Wild Ones chats Heatwave, touring essentials and winter hibernation!

This next interview is with an incredibly talented band called Wild Ones that we spoke to just after their national tour with Pure Bathing Culture  that picks up again this week on the West Coast. The band recently released their new EP “Heatwave” which kills and plan to record their debut full length during the winter. Find our new interview with vocalist Danielle below!

What are the three touring essentials you must have with you while on the road to survive?

Vitamin C, coffee, and headphones. When we have a few free hours between sound check and the show I love to wander around the town we're playing alone and listen to records. It's a nice way to explore.

You’re just coming off a run with Pure Bathing Culture, how do you feel it went? Maybe considering the EP is still very new?

We had a great time on tour with Pure Bathing Culture. They are not only incredibly talented musicians, but excellent individuals to spend a month with. Even though our Heatwave EP is still so new, it killed me to see people singing along to the words every night. That is the best feeling. We're looking forward to the second leg of this tour on the west coast at the end of this month.

“Heatwave” dropped really recently on August 14th. The songs for the EP, were they collected from over the years. Were they written in particular for this EP?

We had been working on this collection of songs for a year or so. We originally intended to make a full length but realized along the way that these songs deserved their own release. Since then we've been demoing new songs for our upcoming full length.

How does the band go about the songwriting process? Is it one person, more collective?

It is a very democratic process. Thomas and I had been in bands previously where there was one band leader/writer and came to see that as an unhealthy dynamic. In Wild Ones we each contribute our own parts. A song typically begins with Nick or Thomas, then me, then back to them to restructure and add details, and then to Seve to work out drums. This way we are all equally invested and proud of the work.

With this EP coming out, do you think it is a good indication of a full length to come soon or is that something that is still a while off?

We have been demoing a ton of new songs for a 2016 full length! We're very excited. I think we are learning how best to create a cohesive collection of songs that pulls us out of our comfort zone a bit.

What was the first CD/Cassette you bought as a kid? What was the first concert you went to?

Oh man, well I was raised out in the woods on 80s and 90s country music. My first CD was probably Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. I remember my first concert very well. It was The Judds at a county fair in south eastern Washington. All of my vocal training has been informal and much of it probably came from singing along to Randy Travis and Reba McEntire. I didn't start listening to pop and indie music until middle school.

What is coming up for Wild Ones within the next few months?

We'll finish the second leg of our national tour in a couple of weeks and will then be putting all of our efforts into writing and recording our full length record. With winter approaching, it's the perfect time to hibernate in the studio.

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This Wild Life chats their writing process and their new record?!

To wrap up our coverage of this Fall’s AP Tour, next up is our interview with Anthony of buzz band This Wild Life! The band has been putting serious time in on the road and it has clearly paid off. Their debut record Clouded dropped about a year ago and the boys are about to dive into their sophomore record post AP Tour. It was great to really get an inside look into the writing/recording process that this talented duo goes through when working on their music. I think it’s something we haven’t really gotten a good peek into in the past and I’m glad Music Remedy was able to deliver that to readers! It brings me right back to duos like The Scene Aesthetic but with an edgier take on acoustic!  Read our new interview below and look for a new record in the next year. To tide you over, check the guys out on the AP Tour for the next few weeks for their fans stateside and in Europe in February with Sleeping With Sirens!

 

This is the first night of this run, the AP Tour! The three things you must have with you while on tour to survive?

I must have sunscreen because of my tattoos. I’m crazy and I converted Kevin so he’s just as crazy as me now. We use a lot of hand sanitizer for the van and sunglasses. Everything revolves around sun with us. I hate being in the sun and when you’re driving and you don’t have sunglasses, yeah we’re pretty crazy about having sunglasses all the time.

 

Then you guys have had an obviously pretty wild year and a half to two years. It’s really picked up for you guys. Then now you’re doing this tour. Pretty much all four bands have a really good following right now but in a little bit of different genres from each other. Maybe do you have any expectations for this run being the AP tour or being with this group of bands?

We’re just super excited for this tour. The tours that we have done were like Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce then we did New Found Glory and Warped Tour so we’ve never done a true like pop-punk, pop-rock tour. We always kind of think that that’s more our audience but we’ve never done it so we don’t know but we’re like super excited. Real Friends are just good friends of ours, As It Is we toured with over in the UK like recently then Warped Tour. Then we’ve never really went out with Mayday other than Warped but we’ve always looked up to them. So it’s pretty awesome. We’re really excited for this one.

 

Perfect! Then your debut record Clouded has been out for a little while now. Is this something where you’re still waiting a little bit to maybe put out a new record or is this something you’re already working on?

Yeah after this tour, we’re actually going to write the new record and go and record it. So yeah when we got home from Warped Tour, we just were writing nonstop. Trying to get as many as possible then after this tour, we’re going to keep writing. The last CD was kind of funny how it got thrown together. We were a full band and we wanted to go acoustic so we wrote songs as fast as we possibly could to go into the studio as fast as we could. So we recorded ten songs and we wrote ten songs. Which I don’t like doing. So this time we’re trying to write like twenty songs and picking the ten best out of them. The ones we’re most confident with. I’m really excited for the new stuff.

 

And is it something with the writing that you guys write every song together or do you each bring your own ideas to the table?

Yeah we each bring our own ideas. I don’t do anything with lyrics and melody, that’s all Kevin. Usually, I come up with riffs. I record two hundred riffs on my phone I send them all to Kevin. Hey do you like any of these? I’m good at coming up with things and he’s good at structure and I am not. I have no structure. My structure would mean that there would just be a twenty minute drum solo in every song because that’s what I like. So he structures them and I usually come up with them. That’s usually the process. We never really write together.

Oh wow.

Yeah we always write at our homes then I’ll record my part, he’ll record his part. Then we go in and we listen to them together but coming up with songs we’ve never done it in the same room.

That’s insane!

It’s really weird. The process is very weird.

 

Do you think that is a good thing? Like maybe being on your own helps you as a band?

Yeah it’s worked so far. I think what’s important is that we both have the same idea of what we want but we both are very different when it comes to writing. We each want different things. Our songs come out from good compromises. Like he is always going to want really distorted guitars and a tele and I hate teles. I’m always going to want a Strat. It’s funny how it always works out to where by the time the song is done, we each look back and we love it. But when we were building it, we each had two different songs in mind. And that’s been every one of our songs. It’s kind of weird how we work together. It’s strange.

 

Then maybe to end it off, like you said after this tour, you’re going to be working on the next record. You just started this tour today you haven’t even played a set yet. So maybe what is coming up? It’s quite a long run! Are you just going to be focusing on getting the record done once this tour is over?

Yeah all our focus is on that. We’re going to Europe with Sleeping With Sirens in February. So we have a lot of time off. Luckily we did this in a good way. We’re focusing all our attentions on this tour, minds on this tour because we gave ourselves a lot of time off after this to write. I know a lot of bands have to write on the road and we just didn’t want to do that. We wanted to give the tour all our attention then give the writing all of our attention so after this, we’ll be good!

 
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MC Lars chats his new LP, Zombie Dinosaur!

