Tick.tick.tick. is a product of the pandemic. Three touring artists came together remotely to create some music while their life on the road was on pause. The result was out of this world. I chatted to Eric from the band about their new self-titled EP and whether they plan to make more music post-pandemic.
Interview by Graeme Smith
You’ve described tick.tick.tick. as “a fictitious band in the real world” or vice versa – can you tell us the band’s origin story?
Before this endeavour, the three of us were touring with bands and working in studios with people in the outside world. Dean and myself are members of the band Red Wanting Blue which normally tours year-round. We met Ross through our label mate Chelsea Williams (Ross’s wife). Ross was touring with Ben Folds as a harmonica player up until the pandemic shut everything down. We feel like a “fictitious band” because at the start we had no plans of performing our music live. Meaning, the bands existence would only be on the internet, which one could debate as “real” or not. Traditionally, the three of us would consider a “real” band if said band played shows. But now, who the hell knows?!
You’ve just released a self-titled debut EP which was done physically distant from one another. What was it like to record and produce remotely?
Now that sharing recording sessions remotely is easy to do we’ve all done a lot of this kind of collaborating over the past few years. So strangely it wasn’t new territory for us to produce physically distant.
In my review I described the EP as a journey with ever changing scenery – is that close to what you were going for or was I way off the mark? What was the vision for the EP and why did you pick the tracks you do for it?
I think your description was spot on. It wasn’t necessarily what we set out to do, but it is where we ended up. The parameters we set for ourselves was to compose around a set of core sounds and aesthetics that pulled all of the songs together under the same umbrella. This process worked nicely for us and we didn’t feel the need to mull over a bunch of different options and be hyper analytical about the choices we made. We wrote, we produced, and out came the EP. In my experience, this is the exception rather than the rule.
How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
Instrumental lo-fi through a nostalgic lens.
All three of you are touring musicians – how did it feel to not be on the road last year? Do you think things will be as they were once the pandemic is over or have things permanently changed?
I think I can speak for everyone and say it has felt weird. But it also gave us the ability to collaborate and create tick.tick.tick. and the process has been a real joy in this bizarre time. In regards to touring and playing shows I’m optimistic that things will eventually get back to the way they once were. I don’t think people will stop wanting to gather together and have live music experiences. Fingers crossed!
What’s next for tick.tick.tick. Are you guys going to keep making music even after you’ve got back on the road?
We plan to make more music whether people want to hear it or not!
Any last words for the readers?
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Tick.tick.tick.’s self-titled EP is out now. You can check it out and read our review here.