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POZ Discussion: Stylistic Reinventions - Major Shifts In Sound

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 28, 2013

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Most of our favorite bands experience major shifts in their sound at one point or another in their careers. Many albums that end up being our favorites in a band’s discography can first be greatly disliked due to that change of sound (see: In ReverieComing Home, etc), but our opinions often change.

For a new PropertyOfZack Discussion, we thought it would be fun for team members to take a look at some of the most notable shifts in sound and stylistic reinventions in our scene. Read up below and reblog to let us know some of your favorite changes in sound!

Brand New from Your Favorite Weapon to Deja Entendu
Analyzing the shift between Brand New on Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu, for me, is like telling your son that while playing Magic the Gathering online is pretty cool (Note: I am not being sarcastic in the least), you’re really happy that he decided to grow up and start socializing outside of the cyber world. 

Your Favorite Weapon is a phenomenal pop-punk album and many of its tracks are still fan favorites (think “Mixtape,” “Seventy Times Seven,” etc.), but its adherence to traditional pop-punk mannerisms holds it back. The album still employs Jesse Lacey’s superb songwriting and biting lyricism, without the complete genre transcendence present in Deja Entendu. On Deja, every song is a story that not only tugs on heartstrings, but resolves into bliss that all music fans can appreciate.

The maturation and experimentation between the two albums is the perfect example of Brand New’s never-ending transformation towards pure sonic originality, as well as one of the pivotal moments of the band’s now thirteen-year career. - Donald Wagenblast

The Maine from Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop to Black & White
The Maine burst onto the scene in 2008 as one of a cluster of bands — We The Kings, Every Avenue, Mayday Parade — breaking the pop-punk mold by excising the punk entirely in favor of hypermelodic power-pop, and while they might not have been the first to enroll, they quickly moved to the head of the class. Their debut full length, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, was stacked from top to bottom with perfectly-constructed pop nuggets, from the surging bounce of “Girls Do What They Want” to the shimmering sway of wounded ballad “Into Your Arms.”

With the band jumping to major label Warner Bros. for their second full-length, the obvious move would have been to double down on the boyish looks and sugary hooks, but The Maine had other ideas entirely. The peals of crackling electric guitar that introduce “Don’t Stop Now,” the lead track of the Howard Benson-produced Black & White, served notice from the get-go that the new album was a more rocking affair; punchy guitar-forward tracks like the shimmying “Right Girl” and lead single “Inside Of You” bore that out. WB may have considered the album a commercial disappointment, but Black & White remains the band’s best-charting album to date, and in retrospect stands as a clear signpost, pointing the band in the direction they’ve pursued ever since. - Jesse Richman

blink-182 from Take Off Your Pants And Jacket to Untitled
Before 2003, the quintessential pop-punk trio (the one with the album name that referenced masturbation, not the one that wrote a song about it — I’m looking at “Longview,” Green Day) peppered their albums with flashes of maturity and watered those down with long bursts of juvenile humor. Yeah, “Happy Holidays, You Bastard” and “Dysentery Gary” are fun (if you’re 15), but for me, the hallmarks from their respective albums are “Stay Together For the Kids” and “Adam’s Song” — two songs that dropped the silly shtick and swung for more emotional responses.

Ten years ago, Mark, Tom, and Travis finally got serious, releasing their landmark untitled record. No longer just awash with power chords and jokey lyrics, Untitled was (and still is!) gutsy and mature. I mean, earlier incarnations of blink would’ve sounded laughable with a Robert Smith appearance or the ethereal “The Fallen Interlude.” Neighborhoods admirably tried to carry the torch from Untitled, but its moodier moments — “Fighting the Gravity” is the worst offender — felt more forced and less restrained than its predecessor. - Erik van Rheenen

Panic! At The Disco from AFYCSO to Pretty Odd
"A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out" was every teenager’s not-so-guilty pleasure. It had more wit, a better kiss, a hotter touch…and it had angst. So when "Pretty Odd" came out with a Beatlemania vibe to it, most people thought the shift in sound was indeed pretty odd. 

On top of that, P!ATD ditched the exclamation point. What caused this sudden change of heart? Where did the edge go? It took me a few listens to accept the change, but “Northern Downpour” and “When The Day Met The Night” won me over in the end with acoustic chords and clever, tongue-twisting lyrics.

