False Priest are a resolute representation of rock n roll in 2017. They play honest songs with concrete songwriting and no gimmicks. It’s what all guitar-centered groups have to do in order to be noticed. Straight to the point, evocative, and creative. Now, False Priest has released a second single from their upcoming self-released album, Driving In Circles, out on September 22nd. This latest track, “I Would Love to Speak in Tongues,” changes the pace from the previous single “Let Me Be Your Mother.” With a simple yet mesmerizing bass line, the lead guitar flutters around into some surf rock territory bordering the country rock county line. The song’s construction lends itself to the frequent comparison the band receives of lying somewhere between Television and Wilco. We asked frontman Evan Greenwald a few questions about how the album came about.
1. Can you tell us a little about how you came together as a band?
Four of us went to high school together and we played in a bunch of different bands over the years. I wanted a band that would let me focus primarily on the songwriting aspect of the music. It started out with me and Sam and it built up over time. We just brought in Kabir at the end of last year and it’s been amazing to have him! Eventually we will open a food truck.
2. “I Would Love to Speak in Tongues” sounds pretty different from “Let Me Be Your Mother.” Do these different sounds in your music come about sporadically depending on whatever creative impulses you’re conjuring at the time?
I don’t think I would call it sporadic or based on impulse. What I would say is that when I’m making songs, I am trying to capture the sound of a feeling, or I am trying to make a sound that creates a feeling in me. I’ve found that it makes more sense to incorporate as many sounds as I can into the music I make, so that I can more accurately capture and create feelings. I really don’t want to be the kind of band that only covers a narrow range of the vast spectrum of human emotion.
3. Why do you play music?
There are two big reasons why I make music, I think. The first is, since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to make things based on things that inspire me. I used to love watching cartoons, and I would draw my own cartoons in an attempt to recreate that inspiration. For around half of my life now, listening to great albums makes me want to make great albums.
4. Name an album that changed your life.
An album that changed a lot of things for me in the last couple years was The Redeemer by Dean Blunt. I love that album for a lot of reasons. You can listen to it as a sincere breakup album and it feels right, you can listen to it as a kind of parody of a breakup album and it also feels right. There’s so much room for you in that album. It’s extremely interpretable in a really rare way. When I listen to Dean Blunt I can hear so much freedom in the way he expresses himself. I love that.