The Brooklyn-based band's frontman stops by EW's studio.

By Madison Vain
February 02, 2016 at 01:14 PM EST

A highlight off Brooklyn-based Oberhofer‘s sophomore LP Chronovision, is the ramshackle dirge “Memory Remains.” Frontman Brad Oberhofer recently stopped by EW’s Basement Studio to perform and introduce the track.

“It’s about how my dog died recently,” the singer says of the song’s inspiration. “It made me really sad. But every time I go back to the house I grew up in, where I used to spend a lot of time with my dog, traces of him are everywhere. He’s made my life better, and he’s affected me as a person.” he says. A stuffed, miniature dog sits next to him during the performance.

Speaking more generally about his songwriting process, the former NYU student says, “To me, songwriting is any noise that you make when you feel like making it.” He continues, speaking about how even a bus driver honking intentionally could inspire a song of sorts. “Some people have more of a tendency toward writing longer songs.”

“I write a lot of songs,” Oberhofer, who recorded an eyebrow-raising 106 demos for Chronovision, says. “The ones that usually stick are ones founded upon melodies that come out of nowhere. I’ll realize after a week that I’ve been humming the same melody over and over again.”

Check out Oberhofer’s stripped-down version of “Memory Remains” above.

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