Boys Home debut new single “Pretty Death” from new album “Wishbone”

Oh, man, am I excited about this. Today, I am doing something new and premiering the first single from the new album Wishbone by Boys Home! If you recall, I did an interview with these guys about a month ago and I was so excited to hear their new music and trust me, this new song doesn’t disappoint. Boys Home have perfectly crafted their indie-punk sound and this new album is going to be well worth the wait. When I was listening to this new song, some of the bands that came to mind were Hum, early Sunny Day Real Estate, and early Title Fight, and a mix of all of these sounds creates something beautiful.

Their new album Wishbone will be released on June 23, 2017. Stream the new track and check out an interview about the new song/album below!

Where did the inspiration for this new single come from? What’s the song written about?

Christian: “This was a pivotal point in the writing process for us. When I sat down to write this song all of the words kind of poured out. Some almost subconsciously. I was really just trying to capture the moment I was living in. I was really emotionally unstable, my great-grandmother had just passed. The whole song is a conversation with myself really. I felt like I was constantly having to fix myself and apologize to those around me for my instability.”

What was the decision-making process like choosing the first single to release and why did you guys ultimately decide on Pretty Death?

Lennon: “Choosing the single was kind of a mutual thing. I had fallen asleep in the studio the night Christian finished up the guitars on Pretty Death. The next morning the dudes played it back for me and I was just like  “Fuck, I don’t know about you guys but I think that’s the first single right there!” And Christian and Logan were hyped on that idea. And that was that.” 

Looking ahead to the eventual release of your new album Wishbone, what are you guys most excited about with this new album?

Logan: “For me personally, I’m excited because it’s my first record with Boys Home. It’s a little different from my other band, Four Arm Shiver. So I’m interested to see what people think. Christian and Lennon are great song writers so I imagine people are going to impressed.”

Where did the inspiration come from for the name of your new album and what meaning does it hold for you guys?

Christian: “When writing this record I really began to realize that we ride through life on a thread of uncertainty. For me, personally, I kept letting that fear of uncertainty have too much power over me and I made an effort to change. The album itself picks up where we left off with the last record and progressively gets more and more optimistic.”

Your guys’ songwriting just keeps getting better and better…was there any different way that you guys approached this album songwriting wise?

Lennon: “This record writing wise was a bit of a diversion from “Mary, Your Son Has Left Me”. With that last record we were just angry. We played hard and fast, we tried to really bring out the emotion in the lyrics but, we wanted a really raw feel with the songs, their lyrics, and their structures.

With Wishbone we’ve taken time to really bring out the dynamics in these songs and wrote slightly more technical musically. We just wanted this record to be strong and unique and I think we’ve captured that.”

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Featured Artist: ZIION

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today, I talk to Marcus Woods of the band ZIION from my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, the heaviest band that I’ve gotten to write about so far, that have been around since April 2016. I’ve gotten to play with these guys twice and both times they’ve been an incredible band to watch live. Not only does their passion reach out through their music, but also through their live show. With a new EP out titled Pure Heart, and just finishing up the Mountains & Valleys Tour (their first tour ever as a band), they are showing no signs of slowing down.

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Credit: Laurie Armstrong Photography

How did the band initially come together and what made you guys decide on your sound as a band? Was there something specific that made you guys decide on a heavier sound?

Well, I have always been behind the visuals and sound of ZIION, and I’ve always just sort of been inspired by heavier music. Mostly from the emotion I draw from it, and at the time, when I was writing the “Pure Heart” EP I was feeling a lot of emotion, both good and bad.

Where did the band name Ziion come from? Does it hold special significance for anyone in the band specifically or the band as a whole?

Well, for around the last 5 years I’ve had a solo project by the name of ZIION, I sort of formed a connection to it being a constant in my life. But, it’s always been an outlet for music and art. Zion has many meanings all around the globe but the one that stuck with us is the Japanese meaning, which is ‘Heaven on Earth’ and a passage I remember reading that inspired me a lot was “Only those of pure heart will find Zion.”  

