This four-piece punk/rock group HOME ABOVE from Belton, Texas has a lot to say with their new full-length album INDECISION TO MOVE, which will be release on November 17th. They have been on the scene for a little over a year and are starting to make a name for themselves. They have this pure and innocent music styling that is sure to capture the audience right away.
I had the chance to ask a few questions to band member Kevin Quintero about the band and their newest single THE START. Make sure to check it out down below.
I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD START FROM THE BEGINNING, HOW DID YOU ALL COME TO LOVE MUSIC?
We grew up with different musical backgrounds.
When I was 12 (Kevin), I fell in love with the classic psychedelic rock sound from the late 50's-early 70's-ish artists like Led Zepp, The Doors or Jimmi, etc., which then led to taking some guitar lessons here and there and sprouted from that.
Davis, drums, listened to Of Mice & Men, System Of A Down and blink-182.
Cameron, our lead guitarist, watched Naruto AMV's which made him stumble across Sum 41's "The Hell Song" and fell in love with music from that.
Gaven, rhythm guitar, came to love music through watching Fuse on TV. Helena from MCR changed his life.
YOU HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR NOW, TELL US HOW IT FEELS TO BE RELEASING YOU FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM?
Oh, it feels great! We all worked so hard and poured our hearts and brains into this album. To us, the way we look at it, no matter how the turnout is for the record, we will always remember this as our first album. We are excited for the reaction from our fans and new listeners.
YOUR NEWEST SINGLE THE START WAS JUST RELEASED, WALK US THROUGH WHAT THE SONG MEANS TO YOU.
We wrote the song in the perspective of a young dude who is walking the line between what he wants and what he knows is true. He gave his heart to this girl, they break up, now he's living life trying to figure out why he can't get her out of his life. Even though she's gone, he has a hard time finding closure and needs to accept the truth, but struggles with the process. For what it's worth, you can look at this song at face value, or you can reflect with the character of the song and find in yourself what it is that maybe you haven't yet found closure for. People can relate to that, and that's what's important.
YOUR MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE START HAS SOME INTERESTING ASPECTS TO IT, STARTING OFF IN A WHITE ROOM, THEN HAVING PAINT SPLATTERED EVERYWHERE. WHAT WAS THE CONCEPT AROUND THIS VIDEO’S THEME?
So, it's a break up song, ideally. Starting off with a clean slate, we see a white room. As things go on and as there's more and more mixture of each other’s lives between the two characters in the song, not only will the colors start to blend and become something new, but things also get messy in the relationship/white room towards the end of the video. Thus, making what you see at the end of the video. The video ends with a hard stop. We tie the bow of the video with total destruction of the room and our instruments.
YOU HAVE SOME FOLLOWERS ON YOUTUBE WITH THIS SONG AND REST EASY, THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD FEEDBACK, WHAT WILL YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM THE COMMENTS FOR YOUR NEXT VIDEO?
We expect to gain more constructive feedback. We hope to gain more dialogue in the comments. Honestly, it would be pretty sweet if in the comments we get to see how these videos have impacted our listeners and what they're honest opinions are. We want to know what yawl think or feel about these videos and we expect more of that soon.
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM FOR YOUR VIDEOS?
When it comes to making music videos, we don't confess to knowing exactly what we are doing most of the time and because of that, we have a ton of fun, sweat a lot and all that fun stuff. Most of the ideas or inspiration for the videos stem from the vision of who we hire to help produce the video. For "REST EASY", we went with more of a DIY home music video that show us wrecking shop in our small town of Belton, TX. For "THE START", we took a more organized approach but we still had tons of fun making them.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES?
Some of our initial influences would have to be blink-182, Weezer, Switchfoot, Relient K, Jimmy Eat World, Say Anything, just to list a few. We all actually have and listen to different influences but for the band it's more 90's-00's influenced tunes.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT YEAR WITH YOUR MUSIC?
We hope to build our fan base and create more connections between cities and states across the US. Ideally after we release this album, it's back to the drawing board for us. What have we learned from this release? What can we do better or different when we write the next album? This next year you can expect a few shows here and there, exclusive merch releases, but mainly we'll be observing to learn for the next release.
TELL US SOMETHING THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU.
Our band is pretty cool because not a lot of people know this, but our guitarist, Gaven McNaney has been doing magic for 10+ years and is really good at doing tricks! Like, David Blaine good!
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JUST A GIRL WHO LOVES MUSIC BEING CREATIVE AND WRITING, THAT IS HOW THE EAST COAST ROMPER BECAME WHAT IT IS FOR THE MODERN ROCK WORLD