In mid-may 2018, Caleb Wilgus self-released his latest EP The Wisest Aunt Telling The Saddest Tale, for the first time as Ants Among Elephants. He sings and writes stories of love and personal burdens with a great level of truthfulness. He’s clearly lived through that. In this interview he speaks of the creative process, his love of music and local music scene around Lynchburg.
You wrote that your EP describes hardships of life and a story of love. Can you elaborate on that? To what extent are your lyrics autobiographical?
Ants Among Elephants: The EP is a story, if you will. The first track Feel describes me meeting a girl who was with another person and who I was and still am in love with. To most, it’s nothing more than a typical love story, but so much more to me. As for the track She, it explains much of my life and how it was spent living with my mother, who was an alcoholic. Break was a track written about a part of my life in which I struggled with severe depression and had lost myself, to quote the song.
Is this your first EP? I ask because on your Bandcamp page you wrote my newest EP, and yet this is the only one on the page.
Ants Among Elephants: I’ve had quite a few groups over the years, and released a few singles and EPs that have been wiped off the face of the planet. However, as far as the group Ants Among Elephants, this would be our first EP.
Was it somehow difficult to write and record these songs?
Ants Among Elephants: It’s far to say that I have always struggled with writer’s block, and still do. But there will always come a point in my life where my mind decides to open up and pour lyrics on the page.
How long have you been playing?
Ants Among Elephants: I have always been amazed by music, but didn’t actually pick up guitar and other instruments until I was around age 10.
Is there any chance of seeing you live in concert? Do you still search for band members?
Ants Among Elephants: I constantly look to play shows wherever and whenever I can. The odd thing about Ants Among Elephants is that there is only ONE band member… me! But I’m looking to change that, and always experiment and jam with other musicians.
You wrote a message on your Bandcamp page that says support local music!, so how important is this support to you and what does it mean to you?
Ants Among Elephants: I will forever and always support local music. I think there is way too much unheard talent in small cities such as mine. It is extremely important that everyone support local music, so that the best bands around can find their way to the top.
Is there a band or an artist in your area that you would especially recommend to Polish music lovers / readers of this blog?
Ants Among Elephants: We have a few absolutely amazing bands around the area I live in. All of which happen to be on bandcamp. The list includes: Good Dog Nigel, Sin and Xenith. I recommend all of these bands for alternative music lovers!