It holds a lot of significance for everyone really but, it holds a very specific significance to me because at the time when I created ZIION, I was ready to end my life and ZIION kind of became something that saved my life. Once I decided I was going to create a band with a positive message it turned my life completely around. So much so that I got the word ‘Zion” tattoo’d on me in Japanese.

Your newest album Pure Heart was just released this past December…what has the response been like and what did this release personally mean for everyone in the band?

The response we’ve gotten has been very overwhelming! So many people I’ve never met all around the world are listening to this music I made because I was very upset, given the numbers aren’t anything compared to bigger artists but to us the numbers we’ve seen are more than we ever thought we would reach. It meant a lot to everyone in the band too because we’ve all poured so much heart and soul into what we do. Sacrificing so much to get a message out, and to see it make an impact, however small or large, is overwhelming.

Lyrically, it seems like there are some heavy topics discussed in these songs…can you explain what kinds of topics are explored on this album and where your inspiration came from?

The lyrics in this album are all very personal and each hold meaning to one of us very dearly. For me, “friends” held the most meaning, because for a majority of my life, I’ve had demons that sort of disguised themselves as my friends. Which is why there are quotes around the word, and the song sort of just explains what I’ve dealt with battling those demons. Another song, “Queen” was written about a very special person in our vocalist’s life who was diagnosed with cancer and sort of the complications that came with her sickness and eventual passing. So, all of our lyrics have come from personal experiences and that’s how we’ll always continue to write.

But, all of our lyrics are not negative. “Close” is about facing all your past mistakes and walking away from them; moving on and closing the chapter. We want all our listeners to know that while we discuss the negative topics in life that there are always things that make life beautiful and worth sticking around for. When there is a negative, there is always a positive; balance. And we want our lyrics to act as more of a support rather than a crutch.    

You guys also put out a music video for your song “friends” off of Pure Heart…what was that experience like and what made you decide that was the song you were going to shoot a video for?

The experience was wonderful! We worked with Zachariah Mayfield, he works with Mayfield Productions and also plays in THE SICKEST band called Earth Groans. He made the whole experience very comfortable, and made it easy for us to just be ourselves. We’ll probably be working with him a lot more in the future.

We decided to shoot a music video for “friends” because, collectively it’s our favorite song to play live. We knew we could have fun with it, and that’s what matters, right?

You guys also just wrapped up The Mountains & Valleys Tour, which was the band’s first time touring…what was that experience like for you guys?

BOOOY, that experience was both exhausting and just, incredible. I personally have never been to any of the cities we hit so I was really stoked on that. But, we had to take a pretty small vehicle so it wasn’t all that comfortable. But, getting to travel and play music with your best friends? I mean, there aren’t a whole lot of things better than that.

With a new album behind you and now some touring experience, what does the rest of 2017 look like for Ziion?

We’re playing a lot of crazy shows this summer, and maybe getting another tour or two before the new year? Releasing new music for sure though, be on the lookout for that.

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Ziion released Pure Heart on December 4, 2016.

Check out my personal favorite track Close:

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Ziion is (from left to right) Evan Ryan (drums), Nathan Groves (vocals), Rayallen Hoover III (bass), Marcus Woods (guitar)

Buy the album here, and like them on Facebook!

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Featured Artist: Inner Outlines

Welcome, welcome! Today I am featuring pop-punk/alternative band Inner Outlines from Jacksonville, Illinois. I played with these guys a while back at a show in St. Louis and not only were they talented musicians but they were all also super nice guys. After seeing how quickly they’ve grown and progressed as musicians and how good their music is, I knew I wanted to do a feature story on them.

The band formed back in August 2014 and since then has released two EP’s, released a brand new single featuring Garret Rapp of The Color Morale, and are in the finals to perform at Pointfest, a large outdoor music festival held in St. Louis, Missouri, by radio station KPNT. With all of the big things they have planned this year, don’t miss out on this band!

