Q: I love the 80s energetic feel of “Found.” And I’m pretty sure a lot of people were hit with nostalgia. Why and how did you decide to make “Found” sound like the 80s?
THE FREIGHT: Well thank you so much for that! We all have a soft spot for some 80s Rock in the band. There was so much great music coming out back then: The Police, The Cars, Guns n’ Roses, Van Halen etc. I actually made the call to take it in that direction because of a guitar effect pedal believe it or not. I had just gotten a new flanger, which is the pedal that does that 80s whoosh effect you can hear on the guitars. When I used it with the guitar parts I was creating for “Found” it just made sense. Then we just went all in with it and our producer Jeff Rosen was totally on board and helped us get there.
Q:What was the making of the song like? How did it make you feel?
THE FREIGHT: Making “Found” was some of the best times I have had making music. This song was such a labor of love. We work with an amazing producer and friend, Jeff Rosen out of Cherrywood Studios in Pembroke, MA. Jeff has created an amazing vibe in his studio and we had some amazing nights recording and creating parts for this song. Everyone in the band has a voice in our music and I know Jeff’s environment totally helps inspire our performance.
Q: Where do you see “Found” going?
THE FREIGHT: We all really love the song. We put a lot of love and work into it. Honestly the fact that people have responded so well to it and are listening to it and saving it means so much to us. I’d just like to see the song get in front of people that can connect with it. That would mean a lot to me. Wherever it goes, we are grateful and totally blown away by the positive response to the song.
Q: If you had to choose someone to do music with, who would it be and why?
THE FREIGHT: I mean my number one dream would be Paul McCartney— I’m not sure he’s going to be looking me up any time soon. I also really love Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule). Other than The Beatles, Warren’s music has probably had the biggest impact on me. Just jamming or recording with him would be amazing.
Q: How has the Boston area influenced your music?
THE FREIGHT: Boston has hugely influenced my music. I grew up just south of the city in Quincy and went to Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have always had friends in bands that were in many of the different scenes around Boston. Growing up there was a killer rock/punk/alternative scene that my friends were a part of so that was always awesome going to those shows because there is so much energy there. The power in some of that music definitely stayed with me and helps me bring aspects of that to my songs. For example, the pre-chorus of Found kind of has that “four-on-the-floor” rock thing going that you can hear in a lot of alternative music. Our drummer Marc Loverin nailed that sound. I know he loves a lot of Boston rock like The Cars and Morphine. There was also some great blues jams around in the late 90s, early 2000s that really helped me grow as a player. Boston has this really cool underground feel, or at least it did up until recently. Boston definitely gave me a lot of variety with my music experiences which I am really grateful for.
Q: What are some other things you are working on?
THE FREIGHT: We are just about finished with our next single and it should be out in late May. We are also really looking forward to playing some more live shows. We have a big one coming up May 8th at one of our favorite spots, Soundcheck Studios, in Pembroke, MA. We can’t wait to get back out there and play some killer shows.
Interviewed by Taylor Berry