With just a few months between interviews with this next guy, we caught up with MC Lars as his new LP hits shelves on November 6th! We talk about how the new songs are going over in their sets as well as how his current tour is going with Koo Koo Kanga Roo! MC Lars is always a pleasure to chat with and always keeps it fresh. The guy has been hustling for twelve years now as a touring independent artist and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Read our new one here and pick up the Zombie Dinosaur  LP when it drops in a few weeks!

How has this tour been going so far with Koo Koo Kanga Roo, still kind of in the beginning stage of it and you still have a while to go?

We’re about a week in and it’s been great. I mean it’s really fun to do a club tour after Warped because you kind of have some of that momentum. They’re fun guys to travel with and it’s us and two video screens and no bands. The set-up is awesome. There’s not very many local openers so it’s cool. It’s a lot of kids that are coming out and it’s been great. They are really cool guys.

Perfect and we talked to you at about the halfway mark through Warped Tour. Maybe how did the rest of the tour go for you?

Yeah it was great. It’s a special tour. Yeah it was our third summer and I’m always thankful when they ask me to play it. So it was good! No issues, no one died. Our bus broke down but I think if you do Warped and your bus doesn’t break down, it’s not Warped.

It’s not a real Warped Tour experience if it goes easy for you. And now that the LP is coming up, you’re only about two or so weeks out. Are you getting nervous, are you road-testing more of the songs? Kind of how have you been going about these sets?

Yeah we’ve been incorporating songs into our sets and radio stations have been adding some of the singles. So that’s cool so people know the new songs so that’s cool. So yeah it’s really fun because we played one of the new songs on Warped Tour, the Game of Thrones song? Then we’ve been incorporating more so it’s been awesome. It’s just great. I mean it’s fun to feel this like traction building because I’ve been touring twelve years. So it’s just fun to stay being able to do that for this long. I don’t think it’s common. So I’m fortunate.

Maybe how is that, to have the tracks being picked up? You’ve worked so hard for this, you have Horris Records, like you said you’ve been doing this for twelve years.

Yeah I know. I define success by like being able to pay your bills and being able to create the music you want. It’s nice when Terrestrial Radio or bigger sites or whatever get into it. I think it’s important to feel like it’s growing and you’re reaching new people because if it feels like it’s shrinking then that can be disappointing. Unless you’re really invested in it and you’re doing it for yourself but yeah, it’s been quite a journey.

Then maybe like I said, it’s only been a few months since we talked last. I don’t think I’ve interviewed you not on Warped Tour now that I think about it.

Yeah I don’t think so.

Yeah this is the first time where I can see the whole experience in a club and not a hot, sweaty stage with a lot of other bands in the background. Should be good! But the LP is about to come out, what is coming up within the next few months? Like once this record drops?

Yeah record drops! I’m still working on this puppet show with rapping robots. The plan is to launch that next year then I’m working on a book. A History of Hip Hop book so a lot happening but yeah, I’m excited for it to come out and it’s been a busy year but it’s been great!
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Malaki chats national touring and their music process!

Recently, I sat down with Malaki out of LA for a conversation I don’t get to have much really these days anymore. Malaki just finished their first major national tour opening for Atreyu and it was great to sit down with them and kind of chat about how it was going for them opening for such veteran acts that also included Beartooth and Wovenwar. We also talked about their writing and recording process as well as their music release plans. Catch this talented band when you can!

To start it off, the three things you must bring with you while on tour to survive?

Ellsworth: Bourbon, patience and baby wipes.

Josh: I second patience, absolutely. I’m from LA so I didn’t bring a jacket so I kind of had to buy my own band’s hoodie just so I could survive and honestly like little protein bars so I’m not always eating like shit. You really don’t have any options when you’re on the road. Gas and go, gas and go since some of the drives are really long. As long as you have something to munch on that’s not too unhealthy, you can make it work.

Ellsworth: Five hour energy.

Josh: Oh yeah, Five Hour energy!

Ellsworth: I’d love to get sponsored by them.

Josh: If them or the Kirkland Costco variety wants to throw us some bones, that would be pretty nice.

Ellsworth: There’s one in my pocket right now.

Ready to go! Then this tour is kind of a unique one where obviously Atreyu haven’t been on tour in a little while and you have Beartooth with you who are dropping off in a few days to go out with Slipknot. Wovenwar, clearly the majority of As I Lay Dying minus Tim Lambesis so obviously really all pretty veteran acts. Caleb of Beartooth was in Attack Attack for a very long time. So a very big veteran tour. Maybe how has that kind of been, being on tour with all these bands?

Josh: You know we’ve actually been pretty accepted by the other guys in the bands. They haven’t treated us like the bastard step-children of the tour or anything like that. This is our first national tour with a band such as Atreyu. We’ve done our own runs. We did SXSW last year. Those are more self-contained. This run, the expectations from the venues, the bands, the management, are all much higher than it has been in the past. We really have stepped up our game to basically make sure that we’re not in anybody’s way and that also allows us to have drinks with them and sort of bro down so to speak. So far, they’ve been very accepting.

Ellsworth: I mean, beyond accepting. We were in Irving Plaza and there was actually a point at the end of Atreyu’s set where they literally stopped playing and were like give it up for Beartooth you know them you love them. Give it up for Wovenwar, you know them you love them but these cats Malaki. We all had to start at some point. We’re lucky enough to have all of you to love us but give it up for these kids coming out from LA trying to make it work. It’s been really, really rad that every single time that it’s an even thing. We’ve all got nicknames for each other now at this point. Everyone busts their chops a little bit. I used to work at Hot Topic. I folded these t-shirts a long time ago. I worked at a theater in LA. I worked the door security for them and now I’m swapping stories with them on the bus. It’s amazing.

Then you talked about how they’ve been really accepting and maybe really open to you guys but still it is kind of your first big major level tour. Like you said you’ve toured before, you’ve gone to SXSW. Maybe what’s been like the highest  part of it and maybe like the lowest part, like the biggest challenge.

Josh: I think the best part is literally playing in front of all these people that have never heard us before. That’s the biggest thing. That’s why we wanted to do this tour so badly is because it’s like okay, we can go do regional tours. We can go out to Texas and play in front of twenty thirty people that have heard of us but we’re basically exposing ourselves to anywhere between five hundred to a thousand kids a night that have no idea for the most part who we are. The acceptance has been awesome. That to me is the highest point on this tour is feeling that our place is here and kids are accepting of what we’re doing. The lowest point I think was the twenty seven hour drive that we had to do from New Mexico to Madison, Wisconsin. Like we did a couple of pick up dates on our way to join them in Pontiac and that was definitely a challenge and everybody was super frazzled. I mean the driving is a necessary evil. You know, what are you going to do? We’re in a van, we have a trailer. I was talking to the manager of Atreyu the other night and he was like you guys need to enjoy this time because it’s just going to get more complicated. Things are going to get bigger, more stressful as you go. I’m looking at them in their bus and I’m like how can that be but the reality is that the logistics of all the things they have to do I can understand how that would be maddening at times. Us, we’re very self-contained so even if we have minor annoyances with oh god we have to drive all this way and we have to swap out every six hours, if that’s the low point I’ll take it.

