It's been six years since the last official release from rock band Wavorly (four if you're counting their b-sides project), and the band has officially rallied back together to offer up two brand new songs - available now. JFH's David Craft caught up with original band members Dave Stovall and Matt Lott to talk about Wavory: past, present, and future...
This interview took place on: July 4, 2017.
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There was date on the Roadshow tour where me and Teddy were playing near Albuquerque. Matt came out to hang and we started reminiscing about Wavorly and talking about how crazy it was that our 10 year anniversary of Conquering the Fear of Flight was coming up. We wanted to do something special for our fans to celebrate that record and also to relive a little piece of it ourselves.
Yeah, so we kind of threw the idea out here on social media last year, and got tons of encouraging feedback. So, here we are. It's really exciting.
Dave: I'll definitely still be involved! I've got AA shows on the books coming up. Wavorly isn't planning on touring (mainly because our wives won't let us, haha), so it shouldn't be a conflict.
Dave: TIME. Most of us have kids now, and when people say "kids change everything," they aren't freaking lying, haha. We had all these ideas we wanted to do and it was a race against the clock to get everything done before June. All of us have busy careers now and getting it all together was definitely a challenge. But getting to work with my brothers again was well worth it!
Matt: Yes, I'd say it's definitely making time. Time and money, haha. We're super blessed that everyone worked so hard and that things came together the way they did. And that we've had the response we've had! It's so encouraging to have people tell us that the new songs are actually good.
Dave: I still write a lot of instrumental music these days. I've had the opportunity to score a couple of short films, which was awesome. So, I really wanted to tie the new stuff to our first record with an interlude. That was the plan from the beginning. The super talented violinist Laura Epling did an amazing job.
Dave: It's definitely different for us and a great indicator of what we want to do going forward. I wrote this song out of sheer frustration with the Nashville music industry, haha. Teddy and I made a demo of this song after Wavorly was done because we just wanted to release some fun music together. As soon as we decided to do a couple songs under Wavorly, I knew we had to include this one.
Matt: They're both kind of layered, but I'd say that "Pressure" is the more straightforward song, mainly being about just getting sick of the status quo in life, maybe at work or just life in general. It's about those times where you just want to push back and make things happen. It's just a fun rally cry to anyone that's ever felt like they were on the outside looking in, at least to me.
"Strangers in Love" is a bit more nuanced, because it's basically about my relationship with faith, and not specifically my faith in Christ, but faith as a concept. It's interesting to me that something so personal (it seems to me that a person's faith is probably one of, if not the most personal thing about them) and so important that it can, at times, feel completely alien, completely unknown. Almost like a stranger, and yet at the same time, your closest friend, ally, or lover. It's about that relationship. I don't know if that necessarily makes sense to anyone else but me, so that might be a little confusing, and if it is, you can equate it to a person-to-person relationship. Sometimes the people we love the most can feel the most alien to us.
Dave: How could you possibly want more? I mean, isn't 2 songs every 5 years enough?? haha. We are definitely planning to release more. To keep this train going, we're going to need support from our fans. I produced the tracks, but we also hired Jay Hall (incredible mixer and human being), Jared Fox (awesome drum engineer), and Chris Graham (great mastering guy) to make the tracks sound the way they do. All members of Wavorly (past and present) made time to record these songs as well. I feel like we've created a great team and workflow, so it can't just end here! I want to keep releasing mini-EP's as long as we can. There should definitely be a word for "mini-EP". Any suggestions??
Matt: Yeah, it's like doing a crowd fund in reverse, haha. We figure it's only $2, so maybe our fans will come through and pick it up. The more that Movement One brings in, the more likely it is that we get a Movement Two, etc. We shall see! Either way, it's just great to be working together and putting new music out again. It's a special blessing.
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