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Homebound reflect on ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ and future plans

Surrey based pop punkers Homebound released their second EP The Mould You Build Yourself Around early this year, and it has already spurred some of the greatest moments of their career. We caught up with the band to talk about how that EP took shape, their experiences in writing it and how they want to take that forward into the future. It sounds like there’s some big things on the horizon for Homebound

The Mould You Build Yourself Around has been out for just over a month, how happy are you with its reception? 
It’s gone down really, really well so far which is always a relief more than anything. When you work on something for so long, all you can do is hope that people like the finished thing and thankfully people do. We’re still a small and relatively unknown band so we’re excited to get out touring this EP this year and hopefully grow on what has already been a great start to the TMYBYA chapter. 

You recently played a series of dates with Four Year Strong, can you talk about how you found those shows?
The shows were really cool and a fantastic way for us to celebrate the release of TMYBYA. For us to be able to play stages of that size to capacity crowds was a new experience for us and one we could definitely get used to! We learnt a lot about ourselves as a band over those few days and we feel stronger because of the experience. We’ve played a lot of smaller DIY tours in our time as a band so this felt like the test we needed to see if we could hack it on a bigger stage and I felt like we held our own. 

What has been your favourite tour memory to date?
Playing KOKO on the FYS tour for sure. We’re very much of the philosophy to enjoy and savour the good times when you have them because you don’t know how long it’ll last. For us, our set at KOKO was definitely one of those moments. For me too, it was the first time that any of my family had ever seen me perform so it really was a special night.

What is your process for writing new tracks? Do you write on the road or have more dedicated sessions?
We don’t ever stop writing really! It will depend on where we are in the writing process. At first, one of us will have written a host of new ideas which we’ll then, as a group work through in sessions. Once we have a number of songs we’re feeling happy with, we take them away to work on further with a producer before going in to record them. 

What are your biggest influences when writing?
We all listen to a wide variety of music which we try and reflect in our music when we can and some of us draw more on certain influences. Aside from the classics like Blink who we all grew up listening to, I know we collectively can say bands like Paramore, even Underoath, have had a big impact on the way we go about writing music. 

Was there anything about writing TMYBYA that differed from your previous experiences?
It’s so long ago now it’s hard to properly recall but I think apart from just getting better at what we all do individually, I think we didn’t go into the process limiting ourselves to making it sound one way which helped us to explore different sounds and vibes a little bit more than we had done in the past. 

Did you face any particular challenges in the writing process for the EP?
Not particularly, the writing process for it was relatively straight forward. I mean some songs took longer to come about than others but that’s part and parcel of writing for a release; it takes time and patience. We all felt more confident with the songs from the get go which was a telling sign that we’d improved from the last EP.

Had your musical influences changed much in writing the new EP compared to previous releases?
Yeah for sure, but I’d say our overall perception of what we want this band to be has changed more so. In previous releases we tried too hard to fit into a certain category and ultimately, we limited ourselves. 

Did you have any specific goals going in to writing TMYBYA?
Not really, aside from writing a bigger and better EP. We wanted to write an EP that would help make our mark on the scene I guess and give us a platform to go onto bigger and better things. 

TMYBYA further refined a raw, powerful style of pop punk. Was this style a conscious choice?
Maybe? I dunno, I think it was a case of us just wanting to sound bigger and bolder than previous releases and I think the vibe was a lot better suited to us. 

Equally, is there anything you want to work on in future releases?
It’ll be to expand and evolve from what we’ve already done in TMYBYA. The next new music you hear from us will be an album which gives us a lot more room to work with and an opportunity to explore different vibes which we haven’t been able to on a five track EP. 

You’ve been working with Rude Records for this release cycle, how did this relationship come about and how has it been for you?
They had heard the EP and were really into it and very enthusiastic which appealed to us. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and have put in a lot of effort to make this release as successful as it can be. We can’t really ask for anything else really! 

How have you differentiated yourselves in a very busy pop punk scene?
By the very fact we’re not trying to be a pop punk band. I think we’ll always appeal to the mainstay of pop punk fans but our ambition and goals for this band outgrow the constitution of pop punk. 

What are your current goals for the next six months to a year?
Playing as many shows as we can in as many places as possible. We’ve got some cool things coming up over the next number of months so keep an eye on that.   

We’re very excited to hear what’s next from Homebound, and we’ll have the latest news from the band whenever it is available.

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Homebound Talk ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ Artwork

It’s just over two weeks until The Mould You Build Yourself Around, the latest EP from Homebound releases. If you need reminding just how great this release is, check out our review here. Vocalist Charlie Boughton exhibits his honest opinion on the pop punk scene saying “There are a lot of bands doing the same thing these days and as it’s become more and more oversaturated, I find myself less and less inspired by it.

I think every song on this EP offers something different. We’ll always appeal to the mainstay of pop punk fans but I’d like to think we’re so much more than that and hopefully people will see that with this release. It’s a more mature sound; definitely darker in areas. It’s a lot closer to where we want to be as a band musically.