Ellsworth: Absolutely. I mean it’s definitely one of those situations and scenarios I feel is great. We can become a family. There’s no other way around it. The thing with family is that, someone steps out we’ve got their back a hundred percent. At the same time, you want to throw them from a moving vehicle at times. Every night, every day, we have to deal with all the nonsense and all of the who done this blah blah blahs. Music hits, it’s game on. It’s time to go work and that’s what we’re all here for in the first place.

Josh: All the annoyances will sort of accumulate over a twenty four hour, forty eight hour period. Then once we play a show, that twenty five thirty minutes that we’re on stage it just sort of resets the clock for everybody and everybody is cool again after that. Because that’s your church, it’s like what Ellsworth always says. Once you go there, you feel that you’re basically clean and you can basically start over and get annoyed at people again. Over and over again.

Ellsworth: That’s exactly what it is. In the band together, I know I’m going sort of off topic but I will say we’ve got thirty five, forty years of combined experience in this band. We’ve each been close to success but never really had that chance. So to be on something like this, we know how to maintain ourselves. Know how to behave more or less. Some of us might make bad choices. Last night. And they fall asleep on stage which I may or may not. We’ll see what happens.

Take a nap, you don’t have too much time but you got a few hours.

Ellsworth: Exactly.

Then you released the Black EP right at the end of July. July 31st. I know this band it’s not a work in progress but members have come at different times. Like I know your singer was kind of the last, she just came in.

Josh: Yeah, so Shauna has been in the band for a little over a year now. It has been a work in progress. It can be very easy to form a band of professional people but once the opportunities start coming in like doing this tour and just getting out there and doing regional stuff, the schedules of people that are committed often they have to make choices. The reality is that not everybody can do this. Not everybody can take the time off from their jobs and everybody works a day job. Everybody does what they have to do to survive when they’re home. A lot of people, they can’t make the leap and say okay this is what I really want to do and I’m going to sacrifice everything for it. That’s why with our last singer Alan, great guy. Awesome dude. He just felt it wasn’t for him and he wanted to move back to the Philippines. Thankfully it only took four months to find Shauna. We really hadn’t even thought about having a female singer up until that point and she sent us a version of one of our songs that she had recorded and it was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because we never even considered it before and so she basically flew out. She tried out for us. We rehearsed twice. I’m an engineer so I made her record for five hours on two consecutive days just to make sure she could hack it. After a few days, we put her through her paces and she really owned it. She seemed like she was going to be a good fit and she belonged.

Ellsworth: It was definitely one of those you’re the chocolate to my peanut butter and the peanut butter in my chocolate kind of moments. You didn’t go in with that mindset but hey, that’s not a bad idea.

Then speaking of that, that EP hasn’t been out for long at all. Just about two months or so but I know you probably have been writing a ton of songs. Is it something where you think a full length could be like in the first half of 2016, do you think that’s still going to be a while?

Josh: The thing with a full length is especially if you’re a band at our level, Atreyu can put out a full length and they have a built in fan base and people are going to feed off that for a while. They do a long touring cycle if they want but a smaller band like us that are trying to basically crack, the reality is that I’d rather just put out music continuously. Give people something fresh all the time so we’re basically releasing a series of EP’s, three songs at a time. So instead of putting out a full length, it’s not that we don’t have the songs in our pocket but we have three songs that we can sort of focus all of our attention on and then get those out every six months so people always have new music to listen to. A lot of times, bands will put out a full length record then they’ll disappear from the consciousness of a lot of people that like the band because there is nothing new and current. We’d rather keep it fresh. Keep people into what we’re doing as possible. What’s also cool is that the music is going to grow. It’s going to become different and it’s going to evolve. I like seeing a band not completely change their style from record to record. I like to see that sort of progress happen naturally and organically. You can see that if you’re releasing new music every six months.

Ellsworth: We actually watch a lot of The Wire and we realized you give them a taste, they’ll keep coming back for more. You can’t give it all away.

And how do you guys go about the writing? Is it all you kind of bring your own ideas, is it more collective, one person?

Ellsworth: A lot of it really comes down to Josh’s brainchild. He’s been kind of the mad scientist behind everything. For certain things, he’s like I have this idea. He’ll ask me for a thing or our drummer Dave, he’s like oh I’ve got this thing what would you do here? Lyric wise, sometimes Shauna will bring something to it. I mean it all comes down to Josh started this project. So he tasks each of us individually for certain aspects and flavors but at the end of the day, we try to make it as group oriented as possible. Weirdly enough, bands can’t be democracy based. They have to kind of be oligarchic or just straight up ruling fist, iron manned.

I’m well aware of that idea. For example, I interview We Came As Romans a lot and it’s like Joshua Moore, the guitarists like brain child. He doesn’t scream, he doesn’t sing but you’ll see him like singing the words because he writes everything.

Josh: I do the same thing onstage. I’m like singing along. I did it out of necessity initially because it was just me and I was sort of finding my way through recording and how I can get my ideas across. Once I had enough songs demo-ed, I was sort of able to fully flesh out how I wanted my music to sound and sort of what I wanted to do. At that point, instead of collaborating then sort of being unhappy with the end result, because maybe one person’s influence is not correctly placed, I’m usually presenting a song that’s eighty to ninety percent sort of there in terms of structure, arrangements, etcetera. Then we all collaborate on our parts. Like I’ll write the bass line but the reality is, I don’t want to do that. I’d much rather have him do that because he’s way better at it than me. So the basic idea is there but then he basically completely changes it and alters it to his style and his influence. The reason he’s in the band is because I trust him to do something that’s going to be representative of Malaki. Same with drums, same with vocals. I mean I think with Shauna it’s going to be more of a collaborative process rather than me just handing her lyrics and handing her melodies. It’s definitely going to be more collaborative because I want her to fully embrace and believe what she’s singing. The only way you can really do that is if you collaborate on the song and it becomes a part of you.

Ellsworth: I mean it’s almost like, to use an analogy for it, he’s coming up with the dishes but it’s our job to plate them. We all have our jobs to get done one way or another. Especially at show time as well, we all know what note we’re supposed to be on and what we’re supposed to do. It’s Josh’s job to get sassy, it’s Shauna’s job to look desirable and it’s my job to destroy things.

Josh: Sassy?

Ellsworth: I mean you’re is pulled black.

Josh: Sassy?

Ellsworth: It’s like Urban Outfitters.

Josh: That’s such like a Clueless reference or something.

Ellsworth: We are from California, I think it’s appropriate.

Josh: Anywhere from LA, it takes twenty minutes.

Ellsworth: Forty five minutes. You know that damn line.
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The Karma Killers chat their new EP and future touring plans!

