Australian alternative rockers Hands Like Houses have partnered up with Hopeless Records and UNFD to bring a new track to play on Warped Tour. Titled Drift, the track is heavier than last album Dissonants with a few real ‘get in the pit’ moments, but is ultimately true to form and unmistakably a killer Hands Like Houses track. Check the video below:
Catch the band on Warped Tour or at their Australian dates:
Courtesy of interviewer Eleanor Hayden, we caught up with The Maine at the Bonner Springs, KS date to talk about their past and future.
Interviewer: So as far as the Warped Tour goes, you guys joined in 2008, correct?
John: Yes – this is our fourth time technically.
How does this one vary from previous years?
John: They put us on a bigger stage. The tour in all actuality is relatively the same, and I think that’s why we keep coming back. It offers so many different opportunities to play in front of different people, and it’s a different experience [for the fans] to see 80 different bands perform. There’s so many aspects that we love which is why we keep coming back.
Your album Forever Halloween was released June 17th 2013 and less than a year later American Candy was released. Was there an urge or an inspiration to just get the new album done?
John: I think we are super afraid of complacency and sitting still so we don’t really understand why we wouldn’t maximize our time off the road. So after this tour is done we are jumping back in the studio. I think in a lot of instances this wouldn’t be possible under a record label because there is such a time table to everything. I think it’s more spontaneous and whenever we feel we have something ready we just go and record it.
Is it true you guys are recording some new songs now?
John: I started writing before the tour and it’s really hard to write on the tour because there are a lot of distractions and a lot of people. The days are really long, so. I am, and we have some stuff we’re writing separately not as a band but when this tour concludes we will come back together.
Speaking of long days, your set time varies day to day in Warped. Is there a certain time you guys prefer?
John: You can have a great show regardless the time slot but I think the trend that I noticed is that if you catch people on earlier in the day then they are more willing to give it their all because they haven’t been standing in the sun all day. We play at 2:20pm today and it’s that middle slot where we don’t know – the sun will be directly above so we will see.
With the long, hot days have you seen fans pass out and is that crazy to see?
John: Yeah, yeah it’s a real thing. The crew does a great job, they have medical tents set up everyday. Fortunately in our set we haven’t had to stop and make sure everybody’s okay. Yesterday was one of the most brutal days and to see everyone still functioning in that kind of weather is insane.
The fans really appreciate you guys. You guys have fans from all over – you guys just had an Australian tour, the first one. How was that?
John: It was incredible. It was very, very beautiful place – expensively beautiful. That one for us was special because it was our first time headlining over there. We can’t wait to go back. There’s a lot of places like that where we had such a great experience.
Could you even pinpoint which place was your favourite?
John: They’re all great in their own respects but Brazil, for whatever reason, people have really taken a liking to us. It’s vastly different than a lot of other places.
Is the audience’s energy level different outside of the United States?
John: It’s crazy. Here, people get accustomed to us being on the road all the time. They know how our camp works, they know we’re going to be outside during the show so they have the opportunity to talk to us. There people wait outside at the airport for us. It was the idea that they hadn’t had the opportunity to see us yet. So the anticipation for us to come grows and grows. Like people here know that we’re going to be seen again.
I’m a big lyric person, I read into them a lot and I noticed with your song “English Girls” is written from a third person point of view. Is there any particular reason why?
John: It was an actual account of what happened about 6 or 7 years ago. I’m not sure why it came around this time but I had just written it in some sort of jest but it actually, we were hyped about how it turned out.
Yeah, it sounds great! This album is a very different sound from your other albums.
John: That’s the recurring theme. People like to say we change all the time and we do. That’s what like doing opposed to be resting on and revisiting or photocopying something that you’ve already done. Let’s just say that’s a cheap trick here and I think that’s something that we’re very cognizant of trying to stress originality.
Do you think the new album has brought on a different fan base?
John: I think it’s brought on a different enthusiasm that we haven’t felt in a long time. I don’t think we felt this way since the beginning of our band or right after the first album, the energy that we felt around making our second album. This is the same energy we’re feeling again and it’s very neat to be apart because it’s not tangible but you can feel it. It’s hard to explain but it feels nice.
About a month ago, you guys released a cover album full of different pop songs on Spotify. Was that for fun, messing around?
John: That’s something that goes back to we don’t like to sit around. Idle hands are the devil. When we just started out we put out a cover song by Akon and that sparked some people who didn’t listen to us before, so that inspired this go around. The most recent instalment is more relevant songs.
My favorite is “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber. I like your version better – it’s not just a cover but it’s an interpretation.
John: And I think that’s what’s important. You reimagine it in the light we see things in.
