1. What inspired this EP?
This EP is a collection of songs that have been written over the past few years. Each song revolves around themes of loss, alienation, helplessness, loneliness, and heartbreak. Our music is written with the emotional experience as the main focus. We craft the music, lyrics, and melody all fit together really nicely because they often all get written at the same time. As soon as there’s a really impactful emotional experience, the guitar and lyric sheet comes out and the music flows from there.
While each of these songs were written at different times, we specifically chose the order of these songs to tell a story. The first three tracks all are about feelings of disappointment, frustration, and anger towards a relationship that is going downhill. Then, in the fourth track, Obligations, we see why the relationship isn’t working out. We hear both perspectives on their problems and the song ends by exploding with heavily distorted instruments to symbolize the breakup. Then, the final two tracks, including the title track ‘Alone,’ are about dealing with all of that pain and loss and how to move on.
2. Where did the name of the EP come from?
We chose Alone as the title track because loneliness was the common theme that tied all of the song together. Alone sums up the lyrical themes of the EP really well. There’s a lot of pain on this EP. Whether it’s coming from being with someone you love or being without someone you love. Ultimately though, at the end of the day, no matter what, you are alone. We all have to be okay with ourselves. We have to process this pain and learn how to be okay with being alone.
3. How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
We actually recorded everything in sixteen hours, so it was our quickest recording process so far. There was this sense of urgency during recording and it created this incredible energy. I think we rose to the occasion and I’m really proud of how we performed under that pressure. The mixing process was where we spent most of our time. We worked really hard on developing the tones we wanted and we think that was a really good decision to take the time that we needed to make it right.
4. What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
We all come from similar musical backgrounds but we all have our own unique perspectives that we bring to the table. Primarily, we’re a Hard Rock band so we like big heavy guitars and lots of bass. We take our sonic inspiration mainly from a mixture of late 90s and early 2000s Post-Grunge/Hard Rock, late 90s and early 2000s Alternative Metal, and some more recent Hard Rock bands. We like being heavy and having breakdowns and some fierce riffs but we’re also really melodic and vocally driven, so it’s a nice blend of the beauty and the roughness.
6. What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
We didn’t really have a “single” technically speaking but the song we mainly promoted for this EP through shows and social media is the first track on the EP, In Chains. The songwriting process for this song was the most collaborative it’s ever been and I think it shows. Everyone has parts where they stand out and it’s just a great heavy song to start off the EP.
9. Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
We all love Hard Rock and Alternative Metal music but each of us have our own little sub-set of genres and bands that we admire. Our drummer, Tim, is really into the heavier music such as Arch Enemy and Periphery. He brings his love of Death Metal to the table which keeps that heaviness in the music and it adds a lot of technicality. I absolutely love Post-Grunge Hard Rock, bands like Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, and Seether, and that’s where the band gets its primary inspiration from. However, we all love Pop Punk so much! I think people can hear that in some of our songs, we’re faster and a bit more jumpy than most Hard Rock bands. Last but not least, Calvin, our bass player, loves everything and anything that New Found Glory puts out. Not just that, but Calvin knows more Pop Punk bands than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s awesome, and he makes sure that the Choruses we’re writing are catchy and that we have plenty of energy in our music when we need it. All of our different inspirations combine to make the music that we write and it’s a unique combinations of a lot of elements of our various interests.
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