Listen to the teaser ‘It’s Getting Late’ + Interview
And our Friday opens with good news and a little something for Blve Hills fans. The Canadian band led by frontman Cody Parnell is currently mixing and mastering an upcoming EP, their third since Blve Hills’ kickoff in 2014. ‘Come On In’ will offer 10 tracks of their already known surfadelic rock, and is expected to be released in the beginning of 2017.
To tease the fans appetite, they are putting out today the track ‘It’s Getting Late’, a lysergic 40 seconds trip that we are proud to premiere.
I talked to Cody about the EP and some of its tracks here:
Wow, more than one year since your last release, which was the ‘She’s Still Here’ EP. What has changed in Blve Hills since then? (apart from your hair colour)
HA! Well, I suppose a lot has changed in the past year since my last release. Feelings, relationships, ideas, beliefs. The list could probably go on and on. But for the most part, I would have to say that there is nothing wrong with change. It’s what helps us grow as people, and I appreciate everything that has happened in my life in this recent past. New music!
So, having more surfadelic coming from ‘Come On In’ is exciting. Should we expect more surf music or psychedelia in this third EP?
There are definitely more psychy tracks on this new album. The surf is still there, but I’ve been listening to so much lately that there is a little taste of everything in the new songs. Recently, there’s been a lot of old funk in my playlists and some dirty 90‘s grunge. The entire collection of 10 songs have been recorded over such a long period of time so my influences are all over the place. It’s not like I sat down for a month and tried to bang out a record, and have been mixing for the other 11 months. That’s not the case at all. Some of the drum tracks were recorded 12 months ago with my best bud Connor. Others were recorded 3 months ago. I didn’t mean for the recording process to turn out this way but it just did. It’s no good to force yourself to create, anyways. Whenever the feeling comes I lay it down.
This first single, ‘It’s Getting Late’ is catchy and dreamy, I love it. Tell us a bit about its recording process.
‘It’s Getting Late’ isn’t even a single actually. I just felt like I should give the listeners a little taste of something off the new album since It’s been so long since I put out anything for the public. Glad you found it dreamy. That’s sort of what I think while I listen to it. To me, it sounds like your listening to the song in your dream. And like a dream, it’s there for a few seconds and then it vanishes. As far as the recording process for it goes, it’s the song on the record which holds the title for the least amount of tracks. Connor had actually recorded 4 minutes worth of drums when I thought this song was something entirely different. I scrapped the entire idea and only used which was the intro for a song. All of the instruments were recorded acoustically stripped down which helped give it that dreamy feel I suppose. I do remember coming up with the little guitar riff last winter outside in the snow with my brother’s shitty, beater guitar.
Listen to ‘It’s Getting Late’ here:
I’m quite curious to find out what the third track, ‘Blue Hills, is about. It’s named after the band’s previous name, right?
The song ‘Blue Hills‘ is one of my favourites. I had no idea what the song was about to be honest until I recorded the vocals for it. I think that it’s about me coming to terms with everything in my life right now, and letting people know that Blve Hills is where my heart is. I decided to keep it spelt as the previous name for no reason at all. Maybe because I think of waves when I hear the song?
Last question: if you could pick any musician in the whole world to take part in one track of ‘Come On In’, who would be and in which track?
Oh baby! If I could have any musician play on one of the tracks, it would be Thomas Dashney from Lost Cousins. He could cook up some tasty synth on the song ‘Don’t’. If that song is missing anything, it’s some hot keys.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward for this EP. Meanwhile, let’s keep up with Blve Hills’ previous releases here: