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Fueled By Ramen seems to be leading the game with turning bands from the underground scene into huge mainstream successes. And in 2013, they might have done it again — this time with Columbus, Ohio natives Twenty One Pilots.
The duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, have been taking over the music scene very slowly with an odd style of music they named “Schizoid Pop,” a mix of indie, pop, electronic and rap. It may sound odd, but it works.
Vessel, their first FBR album, starts off with “Ode To Sleep,” which shows every side of the band. The track begins with an electronic feel and kicks right into Joseph’s rapping. The best part about the band is how easy it is for them to transition from rapping into quirky and incredibly catchy singing. The chorus is contagious as he sings, “ But I’ll tell them, why won’t you let me go? Do I threaten all your plans, I’m insignificant, Please tell them you have no plans for me, I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?”
The album’s first single, “Holding On To You,” seems like a good introduction to the band. The track seems almost reminiscent of Flobots megahit “Handlebars:” The rapping and electric feel is present here again, but the harmony present in the chorus is what makes it such a feel good song. It’s hard not to nod your head along every time it comes on.
“House of Gold” is one of the best tracks on the album. It’s an acoustic song that keeps hitting home, even though it’s the same lyrics over and over. “She asked me, ‘Son when I grow old, Will you buy me a house of gold? And when your father turns to stone, will you take care of me?”
But honestly, “Car Radio” is Vessel’s standout. The electronics on this song are insane and the buildup near the end would prove to be killer in a live show. The song starts off with some slow keys that build into Dun’s drumming. Joseph’s passion shows in his vocals as he screams “And now I just sit in silence” over and over at the end of the track. This song would work perfectly as the next single and should be the song to turn everyone’s head.
“Semi-Automatic” and “The Run and Go” keep up the good vibe and catchiness of the album while “Screen” slows things down a little bit, proving to be a good song to be right in the middle of the album.
PropertyOfZack had the chance to speak with Eric Halvorsen from A Rocket To The Moon a few weeks ago for an interview. Andrew and I discussed the band’s new single, the continual delay for their new album, hopes for a release time, and more. Check it all out below!
“Ever Enough” has been released as a new single and it’s the first taste of new music since the EP. How has the response been?
The response seems to be really good. I think it’s what most fans were hoping for with a more ballad-like song. Everybody seems to be receiving it well, and it feels good.
That Old Feeling was released in October as a teaser EP. Has it been a nice buildup since the album was delayed from its original release?
Unfortunately things keep getting pushed back and whatnot. We were impatient, and I’m sure fans are too. Instead of just waiting and waiting for the full-length to come out, we just decided to release a few songs to give people a taste of what to come.
The band toured in the spring with AAR, but had been off the road all summer into the fall. Was it nice to do that two week headliner?
Absolutely. Like you said, we had the whole summer off. I traveled a lot and hung out with a lot of friends, but after a while, you just get cabin fever. Being home that long and not really doing much productive is hard. Getting to tour after a long time off is great.
Has the album been finished since April?
We finished the last few songs at the end of March or early-April. We finished those two songs and started that Rejects tour. The album has been done for six or eight months now.
I think everyone expected a fall release. What’s the reason for the delay?
It keeps getting pushed back for numerous releases. Plans for radio and creating a big picture, I guess, in everyone’s head. Sometimes labels don’t see a certain release date as possible to get done all the things they want to. It’s not like we want to do it, but it’s just for what’s the best. That’s how it works.
Is there a set date yet?
It’s going to be sometime next year in the spring. We’re still not exactly sure.
Have you been able to book tours, but is that up in the air for now too?
We’re currently looking for spring tours.
Will the winter be tour-less then?
We have something in February. We’re going out on the Rock Boat, which is a five day cruise with some awesome bands. We have that and some other plans for early-March that I can’t say yet. We have something planned.
Fueled By Ramen Records are releasing the new soundtrack for Girls. Check out the track listing below by clicking “Read More.”
