E: Awesome um, could you speak a little bit to the Neurosis influence?
E: I haven’t personally delved into their discography but, I do know that they’re an influence
P: So yeah Neurosis for me- and the thing with Neurosis that’s interesting is they became really popular when they started making more like Doom Metal very slow stuff, but they actually started as a hardcore band. It’s less sonic influence for me and more like the way that y’know like thematically carry their projects really pushed me and additionally like how crushing a lot of the songs are like its just some of the heaviest stuff ever, and they’re hopefully not problematic but they are very good. Because you know, as someone who grew up listening to a lot, a lot of different stuff, but a lot of metal um I know that a lot of my favorite bands growing up, a lot of those guys are horrible people
E: Oh for sure, I mean that goes for like so many facets of the music industry
P: Oh it does, it’s so, it’s real bad
E: It’s real bad
P: But yeah definitely, there’s a lot of metal influence. Whether or not it’s directly you know sonic is up to interpretation but I definitely have that kind of stuff in mind, um, and I am starting a metal band so-
E: Oh really?
P: That’s, yeah that is very much in-
E: the works
P: it’s in the works, we haven’t really recorded anything yet though
E: That’s okay! That’s actually really exciting
P: Yeah, it’ll be fun to kind of have something separate from kinda like the Pidge Cinematic Universe
E: Mhm! Um, so what was the recording process like for Shock Therapy?
P: So, It started in April of 2021 with ‘Lovesick!’. I made that song with this person I was working on an album with I had in mind that ended up falling through; and I was sitting on it for almost a year while also working on these other tracks from the album which was just me in my apartment, one idea a day, and then if something sticks I keep building on it. But then I joined the whatever I want collective and one of the members Calvin Kingston was over and he did his verse in like ten minutes and it was just unbelievable. But that was the general feeling of the album was I’d have something I had been sitting on for a while, and I’d bring someone in to help me and we’d figure it out in a matter of minutes.
E: I like that, um, so could you talk about the making of the song ‘4x’?
P: Yeah, so ‘4x’ was, um, I don’t remember when exactly we made it. I think we made it in, like November of 2021. I had taj, one of the members of the collective over, and it was actually our first time working on anything, and he laid down the bass and some of the synth work and I did the drums. And I decided I wanted it to sound like you were in a club but like you were in hell at the same time. We actually recorded that in the afternoon, and then we recorded all studio apartment the same day
E: Oh awesome, I’d say studio apartment is probably, top 3 on the album for me, I’ll have that on repeat when I’m just like sitting alone in my room
P: It’s definitely, I’d say people I feel like know me a lot for you know ‘Lost Cause’ and like the more aggressive stuff, but I like making some silly songs every once and a while, that and ‘Go Fish!’ are the best examples of it.
E: Mhm, and like hyperpop girlfriend ‘HPGF’
P: Yeah that one actually, that whole song came about because Golder texted me just like “Oh me and Griffin”- who goes by printer friendly “we had an idea for the name of a song, hyperpop girlfriend!”, and I just, I was in class and I just made the entire chorus for the song in that class without even making the instrumental.