What’s the story behind the formation of Inner Outlines? Where did the inspiration come from to start the band?

The summer of 2014 Cody Walker (drummer) had inquired Matt Hall (vocalist) of starting a band after their previous projects had ended. After a month of being left on “read”, Matt had finally said “okay”. They met for the first time in Cody’s hometown of Carrollton, Illinois, and started making plans immediately. Even on the second time getting together they had brought in two more members Andrew Range (guitar) and Billie Dean Smith (bass) and started putting together shows as Inner Outlines. In November 2014 they lost their brother Billie and continue on today with the band name he came up with to honor his memory.

In July 2016 Matt contacted Dylan (guitar) to fill in on bass for a show at Outland Ballroom in Springfield, Missouri, then asked him to play guitar and put Caleb in the bass slot. In August we released our EP It’s Not Safe Here along with a music video for the single It’s Not Safe Here.

Your newest EP It’s Not Safe Here came out this past August…what has the response been like?

So far the response has been great! We have been told:

“I like that bass you was playing, hahhhhhhhh.” – Jonny Craig to Caleb

We always remained focused on what we do as a band and our motto: “I mean, we haven’t gotten any fan mail.” – Caleb

In all seriousness, the EP has been the soundtrack to our growth as a band, the people who have supported us from the very beginning are still here and the family keeps growing. We are just happy to have the opportunity to share what we create with so many people already, we can only imagine what it will be in the future.

What was the reason for choosing to work with Kevin Gates at REACH Audio for this EP? It seems like he has quite the resume, working with The Ready Set, Never Shout Never, and Secondhand Serenade.

We just really liked his work with other bands, and it worked out awesome because he is very personable and is really great to work with. He pushes us in ways we didn’t think possible and he’s a great friend. The only bad thing about him is that he’s a Dolphins fan.

Where did the title It’s Not Safe Here come from? What kinds of topics are explored lyrically on the EP?

“The title It’s Not Safe Here came from the song It’s Not Safe Here first. Chronologically, our song Good For Me was supposed to be on our first record Late Night Thoughts but was completed later due to a time constraint. Then came the title track, which I had been writing for at least a year. I had been coming into realizations in my life and knew that the only way to really connect with our fans is by writing about what we really think about and about topics that we don’t really talk about to our friends and family. It’s a gateway of expression for us. Writing for people gives me comfort and we do our best to give real life a chance to be understood. It’s Not Safe Here (the song) touches on myself wanting to leave the life I once had and create a path for my friends in the same situations I was in to escape as well.

The third track Our Generation was a full collaborative effort of the band. When you wanna be in music full time, you get a lot of backlash and really the hardest part of being a band is getting started solely because of heckling from some kids. I know plenty of people who want to pursue music as a profession who are talked down by their peers or themselves. This song is our response to those who doubt the ability of anyone in the world. We were nobodies two years ago and that all changed because we did what we loved to do and never strayed from the path. Long story short, fuck the haters.

Lastly, the final track is Feel Nothing.  Personally my favorite song on the EP, this song lyrically touches mainly on the idea that you can be forced to be anyone you aren’t comfortable with being because of a toxic place or person in your life and that it’s okay to break ties with those things if it betters you. Feel Nothing means not to be lifeless and numb, but to be invincible and confident in your choices to be a better person.

It’s Not Safe Here is our growth through our own lives and telling what we’ve seen and overcome and we’re not slowing down anytime soon.” – Matt Hall, vocalist

Congratulations on making it to the finals of the Road to Pointfest! What has that experience been like so far?

So far, so good! The last time we were in this competition we made it this far, but this time we are practiced. The songs sound great, we are confident, and no matter what the outcome is we are proud to be in this band. We’ve got a summer of plans we can’t wait to share with everyone and hopefully Pointfest is in those plans!

So, let’s talk about this new single…in my opinion, it’s the best song that you guys have ever written (and not just because it features Garret Rapp, who is my favorite vocalist of all time). What has the response been like on the new single?