Warped Tour is a crazy environment and honestly the busiest day of my year. The bands wake up at the crack of dawn and don’t go to sleep till past midnight every night. I’m in the press area for around six years and never stop interviewing great bands. Even though I’m there for six hours or so I still don’t catch up with everyone since it’s such a crazy vibe. That’s why I’m glad we’re in the season now where a lot of these bands return to these cities like The Karma Killers and we are able to have a proper more relaxed chat with the bands. Last week I caught up with lead singer of The Karma Killers, Micky, post-performance and chatted about everything from their Warped experience to their songwriting process to what is coming up for the band. Catch them back in our beautiful city of Boston when they open up for The Struts at the Sinclair this Sunday night! A little bit of a quick turnaround but I’m sure their already die-hard fans will be sure to be there!
You did just do the majority of Warped Tour before this run and you’re on your own tour now. Maybe the three things you realized you must have with you while on tour to survive?

The things that I must have on tour? A lot of clothes, toothbrush and hairspray for sure.

Maybe how has this tour been going? You kind of jumped right into this tour. Maybe a month inbetween.

Yeah we had about a month off right after Warped Tour to go home and kind of just like write. We went into the studio for a little bit to demo. Yeah, about a month off to do that then we jumped back into doing this. We want to keep active, want to keep playing out. Kind of like rekindle our relationship with some of the kids we met on Warped.

Definitely! And has there been like a pretty big high or maybe even a low with the EP being so new? It only came out in June.

Yeah it’s still kind of a slow organic progression. We kind of booked this tour ourselves. We just moved on with a new booking agency right after Warped Tour. So it kind of left us in the position of you can stay home or you can go back out. To go back out, it might be a little rough because we have to do it ourselves because we just moved on to a new agency. So we were like yeah, let’s just go out and keep playing. It’s like I said, kind of rebuilding that relationship with our fans. It’s had its highs and its lows but it’s been fantastic. Like I said before, I think today in Boston has been the best show. It was really cool. To be able to step back from our song Domino and kids were just singing it. It was really rad.

That must be great considering it hasn’t been out that long.

Yeah and this is our second time in Boston. Like proper because you know on Warped Tour, you play in like the parking lot of an arena. So you’re not really in Boston. So it was cool, it was really cool.

Then I wanted to ask you, I know you kind of talked about how maybe you were home for a little bit. Maybe writing a little bit but you did put out the EP in June. Maybe how long was that EP kind of in the process for the band? Is it something where it was like all fresh songs or were some of the songs already ones you had kind of in your catalogue?

Yeah they’ve been there for quite a while. In interviews, I feel like I’ve said it’s taken the band two years to write the EP. Clearly, it hasn’t because there are five songs. We write five songs a week. We just wrote over a hundred songs and I think we just kind of wittled it down and we were like these are the ones that kind of represent us the best. That kind of shared the best message and kind of introduced us the best with the identity we’re trying to achieve.

And do you think it’s going to be a little while till a proper full length? Do you think you may go like the EP route? Kind of keep material fresh?

You know, it kind of all depends on the demand. We’re always writing. When we get a chance when we’re home in New York, we’re in the studio demo-ing. When we feel like it’s right, we’ll probably put out a full length. EP is cool too but I feel like that’s just too much of a tease. We just want to give the whole package. Give it all at once. I know we originally were going to do just a full length. Not even an EP at first but we wanted to give a little taste and kind of a variety of what The Karma Killers are all about. So yeah, it will probably be a full length and I don’t know when that’s expected to come out but we’re going to keep touring on this and try to build an EP.

 

And you’re going out another run right after this with The Struts?

 

Yeah in about a week, we start in Atlanta with them which we’re really stoked about. Really excited. I think it’s going to be a great bill. It’s going to be fun.

 

It’s going to be huge exposure for you because they haven’t really properly toured here yet. It was supposed to be here and got moved. It sold out in like a day here.

 

Yeah to the Sinclair! Is that place cool? I’ve never been.

 

Oh I love The Sinclair. It’s about the size of the downstairs room at the Middle East but it’s a lot more open. It’s really great staff. A lot of the guys that work there are all in bands, like when they’re off tour they work there. One of the sound guys is in a really famous rap/r&b project they tour the UK. It’s run by a lot of guys that really know what it’s like. Are really good at sound, that kind of thing.

 

Fantastic.

 

You’ll have a great experience.

 

Yeah yeah I’m looking forward to it.

 

Then I wanted to ask you, you kind of talked about how you had over a hundred songs written that you kind of went through. Maybe how do you guys go about the writing then? Is it one person, more collective, kind of bring all your ideas to the table?

 

I’m the primary songwriter for the band. I always bring the flesh and bones, the skeleton kind of to the band or to our producers and kind of hash it out there. I think once the ideas are demo’d I kind of let the band come in and they lay like their two cents on the song and we kind of go from there. It’s a pretty simple process. There’s no crazy mechanism of writing a Karma Killers song.

 

Then like I said, you do have a lot coming up. It’s kind of announced. You have the EP but like you said,  you’re about to go out with The Struts right after you finish up this run tomorrow in Danbury, Connecticut then you kind of go right back out. So we know a little bit of what’s coming up so maybe to end it off the first CD or first cassette you can remember buying as a kid and the first concert you can remember going to?

 

My first show was like a local show in Central New Jersey and I was like eight but that wasn’t like a real concert. I think I saw this band from Jersey called Thursday. I was a big fan when I was a little kid. I was so young my dad had to take me. It was like a post-hardcore show. That was really awesome.

 

I interviewed Thursday, I know what they’re about.

 

Oh you interviewed Thursday?

 

It was like their last tour.

 

I think I saw them on that tour. At Starland Ballroom. So yeah that was my first concert. My first CD I think it was the self-titled Third Eye Blind album. The first one. My brother, he’s older than me, he was into it and I heard it and I was just kind of attracted to it. It’s still to this day one of the best records like ever made, written. Stephan  Jenkins is fucking ridiculous. It’s crazy.
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As It Is chats the future of their second record!

Last time we spoke to As It Is, they were in the thick of the punk rock summer camp that is Warped Tour. They are one of the UK bands that is really making a true effort of breaking into the US by touring here consistently and their hard work is definitely paying off. We spoke to them less than an hour before they took the stage on the first night of the AP Tour and their live set slayed. The kids were singing all the words and were a clear indication of the success this band has achieved which the band knows could honestly be taken away if they don’t write a great second record. In my chat with Patty and Patrick from the band, they let me into a bit of their anxiousness and hopes for their second record following their incredibly successful debut record, Never Happy,  Ever After!

It hasn’t been too long since we talked to you last, it was during your time on Warped Tour you were about halfway through. Maybe how did the end of Warped Tour go and maybe expectations for AP Tour? Considering how big of a tour package it is, everyone on this tour is very big on their own genres including yourself. You guys have had a really big break out year in the states.

Patty: Yeah, okay! Well, to press on like the end of Warped Tour, I think by the end of Warped Tour it was very difficult to remember a time when we weren’t on Warped Tour. It was just like all we knew was Warped Tour. We were born on Warped Tour. So I think the strangest thing is kind of readjusting to real life was walking out my front door and not seeing a hundred people I recognized all at once. To turn my corner and not see Mike Kennedy was really weird.

Patrick: Also very sad.

