Brady from Southbound Fearing and I recently chatted about how the fan response has been to their latest album Bad Dreams and Melodies, what this year holds for touring, and what we can expect in the future. Be sure to check out our review of Bad Dreams and Melodies and pick up a copy of the album which we gave a 4/5 and said “SouthBound Fearing return with a driving and positive album that pop/punk rock fans will greatly enjoy.”
What/who were your influences going into recording the album?
Have you had a greater response to any particular tracks over the others?
In the review, I mentioned that you have a unique sound that puts you alongside bands like Anberlin and Story of the Year, but a heart of worship that would allow several songs to be featured on any modern worship compilation. How did you land on this sound?
First of all, thank you, that is definitely high praise. We’ve been a band for over 7 years and our sound has evolved with every record we’ve put out. We call our sound “Rock and Roll, No Gimmicks.” By that we mean we’re just trying to be real, play real rock and roll with real lyrics. We want people to know exactly what we’re singing about because if the fans can’t figure out the meaning behind our songs than what is the point?
Will future albums retain this sound or are you ready to experiment going into a new album?
I’ve actually already written a handful of new songs since Bad Dreams… came out and to be honest…they are pretty heavy (I mean…in comparison to our other stuff). We’ll always have our sound but I think you can expect our next record to be heavier and more aggressive than anything we’ve ever released.
Speaking of a new album, is there anything in the works that we should know about?
We’ve been releasing records at a ridiculous pace the last few years, We released new records in 2010, 2011, and 2012 which is insane… We’re going to tour our butts off for the next year and hit the studio more than likely in early 2014.
What influences are making an impact on you in preparing for it?
In our line of work, there is never a shortage of inspiration and motivation! On every tour that we do we find ourselves in situations and conversations where we learn more about Jesus, life, and rock and roll.
Will you be working with Red Cord for future albums?
We have one more album on our contract with Red Cord, so yes.
How have Red Cord been as a label for you guys?
Its been great working with RCR, we’ve released our last three records with them and we’ve watched them grow in huge ways since we signed in 2009. We have a great working relationship with those guys and they always make us feel like a top priority. In any kind of partnership the key is that both sides are moving towards the same goals, that’s what makes a record deal or any other kind of deal mutually beneficial and we definitely have that with Red Cord.
Can you talk about touring plans for this year?
We’re co-headlining the “No-Gimmicks Tour” in March with our friends Righteous Vendetta then we’re headlining a tour in May with a new band called This City Awaits (keep an eye out for those guys.) Then festivals this summer and looking to do some big tours this summer and fall.
If you could have your pick, what artists would you love to have tour with you?
We’ll tour with anyone…you tell me!
I always end with a silly question to close out: Who’s better, Batman or Superman?