For me, being an artist is about showing the world that I’m only human. I’ve always felt that when I give people something that’s real to me, something that honestly reflects on my own humanness, they’ll take something real away from it. I think that’s why I’m so protective of songs while they’re in the writing phase. I don’t want anybody to dilute the work in a way that I can no longer feel honest about it.
It’s sad, and often frustrating to me that in today’s pop music industry many artists have given up the humanness of their art. What do I mean by that? By the time a song goes through a ghost writer, and a big label producer, it’s so diluted that the person actually singing the tune can’t genuinely connect to the song on the same level. Sure, they can sing the lyrics into a microphone. But can they really feel the words in the same way as if they were their own? It is the difference between people like, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Jeff Buckley, and what is currently on popular radio.
The worst part of all this for me is that it all seems to be in the interest of money. The industry wants the next “hit” so bad that making a pop song has become more about doing what is proven to make money, than letting an artist create something real, and emotional to them. In this way, songwriting becomes a formula. Every song starts sounding the same, all of the lyrics start to relate, nothing is unique.
The way to move past this is to start trusting artists to control their own material. Write a song, and enter the studio with a vision, knowing in their head how they want it to sound. In this way, a producer can act as an aid to the artist, but not meld their work into something that it is not. And, if an artist really can’t do that for themselves, maybe they shouldn’t be signed in the first place. There are tons, and tons of people out there with great voices, there are far fewer that can write, and produce great songs.
The Blondies are young and that’s not a bad thing. They’re not making music that they’re all going to regret in two to five years. Instead of side bangs and juvenile not-so-sly references for one night joy rides, The Blondies’ principal songwriter Simon Lunche has spent a lot of time analyzing (and idolizing) his Beatles records and listening (really listening) to the women in his life. After curating a devout fan base in their hometown of Berkeley, CA, The Blondies are releasing their full length album Just Another Evening, the follow up to their 2015 album Beautiful Life.
Just Another Evening carries on the tradition of prep rock bands like The Kooks and The Strokes. Just Another Evening is a breakup record written and sung by a 17 year old. However, each track has far more careful introspection and reverent handling than an Alex Turner track, but with the same “youth in leather” chic that has come to be expected from the Arctic Monkeys.
To hear more from The Blondies, you can purchase a CD here.
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