While Panic! never needed to change its sound, it was nice to get a different taste of what they had to offer. Behind all the sarcasm, there’s a soft side to P!ATD, and that side has a heart of gold. - Sydney Gore

The Get Up Kids from Something To Write Home About to On A Wire
In hindsight, the style shift between The Get Up Kids’ classically favored Something to Write Home About and its wizened, tender sibling, On a Wire, is the most natural progression in the world. Their early beginnings of raw nerve emo in Four Minute Mile was expounded upon with bigger hooks and playful synthesizers on Something to Write Home About, and while STWHA is an absolute classic and often lumped into categories with the emo giants of the 90s, On a Wire doesn’t collect its due credit for being the more mature and sonically diverse release. 

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The Bigger Lights Release New Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - May 7, 2012

The Bigger Lights have released a music video for “Salt.” Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Bigger Lights Releasing New Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - May 7, 2012

It looks like The Bigger Lights will be releasing a new music video for “Salt.” Check out a tweet from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Bigger Lights Considering Recording New Music

by Zack Zarrillo - May 5, 2012

The Bigger Lights have been on somewhat of a hiatus since last summer, but the band has now begun teasing fans with the possibility of releasing new music. Check out a tweet from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Flashback Session: ”Skinny Jeans” // The Bigger Lights

The Bigger Lights Discuss Status Of Band

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 7, 2012

The Bigger Lights have been quiet since they released Battle Hymn in mid-2011. Frontman Topher Talley has now written up a long update on the band and has explained that they are more or less on a hiatus. You can check out the update below by clicking “Read More”.

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PropertyOfZack Track-By-Track : : The Bigger Lights

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 15, 2011

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It’s been an absolute pleasure working so closely with The Bigger Lights for their new release, Battle Hymn. The band put all they had into the record and it clearly shows. John Kendall from the band was kind enough to record a Track-By-Track video for PropertyOfZack to let fans in on the meaning behind each song on Battle Hymn. Check it out by clicking “Read More” below!

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POZ Review: The Bigger Lights - Battle Hymn

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 12, 2011

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The band Stars put it best in the creepy intonation that opens their seminal track “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”: “When there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.” Virginia’s The Bigger Lights have been taking that advice to heart. Dissatisfied with the music they were making and the scene they were making it in, the one-time power-pop quintet have spent the last year burning bridges: with former label Doghouse Records, with scene bands extending tour offers, with their management. But with the release of their newest full length, it’s clear they saved the hottest flames for themselves. The self-released Battle Hymn scorches from beginning to end with 28 minutes of pop-metal mastery, a series of hair-hangover arena anthems twist-tied with gutbucket Los Angeles street punk, one foot firmly planted in each end of the 80’s. It’s a daring move that might leave their fans feeling burned, but no matter; like a phoenix from the ashes, The Bigger Lights 2.0 is sleeker, hotter and completely transformed.

It’s a change that reveals itself in the first seconds of “Terrible World, Give Me More,” a classic opening track that rips and roars like early, hungry Motley Crue, with a barbed-wire guitar lead that gives way to vocalist Topher Talley’s newfound snarl, “welcome to the show // it’s a goddamn masquerade,” bile practically dripping off each syllable. The anger that doesn’t let up, sprayed alternately at music industry execs and fair weather friends (the roiling hard-charger “Never Mistake A Suit For A Friend”), anonymous haters (the denim-jacket-meets-skinny-tie funk of “Living Martyrdom”), even the angel on Talley’s shoulder (“Halo, I’m Not Coming Home”). He’s a surprisingly strong lyricist, and if he occasionally turns into a fount for conventional rock dogma, he does so with the raging heart of a true believer.

Elsewhere, “Salt” trusses propulsive verses to an epically rafter-ready refrain. “Send Me A Miracle” makes gold out of late 80’s Def Leppard verses and early 90’s Poison choruses; alchemy! Best of all is “Bullet Believers (Rah Rah Rah)”, a too-fast-for-love barnburner that siphons the art punk of newer My Chemical Romance and takes it to the wall before breaking into a stunningly unpredictable midsection. This is the stuff of genius, folks. Behind it all, the secret weapon is the exceptional drumming of Ryan Seaman—whho sadly left The Bigger Lights post-recording to pound the skins in ex-Escape The Fate vocalist Ronnie Radke’s new project, Falling In Reverse. His powerful backbeat anchors the album, and his brilliant series of fills on “Suit” are a master class in how to show off your chops while always serving the song.

