Interview: The Wind and The Wave
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:02:26
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The Wind and The Wave manage to infuse vibrant and vivid storytelling into striking melodies on From The Wreckage [iTunes link]. As a result, the duo of Patricia Lynn and Dwight Baker architects a pastiche of emotions and feelings that's utterly unforgettable. You'll be humming along to this for a long time to come, but you'll also be thinking about it—like all great albums.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Patricia Lynn of The Wind and The Wave talks From The Wreckage and so much more.
Did you approach From The Wreckage with one particular vision or vibe in mind?
Dwight and I are really good friends. We met and built our relationship in the studio because I was in another band before this, and he produced a couple of albums for us. We just got along really well in the studio. We weren't a band when we started writing this record. We didn't intend to write a record, be on a label, play shows, or anything like that. We just wanted to write songs together because we enjoyed that process and each other's company. The real goal was to write music that we loved and to have a good time. Those were the only goals in mind when we wrote this record. We're really close, and we're similar in personality too. Dwight gets to tell his story on the record with production. That's how he takes ownership of this album. I get to tell my story lyrically. We both have a very equally important role. We're always on the same page. I never have to step on his toes to get what I want and vice versa. The goal was to have fun and make music we love. It ended up being a very cohesive thing because every morning when we would start this writing process, we would begin with a cup of coffee and just talk. As two close friends who are talking, a lot of times, we'd talk about really personal things. It was sort of a continuation of therapy for me. That's why I talk about some really personal things on the album. It ended up being this cohesive story of where I came from and where I see myself going. It's an album about where you came from and finding your own way regardless of where that may be.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yes, it is. One of my biggest influences in music and writing in general would be Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie. I love the way he tells stories and really paints a picture—at least he did for me anyway. I discovered Death Cab For Cutie when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school. Aside from all of the oldies, that was when I figured out what I liked in music. Before that, I just liked whatever my friends liked or what was on the radio. I heard Death Cab For Cutie live the first time. They were opening for someone, and I fell in love with the way Ben painted pictures and told stories. I'm highly influenced by him as well as Metric. Emily Haines was huge for me. I love that really raw way she writes and her sexuality. I know I don't have punk in my music, but those are two big influences for me musically.
What's the story behind "This House is a Hotel"?
It's basically about being eighteen-years-old and wanting to explode because you cannot live in your parents' house one more day. You just can't do it [Laughs]. My mom doesn't really understand that feeling. She's from Mexico. Culturally, she comes from a place where families just stick together, and kids don't want to leave the house the second they turn eighteen. It was really difficult for my mom to understand that need to get out, be independent, and be your own person. My sister just turned eighteen a few months ago, and my mom is going through it all over again. Of course, that song now speaks to my sister. That's what it's about.
Where did "With Your Two Hands" come from?
That's a culmination of me, and I'm also taking from the lives of a few people I know. Overall, that one became about overcoming demons and becoming your true self, opening yourself up and allowing yourself to love someone else or to accept love and become the better version of yourself by working through those demons, whatever they may be for you.
What artists shaped you?
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It would be something with the desert and a lot of driving. I was thinking of Almost Famous, but I'm not sure if it's applicable. I really like the movie Lord of War, but that already has a great soundtrack. Dwight would have a totally different answer, probably! I can't pick [Laughs].
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