The American Emo/Post Hardcore band from the Inland Empire is set to take the stage this Friday in Riverside as DayShell and Eyes Set To kill stop by on their “New Years Resolution Tour”. (Get your Tickets by clicking here) We sat down with CVLTVRE’s guitarist and lead singer Joseph Yarbrough and chatted about the bands inspiration in their early stages, their hustle and plans for 2018
How do you like to describe CVLTVRE’s overall sound/themes/ideas to the uninitiated?
Joe Yarbrough: Well, CVLTVRE is a blend of all our influences, plus our cinematic desire to tell stories through the art of melodies and instruments. For those who wish to compare us to other artists, we would say we are for fans of Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, and Citizen.
What kind of story do you want to convey in a song like “Drown” for example? Straight from the first few lines, there’s some very interesting imagery on display here.
Joe Yarbrough: The idea is quite simple. There are some things you just cannot control in life. No matter how hard you try, no matter how much you react, and in this case that inspired this song, no one lives forever. I have a chemical disorder which has caused me to battle taking my own life in the past.
A year ago, my grandmother, who was a big part of raising me, was diagnosed with cancer. With everything in my life doing great at the moment, there was no way to prepare, and in an attempt to control the situation, my first thought was not to accept the situation, but to fall back to ways I knew I can control. The chorus “I got time to kill, I have time to breathe, but I can’t stop you from running away from me” sums up how we should come to terms with situations like these.
Joe Yarbrough: That’s the beauty of CVLTVRE: it varies. When we are living in acceptance, it becomes a tune of hope. But when life is hard, it comes off more aggressive and in your face. But every time we play, we love seeing that translate to fan interaction. The music itself has transpired to be more about response than performance.
Whether as a band or as a fan, what can you say about the importance of supporting your local music scene? How have you seen it contribute to your success so far?
Joe Yarbrough: It is SUPER important! Especially to us! Supporting the local music scene is what keeps the bands we’ve grown to love alive. How do we keep the legacy if we don’t constantly share and give time to musicians who are creating, based off music that is so inspiring, but not yet in the mainstream of pop culture? Also, from supporting the local scene, it helps people find artists who may be their new favorite band.
What’s the plan for CVLTVRE in 2018?
Joe Yarbrough: Well we are releasing a new music video Jan. 19th for a single “Birthday Song,” which is off our EP “All Life Is…Act 1: An Act of Letting Go,” which is due out mid-February. Also, we will be doing a west coast tour in support of its release. Also, we will be announcing our label which has partnered with us for this release.