Alternative pop punk rockers Home Above, have released a few single's turned video releases, off their debut full-length album "Indecision To Move". This album, said to be promoted as much as possible, according to the band, as they themselves got together to disclose the info behind their music and the album making so much buzz and promotional possibilities at best.
1. First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Quintero (lead singer/bass), Gaven McNaney (vox/rhythm guitar), Davis Dillon III (drums) and Cameron Brickell (vox/lead guitar) and we are Home Above!
2. So why go with a name like Home Above? Does the name have any religious purpose when it comes to the wording especially with above in the title?
To be honest, the band name stems from a quote from The Hobbit. The actual quote goes something like, "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -J.R.R. Tolkien. We are all nerds in our own way, but we can agree on the LOTR saga being one of our favorite franchises. We married the premise of that quote with a family/camaraderie theme, hence the "Home" in Home Above. I believe that most of this world is distracted by the love for money and the love for possessions and slowly losing it's touch away from helping, celebrating and caring for hurting individuals, ya know, the important things that make humans great. Not material wealth. We are about good times great memories and a lasting relationship with our friends and fans, plus I believe the world can benefit from more stuff like this.
3. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of your material?
So the material that we currently have runs with the concept of learning to grow and maintain a level head when shit-hits-the-fan, so to say. During the few years that we worked on this album, we played with different lyrical themes from depression to nostalgic child hood memories. I think over time we kinda allowed what we experience as individuals to spill out when we write these songs and it's allowed us to connect to our fans on a personal level. There's solace in knowing that you are not alone in this world. When you run into hard times it can feel like your world is falling apart, and we want to help those who feel the same way. Also, Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" helped a ton for creative inspiration!
4. Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from punk/rock soil?
I've always loved hearing music from early 90's to 00's. We can all agree that we have a soft spot for that type of music since that's what we grew up listening to. A few of our fav's and influences range anywhere from My Chemical Romance to Mike Mains and the Branches. Not only do we have some obvious punk influences from Sum 41, Bowling For Soup or blink-182, but even stylings from The Killers, Weezer and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
5. Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
Honestly, from the bands early beginning, during our band practices, we just kinda let the music flow out of us. What I mean is we never sat down and decided whether we wanted to play rock, punk, country or whatever. We played what felt natural to us and after years gone by we've grown to development what you will hear on Nov. 17th.
6. "Indecision To Move", what does this title represent for this particular release?
For this particular release I think it's a defining moment for all of us because from the indecision to move comes the next step, deciding to move forward and get better and grow as musicians as a band and as friends. We are taking a big step in committing to pump out songs for everyone to hear and that comes with some sacrifices for us.
7. What about the accompanying album artwork for "Indecision To Move", what does it depict precisely?
Imagine losing ground when things go bad in life. You feel like you're slipping and can't keep your head up. The beauty is there is a moment of peace during the fall. It's the idea that no matter what happens, lost a job, divorcing your spouse or experiencing a traumatic event, there is a silent hope that resonates through our problems. It's what we hold on to when things do go bad. This is why we see the man on the cover falling but self reserved, calm. The blue and orange colors you see represents the good and bad choices he struggles with and how the chaos between the two colors play the background of it all. Or at least that's what I think but I'll leave it open for personal interpretation.
8. Tell me about the two current singles "The Start", as well as "Shouldn't Try"? Will there be anymore songs to receive this same format?
Well, "The Start" is about a story of a guy who has this internal love/hate relationship with his s/o and is torn between embracing her or letting her go. "Shouldn't Try" is about doing your own thing and not conforming to what the world says you should do to "fit in". I feel like we received some pretty great feedback so far for these singles. I'll speak for all of us and say that we are excited for this album release and yes, you can expect more songs like these two as well as some different styles/sounds on the album.
9. Why should we the people go forth and check out Home Above and their album "Indecision To Move"?
Well our music isn't written to fit inside the box of a "generic pop punk band", and we don't try to force our sound to "be something" everything we do we do cause it's what we want, ya know? So if you are into discovering new things, check us out!
10. What else do you have on the horizon in terms of plans for the next year or so?
Right now we are planning on promoting this record as much as we can. We currently don't have any shows lined up as of right now but keep in touch with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay up to date with up coming events!
11. Thanks a lot for your time! It ís really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Come out and celebrate the album release with us on Dec. 6th at The Spill Canvas 10 Year Anniversary show in Austin, TX! Let us know what songs from the record are your favorites and tell your friends about us! You can follow us on social media and right now you can listen to our two brand new singles, "The Start" and "Shouldn't Try" for free on Spotify! We love y'all and thank you to Natalie's World for your time.