1.) Vents is happy to be speaking today to one of the most exciting bands on the music scene, Filligar; welcome to our humble pages, gang! Before we get started, can you all introduce yourself to our reading audience?
Great to be speaking with Vents! We’re Filligar—brothers Pete, Teddy, and Johnny Mathias and Casey Gibson.
2.) Major congratulations are very much in order for the brand-spanking new album Future Self which just dropped on February 25! Johnny, how does it feel to unleash your official eighth studio album? Does it ever not feel like a big deal?
Thank you! It’s always fun. We’re really excited to get Future Self out into the world.
3.) Casey, what was the genesis of Future Self? Is there a Secret Origin story you could share with our readers on how this album came into being?
The name Future Self came from an experience around a campfire up in the Oregon coast. Most of the rest of the story can be found in the words on the album. In terms of how the album was created, there was a lot of passing files back and forth between rooms in Los Angeles during the height of the pandemic.
4.) Teddy, how do you feel the Future Self album is different from you last one? How is it similar?
Like the rest of our albums, we had a great time in the writing process. I think with this one we really tried to push ourselves to explore new sounds and get outside our comfort zone as we put everything together.
5.) Pete, its common knowledge among music aficionados that the drummer for any band is the glue that keeps it all together. That being said, did the new album present any new challenges for you and your bandmates? Did it challenge you in ways that other albums in the past had not?
I would say the drummer is not just glue, we’re super glue actually. Definitely the most important thing from a drummer is to be in service to the song, the voice, the melody. With the pandemic, a lot of the songwriting for this was not done with all of us in the same room all the time. So I had to adjust, to “imagine” the band in a room together in some cases. But as a drummer I also know that constraints can also unlock true creativity— and for sure on this record there was a lot of new drumming explored—it’s part of the fun of bringing the song ideas to life.
6.) Johnny, Future Self has a tight and lean track count of eleven crackling and rocking songs. Was there anything that didn’t make the cut, or was the eleven numbers always planned specifically?
There’s always a moment when we need to pause and narrow down the list of songs. There were ones that didn’t make the cut this time, but they’re still in the hopper somewhere. That’s always part of the fun.
7.) A question for all of you: which song on the Future Self album do you count as your personal favorite?
It kinda varies but if we had to choose now, it’d be “A Walk in the Woods” for Pete, “The Parade” Teddy, “17th Hour” Johnny, and “Fire in the Sun” for Casey.
8.) Casey, the Future Self album was recorded at Gravity Studios in Chicago, IL as well as the Singing Serpent in San Diego, California. What was it specifically about those two venues that made them the right studios to bring the sounds of the new album to life?
The people. We’re fortunate to have had an awesome group involved in this album. Big thanks to Doug McBride, Gray Taxon, Daniel Farnsworth, Mina Lauren, Lex Taxon, and Mike Butler. You can definitely also hear West Coast and Midwest vibes in the songs in different ways. Environment always inspires music making.
9.) Teddy, who was the producer on Future Self and what did that collaboration look like?
We generally find that the best stuff comes when everyone contributes creatively. On this one, that really showed through.
10.) Pete, what do you hope fans walk away with after listening to Future Self?
We tried to write an album that sounds different each time you listen to it. Hopefully, people walk away and at some point come back.
11.) Johnny, what are Filligar’s touring plans in the wake of the Future Self release? Can fans look forward to checking out a live show in their home town soon?
Definitely. We’re getting a few shows on the books as soon as possible. More to come!
12.) For all of you: With a staggering ninety original tracks under your collective creative caps, what do you do for an encore?
13.) Casey, what’s the secret to Filligar’s longevity? The band truly seems to be on a perpetual and lovely stride that shows no signs of waning!
We love making music together. That’s what keeps us going.
14.) Final – SILLY! – Question for all of you: Favorite movie about the music scene – This Is Spinal Tap, Almost Famousor La Bamba?
All we can say is that there may or may not be a replica of Stonehenge onstage at our next show.
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