This is truly an exciting day for my friends in Rain Check. I did an artist feature on them a few months ago when they first mentioned they were getting ready to record their debut EP and I knew it was going to be awesome, but it really blew me away when I finally got the chance to listen to it. Hailing from Abilene, TX, Rain Check have been quickly building a name for themselves in Texas, bringing listeners a modern pop-punk sound, but with their own influences and different musical perspectives to create their own twist on the genre.
The album is characterized by a familiar sound of energetic pop-punk but has twist and turns that make the listener really hone in on the lyrics that are the driving force behind these songs. The main idea of this EP is what it’s like to experience the feeling of growing up and realizing what comes with that, talking about topics such as realizing the effects of a bad relationship, understanding the feeling of being alone no matter where you are, and learning how to move on after being abandoned by someone you truly cared about.
This EP is really going to set the stage for the future of this band and I’m excited to see where it takes them. Check out the full stream of the EP below and a brief interview with the band.
Tell me a little bit about the story behind your debut EP Things Change and what the writing process was like.
We feel the EP speaks a lot to what we want this band to be. We are all in our 20’s and with getting older you have a little more life experience to draw on. We wanna bring those experiences to the music we write. The writing process was very collaborative. We all pitched in with different ideas not only musically but lyrically as well. We just kind of wrote whatever we felt like. It was really nice to write that way and just let ideas flow.
What have you guys been most nervous/excited about leading up to the release of the EP?
I guess the main thing would be just seeing what people think. We really feel we bring something a little different to what most people know modern pop-punk to be and we hope its something refreshing for people to hear. A good friends of ours said that after seeing us and hearing the songs that he could tell the bands we are influenced by but that we don’t really sound like any of them specifically. We take that as a huge compliment because thats exactly what we want. We want to cut out our own little sonic space.
Do you guys have a personal favorite from the EP? If so, why?
To be honest, I don’t know if we have just one favorite. The second song “Stuck” has been a favorite from the beginning but as we have played the songs and listened to them more some of the others have really started to stand on their own.
How was the overall recording process for this EP? Did the final product meet your guys’ expectations?
The recording process was really smooth. We went and recorded with Luke Garrigus at Black Room Studios. He was great to work with and we knocked out the songs pretty quickly. We had spent a lot of time working on them before we went so we didn’t have to do a lot of tweaking in the studio. We are really happy with the way it came out. It’s always a surreal thing to listen to something you created when its done. We think people will enjoy the final product and hopefully look forward to what we do in the near future.
With the release of this EP, do you guys have any other plans in the future such as touring or playing new shows?
We are always playing shows. We like to stay busy. We have some plans for touring here in the near future but there is still some details that need to be worked out. We feel like we have a good group of songs and we wanna get out there and show them to people.
If you could pick one thing you want people to take away from this EP, what would it be?
We want people to connect with it. The reason we love the bands we love is because in some way we connect to what they are saying or what they have been through and we want to people to be able to connect with our music in the same way. Lyrically we feel there is plenty for people to relate to and musically we feel our songs cover enough ground that most people can find something to jam.
Thank you so much for reading, and buy this album! If you can’t buy it, follow this band on Spotify and show them some love.