James Petralli of the psychedelic-southern rock band White Denim has gracefully spun his way into an equally as psychedelic-rock-bop project, Bop English. With this new venture came new insights, ideas, and musical angles.
Thankfully we got a chance to inquire about these very aspects of his new role as the lead singer-songwriter and composer as Bop English. Featured on his new album Constant Bop
is the lyrically witty, foot stomping sounds of "Struck Matches," complete with the video to solidify his new, fearless and charmingly quirky identity.
Be sure to check out Petralli's new record, Constant Bop
, which is available for purchase from iTunes here
as well as the video for "Struck Matches" and our conversation with the band below.
What encouraged you to decide to take this unconventional, DIY angle for the official Struck Matches music video?
The hooper happened to post a clip of herself hoop dancing to that song with the hashtag Bop English. The genius at the British label reached out and she was happy to do a complete pass on the song. She is a really nice and talented person.
I have a serious itch to drive really fast and maybe even commit a few petty crimes when listening to the featured track "Struck Matches." Can you give us some insight on the inspiration and meaning behind some of the songs lyrical ambiguity?
I don't really think it's ambiguous and I won't go into exacts for fear of totally ruining it for people. I will tell you that it's written for a really shitty dude and that there is some sarcasm in the lyrics. I am really glad you like the song and that it makes you want to drive really fast.
As the vocalist of the band White Denim, were there any difficulties moving between bandhood and working as a solo artist, creatively speaking? Did you feel new leeway in the creation of your solo record?
Not really, my role in both projects is the same. I never feel like there are limitations on any of the work that I'm doing. I am fortunate to have some good people helping me and teaching me how to make the music. It did feel good to have a little more time alone in the studio with the tunes though.