Literally what you said. We’ve been told that Halo has been a favorite release to a lot of people. We’re ecstatic about the response! We have been working more as a unit when it comes to songwriting and Halo is the first of many songs that we’ve busted our asses to record and release as fast as we can! We plan on releasing maybe 2-3 more songs as they are completed before we disappear into the studio with Kevin Gates. We are not at liberty to go into any specifics, but we will say that we are in the works of a new full length album exploring our genre of music that is to be released this coming winter! We’ll give out more details when we can, but for now, Halo has really shown us that our fans are on board with what we are trying to accomplish and the support is nothing less of extraordinary!

Where did the decision come from to feature Rapp on the new single and what was it like getting to work with him?

Our drummer Cody Walker is one of the biggest TCM fans we know! He went out on a limb and came to us one day with the contact info and we knew we had to at least try to get Garret on a song. Garret was originally going to be featured on It’s Not Safe Here (EP), but we didn’t want to rush anything. If we were gonna put him in a song, we weren’t going to just throw him on one of our tracks. We wanted him to be a part of our music in his own right. We asked him to write his own lyrics for his part in the 2nd verse and it turned out fantastic! We have yet to perform Halo live with Garret, but maybe one day there will be a The Color Morale/Inner Outlines Tour to get that opportunity! Garret Rapp is a great guy with a giving soul and has inspired us to continue on our path with passion!

You can watch the video here (please do, this song is incredible).

Moving forward, what does the rest of 2017 look like for Inner Outlines? Any new music or tours?

New Full length Inner Outlines record Winter 2017

We are currently booking tours and getting set to deliver a new kind of Inner Outlines to the people. Our live show is only getting better and we may have a few tricks up our sleeves 😉

 

Anything else that you guys would like to mention that I left out?

Just a quick shout out to our homie Freddy D’Angelo! Check out Freddy D’Angelo Studios on Facebook!

Need a producer? Kevin Gates is our guy over at REACH Audio on Facebook!

And last but not least, GO LISTEN TO MOCKLOVE!!!

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Inner Outlines released It’s Not Safe Here on August 6, 2016.

Check out Feel Nothing, also my favorite song from the EP It’s Not Safe Here:

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Inner Outlines is (from left to right): Andrew Range (guitar), Dylan McCormick (guitar), Matt Hall (vocals), Caleb Elmore (bass), and Cody Walker (drums).

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Featured Artist: Boys Home

Welcome to a new artist feature! Today, I’m writing about my conversation with Christian Nichols from Boys Home (formerly known as Bruise) from Kansas. I played with these guys quite a while ago at a house show in Kansas City and they were awesome. They reminded me of some old, angsty Title Fight, which I’m all about.

The band formed in January 2016, and their debut EP Mary, Your Son Has Left Me was released in July 2016; now they are currently in the studio working on their new full-length album (title hasn’t been disclosed yet) and how excited they feel about it makes me that much more excited to hear their new music. Writing this new album, their main influences are Hum, Jimmy Eat World, and Smashing Pumpkins. With some recent lineup changes, a new record coming out and over 100 days of touring planned this year, you don’t want to miss out on these guys!

What’s the story behind the formation of Boys Home (formerly known as Bruise)?

Lennon (our drummer) and myself were in a band prior to this that started in 2009. Towards the tail end of 2015, we realized our tastes were changing and our desire to be out on the road and touring became something we absolutely had to stop putting on the back burner. Our happiness kind of depended on it. So we started what was then Bruise in hopes to write music that was incredibly honest with the goal of touring as much as we possibly could.

What was the reason behind changing the name from Bruise to Boys Home?

When we started Bruise…we were aware of a contemporary rock duo from the UK with the same name, but they didn’t seem as active. Right around the time we started Bruise, there was a hardcore band from Indiana that also started under the same name. After both bands began getting tagged in the wrong events and such, we felt it was smart to move forth with a name change. We felt Boys Home was the only fitting name after throwing around about a million ideas.