That’s the nice part of being an artist, everyone has an interpretation. Do you ever feel that way about a song where someone asks you what it means but you want it to mean something to them?
John: Yeah, I mean I am a lyrics person too, but when I’m writing lyrics it’s more cathartic and therapeutic than it is like I am trying to display something. So when people ask me what a song is about I like to ask them what the song means to them as opposed to telling them. I feel like if you tell someone their favorite song is about, for example a cat, then it might lose some of it’s luster. I love music so much because I can attach my own meanings to things.
I agree. A lot of the bands you started touring with, like Good Charlotte, are here today. Is that strange, can you feel the personal growth?
John: It’s amazing, I love it. It gives us hope. It reminds us of the old times but it’s empowering because we’re still here and everyone’s so humble about everything that it’s definitely exciting. Honestly we’re so fortunate that people still care and that we’re still doing it. I think we’re most excited, maybe more excited than we ever have been, about where we’re at and where we’re headed, and what we’re trying to accomplish.
New Yorkers Against The Current have made massive advances in the musical world in recent months so Victoria Schmidt and Eleanor Hayden checked in on them in Bonner Springs, KS to see what they’re up to on Warped Tour.
Interviewer: So this is your first Warped Tour, how has it been – a crazy experience so far?
Chrissy: Just so incredibly busy everyday. We’ve done a lot of our own headliners which is load and soundcheck at one o’clock then you’re off at six, whereas this is just get up and go all day long.
Will: Yeah, it’s great to do something different.
Chrissy: It’s like, you go to bed very satisfied, very exhausted, but very fulfilled.
You guys started out on YouTube, is it crazy from seeing a number on the screen to seeing real people in an audience?
Will: Yeah, especially during the transition.
Chrissy: Yeah, because we were playing like local shows even when we were on YouTube but it was always local shows – we didn’t have any fans. So when we started touring and having fans come out to our shows it was weird and a cool feeling.
Will: The first time we went to Asia, right after we put out our first EP which had like five songs on it and there were people who wanted to see us, even though we only had five songs.
Chrissy: Yeah and they gave us like rock star treatment – we got off the plane and they were there waiting and it was like “wow”.
I was going to ask what the difference is between shows over there compared to here, because I feel like shows vary and do have differences.
Chrissy: Well, no offence to the US but we are more spoiled here. We are used to bands that come and tour the States three times a year so when a tour goes on sale, you don’t have to buy tickets because you saw them last time or you know that they’re coming again. Overseas, fans think of it more as “wow, they are coming across the ocean to play for us” and they respect that very highly so they will buy tickets instantly and they’re excited. It’s very different – they really appreciate when you come. Like Asia, we can only come once a year if that. Everyone comes if we go. They’re very appreciative.
Do the energy levels change between like countries?
Will: Oh yeah.
Chrissy: Yeah, every country also has it’s different regions and cultures. The New Yorks and the Londons are the bigger shows and the Chicagos and the Manchesters may be be smaller but are even crazier. Even in Asia, our Taiwan show sold out in five minutes to 14,000 people and we even added a second show – a matinee and a later show. Their culture is more laid back at shows, so they’re not going to go crazy jumping up and down, but they will bop their heads the entire set. We get custom glow sticks and those move the entire show.
Will: Yeah, we fill the entire place up but they’re not going crazy.
Chrissy: It’s just different. Every country has it’s different place. There are shows that are really crazy, and the bigger shows sometimes are the calmer.
Will: We are lucky though – everything outside the US is moving pretty fast, which we like. So definitely trying to expand in the US.
As far as Warped goes, is it crazy performing with bands you grew up listening to?
Will: Yesterday New Found Glory went before us, almost like “opening” for us. But it was weird because it was like noon, and we were waiting backstage to go.
Chrissy: They were cool about it too – they told everyone to stick around and hear us play which was cool.
Will: When stuff like that happens, you realize how cool and awesome Warped is.
Chrissy: I mean, what other situation would New Found Glory be performing before us?
It must be very fulfilling.
Chrissy: For sure!
Will: Full circle moments.
Your set time changes day to day; are the shows at night more or less crazy?
Will: The crazier shows are within the first two hours.
Daniel: Those couple shows we played last though, I liked it.
Will: Yeah, but the morning shows people have more energy.
Chrissy: I feel like it’s always different. One day we played very last, and we thought that nobody would stick around to listen to us, no one is going to have energy and it ended up being one of the best shows. It felt like a headliner set. It felt like we were playing our own show. It’s been other times when we play later and the crowds dead. Sometimes we play at eleven thirty and it is awesome – always a great show.
