Stop Light Observations

Stop Light Observations performs a local show at the Music Farm this week. John-Keith Culbreth (right) spoke to Charleston Scene this week.

Local alt-rock band Stop Light Observations recently released its latest single and music video for “Dinosaur Bones” off of its forthcoming album. Band member and main songwriter John-Keith Culbreth spoke to Charleston Scene this week about the new work.

Catch the band live at 9 p.m. Friday with opening act Rainbow Kitten Surprise at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

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Q: You recently released a new single, “Dinosaur Bones.” What was the inspiration for that tune and what’s the overall message there?

A: The inspiration was a fight with my woman. We had dated each other for seven years at the time and just took the leap to move in. She is a beautiful brown-eyed woman who loves me dearly and reminds me this all the time, and with her I “have it all.” However, I often feel as lonely as the dinosaur bones ... that have laid thousands of feet under Earth’s crust for hundreds of millions of years. One night after a fight, ... I was feeling like some ole Dino bones, and at 2 a.m. after a long water-wasting shower, the words poured out of me that I am decorated on the outside but empty at my core. Nothing in life can fill that hole, not even the perfect woman.

Q: What is the band’s songwriting process?

A: I am the primary writer, however, Will wrote an excellent song off the upcoming album titled “For Elizabeth.” My song process is far and wide but, no matter what, it is all rooted in a trigger of inspiration, a glimpse of hope and the opening of my mouth as I let it all out.

Q: With the new album you’re releasing this year, does it reflect any new ideas or techniques you’ve been exploring?

A: Yes, the technique of live recording the album. That in itself was completely life-changing. Recording an album live is totally different than most anything that is going down in (the) modern age of Pro-Tools and ... overdubs. Also recording in a 300-year-old house helped. But most importantly is the continuous push to ... speak the truth through music and art. I am so proud of each of us for the honesty and maturity we achieved on the upcoming album.

Q: Where have you been recording and did you work with a producer?

A: We recorded the album live in a 1700s historic plantation house out on the Toogoodoo River. The album was mixed by Joey Cox, who has worked with us since (day one), and I produced the album. We have stayed 100 percent independent to this point and do not have a label. We, however, are in the process of shopping for management and we picked and signed with Shorefire as our publicist and Madison House as our booking agency.

Q: Will you play any of your new tunes for the local crowd at the Music Farm?

A: Yes!