Your debut EP Mary, Your Son Has Left Me was released in July 2016…after having been released for a while, what are the band’s feelings about the EP as you are recording a new record?

The one-year “birthday” for Mary will be in July. That record was a “photograph” of a moment in time for us. We still believe in that record and we still love it. We’re working on a full-length right now and it’s quite a departure from Mary. It’s less pissed off and more optimistic.

What’s the story behind the title of the EP?

We wrote MYSHLM in a transitional period of our lives. It was just Lennon and I at the time. We approached everything on that EP from two perspectives: a very literal side of us that was struggling with the ideas of life, death, and a greater purpose, and a metaphorical side that was very much about the transitional phase we were going through. It’s about realizing you no longer identify with the surroundings that used to be so familiar to you.

It appears Boys Home has been busy trying to tour as much as possible, touring off the release of your debut EP last summer with two more tours following…does the band have any specific touring plans for 2017 after the new record is finished?

We have set a goal for a total of at least one hundred days on the road this year. We did just over sixty days last year. We are very proud of LP1 and want to properly promote it by being on the road as much as possible.

Any good tour stories from your tours last year?

Our first tour as Bruise we got to hang out with some homies in the OKC area. After the show we met up with them at a Buffalo Wild Wings. Someone ended up with a pretzel and it just so happened we had a baseball bat in our van. We ended up playing pretzel baseball and it was way tight.

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Just a casual game of pretzel baseball between friends. Photo credit: Steinmiller Productions

What are you guys most excited about as you are recording this album?

We’re really just happy with the fact that we feel like these songs are completely genuine and really sincere. They’re very emotional and I think it marks an important period for us, personally, as songwriters. We poured a lot into this record.

The band recorded their debut EP with Cody Nichols at Revealed Studios in Chanute, KS…what was the reason you guys wanted to go back and work with him for your new record?

Because he kills it more and more each time, haha. He really knows what we’re after and he’s always doing whatever it is that he can to give these songs their own little world to live in. Sonically, the LP is the best sounding thing we’ve done in our musical careers, I think.

Anything you want to tell the fans about your new record? What can they expect?

Any previous fans are definitely going to find a couple of gems on the record that are extensions of what we were doing last year but it will also be full of surprises. It definitely has a more optimistic outlook than the EP.

They can also expect a shift in sound. We’re still the same band. We’re just trying to look at the world around us a little differently. I think that’s something you hear in the record. I also think listeners can expect a “moment” in almost every song. A moment that’s almost an epiphany in the story of each song. I think there’s at least a song for everyone on here. I don’t know…we’ll let you check it out for yourself!

Anything you guys want to mention that I left out?

We’re about to announce a cool run with our friends in Glacier Veins, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages for those dates!

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Mary, Your Son Has Left Me was released July 7, 2016 and can be found at boyshome.bandcamp.com

As always, I’m going to leave you with my favorite track from the band. Here’s Lighten Up, Kid:

 

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Boys Home is: Christian Nichols (guitar and vocals), Lennon Nichols (drums and vocals), and Logan Herrera (bass and vocals) Photo credit: Jacob Gill

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Featured Artist: avoid.

Welcome to another artist feature! This time, I feature avoid. from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since forming in March 2015, they’ve quickly grown their fanbase with their combination of passion, storytelling, and intensity in their music. In this post we talk about their single Once | Again, their partnership with Dreambound, an organization formed to promote and support up-and-coming melodic bands from all over the world, and some recent and upcoming tours. avoid. is made up of vocalist Nick Booth, guitarist/vocalist Chris Boeck, guitarist Dylan Giberson, bassist Jon Grimm, and drummer Josephine Gale.

FFO: La Dispute, Touché Amoré, and Defeater

Let’s talk about the beginnings of the band…Where did the name avoid. come from? How did the band come together?

“After the breakup of my old band I just wanted to start a band with this sound I’d had in mind for a while before that. I linked up with Chris and the rest fell in place.

