First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. How are you doing? Miguel: I’m doing alright, thanks for asking! Recently, you announced your brand new album named Sick Sesh. Could you tell me something more about it? Why this album title, and could you please give… Read More Interview: Miguel Chen Of Teenage Bottlerocket
First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. How are you doing?
Miguel: I’m doing alright, thanks for asking!
Recently, you announced your brand new album named Sick Sesh. Could you tell me something more about it? Why this album title,and could you please give me a brief explanation about the thematics you covered in this material?
Miguel: Sick sesh is something we say all the time. It’s when you have a good hang, or a good show or a fun time. That’s a sick sesh. This last year and a half has been so shitty for so many people we thought everyone was due for a sick sesh!
Many bands suffered severe consequences during the quarantine. Is covid affected you as a band anyhow?
Miguel: Absolutely. We basically lost our jobs overnight. We had to reschedule and cancel about 100 tour dates all over the world. Everyone on earth was affected one way or another, it’s obviously been a really painful year, but we did our best to push through.
Does it affect your rehearsing/songwriting/composing/recording process of Sick Sesh?
Miguel: Since we all live in different cities we are pretty used to writing this way. One of us writes a song, demos it at home then emails it around. The biggest difference was that we couldn’t lock down a release date, because we had no idea when we would be able to tour and support the album. This gave us months of listening, mixing/re-mixing and mastering the record. It let us spend extra time making sure things sounded just right.
How the pandemic treated you as individuals anyway? Does anyone of you have any troubles with it?
Miguel: I’m pretty sure Ray had COVID on tour in February of 2020, we had to take him to the emergency room, but they didn’t know what was wrong with him. He was fine a couple days later. It was just before everything shut down. I had COVID earlier this year. Luckily I pretty much just had a bad headache and some sore muscles, I was fine a few days later.