Vents Magazine interviews The Trongone Band

Hi Andrew and Johnny, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re great, thank you for having us in VENTS!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Anne Marie”? 

At- I wrote Anne marie about 3 years ago. I was hearing a harmony drivin tune in my head, kind of in the style of “the band” and Anne Marie just came out. It was originally a ballad, but over the years after playing it on the road and getting into the studio, it morphed into the more upbeat, countryish style rock tune you hear on the record.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

At-Anne Marie is “the one that got away”. Although a fictional name, very much a true story about an ex lover. She’s gotten a lot of songs out of me *laughs*. Everyone’s got that Anne Marie so its definitely a song people can easily relate to.

The single comes off your new album Keys To The House – what’s the story behind the title?

Th- The title “Keys to the House” represents sort of an invitation into our world. Each song being a key to the house, & by giving them to you, we’re welcoming you & inviting you in.

How was the recording and writing process?

At- The writing part is always fun. Lots of collaboration, but really no set formula for us in the writing process. Wolfe and I share a lot of ideas and lyrics but how a song begins and gets to that first skeleton is always different. We’ve been perfecting these tunes live the past two years; some songs even written more than 4 years ago. Wasn’t until the studio though where they really took shape and came to life. A lot of the arragements were made in the recording process. The studio can be overwhelming, but we were there to work, focus, create, and I think it really shows in the final product. We had an overall great experience.

Known for drawing difference influences – how do you balance them together? 

Th- I think we take certain aspects of our influences, that we really love, and try to incorporate them into our writing. Whether it be a feel, a sound, or a structural idea, we try to weave in things that we like, from whatever genre, and create something that sounds different, yet familiar, from that.

What role does Brotherhood play in your music?

At-Brings a certain tightness to the group/sound with the brotherhood foundation. it’s like we always know what each other is going to do, we’ve been playing together since I can remember. We’re really one big family though.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

At and bw- personal life experiences: heartbreak, love, lust, drugs, travel, the sun and stars

How has the road been treating you so far?

Jt- Road has been good. It’s a lot of work and can be very tiring as most bands know, but we love it. Lots of friendly/hospitable people, responsive crowds, and awesome feedback about the record and shows.

I understand you guys find it easier to play your songs live rather than in a studio – why is that? Do you consider yourselves a live band more than a studio act? 

At and JT- With keys to the house being our first record, we have only been a live band until now *laughs* We do love the live atmosphere though; the energy, getting a chance to open up some of the tunes, working off the crowds and eachother. The studio is just a different beast. I wouldn’t call us one or the other though.

What else is happening next in The Trongone’s world? 

Jt- On the road as much as possible supporting keys to the House as well as working on new material. Keep rock and roll alive!