Our name is a play off an old song I wrote called “A Void”.  We live in a society where it’s commonplace to bury your problems and cover up the dark in your life. We wanted to write music that brought a lot of these things to the surface to be talked out. Thus we became, avoid.”

You guys recently partnered with Dreambound for your new single “Once | Again”. What has the response been like so far on your music video?

“It’s been incredible! We’ve never  felt so supported before and it’s a great feeling. We’ve really noticed our fan base growing on every social media outlet. That partnership definitely did what we hoped for.”

You can view the music video here.

What’s the story behind “Once | Again”? What was your main inspiration for releasing the two songs as one music video?

“I could go on for ages on defining what I intended while writing and give details on every aspect of those songs lyrically but ultimately I want people to find their own meaning.  I will say it’s a story that highlights love, loss,  dependency, and how mental illness fits in with it all.  I can also say we are not done with that storyline.

Ultimately, we wanted to create a story. So lyrically, instrumentally, and visually it’s supposed to fit together. We take it as a compliment when people believe it’s just one nine minute song.

I love bands like Defeater and La Dispute and admire the way they write in concept so fluently. One thing I never saw those bands do though was put a real prolonged visual image behind their releases. The video is one person’s take on that whole story. We just thought it would be a cool thing for listeners to watch and maybe relate the music to.”

You guys also just wrapped up touring with Rose Gold this past January…what was that experience like/what was your favorite thing about the tour?

“So cool. They’re a great band but even greater people. We were a bit nervous going in as that was our first real tour. We hoped all would go smooth and we would get along but it absolutely crushed our expectations. Definitely have some interest in doing more runs with those guys.

As far as favorite things go seeing the coast and playing in Texas were huge highlights. We were the furthest from home we’d been. With Rose Gold, our favorite thing was playing tour H.O.R.S.E. A game we will not lose again.”

The band is also about to head out on another tour in March/April with Welcome Home. What are you most excited about for that tour?

“Those are some of our best friends. They’ve believed in and supported us before almost anyone did. Without being too sappy, we’re all ecstatic to spend two weeks with them and watch them perform every night. They’re are headed somewhere big.

Apart from that, we’re super excited to go south and back. Traveling outside of Iowa is a blessing we’ve been able to do more as of recently and we’re just enjoying every minute of it.”

What does 2017 look like for the band and what can fans expect from you guys in the future?

“More tours and tracking a new EP!”

Anything else you would like to include that I didn’t mention?

“Just that we’re grateful for everyone that’s supported us so far. We just want to continue to make music we love and spend time we those we share passions with and love for.  Keep your eyes out for more tours and music announcements coming soon!”

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avoid. released Once | Again on September 30, 2016.

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iTunes: http://apple.co/2m8XNBF

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P.S. I think I’m going to start turning this blog into an outlet to promote some less known and super talented bands from all over the country because I truly enjoy getting to tell these bands’ stories. If you want to keep constantly updated on new and talented bands, be sure to follow the blog via e-mail to get updates!

Featured Artist: Scribble

I want to start doing something different on this blog; I’m going to start featuring some of the awesome, less known artists that my band has had the opportunity to play with, because we have witnessed a lot of talent playing with other local bands that isn’t recognized by enough people.

I wanted to use this opportunity to write my first post about a band known as Scribble, from Alton, Illinois, located roughly about a half an hour north of St. Louis, Missouri. Scribble began in March 2016 and have quickly began making a name for themselves in the St. Louis and Alton DIY music scene. The band is made up of vocalist/guitarist Drew Goble, drummer Josh Day, bassist Jay Hauck, guitarist Austin Hayden, and vocalist/keyboardist Heather Robinson. Their main musical influences consist of The Anniversary, The Get-Up Kids, and Hotel Books.

After my band had the opportunity to play a show with them in June 2016, I was instantly hooked. It was one of those bands that you listen to them and can instantly hear the passion in their lyrics and in their music. So without further ado, here is my interview with Scribble:

What’s the story behind the formation of Scribble?

