PropertyOfZack had the chance to speak with Hidden In Plain View a few weeks ago for a great interview. We spoke with members of the band about how their reunion came together, what it’s been like getting ready to take the stage one last time, and much more. Check out the full interview below!
The Hidden In Plain View train started again in February with the release of a b-side and a vinyl reissue. Was that planned because of the reunion show, or were they two separate things?
Rob: It was directly for it. When we parted ways as a band we sort of parted ways as people as well. We hadn’t really kept in touch for the most part. We had been approached on our personal networks to do a vinyl release, and I was on board and was going to reach out to the rest of the guys. The next thing we knew, we were all sending emails to each other to do the vinyl. It was probably a month later when we got together at a bar and had our own high school reunion. We probably all had it in the back of our minds to do it while we were sharing our own stories and jokes. We wanted to do a show for fun.
How was the chemistry like at that reunion?
Joe: We talked about who got fat and had kids [Laughs]. Not really. Mike and Chris, for nostalgic purposes, made a Facebook page and built it out for almost every single show we did. They put up fliers and other photos on the page as well. At the same time we were talking, so it just brought up a lot of good memories. That was cool.
Rob: It went pretty smoothly. It’s a lot easier to run a band when you don’t have jobs, so that took a while. Finding the proper time to put into it took a while. We started talking in February and now it’s August, and the show is still a month away. Thank god we gave ourselves enough time to prepare.
Joe: When we decided to do a show, we decided to do one show. If it goes really well, maybe we’ll do another one - but we haven’t even discussed it. We say that incredibly loosely. Like Rob said, we’re a month out and have a lot of work to do. We don’t have Drive-Thru or anyone else doing the leg work. It’s more than just practice.
The vinyl came out in the early-spring. What was the excitement like around that release?
Joe: Kids were for sure. I was pretty excited too. It came out really great. I was really proud to open it up. The fan reaction was pretty great between Facebook, PropertyOfZack, and other places.
Did you guys know at that point, when fans were excited about the vinyl, that you had at least one show left in you?
Joe: The timeline is a little blurry, but I think at the time we were talking about a show already and that was just the icing on the cake.
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There have been an unfortunate amount of breakups over the past few months - maybe even more than normal. It’s always a bummer when we are forced to say goodbye to our favorite bands, so we thought it’d be great to do a PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on Bands Who Broke Up Too Soon (and released two or less albums), in the eyes of our staff members. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your most missed and beloved bands as well!
Tigers Jaw, by Zack Zarrillo
Tigers Jaw’s upcoming breakup is bittersweet. For years, both fans and people on the inside of the industry said, “This is their year.” We waited and waited, and in many ways their breakup will forever keep us waiting. The band put out two fantastic full-lengths, a great split with Balance & Composure, and numerous other releases over the years. They never quite took advantage of it though. College, life, and what appeared to be disorganization got in the way time after time. We’re currently watching bands like Balance & Composure and Touché Amoré quickly climb their own ranks, and Tigers Jaw should be right there with them - but they’re not. Watching a Tigers Jaw live set was and will always be a special experience. You get wrapped into the set, you feel young, and you feel light. It’s a shame we won’t get to continue that experience with the band after the coming summer.
The Format, by Erik van Rheenen
Oh, the bands we lost in the name of Fun. Jack Antonoff jumped off jangly indie-rock darlings Steel Train to tackle guitar for the project, and jack-of-all-trades Andrew Dost parted ways with experimental folk outfit Anathallo. But the loss that smarted the most for music fans was knowing that once singer Nate Ruess started the band, The Format was pretty much dead to rights.
As fantastic as Fun. has proven to be, the band hasn’t quite bottled the spastic theatrics and romantics that became the calling card of The Format. Ruess cut his teeth as a bombastic frontman on the duo’s indie pop debut record Interventions + Lullabies in 2003, but 2006’s Dog Problems is a surefire masterpiece. Ruess and multi-instrumentaist Sam Means sounded synergistic on lush tracks like “Oceans” and “Inches and Falling,” and if you hear the early Queen-ish leanings from Some Nights on the title track, you’re probably not just hearing things.
Aim and Ignite and Some Nights are nearly-flawless cuts of Ruess’s flair for songwriting, but how could Means and Ruess have tag-teamed a follow-up to the sweet slice of crazy that was Dog Problems? Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll never find out.
Acceptance, by Erik van Rheenen
What the hell ever happened to Jason Vena? Besides a guest spot on an Ivoryline tune and a cameo on All Time Low’s “Outlines,” one of the most top-notch vocalists in the alternative rock scene up and disappeared with Acceptance. And it’s too bad, since Vena and company look to be doomed to one-album wonder status with just Phantoms to their name. But oh, what a one album it is.
Layered guitars and Aaron Sprinkle’s gentle producing touch abound on the record, which debuted on Columbia Records in 2005. That major label pressure is one that most bands cave under, but Acceptance rose to the challenge on Phantoms, a catchy, poppy album laden with massive hooks and moody attitudes. Vena’s vocals are the clear highlight, belting pristinely over ballad “Different” and killer “So Contagious.” It bottled the pop rock genre at its purest and finest.
It doesn’t look like Vena is too keen on the idea of taking up the Acceptance mantle for one more spin, but besides a couple EP’s, fans are at least left with one album that’s pitch-perfect for road trip sing-alongs.
Daytrader, by Adrienne Fisher
The major tell-all sign that Daytrader was on the rocks came in pretty surprising form, as halfway through a fall tour with The Jealous Sound, vocalist Tym announced that he was leaving the band due to personal and creative differences with the other members. An inevitable drop from the tour came next, followed by an official declaration of quits about a month afterwards. So why was it too soon? Bands and their members butt heads and break apart all the time, and Daytrader, while demonstrating some notoriety in the scene, weren’t necessarily pillars of support
The biggest disappointment in Daytrader’s breakup ultimately exists in the full-length record that was released only about six months before the end. Twelve Years, simply put, emphasized a big step in songwriting for the band, both in maturity and style. Pegged as somewhat of a pop-punk band in the early days with a demo 7” of basement punk songs, followed by the more refined Last Days of Rome EP that came out on Run For Cover, the band certainly demonstrated their capacity for writing a killer hook as well as songs with some serious melodic substance. Twelve Years, which was a Rise Records release, saw the band spinning all they had accomplished so far into a solidly cohesive full-length, executing flawlessly what I can only describe as the trademark forlorn Long Island/New York vibe (please reference the Brand New record of your liking). And it’s awesome.
PropertyOfZack is teaming up with Company Ink Records to give away a copy of Hidden In Plain View's Life In Dreaming on vinyl before it goes on sale on March 8th. The very limited giveaway will end on March 7th, so find out how to enter below!
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