The Seeking Talk "Yours Forever"
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:47:41
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The Seeking offer a lot to uncover on their brand new album Yours Truly.
Underneath the pummeling rhythms, gnashing riffs, and intense vocals, there's a powerful and poignant message. The Sacramento delivers it with true fire that teeters between metallic technicality and hardcore catharsis. They stand out as one of the most exciting young bands in heavy music right now.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, The Seeking singer Taylor Green talks Yours Forever and more…
What's your take on Yours Forever as a whole? Did you approach it with one vision or vibe in mind?
Well, we really didn't know what the order of the album was going to be at first when we were recording it, but we definitely wanted to try to make each song pretty different. We've got some songs with screaming. We thought it would flow well if we'd have a heavy song, then a more melodic song, and then a heavier one. It goes back and forth like that. That's what we were going for.
What's the story behind "How Did You Know?"
When we first started the band, we had no idea. We'd go out and do what we do. After we picked up management and stuff, we wrote that song. How did God know that it would end up this way and He'd bring these five guys together to create this band and do something for him? We were feeling pretty blessed. We're basically asking, "How Did You Know?" We had no idea any of this would ever happen.
Where did "Alone" come from?
Dylan [Housewright, guitar and vocals] put that together pretty much. They killed it on that one. It's a good ballad for the end. It's a one-on-one song with God, but people who don't believe in God can relate to it. You can relate it to a person you love or something else.
What's your favorite track on the record right now?
I'd probably say "Change My Ways". I love how it starts out and ends. I had a lot of writing on it. It really came from me, and it definitely speaks to me the most. Like every song, Dylan will write the choruses and I'll come in with the verses. "Alone" was mostly Dylan. For "Change My Ways", he wrote the chorus and I did the verses. It's a really good redemption feel. It's about struggles and the experience to feel that you need to change up here. I dug deep and wrote what I felt when you're down in the depths and you need to change something. This is what it is. It hits home more than any other song on the album for me.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yeah, definitely! One of my biggest goals is to really have the songs mean something and really reach out with our music. It's a big goal of ours.
What artists shaped you?
When you go on the road and listen to a lot of hardcore music, it makes you tone down listening to that [Laughs]. It's a lot of screaming and heaviness so when you come home you appreciate the poppier side of things and a lot of solo artist music. I grew up listening to a lot of hardcore and some punk. MxPx is a big favorite of mine. I'm still listening to them. I love hardcore and I do still jam it.
If you were to compare Yours Forever to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Darn, that's a great question. It's a tough one. It's epic The Lord of the Rings, but it doesn't tell the same story. How about Titanic for the love story and The Lord of the Rings for the epic vibe? If anybody in my band heard me say that, they'd probably say, "You're lame!" [Laughs]
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