#DiscoverAndDownload: The Federal Empire - I Never Liked Your Friends

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September 16, 2019

Photo Credit - Sumerian Records with permission to Entercom New York LLC

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THE FEDERAL EMPIRE FORMED WHEN Chad Wolf (FORMER FRONTMAN OF multi-platinum–selling band Carolina Liar), AND GRAMMY NOMINATED SONGWRITER, McKay Stevens, WERE hired to WRITE SONGS FOR other bands AND DECIDED THE PAIRING WAS TOO MAGICAL NOT TO KEEP SOME FOR THEIR OWN PROJECT (SHRUGS).

What was the inspiration behind INLYF? Can you tell us a bit about the writing process? When we started this project the third writer Keith came to a session and started talking about how his ex was just burning him with one insult after another and the only thing he could come up with saying to her was “Well I never like any of your friends” and that was it. We went full ham at that point. We all had stories of some relationship where hanging out with our partners friends was the absolute worst way to spend time. Funny thing we had all just broken up with some one or were in the no way to salvage mode phase of the break ups so this song couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for us.

How did you choose the concept for the INLYF video? Videos are a tricky. It’s one of those things where the concept is right but the execution doesn’t come to life from the treatment. It had to be funny, bottom line funny. Kevin Eis understood the type of person who we were speaking about in this song and just got it. He brought the idea in and we all were in . 

Can you tell us a bit about your collaborative process with Kevin Eis for the INLYF video? We were introduced to Kevin three years ago and he helped us with an idea for another song. That concept is so over the top that it would probably end our careers but it could also be the funniest thing we’d ever be a part of. The fact that he jumped on our crazy train with no judgment is a true testament of his moral fortitude.  We have always wanted to work with him because of that insane same sense of humor and he knows how to deliver/create that on film. He’s an easy human to work with and because we trusted his work it was easy to just jump head first into this crazy WWF fight that he got us in. 

You recently signed to Sumerian Records. What made the label the best fit for the band? It’s a solid fit for a number of reasons. When we met with the label Ash and everyone presented us with a real honest approach to what we might be able to accomplish as partners . As a band we wanted a home that was gonna give us space to develop this project for the long long long  term.  Tom Zutaut was in that meeting and he said to us the label needs you as much as you need them. For us that was not something you’d hear from the executive side. Ash/Sumerian are giving us the tools and resources/“Means for survival”, we need to get this project out. 

How long has TFE been a band? Honestly it was never intended to be a band. We started this as just writers looking to send some songs out for cuts. I was finishing a third Carolina Liar record Mckay had just settled into staying in Los Angeles as a writer from a Grammy nom. So we had no idea that this was the path three years ago. We did send the songs out the responses were good the mixes we first got weren’t what we thought the songs were . We realized the songs meant something more to us than just “cuts” so we came up with the name the Federal because we were doing these huge gang vocal arrangements and there is a definition of Federal that refers to the meaning as a public place where many voices can come  together to form one. To us that was everything we were doing and if this was going to be a band our intention was to bring people like us together and laugh about our lives. 

What is the collaborative process like between the two of you in the studio? Our process was having a hang honestly and talking. A concept would come up because of the nature of the turbulence were all living in at the time. Divorce, breakups, losing everything you have, addictions all that bad stuff that makes great art ... so the sessions would be therapeutic. We had serious moments but we laughed a lot about our life choices and how we all ended up in the space that brought us together. It’s made for some of the most relatable songs we’ve ever written.

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