Kayak Jones has just dropped their Sophomore EP "Flawed" on December 9th. Despite its name, it's absolutely flawLESS. The 5 songs will make you confused wether to jump around and dance or sob or both at the same time. Following their debut EP "Drugs" this new release will only take em even further than they've already come. With Brandon Blakeley's powerful drum parts accompanied with the catchy guitar work (Scott Miller, Ben Dunegan, and Tyler Zumhof) and vocals being captured to its fullest potential, "Flawed" is now one of my personal favorites of the year.
I got to talk to Tyler Zumhof of the band to ask him about the process and other questions I had about the EP.
What was the hardest part about recording and even writing this new EP?
"I feel like we were really hard on ourselves instrumentally when it came to this EP. We really wanted to make sure that we could write the sound that we exactly wanted for this EP. We spent a lot of time just going over the "flow" of our songs. We also really worked together a lot on parts. We would definitely let each other know when we wanted to change something and we came to an agreement on how we thought songs should go."
"From just my own personal experience, a lot of the lyrics were really hard to write. It took a lot out of me to write some of them, sometimes."
It's very safe to say you guys have put 150% into these new songs, and they seem to follow the same ideas to your first EP, but maybe more personal in the writing. Do you feel that Kayak Jones got more personal with the writing process?
"I would say so, yes. A lot of the songs are about specific experiences in my life and noticing and coming to terms how these experiences have added quirks to me that I'm currently still addressing.
We've always attempted to be as honest as we can be as musicians and I feel like we try to make sure our instrumentals also have the same sort of feel."
What was the thing you guys wanted to do the most with this new release. Was there anything different that you just HAD to do and wanted to do?
"Dynamics. We wanted to really add a lot more dynamics to our songs for sure. We wanted to take the parts of drugs that we enjoyed and expand upon them while simultaneously adopting the new principle that we aren't just a pop punk band. I feel as though we really wanted to establish ourselves as ourselves and not get held captive by a genre that we didn't really identify ourselves just as that."
I read in your 36 Vultures article when "Memoirs" dropped, the story behind that song and the lyrics for it. Is the whole EP based on that story or the same situations?
"Well, firstly, thanks for reading that. Lyrically, the EP as a whole touches on a lot of suicide/depression that has sort of become a commonplace in our lives as of recently, as well as some other more personal subjects. Each song is about a different specific thing and a much more broader idea that's sort of a rider along with it."
All in all, this EP is phenomenal and there's something seriously wrong if you don't at least check it out. Follow them and listen for yourself with the links below, and catch them on tour with Hot Mulligan with the dates below!
Instagram and Twitter: @kayakjonesia
written by joSpeh barnum