Interview: A Million Pieces
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:57:28
A Million Pieces instantly transfix on their latest EP Supernatural [iTunes link]. The quartet seamlessly balances potent pop prowess with a rock 'n' roll edge and elegant electronics. The result is utterly undeniable and unique.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, A Million Pieces talk the Supernatural EP and so much more.
What ties Supernatural together for you?
Graham Fenton: That's a good question. For one, we have to give a lot of credit to our producer Brad Knight, who's based out of Dallas. We came to him with these five demo tracks, and he helped us create a palette of sounds we used that helped tie this whole thing together.
Brad Crowell: Also, all four of us wrote all of these songs as a unit. Brad polished it for sure, but we wrote as a team.
Lucas Gordon: One of the things that brings everything together is it seems like everything we write stems from actual life experiences one of our band members or personal friends is having. That's how we're able to put a cohesive product together even though we live far apart. Those themes bring our sound together to be what it is now.
What's the story behind the song "Supernatural"?
Peter Vanderloos: Lucas and I started the beginning of that track at his parents' house in Colorado Springs. We were dicking around on his piano, and I had a chord structure that was playing. Lucas videotaped it because we thought it was a cool groove. When we finally got back to Los Angeles, we worked it out from there. I had moved into Graham's place while he was in Las Vegas. At the time, I was going through a divorce. "Supernatural" had a double meaning. When you're in a relationship, you feel like you would do anything for this person. All of a sudden, it just flips one day. It's like you're dating a ghost so to speak. For the main part, it's about being in love with someone who's not there for you. That's where "Supernatural" came from.
Where did "Go Where You Wanna Go" come from?
Graham Fenton: This ended up being a very divorce-laden album. That song was written for my two brothers. I'm one of three boys. I have an older and a younger brother. It just so happened that within the same month, both of their long-term relationships ended. My older brother was married, and my younger brother had been dating the same girl for six or seven years. I wrote it for them. Over some distance, the way we write is one band member will write the instrumental, send it off, and someone else will add lyrics and melodies. We all come together, collaborate, and fine tune the song.
What bands do you bond over?
Graham Fenton: We all share a love for Genesis. That was the first show I saw when I was a kid. It changed my life. They've got strong melodies and great pop tunes with a lot of electronic elements. We all love The Killers. I have to pay homage to Led Zeppelin.
Peter Vanderloos: I love Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac.
Lucas Gordon: Then, there's OneRepublic and Foster the People. One of the things we try to do ourselves is not necessarily be genre-less, but we want to move the lines of pop and rock music and move amongst genres.
If you were to compare the EP to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Peter Vanderloos: Well, we're all still alive so it's not The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Graham Fenton: That's a tough one! It could be like a dark rom-com!
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