Tear Out The Heart's Tyler Feels Real but says I've Got Secrets

Tear Out The Heart have come a long way since releasing their debut EP releases and later getting signed to record label, Victory Records, releasing their debut full-length "Violence" and follow-up album "Dead, Everywhere". The band finds themselves to have grown and matured as people and musicians. Frontman vocalist Tyler Konersman discusses their follow-up album and plans in-store.

1. Can you discuss the songs you've released off this album, and videos for "I've Got Secrets" and  'Feel Real"? Why were these chosen as singles and videos?

Tyler: "Feel Real" just seemed like a good natural progression from our first record and also a good representation of "Dead, Everywhere" as a whole. "I've Got Secrets" has the hook haha I mean it just screams "Single" so it was also an obvious first choice.

2. What was the recording process like this time around? Was there anything different that happened or was it the same old studio thing?

Tyler: The recording process was EXTREMELY long and extensive. Honestly, it almost broke our band up on several occasions. We just cared so much that eventually we strangled all the fun out of it. We had to step back for a minute and clear out heads. Once we did that, we returned to the studio to finish what we started and it was a much more healthy working environment. In the end, we're very proud of the end product but it was a bitch to get us there.

 3. How does "Dead, Everywhere" vary from past work?

Tyler: It just has more to offer the listeners. Theres something on the album for everyone. Its dark. It's moody. It's heavy. Its catchy. Its the real deal.

4. Has anything happened since your previous works, that you feel will influence the mood or lyrical content, on this release?

Tyler: The music industry as a whole has definitely left me feeling jaded haha. So i draw a lot of inspiration from my experiences with that, as well as dealing with growing up back in our hometown of St. Louis. Its a record about overcoming your demons and accepting who you are as person. Its a record about growing up and empowerment.

5. How does the album art relate to the music on the album?

Tyler: The whole album is about taking a stand and overcoming your past. The album artwork represents empowerment, the foot being your future and the masked villain being your past.

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

Tyler: It's darker, that's for sure. The record definitely has a vibe, which is awesome. All of my favorite records have a general feel to them that haunts you. Something you can't get out of your head.

7. Do you think this album differs, compares, or has evolved in any way from your previous works?

Tyler: We've grown up a lot over the past year or so. A great deal amount was lost. We learned from our mistakes. Its a good progression from "Violence" because you can tell we've been through a lot of shit as a band.

8. Who did the cover art for "Dead, Everywhere" and how much input did you have on it?

Tyler: I actually did haha. Myself and a friend of mine Alex Flett just went out and started snapping pictures from a concept I had. Our Tour manager Brad is actually the masked guy on the cover too.

9. Who produced "Dead, Everywhere" and what was it like working with them?

Tyler: Caleb Shomo (Beartooth, Attack Attack!) produced the album, and its always a pleasure working with him. He also produced our first album "Violence" as well, so the chemistry was already there. We were way more comfortable with each other this time around and it shows on the album.

10. Is there any story or concept behind the "Dead, Everywhere" title?

Tyler: The title of the record is actually the title to the first track on the album. I wrote it with a more spoken word vibe in mind and we decided to run with it.

11. What does "Dead, Everywhere" mean to you all?

Tyler: "Dead, Everywhere" basically means that at any given moment you have the chance to play the hero or the villain, and as we grow up we learn to distinguish the two and make the right choices. We no longer hide who are, therefore we no longer dead INSIDE we're dead EVERYWHERE.

12. What are the expectations for this album?

Tyler: I try not to worry about shit like that anymore. I just want to get the music out there to as many people as humanly possible and have a smile on my face while doing that.

13. What does the band have planned for this year?

Tyler: Touring. Lots and lots of touring haha we're ready to get ourselves busy!

14. Any last words for the friends and fans out there?

Tyler: If you like what we do, LEGALLY pick up the new album. You have no idea how bad pirating hurts young bands like us. Support us and we'll continue to do what we're doing!

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