Hailing from Western Massachusetts, Sodada releases their genre-bending single “Sound of Your Troubles”. Made up of Andy Casella, Hannah Rose, Josh Hirst, and Nate Mondschein, all to bring their alt-rock/future soul musical escape to the world. With a wide range of inspirations from jazz, neo-soul, alt-pop, and punk rock, Sodada finds a happy medium that pushes their own personal boundaries. Their latest mid-tempo single “Sound of Your Troubles” mostly surrounds the alternative-rock genre, yet Sodada impressively adds in hints of jazz through complex percussion patterns and groovy piano chords. Initially opening with harmonic piano chords, and moving into dynamic instrumentation with striking guitars and Hannah Rose’s soothing and clean vocals. “Sound of Your Troubles” takes you through the imagery of realizing when someone is wallowing in their own pity and tends to play the victim. Sodada’s instrumentation gives a musical rollercoaster through the soaring chorus and mellow jazzy instrumentals while adding celestial layers through production and fine-tuned bass lines that support the songs overall dreamy ambiance. “Sound of Your Troubles” provides a feeling of freedom and letting go of things that simply don’t serve you anymore, all while giving us a glimpse of the textured creativity and songwriting within Sodada.
Discover "Sound of Your Troubles" here.
Hey Sodada, welcome to BuzzMusic! We’re very excited to feature your latest freeing single “Sound of Your Troubles” Could you elaborate on the messages that Sodada wanted to get across within “Sound of Your Troubles”?
Thanks so much for having us! Sound of your troubles showed up when I (Hannah) was thinking about people who have a lot of privilege but also like to feel sorry for themselves a lot. I guess I was feeling frustrated and was just like, “this person loves to hear the sound of their own voice, they love to hear the sound of their troubles.” I liked how that sounded and ran with it. The line “some say it’s history, me- I say it’s a rewind” refers directly to people who use “that’s the way it’s always been” as an excuse to continue to exercise their power and control over other groups of people. They have those double doors of opportunity open easily, yet it must remain open only for them.
The recent single “Sound of Your Troubles” brings in well-crafted and dynamic instrumentals/melodies. What made Sodada want to create a song pushes boundaries of different genres?
Thank you! I’m not sure we’re capable of doing it any other way. We (Andy and Hannah- we’re the two songwriters) have such diverse tastes in music that it’s almost impossible to not have those show up and overlap genre. Andy grew up on punk and old r&b, and Hannah on classic rock, 90s pop and indie music. Our rhythm section brings in all their own influences, too- our drummer Nate is an outstanding songwriter and producer in his own right, and our bass player Josh is one of the most respected funk musicians where we live. It’s been fun to see where all of our own influences converge within our collective music.
Sodada is known to be made up of different artists/musicians who all bring their own unique elements to Sodada’s eclectic sound. How do the four of you get down to writing and creating a song? Is there a specific process or is it more experimental?
Normally, it all starts with the two of us writing the bare bones of something. Most of the time, we will have various pieces of melodies, or guitar parts, or a groove, and we are always recording little snippets of ideas into our phones for working on later. Usually, the songs show up very suddenly at inconvenient times like 2 am. We have a home studio,so we will most often record a demo, which we’ll then build off of with the rest of the band in the bigger studio. Lately, because of self-isolation, we’ve been doing a Postal Service type thing with Nate where we send stuff to him and he records and sends back. This song was fun because we actually went into the big studio and recorded the basics live- it was a different process than usual, but we had a blast getting to do that.
We’ve heard that Sodada initially began in NYC, but has since moved out to Western MA. How has Sodada’s sound evolved after enduring these different experiences, do you personally see any growth within your music?
Absolutely. Although we’ve played in many projects prior to moving, Sodada really fully emerged once we moved here. There was something about the music and arts scene in western Mass that really drew us in, plus we live on a giant leyline,so that doesn’t hurt. The scene here has been an incredibly supportive community from the start, and that’s provided us space where it’s okay for us to be vulnerable and experiment with whatever we want. We’resofortunate to be surrounded by so many talented artists/musicians as well, it's near impossible not to be inspired!