Patty: Yeah, I think that was the biggest thing. We made so many amazing friendships on Warped Tour and made so many amazing memories on Warped Tour. I think we just improved as a band, not even our technical abilities but the dynamic and how we operated as people in a band. We improved massively. We understood each other much better. We kind of knew our breaking points, our strengths and weaknesses. I think that was the biggest thing we gained from Warped Tour. Any kind of promotion, anything besides that, just becoming closer friends and better business partners.

Patrick: Then I think leading into this tour, leading on from what you said about friendships, This Wild Life were on tour with us. We became very good friends with them so it’s nice to see them again on this time around.

Patty: I think using Warped Tour as like a barometer of showing how successful this tour is going to be is very difficult because Warped Tour because Warped Tour is a very, very odd place. We were playing to quite a few people in certain places that I didn’t even realize we had a following in. So I’m just excited to play this tour. First day, I’m a little bit nervous but I’m very excited. So I’m looking forward to it really.

And you guys have pretty much been constantly in the states this last year. This is the third tour in the US for you this year, correct me if I’m wrong and this record is still obviously very new. Maybe though considering how fast things went with this Fearless signing and the record being put out so quick, are you even considering writing right now? Are you writing, do you think it’s still going to be a while?

Patrick: We’re trying to. We have been trying to since the beginning of Warped Tour and it’s happening but it’s happening slowly.

Patty: Yes and our goal was to try to start writing the next record on Warped Tour but Warped Tour proved too demanding within a time and mental sense but no, we’re talking about it a lot. Where we want to take it, who we want to work with. If we do want to change our style but there’s not very much written yet but it is very much on our minds. We’re very, very excited to build the foundation of the next record and I think being on tour excites me most about writing the next record. It really emphasizes, it makes it very clear in my mind, that if we don’t write a good enough second record this all gets taken away from us. So I’m very eager and a little bit apprehensive and anxious to write the next record. Being on tour makes me want to write more than anything else in my life.

Patrick: It’s in motion!

Patty: Hopefully out here, we make some serious initial steps towards shaping the next record for sure.

And do you think that’s something that will maybe come out in the first half of 2016, do you think it will be closer to the end?

Patrick: I think it’s very unlikely at the beginning of the year. Very unlikely.

You still have to do this little thing called record.

Patrick: Yeah that really small part of being in a band. Recording.

Perfect, then like I said you’re about to start this very lengthy tour, are you just going to be like focusing on making the record after? Or do you think you’re going to be touring again pretty quickly? Kind of what is in the plans for As It Is?

Patrick: Well, we go pretty much straight into another tour. Our final tour of the year is with Lower Than Atlantis and Moose Blood in the UK. Then we have a bit of time off which is to aid this writing process. I’m going to stop there because I don’t know what I’m allowed to say and what I’m not allowed.

Patty: I don’t think anything else.

I don’t think you’re allowed to say I have a feeling.

Patrick: So I’m going to stop there.

Patty: January is going to be a really important month for us in that we’re not doing anything at all. It’s going to be the first month in a long time, at least a year,that we won’t have done anything besides get our headspaces ready to write another album. We don’t want to write an album about the tribulations of being on tour. That’s not what we’re interested in. We want to write a very personal confessional record. Something a little more profound then my back hurts from sleeping on the floor.

Patrick: Well it does, our backs do hurt from sleeping on the floors because we’re doing a lot of that but I don’t know if other people want to share that with us really. So yeah we just want to take a bit of time away and think about emotionally and mentally what we want to focus our efforts on. As opposed to yes the easier option of what’s affecting us now. We want to sort of explore it like Patty was saying. Explore it deeper and see what we can get from that basically.

 
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The Saint Johns are at Paradise tonight, be there!

Do you like two part harmonies? Were you planning on just another Friday night at home with Netflix and delivery? I have a much better idea for you. The perfection that is The Saint Johns are playing Paradise Rock Club tonight and are a no-miss situation opening for The White Buffalo! They just dropped their new song today “Dead of Night” and it’s really the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in a while. With a debut record coming out soon, catch these cats now before they blow up.

Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson aka The Saint Johns have been writing and performing together for a few years now and released their debut EP Open Water in 2013 to much acclaim. They open things up tonight at Paradise Rock Club in Boston and are sure to put on a amazing set!
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Mayday Parade talks Black Lines and The AP Tour!

Last night, I headed out to the first night of the revived AP tour to chat with the bands about their first night and tour expectations as well as new music on the way for most of them but for the headliner it’s a bit of a different story. Over the years, we’ve steadily caught up with the talented men in this band and always jump at the chance to catch up with the boys. Scene veterans Mayday Parade released their fifth full length not even a week ago on October 9th, “Black Lines” and have already received so many positive reactions. The excitement over the record is I’m sure in part due to the new direction of a bit heavier music then fans may be expecting but also the fact that the band went dark on social media while they were working on their new record.

As well as being dark on social media, the band hasn’t been on the road in a year. With a long trek coming up, they killed their first night in Boston last night and can be found continuing this journey in Philadelphia tonight. With great support from Real Friends, This Wild Life and As It Is this tour is a no miss and I’m sure they’ll only continue to have killer shows the rest of the run. In the new year, the band will be out in the UK with The Maine and Jake who plays drums in the band hinted at more US touring in the spring!

So maybe a soft one to start, this is obviously the first night of the AP tour but you are the headliner. You’re on the cover right now. Maybe the three things you must have with you while on tour? What you’ve learned you must have with you?

Me? Oh my god, that’s always a tough question because is it just me or just everybody?

Just you, yeah not for the band as a whole.

I have to have my phone obviously just to talk to my wife. My parents and family and stuff. Also on my phone I’ve been watching Netflix and everything. I lock myself away in my bunk and I’ll just watch tv but any kind of video games. FIFA 15 or FIFA 16 now is my favorite video game so have to have that. And then all my shoes. I bring a ton of shoes. A whole suitcase full. I can’t bring them all because they would be just one solid piece of luggage alone with just shoes in it. Would be just ridiculous but I fit as many as I can.

Then like I said before, the record’s not even a week old. It came out on Friday and I know you guys had a bit of a dark period. Not a dark period where things were bad but you maybe went dark on social media. A lot of people didn’t know about the recording process. So maybe how is it to kind of have this record now be born? Maybe even initial reactions?

It’s nice to finally have it be released. Yeah we did go dark. We wanted it to be a secret and not so people didn’t know what we were doing but here and there we would kind of release a photo. Be a little vague because I don’t feel like everybody needs to know everything that’s going on at all times. At the time, all we wanted to do was focus on the music and the songwriting process but yeah it’s a huge relief to have it out now finally. We can give everyone all the photos and everything, the music all that kind of stuff. It’s nice.

Lovely! Maybe how long has this record been in process for the band? You’ve obviously had a very long history as a band this being your fifth album.

Fifth record yeah. Ten years as a band.

That’s huge!

Pretty crazy.

Yeah then maybe how is that considering you guys have maintained the band, the line up has stayed the same. How is it to be at that ten year mark?

