Victory Height's Karl and Sam Talk New Music, the Band, and More

Victory Heights has made their name as one of the most anticipated, up and coming unsigned American post-hardcore acts of 2012. The band has set out to steal hearts all around the world. Their charisma and personality, combined with their catchy yet honest and hard hitting music has made their goal a reality. They make a point of representing themselves as a positive and fun group of people. The quintet is characterized by a critically acclaimed an energetically unmatched live show. They have found their musical niche on the fine line between hard hitting metal core and bouncy, fun pop music. It is no mystery that the music industry is one of the toughest to succeed in. However, one thing is clear to anyone who has seen the band perform or listened to their music: Victory Heights is here to stay. Victory Heights is more than a band; it is more than five dudes on stage playing music; it is more than CD's and shows; Victory Heights is a movement. Expect big things from these boys.

1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

It is a pretty long story. Me (Karl) and my little brother Sam had bounced around between several horrible high school bands when we met a couple kids who we liked. We basically pulled a Drake and literally started from the bottom. We played little hole in the wall venues in front of less than 10 people, and recorded in our friend’s basement. Things started to pick up as we kind of figured out who we were. We cycled through band members until we found the line up we have now, which we are finally confident in. It took years and years of hard work, but it is finally coming together. Victory Heights has a very bright future!

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

The band name came from the name of a peninsula that Sam and I’s family had a cabin on when we were younger. We spent a lot of our younger lives there.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based out of Denver, Colorado. It is an interesting scene here. We haven’t really fit in with a lot of local bands from the area in the past. It might be because we started pretty slow and escalated to the top of the scene pretty quickly. It might be because we had different goals and approaches than the rest of the bands in the scene. As far as bands go in the area, check out Forty Fathoms and Eyes Like The Tide.

4. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

The theme of our lyrics is real life. I am very particular about lyrics in the music I listen to, so naturally, I am very particular about the lyrics in the music we write. We try to write lyrics in a relatable way, so they can be understood and felt by more than just us. The lyrics to the new record encompass a whole spectrum of feelings and situations, including relationships, regret, pride, and all sorts of other things!

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Too many to name! We all listen to pretty different music. I literally don’t even know where to start.

6. You guys released your new single and song "For The Birds" tell me about it.

For The Birds was the first song we wrote for the new record, and it was written well over a year ago. The song is very angry, and for very good reason. It is a song that represents a very dramatic and rough long term relationship that several of us have had.

7. Where are you in the recording process of the new album?

Essentially done. There are some vocals that need to be added, and some synth and orchestral work that needs to be completed.

8. Who is producing the album? How has the producer aided the recording process?

Seth Munson of Depar Studios. Seth is a genius and a prodigy when it comes to production. He brings many good ideas to the table. The process has been long and stressful due to both our touring schedule and his, but it is finally coming to a close!

9. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album?

Unbelievably diverse and pleasantly dynamic! There are songs on the record that are soft and emotional, there are songs that are fun and poppy, there are songs that are pissed off and heavy, and everything in between. The subject matter is the same way. There is a whole spectrum encompassed in this record.

10. Can you go into one or two tracks on the new album? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

Unfortunately we are still in the process of naming some of the songs on the record. There is a song that is as of now, un-named that we are particularly excited for. It is definitely the most fun song on the record. The big surprise about this song is that there is a rap in it, as well as a guest vocal feature from a fairly notable artist. The song kind of touches on the partying side of our life style. It isn't quite as superficial as most “party songs” though. It actually does have some depth to it, which is cool.

11. When can we expect the new album to be released?

We aren't sure yet, but hopefully this summer. We are waiting to get the right label offer, and hopefully release it that way as opposed to a self-release.

12. You plan to hit the road for a short while, will you be road testing any of the new material?

We have been touring fairly consistently over the past year. We will be out again in June for a bit, and then again for a long time in August. We will be playing several of the new songs on the tours, mostly because they are the most accurate representation of who we are as a band now.

13. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Facebook and YouTube are good places to listen to it. If you want to buy our music, iTunes is great!

14. What is it you'd like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I guess the way it made you feel. I remember being in high school and hearing that song that just got me. We want to write the music that people can listen to when they are happy, sad, angry etc. And find something in. We want to write music that people can find shelter in, celebrate with and get their aggression out through.

15. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

You will be seeing a lot of us in the future. Expect big, big things. We will be releasing a few music videos and singles over the next few months, as well as announcing tours and what not! Stay tuned! Expect us.

16. Any final words of wisdom?

Be you. As corny as it sounds, the message we want to send as a band has nothing to do with religion, politics or anything like that. We believe in individualism and the importance of enjoying your life. I can personally say that I am currently doing the things that I said I would be doing when I was 5 years old, despite adversity. All I have been told my whole life is that I can’t do this, and I can’t do that. Cut the people who tell you those things out of your life, and do what you want. Supportive people will come out of the woodwork when you treat life like it is yours, and not the worlds. No one tells us who to be.

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