EXCLUSIVE: Acoustic Video Of 'Rain' By The Strange Familiar, Kira Leyden Dishes The Inside Story
Uinterview is pleased to present the exclusive world premiere of The Strange Familiar's acoustic video for "Rain," their beautiful first single from their new album. The Stange Familiar, which has had songs featured on the TV shows The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Degrassi, will release their new album The Day The Light Went Out on April 4.
The pop group was formed back in 2006 by the husband and wife singer-songwriter team of Jeff Andrea and Kira Leyden, who had been members of the band Jaded Era. The band, which finished in the Top 50 on America's Got Talent in 2010, previously released the albums Surrender in 2013, Chasing Shadows in 2012 and their self-released This is Gravity in 2009.
If "Rain" has a personal feel that's because it's a very personal song for Andrea and Leyden. "Jeff and I had our first child and named her 'Rain,' " Leyden told Uinterview exclusively. "She’s a little girl born in May. That’s what really inspired the song. I was pregnant writing the song, and we had already recorded the first half of the album. It was exciting.”
We wanted to do another angle for our fans - it's really rock, it's live. It's really neat to catch something all in one take. I think that's what we really wanted to do, be organic with it.
Nowadays, we don't have as much time as we used to. It's funny because you have so much to do then you have a kid, and it's like, 'Woah! I have no time!' I have the studio, and we just wanted to bring in people. So we'd all be in this room to be together in a very relaxed environment. I think that's exactly what we have in the video. It's definitely simple. Sometimes, we play live acoustically, but we also like the band and the whole thing. It's fun to break it down. That was kind of our goal!
Well, Jeff and I had our first child and named her “Rain.” She’s a little girl born in May. That’s what really inspired the song. I was pregnant writing the song, and we had already recorded the first half of the album. It was exciting.
Actually, Jeff and I started dating around the time we started the band. It's definitely something that evolved from when we started. He'd write the lyrics and give them to me. Then I would write the melody. Now, songwriting has developed where we're together all the time. For example, with the new song "Rain," I had sat down by myself [to write]. Things were really quiet, and I started writing the song like a little melody for our child. I never thought we'd put it on our record, but I was like, 'This is really cool, here it is.' I didn't have any idea. We just started talking like, 'Gosh, what is this going to be like?' And then literally in 10 minutes, and we sat there and wrote out all the lyrics. We just pulled it together. It's more collaborative now with the writing. I definetly need his opinion. He'll tell me when something is really bad, and he'll challenge me. It really helps to stand back and kind of be there for each other.
We're really hoping to get out there on tour and hopefully be with someone else. We are hoping to get more licenses for TV and film. I feel like the music is dramatic and that can definitely help us. We've had a lot of that. We will have more videos and music. We're still writing new songs. We will definitely be getting it out there!