NEW MUSIC VIDEO: ‘You Don’t Need Me’ - The Restless Hearts
SUGGESTION: Light Your Anchor
Hey all you easycore fans out there! I have a treat for you! Light Your Anchor from Hamburg, Germany (lyrics are in English) are your 2009 easycore/melodic hardcore/pop punk lovechild. They’ve been around for about 3 years, and are sure to make you want to punch a hole through your windshield out of excitement if you listen to them in your car.
Their full length, Hopesick, was released last year, but they have just released a brand new EP titled Indian Summer.
RIYL: A Day To Remember, New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, (old ROTD era) Four Year Strong
INTERVIEW: The Restless Hearts
Recently, our suggestions guru Christina caught up with Scott Goodrich of The Restless Hearts, a band who recently signed with Adeline Records from Oakland, CA.
Christina: How was the band formed?
Scott: We formed about a year ago. We were all in another band, and we decided to break up and start a new band. It’s kind of all the same dudes, and the same circle of friends and we had been in that band since we were like, seventeen. We just wanted a fresh start. No crazy story or anything, we were all kind of in a band together and just decided to start over.
Christina: What was being signed to a record label like? What happened in that process?
Scott: It’s not as exciting as you think it might be. I met Eddie six years ago at a beach at Santa Cruz with the Menzingers and Broadway Calls. I was really drunk when we met for the first time, and then from there we recorded Eddie’s Stickup Kid record. He came to the studio and hung out, and we became friends. I sent him a text one day saying like “hey wanna sign our band” and he was like “sure, send me demos.” So that’s how it happened, and yeah it’s nothing too crazy. But it was cool to be a new band and be able to premiere through Adeline.
C: Do you feel as though the whole band dresses as though they have an image to uphold, or do you just do whatever you want?
S: We kind of just do whatever we want. It does help that all of us just wear black jeans and black t-shirts and stuff, so it’s not like it’s a thing we plan out.
C: When you’re not with the band, what are you doing?
S: I’m literally always at the studio. It’s crazy. My time is split between the band, being here [at the studio] and hanging out with my fiancée and my dog.
C: Where do you see the band in two years?
S: I would like to see us touring three or four months out of the year, and making records the rest of the time. That would be perfect. That would be an ideal situation. I feel like touring is kind of a weird thing right now. Every band is on tour, big or small. We would love to be on the road, touring for a good portion of the year and then back home for a good portion of the year because everyone has jobs that they have to be at.
C: What other bands do you model the bands sound off of?
S: Bands like Against Me! and The Menzingers have a pretty big influence on us. And then Green Day, obviously.
Our band sounds like Taylor Swift and KISS trying to start a band that sounds like The Menzingers.— The Restless Hearts (@restlessheartca) July 11, 2014
C: Are the lyrics based off of real experiences or hypothetical experiences?
S: They’re all based off of real experiences. Real stuff.
C: What is the general groups of people who come to your shows like?
S: Well, it’s kind of funny because as this band we’ve only played four shows. So it’s been a little interesting. We just played with Hit the Lights, and it was an interesting spectrum of ages there. So there was twelve year olds to thirty year olds running around which was a little weird. And some shows we’ve played are just a straight-up punk dive-bar show which is just drunk punk kids from Oakland there. So it’s kind of all over the place, and I think that our band caters to that because we’re a little all over the place, too.
C: What does the band have in store for the future?
S: Our preorders for the new EP go out next week, and the EP is released at the end of August or the first week of September. After that we have some pretty big shows, and that should be cool. I’m really excited. And we do have a full length written, and we just have to record it. I think that will come out before the touring because our EP is only four songs and that doesn’t hold a lot of water for people to listen to.
C: Do you feel as though social media and internet presence is important to the band?
S: I feel like it’s ridiculously important. I feel like if you’re working in a creative area you need to “embrace” the future, such as digital media and what it is, otherwise you’ll be lost. It’s almost more beneficial than touring sometimes, because more people can see it than the people who would if we were to be playing a show for ten people.
C: Are there any band rituals?
A: We used to go get burritos a lot before practice, but then everybody started crashing after thirty or forty minutes of working. Maybe everyone has a beer after we play, but nothing too crazy.
C: How does music shape your everyday life?
S: It is literally everything. It influences every aspect of my life. Just from being in a band, and working at a studio. It kind of takes over. It’s not an afterthought or anything. There is nothing else. It’s great. Even listening to other recordings or songs that that inspire you to work harder as an artist myself.
Check out their debut track, ‘Heavy Eyes’ on their website, and be on the lookout for their debut EP, out on Adeline this summer.
FYPP SUGGESTS: Summer Nights
You know when you hear a band and you immediately know they’re something special? That’s how I feel about Summer Nights. This band is comprised solely of Brandon Mangrum, who plays all of the instruments, writes all of the lyrics, and basically does everything on his own. I typically find with completely solo projects, something is lacking. Some things are better than others, but not with Summer Nights. It truly feels like it is a full band, and it astounds me that everything is done by one person.
Summer Nights have released their first album, A Step In The Right Direction, on Bandcamp, which you can pick up for a name your price download. That’s right, YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE.
RIYL: Dads, Born Without Bones, The Wonder Years
FYPP Suggests: Parkside
Parkside are a relatively new Canadian pop punk band, hailing from the land of Oakville, ON. They capture pop punk in its essence, melodic, catchy, and emotional lyrics. You can feel the passion in vocalist Rob Spadafora’s voice.
Parkside’s latest EP, I Would Rather Be Asleep, is currently up as a name your price download on Bandcamp.
RIYL: blink-182, Go Radio, Taking Back Sunday
FYPP SUGGESTS: Like You To Me
When I first saw the name Like You To Me, I almost brushed this band off because of the obvious Set Your Goals song name reference, but I am SO glad I didn’t brush this band off. They are exactly what made me love pop punk as much as I do: catchy riffs, unique vocals, but not so unique that it doesn’t fit, whoa-ohs, and much more.
This Friday (May 2nd) the band will release a brand new song featuring Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory. I think that says enough for you guys to check them out.
RIYL: New Found Glory, This Time Next Year, Set Your Goals
Check out ‘Nothing Between’ below, and pick up their album on Bandcamp.
FYPP SUGGESTS: Of The Fact
From La Crosse, WI, Of The Fact have crafted their sound to really suit a lot of audiences. They have tidbits of early 2000s Drive-Thru era pop punk, but also drive a sound reminiscent of 2008 pop rock, like The Maine and You Me At Six. They’ve been around for about 5 years, and I don’t know how they haven’t gotten a little more recognition then they have by now.
Of The Fact recently released a 5-track EP titled Big Plans For A Small Town, which can be streamed and purchased for only $4 on Bandcamp.
RIYL: Homegrown, You Me At Six, Mayday Parade
FYPP SUGGESTS: Undercast
Undercast hail from Sydney, Australia, and they are sure to get your blood flowing. Although they only have one track as of right now, be on the lookout for an upcoming release which they are finishing up in the studio right now.
RIYL: Seaway, The Story So Far, Man Overboard
FYPP SUGGESTS: Fairmount
Fairmount are a fairly new band from Pennsylvania. By fairly new, I mean, like, brand spankin’ new. They just released their first track, ‘Walls’, a few days ago and I’m already hooked. Don’t sleep on this band, and keep an eye out for more music from them soon!
RIYL: New Found Glory, (old) All Time Low, Handguns