Todays’ Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Jeremiah McKinley

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Same Old Heart is the story of a man. The woman he loves starts heading down a dangerous path, and while he loves her it is a path he cannot follow. She spirals into addiction and his heart breaks as there is nothing he can do to stop or save her. The song came from an image I had in my head of this daredevil dancing on the edge of this bridge, and it sparked the line “tightroping the tracks like you were dancing with the world, your arms spread wide. “ The rest of the song kind of fell in place once I got the story idea figured out.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Hanging On/ Creekside. We were so excited when we put that song out.  Up to that point I think we were waiting for someone to come along and tell us that we could put out music, like you had to get the nod of approval. But once we decided to start recording and teaching ourselves protools we were off like a rocket. I am not the most tech savvy person and it took a lot of trial error and YouTube videos to start getting an idea of how to record , so I am still very proud of the song that started it all for us. It is also really nice to have a record of how we have improved and grown from song to song and year to year.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Johnny Don’t Fly. It is a story of a homeless navy pilot that is dealing with his demons while living on the street. I really love the lyrics of the first verse leading into the chorus, “pawned his medals all for whiskey, traded gold to ease his soul, couple shots to keep him dizzy, couple more to keep him warm, like an eagle he could soar, but Johnny don’t fly no more. “ I think it is a story a lot of people can identify with. I think it’s the best lyric I’ve written.

Your favourite song to play live:

It Ain’t Easy. It’s a song that will be coming out November 26.  I really love it because my brother Noah wrote and sings the first verse, I wrote and sing the second verse and then my brother cranks into one of my favorite guitar solos he’s written.

Your most emotional track:

Senior Year. We write a lot of fictional stories, but that one comes from a personal place. Two kids meet and fall in love at a bonfire senior year of high school. They spend the summer together until they both go off to different colleges. The chorus line “ hold me closer, I know we’ll survive, can ya hold me closer, the best things always take some time. “ I think it is a song that people identify with. Everyone remembers their first love and that sometimes timing is everything.

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

I feel like it’s where I am supposed to be. When I’m settling in to start playing the first chord I feel at ease and usually crack a big dumb smile. # The hardest track to play live: Long Night Long Story. It is a fast paced song and I am rattling off lyrics at a really high rate. It’s a really fun song but I did not leave myself any room to take a breath and am usually gasping by the time we hit the second chorus.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Audiobooks. I really love listening to historical fictions and they usually inspire my writing. As a kid I always hated reading and would just guess the answers on reading quizzes. But ever since audiobooks came out I have found that I quite enjoy books now. And it is a great way to keep calm and relax.

Describe your fans in three words:

The few, the proud, the marines haha. I would say energetic, loyal, and diverse

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Put a Flower in Your Pocket by The Arcs. I love anything Dan Auerbach makes but the first time I heard that song it really hit me. The lyrics, the groove, that song just works.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

A lot of dates are on the way. We are in the middle of trying to book as many live shows as we can.  We also have two more singles going live in the coming months. It Ain’t Easy will be out November 26. It is a song my brother Noah wrote in the back of a pickup truck while riding in the mountains in a downpour. It is about feeling cold and alone and having to cope with being on your own. Wedding Toast will be coming out in January. We are also in the middle of recording our second album. There are a lot of cool songs we’re working on and we hope to be putting it out sometime next spring.

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