caught up with There For Tomorrow to talk about
how the band formed, their current tour with Silverstein,
the chances of them playing UK festivals, their
new album and much more.
of all can you give us a brief history of how
you came together as a band?
We all came together when we were kids, like
13. I knew Chris from playing football and then
he had another thing going with Jay, another
good kid in town and I'd been playing guitar
since I was 6 so they called me up and then
we started jamming, learnt some NoFx songs and
Rancid together, I stumbled into singing and
here we are!
last album ‘A Little Faster’ was released
back in 2009, did it go down as well as you expected
with the press and your fans?
That was our first full length so there wasn't
too much expectation, we'd put a lot into it
and had only just signed to Hopeless. But I
think the expectation came from us winning an
MTVU Woodie award for breakout artist of the
year, but you know I think all that stuff is
reassurance that people out there care and believe
in us. So we didn't really take that to our
heads too much. A little faster was it's thing,
we learnt so much and we're starting to find
ourselves even though there's a huge learning
curve to this whole thing.
would you say your favourite track from the album
is and why?
Man that's hard because you're kind of apparent
to your songs so it's hard to choose your favourite
track, but the songs that really seemed to speak
to people were "Wish You Away" and
"Stories" and I have a real appreciation
for those over the others cause of how they
spoke to people and have them more of an outlook
and sense of depth to our band. I think they
appreciate that rather than us trying to pump
out party tracks.
released an EP called ‘RE:Creations’
back in October which featured one brand new song
and many remixes whose idea was this and what
response did you get from it?
We're always evolving and taking new influence,
we have a new affinity for something like every
month for certain artists or genres that are
happening. For a while it seemed like the only
genuine things that were happening were within
the electronic world. I'm always behind the
scenes with the music and the record process
so I've kinda built my own style for producing
and engineering. We wanted to take a shot after
being pigeon holed at the time for our look
and the bands we were touring with at the time
at breaking those barriers so we tried to experiment
with this remix EP and it was cool, I think
people really got it. They understood that it
wasn't a direction but an experiment to break
away from what we were doing with A Little Faster.
are currently working on your new album, how is
it going so far and what can you tell us about
It's done, it's over! We did it so quick and
part of the whole learning curve is now thinking
of how to translate these songs live. A lot
of the time you can prejudge a track in its
early stages and try to cover it up or make
up for things that aren't there yet and up losing
that raw integrity you started off with. But
that's something we really wanted to keep on
this record. There's not like 25 guitars happening
or huge samples and synths happening. We wrote
13 songs in 7 days and just went with our instincts.
They're still songs, not just crazy jams or
anything, we're just trying to grown and mature.
At heart it's a rock record, a modern rock record
that speaks to a person in our generation coming
up in the world trying to find their place because
everything is so transitional now. We're excited
to put it out, it's gonna be a new light. There's
already the nay sayers but on the other hand
we have the crazy believers who lobe the new
single we put out. It's all under wraps right
now but you'll probably find it leaked over
the internet eventually!
are signed to Hopeless Records how have you found
them to work with?
We've been with them for a bout 3 years and
put out a lot of good stuff with them, it's
been great. They've been so patient with letting
us cultivate our own style. They had an understanding
early on that we're more of a grower style band,
not a quick sensation or something. As a rock
band it's hard to just come up and blow up.
It's easy for some but they've really helped
us grow which is priceless.
are currently in the UK touring with label mates
Silverstein and your first show was in Portsmouth
last night, how did you find it?
Yeah it was a little bit of a rough start,
we were missing some gear so I hope US Air is
gonna be delivering it tomorrow. It's been cool,
it's different for us cause this is like the
first tour we've done with heavier bands. So
we're kind of diving head first into a world
of the unknown! It's been a pleasure to see
loyal fans about the place as well, even though
we're half way across the world. We had a couple
of people from Italy come last night, really
blown away by global out reach the music has
had. But yeah it's been great so far.
you have any favourite venues or cities to play
whilst in the UK?