“The moniker began well over 10 years ago by Drew. It was an acoustic act that started with goofy songs like “Foxy Love”, and devolved into personal songs about heartbreak, addiction, love, and loss.”

“The band started when Josh asked Drew if he’d like to start an acoustic gig based on how moved Josh was by Drew’s lyrics. They played an acoustic set with Listener in March or April of 2016, then Jay began playing bass with them. A few weeks later, Heather joined, and we played our first show in early May of 2016. We played our second show at Barnfest in May 2016, and shortly after began playing with Austin. Austin completely changed the sound of Scribble, and it was around June when we began writing [our debut EP] ‘A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges.'”

Your debut EP A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges has been out for almost half a year now; what has the response been? What are your guys’ feelings about the EP?

“The response has been overwhelming. We’re all completely humbled by the amount of support we’ve received. The DIY community in STL is insanely supportive, tight knit, and welcoming. It has been one of the most significant experiences I believe we have been through.”

“While we all love A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges, our new music is a full band effort that we feel hits just as hard emotionally as the first album. We are all incredibly honored to be able to share such emotionally raw and heart-felt music.”

What was the motivation behind the name A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges?

“The music we wrote was about love lost during 2015-early 2016. Have you ever been so in love with someone that you’d do everything in your power to make it work, but one party isn’t there? Have you tried moving on when all you can think about is one person? If you’ve ever had a substance addiction, or an addiction to anything at all, this record was ultimately about a story of a man putting all of his cards on the table, and feeling as if he’d lost everything. The only thing left was to try any means necessary to forget. We understand addiction personally, we understand heartbreak personally, and Drew’s lyrics personally affected all of us.”

“All of the music on this EP was written about heartbreak, addiction, overcoming obstacles, and learning to believe in yourself again when everything else fails you. This album brought us all together, and a support group within the scene. We want people to know they’re not alone, and we want people to understand that their struggle is our own. This album hopefully personified that.”

You guys recently shot a music video for Paper Maché…what was the experience like filming and releasing your first music video?

“Calvin Tiger is one of the most down-to-earth dudes we know. He is as excited about our music as we are. He was there from the very beginning, and we owe a lot to him for his contributions to this band. The filming was fun, easy-going, and his ideas behind it, along with the Easter eggs fit so well with our music that we were blown away by his videography. We also are big supporters of his band, Ursa Major. They’re currently on a hiatus, but will be back soon. We’re excited as well to hear new music from them.”

Does the band have a favorite venue that they’ve played? Why is it your favorite and why should more people know about it?

“We will always have love for Metal Gear in Alton, IL. Drew lives at Metal Gear, and it is a quintessential venue on the Illinois side of St. Louis for music. We’ve had bands from all across the US, and even Canada come play here. The shows are always jam packed, supportive, welcoming, and fun. It is so enjoyable being surrounded by friends who support you and the touring bands, and it’s incredible to listen to bands who you may never have heard before touring.”

“The DIY scene in Alton has always been important to all of us since we were all teens, and we’re extremely proud and excited to see such a small town have a huge draw and passion for music. It wouldn’t be possible without Drew’s other roommates, Robbie and Randy Kinnikin though. They’re the real force behind the scene.”

What has been the proudest moment of your band?

“Releasing A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges was surreal, but playing for people who are as emotionally invested as we are plays a huge role in our creativity and passion to play. As we said earlier, we’re all overwhelmed and humbled by the response to our music. A goofy bunch of misfits who love music, and we are excited that others can relate as well as they do. We appreciate all of the kind words and responses to our music, and love everyone who has supported us.”

What can people expect from Scribble in the future?

We are currently writing a new LP and will be going into the studio this year. Look for a fall/winter release!

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Scribble released A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges on August 31, 2016.

I’ll leave you with my favorite track from the EP. Here’s Paper Maché:

Bandcamp: https://scribblestl.bandcamp.com/releases

Paper Maché Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDKnY7uVpqM

Thanks for reading! If there is an awesome local band in your area, please let me know and I would love to write about them.