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PropertyOfZack Interview : : The Bigger Lights

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 11, 2011

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We were incredibly excited to stream The Bigger Lights’s brand new record, Battle Hymn, last week, but we’ve also been anxiously waiting to post our new interview with the band as well. The process behind Battle Hymn is one that the band wants all of their fans to know about, and we’re proud at PropertyOfZack to be able to share that with you. Topher, John, and I did a fantastic interview to discuss what the exact circumstances behind the creation of this album were and the possibilities for the band in the future. It’s absolutely worth the read whether you’re a big fan of the band or not, so enjoy!

For the record, could you state your names and roles in The Bigger Lights?
Topher: My name is Topher and I sing in The Bigger Lights.
John: Hi, I’m John and play guitar and keyboards.

The band released its self-titled album through Doghouse Records last year in late-March and continued to tour in support of it until the early-fall. Was the album received to the level you guys wanted it to be, in terms of being able to support it on the road?
John: I definitely don’t think so, to be honest. I think for what the record was that it was really good.  It was a really good record as far as pop-rock music goes. We certainly put a lot of effort into writing the best catchiest songs we could for that record and I think there were some compositions on that record that certainly could have been a whole lot bigger and more widely received then they ended up being. There are a lot of other factors that go into it though like the music industry. I think that there are parts of that record that we look back on and wish we had done differently. But we are really, really proud of the record. In terms of going out and supporting it on the road, the kids who came out got into it and we had an amazing die-hard contingency of kids that really helped us stay alive during that period of time. It’s hard to tell though. I think we hoped it was going to grow a little bit more than it did, but we’re still really happy that it did what it did do.

Doghouse Records is a label that’s known more for its past than it’s present in terms of their roster. We’ll get into more of what happened with Doghouse in a bit, but was the band happy with how they handled the self-titled release? Do you think there was enough press and support on it from the label?
Topher: I think it was everybody that was involved with the band, and we take some of the blame too. I think we got a little bit sidetracked with the way that we wrote that record and the way that it was produced. When we did the earlier stuff we weren’t a straight pop band, but we sort of got lumped into touring with those bands. We’re not going to say no to tours as a young band with other bands that bring out kids. I think after a while we lost sight of ourselves. I don’t mean this in a negative way, but I think we may have dumbed ourselves down a little bit with some of the content that we put on that record. Sometimes you take the backseat to other bands that are being managed too by your company, and you just miss the target that you’re aiming for. If things aren’t firing at all cylinders all time, it just doesn’t work for a pop band like that. For what that record was we needed everybody doing everything all the time, and that just wasn’t the case.
John: I think you definitely need to fire at all cylinders if you’re going to be a pop band. I would say in the grand scheme of things that we did manage to get farther than a lot get. We got to sign a record deal and did some legitimate touring. You learn in that process that there’s nothing that can replace luck and timing. People talk about working hard, and we’ve worked tirelessly with no other goals in life for five years straight. We’ve accomplished a lot, but timing and luck were not really on our side in the pop world so we never really got that big break that a lot of bands get. All that stuff is so unpredictable and you can’t control how it works. I think if some of those things came together in the past that we’d be telling a different story right now, but they didn’t [Laughs].

The album definitely seemed to be doing well with fans over the summer, but The Bigger Lights had expressed desires to dig into your next full-length even then. Was there a certain reason behind wanting to hop back into making new music again, or was there just that much creative feeling going on within the band?
Topher: I think it was a little bit of us being on the road for so long and having things fall through the cracks. I think we realized that we made a great record, but we didn’t make a Bigger Lights record. We developed so much more of a personality too when Chris joined the band, and we wanted to write with him. We got offered the biggest tour we had ever been offered and we turned it down that December because we wanted to give our fans something as quick as possible. We had evolved so fast. I tell people I feel like I live a week every day when I’m on tour. Sometimes it just feels good to get in a room and write some songs.
John: The self-titled record was also already written by the time Chris joined the band. A lot of that stuff was written even as far as eight or months prior to making that record. We wrote a lot of that stuff and then we were on the road for six months and went straight into the studio to make that album about three weeks after Chris joined the band. Chris joined and we all started feeling like it was okay to be weird and different even if rock n’ roll wasn’t popular. We didn’t have to do the pop thing because we had pop managers and labels. We were tired of playing the game the wrong way and it felt like we’d be happier being small and ourselves over continuing to fight for luck and timing.