It’s been three years since A Rocket To The Moon released their debut LP, 2009’s On Your Side. While they’ve spent most of the interim touring heavily and releasing an EP that re-imagined some of that album’s tracks in collaboration with folk-singing sister act Larkin Poe, it’s begun to feel like new tunes are overdue. The band’s second full-length, Wild And Free, has been pushed back to January; in the interim, label Fueled By Ramen has issued That Old Feeling, a four track preview EP featuring the band’s new single, “Whole Lotta You”.
That cut, a featherweight bit of shambling folk-pop, adorns its acoustic-and-organ core with a full slate of handclaps, “sha-las” and awkward spoken-word drops. The resulting track comes off like the bastard son of Jason Mraz and Counting Crows that no one ever wanted, with a simplistic lyric that’s neither clever enough for the former nor deep enough for the latter and done no favors by vocalist Nick Santino’s relatively characterless delivery.
Fortunately, the other three songs here fare better. “Going Out”, released this summer in advance of the EP, grafts slick country sheen onto what would be a great pop song in any genre and solders the two together with a white-hot solo by guitarist Justin Richards, who seems as at home in the band’s newfound twang as he did in the punchy pop-rock of On Your Side. Tender ballad “First Kiss” gives body to its smitten protagonist’s swoon with sweet chorus harmonies and a wistful pedal steel that sweetens the track without overwhelming it.
Following Fueled By Ramen Records founder Jack Janick becoming the COO of Interscope Geffen A&M, it has been announced that Mike Easterlin will be the label’s new GM between time at Roadrunner Records. Check out part of an article on the news below by clicking “Read More.”
FBR Founder Named President/COO Interscope Geffen A&M
Jack Janick, Fueled By Ramen Records’ founder, has officially been named the president and COO of Interscope Geffen A&M. Check out a full press release on the news below by clicking “Read More.”
PropertyOfZack spoke with John Dun of twenty | one | pilots last week before the band took the stage in New York City. Josh and I discussed their summer of touring and recording, what signing with Fueled By Ramen Records has done, the importance of building a brand, video content, and much more. Check it all out below!
The band has played a few East Coast shows in addition to a tour with Neon Trees, but your final one is in New York tonight.
It’s been awesome. It’s been a lot to work with all of this traveling and studio time and recording in LA. We’re shooting a few music videos coming soon too to keep content coming out. We’re playing in our hometown again as well. It’s all been really good. We like being as busy as possible and to just play.
It’s certainly been busy. There’s been a lot of excitement by Fueled By Ramen fans, but they’re still trying to find out more. Has it been eye opening at how much exposure there has been without even starting yet?
Absolutely. I think one really cool thing about signing with Fueled By Ramen has been that we had to make a choice of who we wanted to partner with. One of the biggest things that we’ve been focussed on is creating a brand for our band. So when we looked at a label like Fueled By Ramen, they were one of the few labels that created a brand for themselves as well. There have been so many times where people come up to me and say they’ve heard of us through the label without even putting anything out. There have been people who have discovered us just through that and it’s incredible. We want to keep going and keep playing in front of people.
The band spent much of the spring and summer recording the record, right?
Yeah, we spent almost two months in LA recording. We’re done recording, so I’m anxious to have people hear what we did in the winter.
Who did the band record with?
We recorded with a guy named Greg Wells. He’s awesome. He’s done a lot of really good stuff, and working with him was really cool. We learned a lot from him. It couldn’t have gone any better. We had a demo when we went out there, and we decided to re-record some of those songs with Greg. Greg really wanted to preserve a lot of the stuff that was already done, and a lot of the programming and all that. He came in and mixed it a lot better to make it sound a lot bigger and full. That’s what we were going for originally. From a creative side, he added so much. I think we were all on the same page creatively. It was a really cool experience.
So this was something more hands on than you had experienced before?
An EP was released in July. How was the reception to that?
I think the three songs that we’ve released give an idea of who we are because we’re presenting ourselves more on a worldwide level now. It’s sort of like an introduction to us. Hopefully that gives some people an expectation of what will appear on the album, but it’s not directly what the album will be. Each song sounds a little different from the last. We don’t necessarily want every song to sound the same. With that, it’s hard to generalize. Even in three songs. Hopefully it’ll be something where people like those three songs and like the album too, even if they’re not sure what’s in store.