There’s no gap between what the members of Baltimore-based metal quartet My Ransomed Soul have on their mind in comparison to what’s written within the lyrics on their upcoming album Trilateral, out today, Feb. 24. Before a string of shows in support of their latest studio effort, vocalist Brendan Frey had the time to touch base with Substream Magazine to shed some light on how the album came to be and what My Ransomed Soul has planned for the future.
Your new album Trilateral comes out February 24. How are you feeling in regards to how the album turned out as a whole?
BRENDAN FREY: I’m actually really happy with how it’s turned out so far. The feedback overall has been fairly positive, so we really don’t have any complaints. So it’s definitely, in my opinion, our most solid release to date.
Trilateral has a variety of political themes and implications within it. Is there a particular reason you decided to structure the album in that fashion?
BF: It wasn’t really anything that I specifically tried to do or anything, it just kind of happened. Various topics are addressed throughout the album that we feel very passionate about overall, and it just kind of came out in our writing every time and just ended up shifting that way into what we write.
Are there any tracks on the new album that you’re really proud of in particular?
BF: I would say it’s a tossup between three tracks on the album: “Monarch,” which we have a music video for, “Mockingbird,” and a song called “Rehab” on the album I’m pretty stoked on as well.
Is there any reason in particular you gravitate toward those three?
BF: I feel like song-structure-wise they all flow the best, and “Mockingbird” hits the hardest. “Monarch” and “Rehab” just flow really well. I think those were the reasons why I enjoyed them so much.
In regards to the creative process of songwriting, has anything changed from the writing of Falsehoods to the writing of Trilateral?
BF: I think we just had more time to think everything through. We worked a lot on just getting a solid song structure for everything. When we wrote Falsehoods it was a two-month writing process as opposed to close to a year of just working on material that we did for this album. It definitely gave us more time to think things through and get more creative overall. It was a much more positive experience during the writing process for sure.
Yeah, that can definitely make a big difference. I remember when I was interviewing a band a few months ago, they stated they had a ton of time to write their latest album and it made a world of difference for them.
BF: Definitely. Well, we kind of had a little more independent structure for this album. It was just us and a producer, we didn’t have to go through any labels or anything, we did everything ourselves.
That actually ties in with my next question: You used to be signed to Red Cord records, but now you’re currently unsigned. Do you plan on working independently in the foreseeable future, or are you looking for another label to be associated with?
BF: We haven’t really talked to anyone; it’s been kind of a freeing experience being able to do everything on our own terms. As of right now, we’re in a good place overall being independent, but as far as what the future holds, it depends on what’s on the table really. I wouldn’t be opposed to talking to a label here or there about a potential future. As of right now, we’re fairly content with what we’re doing.
I know some bands prefer to have the independence of being able to do their own thing.
BF: Yeah, definitely. Well, I think overall you get to make more choices on your own in my opinion. You don’t have to go through any hoops of finding anyone’s approval other than your own, really.
Kind of a random question, but what would you say is your favorite venue to play a show in?
BF: Right now, there’s a venue in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, called the Ground Floor which has always been a great experience for us. The staff there is welcoming; they always try to make you feel at home while you’re there. On top of that, the kids in that area are just so ecstatic to see bands, and there’s really an appreciation there for music they haven’t seen. I would say it’s definitely one of my top favorites personally.
Are there any bands you can point to in particular that inspire your sound?
BF: I don’t think there was anything that particularly crafted our sound, or at least not on this individual album, because musically we all come from various backgrounds. As far as lyrics go, one of my biggest personal influences is Molotov Solution. They just have always had a similar vibe to some of the things I’ve attached myself to at the time. I think I’d be lying if I said we weren’t influenced by them in that way.
If you could collaborate with any artist on an album, who would it be and why?
BF: You know, I’ve never actually had that question before, and I’m not so sure. [Laughs.] That’s an interesting question. You know, I’m not too sure. As far as my own idols go, I’ve always been a big Underoath fan, and I would like to work with someone like Spencer [Chamberlain] from Underoath. Well, now Sleepwave. I would be more than willing to collaborate with him on something.
Do you have any upcoming shows/tours that you’re really excited about?
BF: Yeah, actually. This coming weekend we’re going on a short run with our friends In Dying Arms. They’re good friends of ours, we’ve known each other for a long time so it’s really cool to just hit the road for a few days with them. I think the week after that we’re having this huge record release show in Frederick, Maryland. It’s kind of, at least for me, our home area so it’s really cool to actually be able to get with some friend bands and play a show together.
Check out My Ransomed Soul’s music video for “Monarch” below: