Interview: Truth & Salvage Co.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:55:25
"In this day and age, there has been so much complaining," says Truth & Salvage Co.'s Adam Grace. "There's so much to be down about in this world. Hope, love, and everlasting friendship are the things we have to focus on to have the longevity we want. We try to encapsulate that."
That's why Truth & Salvage Co.'s new album Pick Me Up is so inspiring and infectious. It literally makes good on the promise of its title, functioning as a shard of light through culture's darkness. It might just brighten your day with its natural power…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Adam Grace of Truth & Salvage Co. talks Pick Me Up, and so much more.
What ties Pick Me Up together for you?
Well, we got so many chances to make this album. There was such a long period of time going in to making it. The songs really built themselves into there and put themselves into the right places. We went through a lot of variations of what the album should be until finally it landed on this one. More than a theme, it's just about the songs that fit into where we are right now. It was totally organic. From the beginning, there were a few songs we knew were going to be on our album, but we were pretty open-minded to the rest of it. About eighty percent of it was unknown, it was just through getting out, playing those songs on the road, seeing how the audience reacted to them, and recording different versions of songs until we finally got it right. It made itself. It was the most organic we've ever done anything.
Is it important to you that the songs tell a story?
I think great art should definitely paint a picture and tell story. It should put you in a time and a place. I feel like our first album had that. When I do go back to it, I can close my eyes and put myself in that time and place. All of my favorite albums, whether it be a record from The Beatles or Pink Floyd, does the same thing to me. It conjures images and puts me back in the time and place where that album first affected me. To me, that's what good art is. I feel like we hit the mark on this one.
What's the story behind "Middle Island Creek"?
First of all, our band has multiple singers and songwriters so you're not listening to an album that's just the creation of one person. It's multiple people. It's not simply one viewpoint on life. It's more like, "Where do these relationships and friendships evolve from and come from?" It's a collaborative thing. "Middle Island Creek" was written by our drummer "Smitty". It goes back years and years ago. "Middle Island Creek" was right by the area he grew up in. His father spoke the words of that song for the first time. He'd sing a little bit of that going down the street. Years later, "Smitty" found that song. His mother played him a tape from when he was a child. She was driving him around in the car, and everyone was singing. His dad sang a line, "Here we are in Middle Island Creek". That's where that song came from. A year later, he brought it to the band. The audience just loves it. We always knew it was going to be on the album. It was such an important piece for our band historically because it told the story of one of our members. Audiences were really drawn to it and requested it all the time even though it wasn't on an album.
Where did "All Stand Tall" come from?
It was written by Scott [Kinnebrew] and myself. That was one of the last additions to the album. It took the place of something else. In this organic way we did things, there were some songs that got cut. When we recorded "All Stand Tall", it changed the feeling of the whole thing—so much so that we decided to put it last. It's such a triumphant message. It's a message we all adhere to. It's a message of hope and what our band really stands for, which is salvaging everything you can to make your dream come true. I think it's the perfect ending to the album.
If Pick Me Up were a movie or combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Wow, man, that's a tough question! I'm a huge movie lover, but I've never thought about that. One of my favorites is The Godfather. It's just not a good comparison though [Laughs]. I don't know why that popped into my head. It's a great movie, but not a good comparison!
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