Not only has this mantra fuelled an excellent EP, however, but the cover artwork is striking.

Homebound have disclosed some detail about the origins of this artwork designed by Jake Carruthers.

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We’d been following Jake Carruthers work for some time and knew he’d be the right guy for our artwork. We didn’t have anything specific in mind apart from something simple and for there to be a focal point to the piece. The Mould You Build Yourself Around is based on the idea that from choosing to be in a band and to pursue music, it has shaped my morals, what I value in life, my personality, the decisions I make whether serious or trivial, literally anything and everything.

The songs specifically depict scenarios whereby these things have come into act and have affected my life and relationships with others. Having explained this to Carruthers, he came back with a number of concepts but this was the one that stood out to us. I like to think it shows that even something as well-crafted and designed as a sculpture can over time, become weathered and fragile. And much like the sculpture depicted in the art, we as people are no different, regardless of the life we choose for ourselves; how we ‘craft’ our lives so to speak.”

Here’s Sonder, one of the most accomplished tracks on the EP to give you another taste of what is to come.

Homebound reveal the meaning behind new track ‘Sonder’

Homebound recently released a lyric video for Sonder, a new single in the lead up to their third EP which releases in just under a month. If you haven’t already, check out our review of the upcoming The Mould You Build Yourself Around.

The band’s vocalist Charlie Boughton has revealed where the inspiration for the song’s title, content and video came from.

“I came across a book written by an author who coined terms that aim to fill a hole in the English language, giving a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. One of those was Sonder which was described as “n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own— their own story, populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness..”

This really resonated with me and helped me to see that we as individuals get so caught up in our own lives, we often forget that there are others sharing the same experiences.”

It’s a concept that might take you a few minutes to wrap your head around, as it’s easy to forget the complexity of lives that are not our own.

Here’s the lyric video for Sonder, don’t miss this impressive and intricate new single from one of the UK’s most exciting bands!

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Homebound – The Mould You Build Yourself Around

Homebound are a pop punk quartet from Farnham in the UK on the cusp of releasing their third EP. Their first two releases, Coming of Age and Permanence showed strong ambition and a lot of talent, but now the boys are really turning it up a notch. Their third EP The Mould You Build Yourself Around is due for release on the 10th of February via Rude Records.

Headspace kicks off the EP with a jubilant guitar riff and a catchy drum beat. It’s classic Homebound territory but the production of the EP has been taken to the next level. Charlie Boughton’s vocals kick in with more strength than we’ve heard before, as if the band have taken a leaf out of recent UK pop punk unit Boston Manor‘s book. Homebound‘s development into raw, forceful pop punk might follow some recent trends in the genre, but it’s sounding excellent. The band aren’t afraid to strip back the speed to spit out some poignant lyrics, relating “I don’t need your false concern or your empathy to know that your future was never with me“. It’s a song that introduces the EP on very solid footing.

The second track Pensive offers a higher guitar tone with a more intricate riff. There’s a beautiful, short-but-sweet instrumental section early in the song before some melodic vocals build back in, whipping the track back up to full pace. Homebound have done well to bring a more serious note to their music whilst maintaining their bouncy guitar sections. Distrait is the mid-point of this five-song release, and it’s evident Homebound have focused on creating a stylistically tight EP. The songs embody similar styles without becoming banal. The vocals in Distrait come in fast, with barely a pause for breath.

Sonder opens up slower, on a thoughtful collection of notes. The vocals are laden with harmony with a slightly sinister guitar note cresting the mix. Don’t be fooled though, this is an angry song when it gets going and it doesn’t hang around for long. Intense drumming follows the pace of this song, keeping it rolling like a freight train. Sonder is ridden with emotion, making it one of the best songs the EP has to offer, with the tension rising and falling as the song rocks along.

The final song on the EP is Broken Reverie and it doesn’t lay off the energy as it slams The Mould You Build Yourself Around into bed. Some tasteful vocal layering gives this song a dynamic feeling as it grows to the rightful climax of the EP. This release is infused with motion and will certainly make for electrifying live performances.

There is very little to pick fault with in The Mould You Build Yourself Around, which is a massive victory for Homebound. Whilst they might not be pushing the boundaries of pop punk, they’re knocking out new tracks with masterful precision. The EP could have benefited from a little more variation to keep the flavour fresh, but as it stands it doesn’t run dry. There’s boundless energy, huge hooks and strong instrumentation. Really, what more can you ask for? Watch out for Homebound, they’re on their way up.

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Homebound Reveal EP ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ & Lead Video Single

We’re going to guess that Pop Punk Quartet Homebound are really excited to announce their third EP, The Mould You Build Yourself Around, will see a release through Rude Records which is also a home to Set It Off, Blood Youth and Less Than Jake, on 10th February 2017. You can check out the video for the new track ‘Headspace‘ below!