was one of the songs in that original body of work and it was just about the only song that sounded like that. I wanted to write something that took that sound forward so eventually, we went back for a couple weeks over the summer to track this and another one. This one stuck and, as seems to be a trend for us, ended up being taken through several re-writes. The finished product was finished only a couple months ago and I think we started that song in early 2016 or late 2015.
What was it like trying to compose new music while you had lost your voice?
I still have tougher days with it and that definitely puts a little private challenge on things. I think the first couple weeks, I didn't write anything and just listened to the stuff we had recorded, wondering if I would still sound like that when it came back. Eventually things get much better and you develop was to work around those challenging days. The whole thing definitely motivated/motivates some of my lyrics and just afforded me some time to recollect.
What sparked your aural addiction?
My first obsession was Linkin Park - those guys hit me huge coming out of childhood and into my very early teenage years. Eventually that developed into the more emo/punk/grunge stuff and that's where I really started writing music and diving head-first into a bunch of artists.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
I have a list of producers that would definitely be a bit of a dream to work with. Both Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Aaron Dessner (The National) have beautiful and exciting qualities to their work that I absolutely love. I'm a huge Bright Eyes fan so collaborating with Mogis would be insane...a writing sesh with Conor Oberst or Matt Berninger wouldn't hurt either.
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
There are definitely certain elements of genres that I'd like to avoid but I think, each has something to be learned from. With that in mind, I probably wouldn't want to dive into any genre fully but just look for little bits we can bring in. Our rhythm section is a little more R&B/hip hop/jazz influenced so a bit of that does work it's way in I'd say! I'm mostly just not into the loud and prominent guitars anymore so we're not going to bring in too much from metal or grunge anytime soon :p.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I think when I was very small, not even in pre-school yet, I convinced my parents to get me Tom Cochrane's 'Life Is a Highway'. Obviously because of the title track.
What is currently on your playlist?
I think I've honestly been listening to the same playlist for the last year. It's got some Twin Shadow, Fractures, Future Islands, 1975, Borns, Glass Animals....even Modern Baseball. I should probably make a new one, though, or at least get that updated!
What is your favorite type of performance venue?
Definitely ones where people are close and you can feel the floor shake. We were lucky enough to play Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver and that absolutely has that quality. Commodore Ballroom is definitely a goal for us here.
Tell us a fun fact about yourselves.
Kane and I have known each other for almost 20 years now and have been roommates in 2 separate cities. We actually started out as solid enemies! haha
What’s next for Written Years?
We've got our live show to a point where we're really excited about it. Now we pretty much have to keep advancing on that and, of course, take it more places on the road as well. New songs will also keep making their way out there :)
Anything you’d like to add?
I would love for people to just check out what we're doing, namely 'Superficial Feeling', and let us know if it's making its way into their lives. Spotify is honestly probably the biggest gatekeeper for a band in our position so get that shit into your playlists, crew!