I don’t think any of us ever thought we would make it this far. It’s still the same. We’re all still the same people. None of us have egos. We’re all just friends traveling around and playing music and having a good time doing it.

Then maybe how long has this record kind of been in the making for Mayday?

We actually started making this record right after Monsters in the Closet came out. It wasn’t intentional. It was just kind of like here and there you would write songs and everybody in the band writes. So after a month and a half or so, we all met up in a lake house in Florida and we just started writing. We started not writing but compiling the songs together and making them what they are now.

Then even though the band has been together for so long, I’m sure maybe you’ve fallen into a steady writing process but do you feel like there is something maybe new that you guys tried with this record, you know besides the dark period?

It wasn’t intentional but this record’s a little heavier than most records that we’ve released. We’re a little darker and we’re not the Mayday Parade standard cut and clean thing. Like I said, it wasn’t anything intentional. It just kind of happened that way. Just the stuff that each of us individually were writing and then adding Mike Sapone into the mix helped kind of orchestrate everything and clean it up a little bit. Still keep the dark but just better organized.

And is it something where you each bring your own ideas or is it more of a collective writing process?

We all bring ideas. We’re five members and we all write and we all make the music that we make and we couldn’t do it without each other. 100 percent.

Then like I said, we have interviewed Mayday several times over the years so we’ve asked all the basic questions with other members so maybe for you to do a personal one, the first CD or first cassette you can remember buying as a kid and the first concert you ever went to?

The first cassette I ever bought was a little single from Bobby Brown. Wait it wasn’t even that one. Was it Snoop Dogg, what was that song called? Oh my god. I can’t remember. Let’s just say the first CD I ever bought was Bobby Brown I can’t tell you the name of the CD but it had that song ‘Ain’t Nobody Humping Around’ and I loved it. The second CD I bought was In Vogue and the third CD I ever bought was White Zombie. So I went from like hip hop or r&b to like rock!

I like it! And do you remember your first concert or like first show experience?

I know it sounds stupid but I think it was like a Motion City Soundtrack and All American Rejects tour. I didn’t really go to shows much because where I lived, there wasn’t like a place where bands came through.

Exactly.

But then I started getting into the Tallahassee music scene. Those two bands came through and I remember just being like woah this is really cool.

Perfect! Then you are obviously on the first day of the AP tour, you haven’t even played your first show yet which is crazy but you clearly have a bit of a long trek ahead of you. Kind of what’s coming up after this tour for you considering the record is so new?

Holidays! We’re going to take the holidays off then we have a tour planned to go over to the UK and Europe and do our thing over there. We’re also hitting up Spain which we’ve never actually done before which will be kind of cool. Then we have some plans that I can’t really talk about in the Spring but it’s going to be something in the US and it will be a lot of fun.
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Meet First Pope.

This next interview is with someone I got a little creepy on, in a good way. I was sent a press release by another publication that he did some live performances for and I searched him out. He is a hidden gem that is just really starting to get going and I’m really happy to have him on Music Remedy. He will only go up I’m sure and I’m really grateful that we were able to catch him early in his career. Hopefully we get to have him in the states soon but for now and in the next few months, you can catch him around Dublin, Manchester and London!

A soft one to start, what was the first CD or cassette you can remember buying as a child? As well, the first show you went to?

The first CD or cassette I remember buying when I was about 11 years old is The Darkness’ album “Permission to Land”. After that I remember Marion Winan’s single “I Don’t Wanna Know” being the following purchase. Quite a difference. The first show I ever witnessed was one of my uncles’ bands. Watching them play and being surrounded by them definitely catalyzed my interest in music as a youngster.

How did you first know you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I knew I wanted to pursue music from an early age but, I played drums and percussion and never viewed it as a strong career path. More as something I loved to do. It wasn’t until four years ago, halfway into my first year at college after picking up guitar in high school. When I first started to write, then I found my desire to write and spread my own music as a career. I always longed to be able to move the people the way I was by a certain melody or lyric, but never took it upon myself to try and truly replicate that until being compelled to by emotion-when I was for the first time I knew then it was something I needed and wanted to pursue.

Do you find that you’ve fallen into a steady rhythm with your songwriting? Is it always a set way, different every time?

Over the past two years I’ve really settled into a rhythm of writing where I have found my particular style. I wouldn’t say it is a set way or different every time as I never really set out to do something specifically with a song. I let it come out naturally and follow the direction which feels right for it in the moment. With being in a rhythm, you find yourself loosely following certain patterns but not purposely. It’s what feels comfortable to you and is the unique attribute to a person’s writing I think.

Do you think an EP/full length could be in the near future? Maybe it’s something that’s already being worked on?

An EP, yes the near future being ten months to a year away. I have been working on it now for a short while, right now I am solely concentrated on recording track by track, each its own project, with the plan to release singles off the EP over the coming year.

What is coming up for you within the next few months? Maybe local shows, even touring possibly around Ireland/ out of Ireland?

You will be able to catch me around parts of Dublin, Manchester and London over the coming months and next year. A tour plan entered the works briefly but until recording is complete and a single released my concentration will be placed solely on it. You can keep updated with my where abouts and new music on FB/Twitter @ First Pope.
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Live Review: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls at House of Blues, Boston!

Frank Turner has always had a really strong presence and stage performance which is always seemingly double in Boston what it may be in other cities. Frank’s performance as well as the Sleeping Souls are always top notch but the crowd goes insane and absolutely on fire every time he comes to Boston.

This show was no different. With a two night stand on this tour in Boston as he has done before in our lovely city, there was a strong focus on his latest record that just dropped in August of this year, Positive Songs for Negative People. Within his two hour set, he did play plenty though off of all of his old releases. The crowd was wrapped around his finger at the first notes of the first song of the set, “Get Better” and smoothly went into “If Ever I Stray” as well as saying to the crowd ‘I want to see everybody’s hands!’ in one of the musical interludes that the Sleeping Souls perform with absolute genius with Frank.

As he continued into his set, the crowd was completely raptured by him as they tend to be at Boston shows. Frank Turner’s live performance is irresistible and from seeing him talk about this city only makes the feeling seem mutual. Even when he introduced the band and himself, he said ‘Good evening, Boston! My name is Frank Turner, these are the Sleeping Souls we come from England but this is pretty much the hometown show here’. He stuffs in so many songs into his set, really something for everybody and all the hits in between. When he performed “Out of Breath”, he said ‘This town knows how to dance I want to see a lot of dancing’.

There were a few people in attendance that were standing around me during the show that were talking about how they only knew maybe two or three songs but ended up dancing to every track despite that. The audience was like a sea of people screaming every word back at Frank, even to all the new songs off the latest record.

Really, the set was perfection and it is clear why this band constantly adds extra nights in multiple cities and always do secret/last minute shows. In Boston, even including playing a popular bar owned by Dropkick’s lead singer Ken Casey with an hour notice. Frank and the Sleeping Souls are Boston’s musical number one hang and I think that is something that won’t be changing for a very long time!
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Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence chats touring and new music!