Will: I feel like we are at a point in the tour where we are lucky. Every show is good. There are definitely stand outs, but every show is good.
Chrissy: If you get on stage and you think “the fans aren’t going to move, so I’m not going to try to get them to” then they definitely won’t. But if you get there and the kids are tired, but you tell them to get off their feet then they will get off their feet. Every show is what you make of it. There are shows that are going to be harder – like yesterday in St. Louis every crowd that I watched it was pulling, harder day to win over. I watched The Maine set and it was great set because they didn’t let the fans stop, they kept telling them “give me more, give me more”. The crowd will listen.
So, you guys are signed to Fueled By Ramen. What’s that like? The artist that are signed to them are all phenomenal.
Will: It’s true, they don’t have any bands that are filler – they’re all good. We have a lot more resources at our disposal because we signed. Before, we had to do everything ourselves but now we have these resources. And we got access to writers and artists, and it was inspiration for record two. But yeah, I feel like we’re in good hands because they’re so many bands that are dominating that are under Fueled.
It seems like you guys are dominating, you skyrocketed to the spotlight. It was cool to watch on social media from underground to the spotlight.
Chrissy: To us, we’re still a small band just starting out so when people ask us what it’s like to be in the spotlight we’re always like “I don’t know, we’re not there yet”.
Will: It feels the same as it did when we started the band.
Chrissy: It’s also like, we’re perfectionist and have this “It’s Never Enough” mentality. We always need to be doing the next thing. We’re never like “look at us”.
Will: To us we could still be better.
Chrissy: There was so much leading up to the record but it was just the set up. The record was the first step, and everyone’s talking about how much we’ve done but we are just setting it all up. The record is the beginning – we are at the beginning.
What’s your favourite part of touring, highs and lows?
Daniel: Seeing new cities is nice but being away from home isn’t nice.
Will: Yeah, just the physical travelling – especially with flying and jetlag are really tiring. But the shows are always worth it. When you feel down, and you second guess like “Oh I want to be home right now”, at least for me that’s when we have an awesome show – I realign myself and realise why I’m doing it. It’s all for the shows.
Is being away from home hard, and do you take time to go home and see your family and friends?
Chrissy: We all keep in touch with our parents.
Will: We try to go home as often as we can – like if there’s a chance then we will go for it.
Chrissy: We’re booking our Fall Tour around being home for Thanksgiving and Christmas – we don’t want to be gone for holidays. Especially because we’re young I don’t think any of our family members were ready to let go of us and have us touring all the time or not be home for holidays. It’s for us, but also for our families.
Warped Tour US is just around the corner and with just 11 days until it kicks off in Dallas, it would only be right to plan your day. So here is the stage splits with what dates your favourite bands will be at:
If you haven’t brought your ticket for Warped yet, it isn’t too late either. Check out the dates below:
6/24 – DALLAS, TX
6/25 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
6/26 – HOUSTON, TX
6/27 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
6/29 – NASHVILLE, TN
6/30 – ATLANTA, GA
7/01 – ST. PETERSBURG, FL
7/02 – ORLANDO, FL
7/03 – WEST PALM BEACH, FL
7/05 – CHARLOTTE, NC
7/06 – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
7/07 – SYRACUSE, NY
7/08 – CAMDEN, NJ
7/09 – WANTAGH, NY
7/10 – HARTFORD, CT
7/11 – SCRANTON, PA
7/13 – MANSFIELD, MA
7/14 – DARIEN CENTER, NY
7/15 – BURGETTSTOWN, PA
7/16 – COLUMBIA, MD
7/17 – HOLMDEL, NJ
7/19 – NOBLESVILLE, IN
7/20 – CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
7/21 – CINCINNATI, OH
7/22 – AUBURN HILLS, MI
7/23 – TINLEY PARK, IL
7/24 – SHAKOPEE, MN
7/26 – MILWAUKEE, WI
7/27 – MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO
7/28 – BONNER SPRINGS, KS
7/30 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7/31 – DENVER, CO
8/01 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
8/02 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
8/05 – SAN DIEGO, CA
8/06 – MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
8/07 – POMONA, CA
8/09 – LAS VEGAS, NV
8/11 – NAMPA, ID
8/12 – AUBURN, WA
8/13 – PORTLAND, OR
Utah deathcore legends Chelsea Grin have released their new song Clickbait today, following their performance at this week’s Impericon Festival run.
The song comes with the even bigger announcement that their 4th album Self Inflicted will hit stores on July 1st, the first of their records to be released on Rise Records and they have promised that it will be their “most extreme” record to date.
The band also take on the Vans Warped Tour this summer through the US on the Monster Energy South stage so go check them out if you’re over there!