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.