We love Manchester. We played at one of the
uni's and we're playing there again I think.
We played last time with Deaf Havana and it
was a great show, pretty wild! But with different
bands we're just going with the flow and seeing
how each night treats us!
tour comes to an end early next week what do you
have planned after it?
Yeah we go home and we have a few videos to
shoot, a live session to go with the new album,
a documentary to go with it and then right into
Warped Tour in the summer. We just did Soundwave
before coming here which was out first time
in Australia. It was pretty amazing. The UK
has been a great home for us as well so we're
trying to work on coming back as much as possible.
Hopefully after Warped Tour
UK summer festivals are currently being announced,
can we expect to see you playing any this year?
We'd love to but I think most would be conflicting
with Warped Tour. Which is a shame but that's
an experience in itself. It's changed a lot
over the years but it's still hot as hell! But
yeah it's something we'd really like to do at
you could tour with any band past and present
who would it be and why?
It's hard to say, with a lot of up and coming
bands there's not a lot of pure rock bands that
are happening right now. But we love a lot of
stuff that's happening in the more indie world.
We love Two Door Cinema Club, and of course
Pheonix is amazing. Bands like that. Really
cool, raw, talented. We definitely want to jump
on that. See if we can appeal to that audience!
bands and albums have you been listening to recently?
Well we all love all the Kings of Leon stuff,
I especially like their older stuff, Aha Shake
Heartbreak that sorta stuff. But I listen to
a lot of hip hop. Mac Miller, some cool stuff
like that but I kinda revert back to the classics
as well like U2 - War, Foo Fighters. I listen
to a lot of electronic music as well, which
spurred the remix EP. A loft of cool atmospheric
dustup, atmospheric house stuff like Mount Eden.
Movie scores are great, I listen to Tron all
the time, Daft Punk are just incredible, the
sound track for the Social Network. I dunno,
there's so much!
your take on the digital revaluation killing off
the music business?
It's definitely changing everyones world. There's
no set steps you have to take to get big as a
band anymore. You have to really show the effort
you put in and be convincing. We have a series
of web episodes that we put out, just to show
we live more of a lifestyle and it's not like
a dramatic switch between stage guy and normal
person. The internet is such an amazing outlet
though and it's always been our thing because
we can direct everything straight to our fans
and not have this middle guy. We don't have to
be in stores to tell everybody we're gonna be
in town on a certain day. We just tweet something
or Facebook it or whatever you can do along wit
the old school moves as well. I think the digital
revaluation is opening up a lot of doors for people,
but its opening the doors for a lot of shit too.
It's a clutter but I think persistence will pay
do you feel about using Social Networking sites
to get yourselves out there nowadays and have
they really helped you?
Our Facebook is kind of a struggle right now
cause we don't have the "There For Tomorrow"
Facebook, someone created it and we can't get
into it! We had to create one called "The
Official There For Tomorrow Facebook Page"
so its hard to direct people to the right page
there but our Twitter and Tumblr sites have
been a great outlet for us. Myspace has just
sold out too much, it's not how it used to be.It's
great to share everything we do as a band, as
well as the ethics and sort of philosophy that
surround us. It's cool to be able to become
part of the movement, the lifestyle around all
do you hope to see There For Tomorrow in a year’s
Well by next year we'll have our album out
and we just want to try and push it to the fullest
and have people understand who we are. I think
people will get it more next year that we're
not just a sensation and that we want to stick
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
I couldn't be a giraffe, I heard they have
knee problems. I'd like to be a Zebra. I wear
black and white a lot anyways, but I'd have
my own design stripes though. If I could customise
my stripes I'd be a Zebra for sure
for your time is there a message for your fans
Thank you. Thank you, Thank you. Obviously
if they've found this then they really understand
our determination and how hungry we are for
what we're doing. We can't wait to show you
all the new album and build connections with
more people, if you're a new comer then just
come on in.
Interview By Justin Andree