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Rococode fans rejoice, today is finally here. The band’s second full-length album Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon has finally hit the shelves. Leading up to the release, the BC-based band had been premiering some of their new tracks off of their much-anticipated record via their social media accounts and have had an outstanding response. Not surprising- considering there is probably nothing better than male/female vocals, catchy beats, and honest lyrics.
We recently had the chance to interview the electro-pop duo about their upcoming album, the Vancouver rain and their steamy new music video. We talked about everything from spaghetti to booty shorts. Read on to find out more.
CONFRONT: Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon is set for release on February 26th! What is the message you are hoping to communicate with this particular album?
Rococode: This collection of songs is very dear to us. We’ve worked a long time to get it ready to release into the world. We feel it communicates a distinct duality, in that simultaneously encapsulates a very specific period of our lives, but hopefully resonates with other people in a more timeless manner.
CONFRONT: You have mentioned that the new song “Cuttime” focuses on “embracing the speed of life.” Do you feel like most of the tracks on this record have a certain optimism to them, or did you explore a range of emotions?
Rococode: On the surface, most of the songs will probably feel considerably less than optimistic. However, there are seeds of optimism in the messages of all the songs. It’s really a coming of age story for the two of us and while the songs are most often dealing with darker subject matter, there is a certain hope that comes along with figuring these things out for ourselves.
CONFRONT: Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon is Rococode’s second full-length album. What would you say is the main difference between this release and your debut record Guns, Sex & Glory?
Rococode: It’s a lot more direct and focused than our first go-around. We started this band without a really clear vision of who were as a band or as songwriters. We just kind of recorded all the songs we had at the time of our first album and they were pretty diverse. Some were brand new, some were 5 years old and none of them were written with a particular “voice” in mind. At this point we’d spent 2 years on the road growing into an identity and were able to write the songs with that in mind. Sonically it’s also very different, in that this new record comes focuses a lot more on synths and electronics as opposed to guitars and drums and basses. Which is a product of our changing personal tastes, as well as those of our collaborators.
CONFRONT: Most of the songs off this record were recorded in a cabin in the middle of the woods- what effect do you think this had on the songs as a whole?
Rococode: Well, the end product doesn’t really sound “rustic” or “woodsy” in any way, but in a way the cabin is the element that unifies these songs into an album. It’s not anything that is obvious on a conscious level, but the cabin is a tangible presence. It’s in the cracks and spaces. We moved into the place with two near strangers and some equipment and created something together. We were definitely all ready to get out of there by the end, but it was a pretty magical shared experience and hopefully that comes through in the rawness and honestly of the record.
CONFRONT: I must say, your video for Panic Attack is probably the best thing I’ve seen this year- where did the idea for lots of spaghetti and kissing stem from?
Rococode: Thank you. Watching with our moms was awkward. The whole idea behind the video was to put the two of us into situations were we could capture some real honest, raw, and emotional moments. We actually filmed a whole day’s worth of alternate scenarios, but the final cut was all spaghetti makeout.
CONFRONT: You were announced as performers at the Firefly Music Festival in June alongside great acts like Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine. What do you hope to take away from this experience?
Rococode: Well… we won’t be taking anything away unfortunately, because we weren’t able to make that fit into our schedule properly after all. Very sad about that.
CONFRONT: I personally find that bands hailing from Vancouver are greatly contributing to the success of Canada’s music scene. With Rococode being based in Vancouver, what do you think it is about the city that fuels such inspiration and talent?
Rococode: Rain and the high rent.
CONFRONT: For fans that have never seen you in concert, how would you explain your live show?
Rococode: An iPod and two pairs of booty shorts.
CONFRONT: Besides the album release, can you let us in on some insider information concerning your plans for the rest of the year?
Rococode: More shows, more videos, more music, no more spaghetti.
If you are still wondering what all this spaghetti talk is about, watch the video for Panic Attack now:
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