Last night I headed out to House of Blues to catch up with a band that we’ve had some really great moments with over the years. Until now though, we hadn’t sat down with the current lead vocalist Eddie Hermida. Eddie came into the band early 2013 under some very high expectations from fans. Former longtime vocalist Mitch Lucker passed unexpectedly a few months earlier and Eddie has easily been accepted into the position. Suicide Silence’s live show is insane matching their last album too. They have been nothing but incredibly successful and absolutely slayed it last night in Boston.

In our new one with Eddie, he talks how current touring has been going as well as what is coming up for the band. Continue on for our new one and find them out as main support with Korn now!

Soft one to start because you guys have been touring so much really since the last record came out, maybe a little bit before that. The three things you must have with you while on tour?

Must have with me, my wits. A strong desire to play every night and clean underwear.

Always crucial.

Yeah, I don’t really abide by the whole material things because eventually you lose everything. If you are bummed because you lost your favorite pair of shoes on tour, then that is your fault. Not the fans fault. There you go!

And how have these dates been going? You’ve been in this band for a few years now. Last time we interviewed Suicide Silence I believe was only the second tour that you did with the band. You had a positive reaction right from the get go. People were chanting your name before you had even come on stage. It’s been very positive. How is it now that kids have kind of grown with you?

They’re still very pumped on the fact that the band kept going. I think that everybody really, really likes the direction the band is going in right now. Everybody is really happy with the overall sound. I hear kids tell me that they can close their eyes and see Mitch if they really want to and I hear fans that say that they don’t really think about it. They see Suicide Silence as a new thing so however each fan sees it, however they feel most comfortable at our shows? All I’m there to do is make them feel happy and if I’m doing that, I’m winning.

Then the last record has been out for a little over a year now. Is this something where you guys are currently working on something new, do you think you’re still going to wait a little while?

Yeah I mean right now we’re not really putting any pressure on ourselves to write something. It’s not like hey man we need to have something new done by this time or else. We’re not so nervous about the general escape of music. More so we are concerned with making sure that we’re ready to write. We’re not just going to force ourselves to sit down and start putting out music. That’s one of the most ridiculous or absurd things a musician can do because it’s not really allowing themselves to be channeling energies and emotions. So I mean our big concern is to get home. Sit down, focus on jamming and just vibing each other out and seeing where that road takes us.

Perfect, then you are on that last record and you were involved in. How do you think the writing process goes for the band now? Is it one person, more collective?

I think it’s going to stay how it’s always been which is the band gets together and they jam a couple of tunes together. They figure some stuff out then I come in and help them kind of put the bow on top of the box. I help make it a nice little complete package. I’ll be there for the whole process. I’ll be there for every moment. I think that’s one difference between us now and us before. Where they would kind of meet up before, write their stuff and then I would come in but I think for this one, I’m going to be there the whole time. I’m going to be incorporating with different instruments and trying to see if I can jam out on some keys. Try to do something new.

Then I wanted to ask you, you’ve been a long time touring musician as well. This obviously wasn’t your first band. Maybe when did you first come to know that you wanted to do music. When did you know this is something that you wanted to do?

Very early on. It was kind of like a calling. I want to say in like second grade or something like that. I was like seven years old and I remember there was this assembly. One of those multi-use room assemblies that they used to hold in elementary school. These six musicians come in and I remember them like breaking down the music to Pink Panther. Explaining that music can have the same theme. Have the same overall tones but it could be two completely different things while being the same thing at once. I remember thinking that and being like wow that’s so complex. I would love to learn that. I would love for that to be my focus in school. Inadvertently, I kind of did that. I just kind of like started playing trombone in second grade and kept on throughout middle school, high school. A little bit in college. In high school, around when I was sixteen years old, I started really falling in love with metal. I was already a fan of that type of music but when I was sixteen I really wanted to be in a band. From that point on, I started kind of pursuing that and it wasn’t until about twenty two years old when I got my first chance to actually tour and here I am today.

Great! Then maybe for you, the first CD or first cassette you can remember ever buying as a kid and the first concert you can remember going to?

One of the first CD’s I purchased, I want to say, was like Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation. My buddy and I had just taken our allowance. We were like thirteen or fourteen, something like that. No I was a little bit older I think I was like fifteen. I had just gotten my license and we drove ourselves to the local CD spot and we were like looking through the aisles. He had been jamming a little bit of some death metal like local death metal that we liked and we were like oh man those vocals are cool. Then we were like let’s pick the most gruesome album covers we can find. I found “Pierced from Within” by Suffocation and he found “Tomb of the Mutilated” by Cannibal Corpse. Those are kind of the first two CD’s that I actually bought. After that, I bought a lot more. At the point, Korn already had “Korn” and “Life is Peachy” out and I remember they were like “Follow the Leader” had just come out when I was like sixteen. It had been out for like a couple of months at this point. It was like the best thing out there. I remember wanted to pick up those records. The first one that I ever bought, like really, really bought was Suffocations’ “Pierced from Within”. It just stood out. It called out to me. That’s kind of the formulation of where I am today because I want to be in a band and I am in a band. I feel like it sounds like the perfect mixture of Suffocation and Korn so it’s kind of a cool thing.

Perfect, then to end it off! You’ve been touring a lot lately, you kind of talked about going home for a bit and not putting a lot of pressure on the writing but kind of what’s coming up? Do you think you’re going to be taking a bit of a breather? You guys have been so active.

Yeah since we are going to be writing, we’re not going to be touring much. I don’t know about other musicians but I know for a fact the road isn’t very conducive to sitting down and actually focusing on music. There’s so many things going on. Interviews, catering times, friends coming out to shows so you have to entertain your buddies. You have to entertain fans if you want to meet them, if you want to hang out with them which I like to do. So there’s not a lot of time in the day to actually sit down and have a really introspective moment to write. During the time that we’re writing and focusing on that, we’re going to be at home and taking some time off. It’s not really time off because you’re still focusing on your art and you’re focusing on your band. I don’t know man, I’ll rest when I’m dead really. That’s when it will be time to actually sit down and take off the battery packs and just chill the fuck out.
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Oberhofer chats their new brand new album "Chronovision"!

Oberhofer is a band that everyone in this industry just fawns over. They are one of the hardest working bands out there and one that always makes for a great live show. Lead singer Brad Ober hofer both flows over with energy during live performances that always include at least one run through the audience and the venue. As well as being a ball of energy, off stage he is one of the most intelligent minds you would want to talk to about his craft.

With their new record Chronovision coming out Friday, the band is sure to be back on the road very soon. It has been a minute since the band released a new record and definitely road-tested some of the material in their set last night. Find my new one with Brad here and thanks for being steady readers!

So maybe a soft one to start, I know it’s been a while for you guys since you’ve been on the road. How has it been going so far, this headlining run?

Good, this is about four weeks now we’ve been on the road. No it’s an entire month. This show now marks four and a half weeks.

So maybe how has this tour been going, considering Chronovision is about to come out.

It’s been pretty good honestly. Yeah we’ve just put out a couple of songs. It’s been a lot of fun. That’s all I can say really.

Perfect then I know from talking to you in the past, you kind of started this as a solo project. You’ve been making music for a long time. Maybe how long ago did you kind of start the writing process for Chronovision?

