Few bands can say that their single launched into the top ten of the Billboard Rock Charts right out of the gate, let alone staying in the charts for a collective 40 weeks after getting there. Adelaine can make that claim. The band’s first Billboard top ten hit single, “Do or Die,” catapulted them into rotation with well-established artists like POD and Switchfoot, and gained them fans instantly. Their follow up single and title track of their debut EP, Take Heart, proved to continue their radio success, peaking at 12 on the Billboard Rock Chart and staying in the top 30 for 20 weeks.
Vocalist Stormy Pina’s honesty about her inner battles with all the complexities of life comes through in not only the strength of her voice but also in her ability to translate that musically for vast audiences to relate to. That voice is heard through Adelaine’s sophomore album, Currents. The album was written with an emphasis on real life relationships. It focuses on the twists and turns that challenge us to forgive and overcome despite betrayal and disappointments.
Ghettoblaster caught up with Pina to discuss the record. This is what she told us about the record, which dropped on April 30 via Mosaic Artistry Group…
When did you begin writing the material for your most recent EP?
We began writing songs for Currents about a year ago, although not everything we wrote went on the release. We actually wrote about four more songs in the studio to go with the material we’d already been working on.
What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?
The song that was the hardest to translate was the last track on the album called “Home.” We initially wrote it as a song on acoustic guitar, and decided to change the chords and translate it to piano! That song changed almost completely about three times before we were happy with the way it was turning out.
Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?
“Home” was really the only song that changed drastically from what it originally was, the rest had either minor changes, or were songs we’d written on the spot.
Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?
No guests on any tracks, but we did have Zach Riner in to help produce the album and work with me on vocals!
Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?
John Harrell recorded and produced, Zach Riner helped produce as well. Having them both there gave us extra sets of ears to filter out the inconsistencies and bring the album to a much tighter sounding place.
Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?
Lyrically each song is about some sort of struggle either I have had personally or that we as a band have experienced, which is where I got the name, Currents. Each of these struggles represensts a current, something fighting against us that we have to overcome.
Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?
Yes we just started playing these songs live on our tour to the east coast. Some of the songs that we’ve gotten strong reactions from are “Tug of War” and “We’ve Got it Now.”
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