 

Recent Favorites: Episode III

Welcome to another installment of the music that I’ve been obsessing over the past couple of weeks, because let’s face it, we’re always finding new music that’s so good we can’t help but listen to it on constant repeat.

Slaves – I’d Rather See Your Star Explode (Single)

Now when talking about Slaves, there’s unfortunately always some controversy about this band, which isn’t fair to how good this band is and what they are capable of. I’ve always been a supporter of Jonny Craig and all of his musical projects, and the new single they just put out from their unnamed album makes me think that this next Slaves album will be the best thing that this band has done.

In my opinion, Jonny has never sounded better than he does on this song. Somehow his vocals just get better with each album. Ever since the departure of three of their members after the Warped Tour fiasco, the band has stated that they want to move in a new direction now that they’re starting over. While there are things that still represent the old Slaves, this single explores a more polished sound and abandoning the heavy, chugging guitar tone that was present on their first two albums.

Hopefully as this band begins to move forward in their career, the negative stigma around the band can fade away and everyone can appreciate this band for who they are now, as opposed to who they were.

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I See Stars – Treehouse

I’m going to preface this with a statement: If you were ever into this band at one point in your life, listen to this album because you will love it. I’m listening to the album as I’m writing this and it’s the third time I’ve listened to it today.

I remember loving I See Stars in middle school with the release of their album 3-D and after The End of the World Party, I kind of fell away from this band and hadn’t given any of their albums after that a chance, and at first, the same was true for this album. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine sat me down and told me to listen to it…and after that I was hooked. After the departure of unclean vocalist Zach Johnson and guitarist Jimmy Gregerson, much like Slaves, were ready to introduce a new direction for the band and redefine who I See Stars is.

Now don’t be too worried, there are still some elements of old I See Stars intertwined in these songs (electronic breakdowns, unclean vocals, etc.) but the sound that defined I See Stars as “electronic hardcore” has become more mature and defined. My favorite track Yellow King, features heavy tom fills that define the modern rock sound that lead up to the best chorus on the album, with Devin Oliver’s vocals soaring above the rest of the band and featuring Oliver’s unclean vocals that he has since taken over after the departure of Johnson.

Another one of my favorite things about this album is how the band uses the electronic elements not to overpower the instrumentation, but adds their own twist on each track and giving each song its own atmosphere with which to explore. Again, probably one of those albums that should have been in my top 10 of 2016.

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Favorite Track: Yellow King

Basement – Promise Everything

Basement is definitely another band you don’t want to sleep on, like I did. For fans of Turnover, Citizen, and Superheaven, the five-piece group has just recently finished touring with Bring Me The Horizon, getting ready to head on their own headlining tour in Europe, and also just recently signed a new record deal with Fueled By Ramen, in which they will be releasing a deluxe edition of their album, Promise Everything.

The new album came off of a two-year hiatus, where Basement felt like they needed to start again instead of building off of their previous album Colourmeinkindness. As for vocalist Andrew Fisher, he was able to explore some new methods when approaching the lyrics and vocals encompassed in this album. “On previous records I had spent a long time trying to make sure my lyrics represented true feelings and experiences and that they came across in a very specific and meaningful way, to me at least. This time round I decided to try something a little different. I was interested in seeing how words sounded together in a verse or chorus, rather than specifically what they were saying,” (cited from Sarah Jamieson, from DIY Magazine).

The overall mellow, grungy sound of the album pairs perfectly with the dark and heavy lyrics featured on the 10-track album:

So I will run away from all I can see in front of me/
I will lay and talk of my hopes and dreams/
To make it seem that a light can shine/
And brighten up the darkest things/
But a light can’t shine enough to light up/
These memories

Each song on the album has its own feeling and emotion that distinguish each track from the next but all come together to form a very cohesive, dark, and simply amazing album. Be on the lookout for this band, because they are going to be big.

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Favorite Track: Aquasun

Thanks for reading!