I’d say the oldest song on the record is about three years old. It stems back that far. As far as like a writing process is concerned, there’s not really a date where we ever sit down really and just begin. So the oldest songs are three years old and there are maybe two that are about that old. I sort of write in clusters where I have some sort of sound or like vibe that I’m into at that moment in time. Then I write a couple that go along in pairs. I think that when you listen to the record, you might even be able to hear which songs were written at like the same time but yeah, anywhere between three years ago and up to ten months ago.

And do you feel it still changes even though you’ve been writing for so long? Do you think there are new things that you tried or do you think you’ve fallen into a steady rhythm?

I’m always in like different mindsets you know as far as writing music goes. Even like subconsciously, it’s not like I’m going for a sound or something. Just what comes out ends up fitting in its’ own little groove.

Have you been road-testing some of the songs already on this tour?

Yeah we’ve been playing a lot of new songs. Not very many old ones actually.

Oh really, just kind of focusing on the new?

Yeah trying to get that nailed down.

Then I wanted to ask you, like I said you’ve been touring this project for a while now. Maybe what is coming up considering it has been a minute since you’ve been on the road? Is it something where you’re going to be touring a lot this year or do you think you’re going to kind of be selectively touring?

We’re going to be making sure we tour everywhere of course but on the last record, we did like four or five runs of the US. I don’t foresee myself playing every town four or five times. I imagine we’ll do every major city one or two times on the record. I want to tour more in Europe and Japan and Australia and hit more of the entire world on this album. If I get the opportunity.

Perfect then I never really asked in the past, but you’ve been doing this for a long time and you’re still pretty young. When was the moment when you realized you wanted to be a musician, was there a moment?

I don’t know when I realized it. Probably like age twelve. I wanted to be like a famous rapper. I knew that that’s what I wanted to do. So I think that once you have that feeling and that’s what you want to be and you know that’s what you want. It feels like the only option for you. When you’re twelve years old and it stays that way. Then you’re like oh that’s what that feeling is. That’s why I always wanted to do this because that’s the only thing I can do is just play music and be an entertainer in some capacity.

Maybe to end it off, maybe advice to musicians to keep on doing this considering how the music industry is going? A lot of bands are touring way more, maybe an over-saturation of some sorts. People are touring more than they ever did before.

You were saying like advice to keep at it? I would say like keep at what feels good to you mostly because you know sometimes it’s not right for people to tour. Don’t do anything that makes you feel crazy. Do everything that feels cathartic and feels right to you. If it feels right to keep doing it and keep going and you believe in it, then keep doing it.
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Reckless Serenade chats new EP and fall touring plans!

We’ve officially entered Rocktober and the first interview up for me this fall are the talented boys in Reckless Serenade. They just released their new EP “Out Here” on the 18th and are in the midst of their solo tour (bringing them to Alabama tomorrow)! As well as currently being on a solo run, they have back to back tours lined up with I Set My Friends On Fire and Bunny and the Bear. The EP brings back total early All Time Low and Mayday Parade vibes and I’m hooked on. We recently got the opportunity to talk everything new record and fall with Mark from the band, find it below!

You just released the new EP last Friday, you guys are on a solo tour right now but the band’s pretty much on tour for all of November. Maybe what are the three things you must have with you while on the road to survive?

Three things we must have on the road? I’d say one is definitely Mountain Dew Baha Blast. Two is our grill. We have a portable grill that we bring on tour everywhere we go. And three is just a bunch of car chargers that we always lose and have to buy new ones.

I have like eighty million I feel you. Then like I said, the EP only came out Friday. I’m sure it’s been in the making for a while. Maybe kind of when did you start the initial writing process for “Out Here”. Were they songs specifically written for this EP, were some of them older songs? Kind of how long has this EP been in the making for Reckless Serenade?

Well, technically, it originally started in April. We recorded a single that’s called ‘Pretty Monster’. We originally just recorded it as a single and we didn’t know if we were going to do a full length or an EP or who we were going to do it with. We did ‘Pretty Monster’ with this guy Brian Moncarz from Canada. He was awesome to work with and then we went into record, I guess we decided we were going to do an EP like three or four weeks before we went in because we had gotten an email that the producer Rob Freeman just had a band cancel on him. So he was basically like you guys can come in in like a couple months or you can come in like four weeks from now. I was like, fuck it! We can write some songs in four weeks. We already have like a couple written. So basically we were at my house every day just like shopping different ideas and trying to get everything ready. It was kind of stressful but it was fun to do.

Perfect and then you talked about how he told you it was like you can come in four weeks or a few months but you did have some older songs. Do you feel the songwriting process still changes between the band? Is it more one person brings their own ideas or is it more collective? How did you go about the writing for this EP?

Usually an idea will start with me and Cory and we’ll sort of get the bare bones of it figured out. Then we’ll show it to the rest of the band and everyone will sort of throw in their parts from there. Suggest different ideas but yeah usually it starts with me and Corey with a basic idea. Then we bring it to the rest of the band.

Perfect and with the EP coming out, do you think maybe within the next year, you may do like another small one or maybe even a full length? Or do you think you’re going to kind of see how this goes and kind of wait it out?

We definitely want to record as much as possible. This is the most touring we’ve ever done. Like immediately after releasing something. So I think for right now, our priority is just touring on this but I think if someone told us we need to have a full length ready to go and record by the winter or spring, I think we’d be able to do that. It’s just a matter of how much we’re going to tour on this current EP.

And are there maybe goals within like the next year for you, like maybe Warped Tour for a few weeks or maybe some headlining, like a small headlining run?

Yeah definitely like our main goal that we sort of set during the summer was to get on Warped Tour for 2016. So basically we’re touring most of November then we have like a small tour in December with the tour we’re about to do this week. So our main goal is just to tour as much as possible. Just build up a bit more of a fan base and try to get the attention of the people who do Warped Tour. Maybe even some like small labels to get them to pay attention to us. Like by touring as much as we can.

Perfect, then a soft one for you! The first CD or first cassette you can ever remember buying as a kid then the first concert you can remember going to?

The first concert I ever remember going to?

Then the first CD or first cassette you remember buying?

Oh man! Well the first concert I remember going to was NSYNC back when they were like huge. I saw them at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and then first CD or cassette. I think the first cassette I remember seeing and playing was Eminem. The Slim Shady LP which is like two totally random things that don’t go together.

Then it’s kind of been announced what’s coming up. Like you said, it’s the most touring that you’ve done kind of directly after a release. You have a solo tour with the band, two tours one with The Bunny and the Bear and the other with I Set My Friends On Fire and everything. So your year is kind of booked up for the rest of 2015. Are you just going to be trying to tour even more? Is that like the plan? What can kids be looking for?

I think everything is still up in the air right now. We want to see how these tours go in the next couple months and sort of take it from there. We’re always looking for more tour opportunities so if something came along like immediately in January where we could support another band or just do like a headlining run. We want to play as many shows as possible but I think right now we want to sort of finish out the year strong with as many shows as we can get then sort of see where we’re at after that.
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