Vinyl Theatre are set to release their latest album, ‘Starcruiser’, on August 31st. The album is the band’s third release and sees them exploring and evolving their sound. Their keyboardist, Chris Senner, took the time to answer some questions prior to its release.
Where did the band name come from?
The band name came after about 3-4 different band names that we were going with at the time. We were actually driving down to Chicago to meet with a management company that we have been with ever since. We decided on Vinyl Theatre because when you buy a vinyl you typically have a close connection with that band and theatre captured the live part of putting on the best show we possibly can.
What inspired you to become musicians?
I think the answer is different for all of us, but we all basically had certain bands that really inspired us to want to become better musicians, which ultimately ended up leading to us all wanting to play in a band.
This new album sees you explore a variety of sounds, which song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
The album is definitely different than anything we have done in the past. I would say “Our Song” or “Knock Knock” since they both feature elements of hip-hop and alternative rock.
Since parting ways with Fueled By Ramen, did you feel more able to explore different genres and sounds?
Definitely. We immediately started having fun again on the writing side. Not that we weren’t having fun before, we just felt more locked into certain things. It’s like we felt we were able to explore any song or sound that we possibly would want to. We weren’t afraid to be compared to other artists anymore and we just went with ideas and songs until we finished them and kept that process up until we had all the songs that we really loved.
What artists influenced you as a band when recording ‘Starcruiser’?
We are all inspired by different artists and we definitely did our homework as far as listening to the newer alternative bands to see what kind of sounds and styles people were creating. We often go through phases where we listen to older artists and that always helps us kind of blend styles to try and create something new.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
We are always down to collaborate with artists and I think it would be a different answer for each person in the band.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
We always have just hoped to reach as many people with these songs and messages as possible. The best part of being in a band is being able to share what we create and hopefully inspire people with the music.
To you, what is the most important part of a song?
Something we always spend a lot of time on and want to be perfect are the lyrics of the songs. Keegan really dives deep with meaning in the lyrics. We also obviously want the choruses to be as effective as possible when creating songs.
What do you think is the easiest and hardest part of a song to write?
This is a tricky question. I think that after writing so many songs that writing parts for songs has become easier, however, writing the perfect parts for each song gets harder because we have explored so many different types of songs and ideas. Sometimes we have a chorus we really like and we try to write verses for them, whereas sometimes we have verses and finding a chorus might get difficult. The bridge is always a section that we have spent time on. Often times the bridge is being overlooked because songwriting usually focuses on just doing a short bridge that gets you right back to the chorus.
What is the most challenging song to play live?
I would say from this new album the song “We Make The Music”
My Mum insists that in every interview I ask; what is your favourite app on your phone?
Probably whatever game we’re playing on tour. This changes pretty frequently, but to pass the time we try to find games we can all play together in the van.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
I think the best advice we can give is to just give your passion the time it desires. If you really want to do music then you need to spend as much time doing so as you can. Write as many songs as you possibly can and don’t be afraid to put songs out.
Have you ever met an idol and freaked out about it?
We definitely get to meet artists that we really enjoy and look up to and that means a lot to us. It’s crazy to be able to make music and get to meet other artists that we really enjoy.
You’ve toured with some pretty amazing people in the past, if you could choose anyone in the world to tour with who would you take?
This is a difficult question to answer, but here are a few I know we all would love to tour with:
Cage The Elephant
Young The Giant
Death Cab For Cutie
Foster The People
Can we expect to see you playing shows in the UK anytime soon?
We would love to make it over to the UK with this new album. We hope this happens sometime soon!
Make sure you pre-order their new album, ‘Starcruiser’ – it has something on there to suit everyone’s musical taste and will not leave you disappointed. The band are also on a US tour; be sure to check if they’ll be playing a show near you.