Chris Wallace Talks "Push Rewind"
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:33:37
Chris Wallace does pop the "right" way. He makes music that everybody can enjoy, but he also has a lot to say on his latest album Push Rewind. In fact, his sugary, sweet melodies soar with a poetic power that separates him from the pack. He's got the natural knack to write a hit, and Push Rewind will make you hit "play" over and over again.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Chris Wallace talks Push Rewind and so much more.
Did you approach Push Rewind with one vision or vibe in mind?
From doing a bunch of live performances and sets, that gave me the mood of how to order the songs. I wrote them in a similar order to the order on the album. It's not exact, but it's pretty close. The first song I wrote for the record was "Remember When". It fit in thematically. I came up with this idea of Push Rewind, and it immediately set off this nostalgia feeling. That set a precedent for the whole record. I didn't realize it until after I finished it, but that's how I work.
You mention nostalgia, but it's still modern. Do you feel like you're hearkening back to a vibe?
I just meant thematically. When I write music, I look back at things that have happened to me and feelings I've had in the past. It's usually not songs though [Laughs]. A couple of songs were very current and right then. Others, I was looking back at past relationships and things I've gone through in my life. There's a lot of reflection.
What's the story behind "Do It All Again"?
That was actually the last song written for the record. I had just ended the relationship with the girl I'd written most of the record about. I was feeling a bit down, and I decided that I was going to leave myself open for new love even though the last one sucked [Laughs]. A lot of people might shut it out, but I'm still ready to find that person. I was essentially writing "Invincible" and "Do It All Again" to myself. It's a message to stay open. Don't be pessimistic. Even though this last relationship didn't pan out to what I wanted it to be, I've got to be open to do it all again.
Where did "Time Bomb (Walk Away)" come from?
That was a message to this girl. We went back and forth a bunch of times. I didn't feel strong enough. Every time I tried to walk away, I'd feel bad or something would bring me back. It was obvious that it was going nowhere though, and the relationship kept going around in circles.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Honestly, I don't really think about all that. I just go through it. If it's done in my mind, then it is. Sometimes, they aren't stories. They're just things about what I'm feeling. They may not even make sense to me. I don't try to tell a story. I put my feelings out there. If it makes sense, that's great.
What artists shaped you?
I've always loved Queen and Prince. The first record I really fell in love with was Third Eye Blind's debut. I always come back to that one. I don't know why!
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It's really hard-hitting so it's almost like a love story and an action movie at the same time [Laughs]. I'm trying to think of a love story and action film! I love it when things are really soft and then get really hard and hit you and grab you. A song is a bit like a movie wrapped up in three minutes. There are ups, downs, jabs, punches, and it's over.
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