Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:28:21
Breathing new life into rock music with 'Feeding Fiction.'
California's Heartist redefine and reshape melodic hard rock with Feeding Fiction [Roadrunner Records]. They've got just the right balance of searing heaviness and soaring hooks, separating them from the pack. However, the main thing that elevates the outfit is their songwriting ability. They know how to deliver a tried-and-true heavy-hitting anthem like nobody's business. Once you hear them, you won't be able to shake them. In this exclusive interview, singer Bryce Beckley talks Feeding Fiction, video games, movies, and more.
You bring something fresh to heavy music. It's melodic, but still really unpredictably heavy on Feeding Fiction.
Thank you, that is definitely what we were going for—trying to breathe some new life into some rock stuff.
How does that amalgam come about? How was the Heartist style born?
We kind of came from a scene that was all Warped Tour sort of world, and we played in pop punk bands and metal bands growing up. So, we were all aware of these different genres. We all really like rock music and were exposed to Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed. When we came in with Feeding Fiction, we tried to combine all that stuff together. Those heavy roots are what we really liked and made us want to create rock music.
What threads the album together?
It definitely fell into place in the studio. We went into the studio with 25 songs and didn't have an idea of what we were doing. We took those 25 songs and broke them down to the best 10 or 11 and recorded them. It fell into place the way it did. There were a lot of songs and B-sides we thought could end up on the album, but we are really happy with how it ended up.
What was the process of how the songs ended up on the album?
We tried to keep the heavy rock stuff together, have some ballad-y songs, and then a few more heavy ones, creating an even space throughout the album.
Watch the music video for "Skeletons" from Heartist: