Tennessee-based act Skytown Riot can count themselves among the up and coming mainstream rock acts. A big reason for that is the band’s new album, “Alive in the Fire.” Recently, Alternative Addiction talked with Skytown Riot frontman Van Gallik about the new album and constantly asking himself the big questions of life during the writing process.
“Alive in the Fire does a good job of summing up the whole record,” said Gallick talking with Alternative Addiction. “That title speaks about how we’ve mistreated our planet the whole time we’ve been here and how we’ve mistreated each other. The rest of the songs on the record contribute to those ideas in different ways. There’s that, and there’s a search for self-understanding and trying to figure out a purpose. Everybody must think about that from time to time - why are we here and what are we doing? My song writing goes that direction. A lot of it kind of asking the listener to speak up for what they believe in too. Today, everybody is so divided. There’s a lot of songs on there that address that too. It’s not a political record, but in some ways, we speak to that crowd,” he added.
For Gallik he finds himself contemplating a lot of big questions. He can get lost in the big questions, that’s why he’s suited best to be an artist instead of something else.
“I’m always asking myself that kind of stuff. You can find yourself playing music and entertaining because you’re not suited for other jobs in the world. I’ve done just about everything; telecom sales, restaurants, building tennis courts. But, it always comes back to music and writing,” explained Gallick.
Continuing to talk with Gallick about the song writing process, we specifically asked him how he knew if a song was good enough to pursue during the writing process. It doesn’t just have to have meaning; it should stick with him for more than a day to move forward with it.
“For me, it’s usually when I bring an idea to the band or the producer – whether it’s just a riff or something else simple – if I get a good reaction – then I’ll keep working on it. On a personal level, if I’m working on something and I’ve spent a lot of time on it, then I move forward. Especially if I write one day and remember it the next, then I know there’s something to it and it’s something I need to explore more.”
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