The Mowgli’s recently released a four song EP called, American Feelings. The EP features four of the band’s best songs to date. It’s the band’s second EP since shifting over to releasing things independently (they’re releasing music through their management company these days.). Alternative Addiction recently got to interview The Mowgli’s co-lead vocalist Katie Earl about the band’s new EP and how they’re target mission has changed since they started putting out music together a decade ago.
“We felt a little trapped by having to put out an album,” said Earl about why the band has released two EPs in a row. “As soon as we have songs that we like, whether that’s a single or four songs for an EP, we’ll just put them out as they come instead of waiting for a whole body of work. We’re just excited to put out music when it’s done.”
The band’s new EP was produced by Robert Elmore, and the band worked extremely well with the producer.
“He definitely knows what he’s doing. Besides that, he’s a friend and working with him is cool, the stuff that he produces just fits what we were trying to make,” added Earl when talking about the producer.
Of the four songs on the EP, Earl sings lead vocal on two of them, “Mr. Telephone” and “Talk About It” – and they’re different each vastly different lyrically than the content the band put out years ago when they first started releasing music. They’re not depressing, they’re just not about rainbows and sunshine like the band originally put out with their debut album. Earl talked about how the band’s writing process has changed from when they started to how they are now, and she noted how the subjects of what they write about has really changed gears.
“The way we started out, we started as a band that wanted to write songs that felt good. We wanted to spread love in a seemingly loveless world. As went on, we realized that can sometimes be hard to do. It doesn’t feel genuine because we don’t feel that way all the time. We’re not always happy and hopeful. So, we started using the music as an emotional outlet. So, I think we’ve got a lot better at writing songs that are honest true to us in the moment and our narrative of what we’re experiencing in our lives at that time. We’re documenting ourselves and sharing it so other people can feel less alone, instead of constantly telling people that it’s going to be okay, when it’s not okay, and that’s okay too,” explained the vocalist.
That’s not the only thing that’s changed for The Mowgli’s, like most bands that have been running for a decent amount of time, they’ve had various lineup changes too. Katie talked about the lineup changes a bit and how she feels about anybody who has contributed to their music over the years.
“The Mowgli’s belong to the music now. One thing that’s cool, is that while the music has changed, so have we. The music has grown and so have we. We’ve always been about connecting with people. You have to do that in this line of work. It’s not for everybody. It puts a lot of stress on relationships and it can get confusing. Being on tour all the time, is a lot. It’s not always possible for people to keep doing that forever. But anybody who’s ever been a part of The Mowgli’s is now always inherently a part of it. It’s not about one person, and that’s part of what makes it special.”
We keep talking about how the band has been around for a decade, but that’s a big deal. Not very many people anticipated them being around more than two albums after their first album release, but here we are. They’ve been around from years and they don’t give any hints of slowing down. We asked Katie if she thought that The Mowgli’s would still be going this far down the line from where they started, and she answered candidly.
“There’s no way, I think we would have thought about the name a little harder. Personally, I didn’t think it was possible. I can be creative for the rest of my life. There’s value in that and there’s value in sharing that. I spent my 20s in this band, I grew up in this band. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m still happy to be a part of it.”
One more thought with Katie, after being in the music industry for so long, we asked her how hard it was to stay positive in the ups and downs of the business, especially when you get a real chance to see the ugly part of it.
“Life is so much bigger than just one person. The band has been a constant reminder of that for me. We’re just one little piece of a giant puzzle, and at the end of the day, what we do is we offer people an escape from their reality. Whether we’re giving them a night out, or whether they put on some music and we give them four minutes to an hour away. There’s a lot of ugly shit in the industry and it has a lot of growing to do, but I’m hoping that’s happening as the people take more and more control of it. It allows people to make music because they love it, not because they want to be famous. I think that’s a cool thing. We became a band right when the music industry was really starting to shift. For me, I stay positive through it all because it has very little to do with me. I can control what I can control. I don’t want to stay focused on the negative stuff, I try and stay focused with the positive. We just got off tour and we got to make thousands of people all around the country smile, sing, and dance for an hour and forget about whatever was going on in their personal lives. That’s something that we get to be a part of. How can you not be grateful for that?” -aa