Houston’s Deep Cuts are set to release their new EP, Slip Off in the Dark, this Friday. The release lyrically finds light in the ups and downs of love and heartache in the digital era. Mixed by Steve Christensen, SOitD is Deep Cuts most ambitious project to date. FPH caught up with the band’s Chase Harris and Dylan Villarreal to talk about finding influence for their new material and what the hell 2499 means.
The EP can be streamed in its entirety below, and can be purchased via Bandcamp here.
Free Press Houston: Slip Off in the Dark is your new EP. Can you talk about salsa-pop and dark electro ballads?
Chase Harris: Salsa-pop and dark electro ballads. Yeah, I think there’s some salsa-pop and dark electro ballads on there. I had to describe the music, so yeah. “True To You” is salsa-pop; “Better” is maybe an electro ballad. That’s what I came up with.
FPH: How do you personally go about scrounging for new sounds and bands, like those two we just talked about?
CH: Honestly, I just got in to listening that that kind of music. With salsa, I went through a period where I was listening to a lot of salsa. There’s one Eddie Santiago song in particular that I was into. I don’t think any of our music sounds like that a whole lot, but I was jamming it and “this is cool.” It had a lot of rhythms and percussions that I was into. I went to college for jazz, so I did all that shit for a few years. They made me listen to a lot of that stuff. They also made me listen to jazz fusion, which I think is in our music, too. I don’t have one kind of music I’m into, there’s a whole lot I like, which I think other people are like as well.
FPH: In terms of bands in particular, how are you going about it? Is Spotify your go-to? Radio? Blogs?
CH: I pretty much only use Spotify now. I feel like I was really late getting into Spotify. Like, I didn’t get Spotify until maybe a year or two ago. When I grew up, before Spotify, I would nerd out and read Pitchfork or blogs; that’s how I consumed music. Eventually, that all became obsolete with the rise of streaming services.
FPH: Can you talk about the impact that Neon Indian has had on Deep Cuts?
CH: Yeah, we did have his publicist. He’s totally helped us. I honestly never really listened to Neon Indian until we got connected to him, and then I was like, “OK, this is tight.” So I don’t think, musically, he’s had an influence on us, but it’s just — in Houston, there are no famous musicians that live here, we don’t have anyone to look up to or ask for advice. Our manager was roommates with Alan Palomo, that’s how we got plugged in with him.
CH: He’s been really cool and helpful to us in many regards
You mentioned there’s not that advice giver in Houston. Is there a different place in Texas that you could see Deep Cuts being headquartered out of?
Dylan Villarreal: I personally cannot say that I would love to be an Austin or Denton band, I think Houston is the best.
CH: I think Houston is my favorite city in Texas. We’re partial.
DV: In Texas.
FPH: Where do you really want to be?
CH: New York. Like I said, our manager lives there, and we’d like to relocate there.
FPH: To conclude, we’ve talked about one thing everyone needs to know about Slip Off in the Dark, but for those unaware, can you talk about the significance of 2499? What exactly is 2499 and how can people join the club?
CH: What 2499 is? I don’t know what 2499 means.
FPH: Oh, really?
DV: We’re still delving into that, trying to figure out what that means.
CH: Maybe we know what it means but can’t talk about it.
DV: Yeah, true. We’re required by our meme group —
CH: There’s an NDA we had to sign on that.
Deep Cuts will be throwing their record release show this Friday at Satellite Bar with tickets available here.
Additional Deep Cuts info can be found on their website, Deepcuts.net.