Spring is the perfect time for so many different activities, and listening to The Love Brigade's recent EP release, "Spring in the Air" is one of them. "Spring in the Air" shows off The Love Brigade's innate pop and rock stylings, combined with his intrinsic calming effect. The EP starts with its first track, "Dead and Gone", which features soothing and balanced vocals, pred with a very comfortable and homey production. "Dead and Gone" gives off themes of reminiscing, in which The Love Brigade takes listeners on a contemplative journey. As we sit and listen, we hear frequent and prominent guitar rhythms, as well as an organ flair that brings on that old-fashioned production. We receive that similar listening ambiance with The Love Brigade's second track, "This Sacred Love".
"This Sacred Love" has more of a bustling tempo, housing more potent ad-libs from The Love Brigade, adding in an elusive effect. "This Sacred Love" holds a sentimental storyline, and its hard to not fall for the words of the song. The Love Brigade added in a few verses within "This Sacred Love" that we have to admit gave us goosebumps. It's a heartfelt narrative, which set almost an adoration of sorts for this particular song. Next, we find ourselves listening to "Cold Dead Heart", a track from the EP that sets an entirely different atmosphere from its previous two. "Cold Dead Heart" takes on more of a sullen feeling, and The Love Brigade doesn't hold back with his emotions on this one. "Cold Dead Heart" is the kind of track we found ourselves amused to listen along, and imaging the vivid storyline in our minds as we course through its various properties.
We now near the end of The Love Brigade's 4-track EP with the track "First Night on Jupiter". This track holds the most melancholic tune the EP has seen. We feel a mellow and introspective cloud hover over us with the general mood of "First Night on Jupiter". The Love Brigade further delves into more intricate narratives and highlights the perspective of The Love Brigade. There's happiness, sorrow, reflection and everything that comes within the middle of such emotions, present within "First Night on Jupiter". Prepare yourself for a more surreal environment with this track, where The Love Brigade introduces an array of themes for listeners. All in all, there's a ton to take away from The Love Brigade's "Spring in the Air", and we can guarantee that our Pop/Rock fans won't be disappointed.
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Welcome, The Love Brigade, and congratulations on releasing your EP, 'Spring in the Air'! What kind of components do you feel that you infused into 'Spring in the Air', compared to your previous music offerings? Where were you hoping to go with the overall sound and overall mood for the EP?
There was a conscious effort to feature more guitar on this release, as that’s what I’m primarily known for outside of The Love Brigade. To fit the wide range of layered guitars into the mix, I tried channeling some old-world production tricks that have evolved in the digital recording space and are now impressively on par with their analog counterparts. There are numerous guitars on “Dead and Gone” using vari-speed where the track was slowed down to capture the guitars in a different key and slower tempo, then when the track is brought up to normal speed the tonality of the instrument takes on an almost ethereal sound, sometimes so drastically it sounds more like a mandolin or synth part. There are brightness and overall happy element that's brought into the record through some of these tricks which brings a nice compliment when the lyrics sometimes get a little dark. There’s a rewarding feeling knowing these little ear-candy moments are actual performances rather than a sample or synth loop, but it’s a thankless effort if done well since most listeners don’t realize it! The “music box” sound in the last choruses of “First Night on Jupiter” are the most noticeable example of the vari-speed trick, like notes that high don’t exist on any guitar I’m aware of! “This Sacred Love” is a remix of the single a couple of years back which I definitely wanted to revisit, as I was doing some things differently with acoustic guitars on these newer songs that I knew would breathe some new life into the track, and in the process, I found a rhythm guitar part which was buried in the original mix and gave the song a totally different drive and energy when it was brought forward.
Are there any major themes present in 'Spring in the Air' that you don't want listeners missing out on? Would you say that you're the type of artist to use your music as a platform to communicate certain ideas and/or experiences to your listeners?
Right from the first EP, I’ve received a lot of feedback that I can make what’s meant as a breakup song or some darker lyrics sound deceivingly happy, which is something I’ve wanted to incorporate in everything going forward as it’s a unique signature, whether it was meant as a compliment or not! Some songs or specific lyrics have been uplifting or inspiring for people and it’s not a songwriter’s place to tell them they’re wrong if they were written from entirely different intentions. Keeping things light and just generic enough so they mean something personal to each listener but still getting some things out of my system that provides the source of therapy only songwriting can offer is a great hybrid that seems to define what The Love Brigade is all about.
As an artist who performs all of the instrumentals and vocals, it's quite easy to say that "Spring in the Air" is impressive. Considering you're an instrumentalist just as much as you are a vocalist, how would you say the two compare when constructing your music?
An unintended result of throwing more loud guitars into the recipe for this EP was the challenge it presented for my vocals compared to past releases, especially in the case of “Dead and Gone” and “Cold Dead Heart.” I had to really get a handle on what the mood was in the lyrics before attempting to sing them so the music and vocals felt like they belonged together, which wasn’t as much of a struggle on my more pop-friendly things in the past. I started paying more attention to the key each song was written in to capture the best aspects of my vocals, while still allowing room for some straining when it would benefit the lyric. Having a better understanding where my strengths are vocally (and my limitations, more importantly) actually helped with the songwriting process this time around, as I wouldn’t go too far down a road that I should have known was overly-ambitious from the start.
You have a timeless sound, The Love Brigade! Where would you say your sound is going to transform from here on out?
There’s a nostalgic sound that I was framing The Love Brigade songs in from the start which will definitely continue as I think it helps allow the song to shine above everything else, even if there are some glossy production and layers of overdubs competing for attention. I let my musical influences show themselves much more on this release (the lead guitars on “First Night on Jupiter” are an obvious nod to Brian May) and I’m eager to allow even more of that with the next record and see how The Love Brigade sound evolves naturally by incorporating more of that. A couple of songs which almost made it on this EP are definitely on the heavier side, and I think “Spring In The Air” is a perfect segue to those songs when the time comes.