At what point did it seem apparent that The Bigger Lights could not work with Doghouse Records anymore? Can you just discuss in detail the reasons for leaving Doghouse?
John: It’s a complicated situation. There’s no real one point that any of us can say. There were a lot of entities; they do a lot of things really well, and they have a lot of talent on their staff. They also have things that they don’t do so well. What it came down to was that they’re running two companies at the same time as a management company and a record label. I think that their timing and luck just happened to hit on the management side around the same time we were joining the record label side. A lot of their resources and talent got directed towards management because that’s where the big things were happening. That’s totally understandable, but it sort of left us in a position where we didn’t feel like we were accomplishing things that we hoped we could accomplish by signing to them. It could’ve ended us taking a year and a half to get the record out. It was hard to tell what was going to happen. We just wanted to put out the record and give back to kids. It’s going to be better for them. We’re a really independent band in terms of business. We’ve always done 95% of everything by ourselves. If we wanted to keep making music happily then we had to do it.

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PropertyOfZack Exclusive Stream : : The Bigger Lights

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 7, 2011

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The Bigger Lights’s brand new record, Battle Hymn, does not officially come out until July 12th, but we at PropertyOfZack could not be more stoked to be exclusively streaming the album in full five days in advance! Check out the our right menu bar under the “Artist Of The Week” box to find Battle Hymn and to click play! The Bigger Lights put a ton of effort into the record, to make sure to give it your undivided attention and to pick the record up next week. You can also stream the full album below by clicking “Read More”.

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PropertyOfZack Exclusive : : The Bigger Lights Album Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 5, 2011

We are glad to announce alongside The Bigger Lights that they will be releasing a brand new album on July 12th titled Battle Hymn. We are also stoked to announce that we will be exclusively streaming the entire record beginning on July 7th to give fans a full preview of the record! This is a huge deal for the site and we are so glad to support The Bigger Lights as they approach the release of Battle Hymn in a completely DIY initiative. Be sure to check out the album artwork and track listing for Battle Hymn below by clicking “Read More”!

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The Bigger Lights To Release Album In July

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 30, 2011

It’s no secret that The Bigger Lights have already recorded their new album, but details on when the record would actually be released have been scarce. The band is now teasing fans of a July release date, and even though a specific date has not been set, it looks like the entire album will be available next month. Check out a tweet from the band below by clicking “Read More”.

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PropertyOfZack Interview : : Ryan Seaman

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 20, 2011

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PropertyOfZack reached out to Ryan Seaman not too long ago, and we could not have been more happy to see that he was more than willing to do a fantastic interview with us. Ryan of course was a member of The Bigger Lights, but recently left the band to join Falling In Reverse. Ryan and I discussed his departure from The Bigger Lights, The Bigger Lights’s current label/album situation, his joining Falling In Reverse, and more. Read up and enjoy, it’s a great one!

You joined The Bigger Lights in 2009 and stayed with them right up until you recently announced your departure. Are you happy with everything that you accomplished in the band in terms of the record and touring?
I actually am really thrilled with everything we tried to accomplish on that record cycle, we did pretty much everything on our own to the best of our abilities along with our day to day manager. It felt very DIY, and we did the best that we could with the circumstances we were given.

How did talks between you and Ronnie first begin?
Ronnie and I had been actually talking for a long time, years in fact. We shared a bus like, 4 years ago and we hit it off. But when I was in TBL we were both in different places in our lives, He would call me from prison and he told me how much he wanted me to be his drummer

At what point did joining the band become a reality?
I would say, when I was having to fly to Los Angeles at the end of April twice in one week and we had to do photo shoots, and when I went to the Epitaph office and said hello to the staff.

Did you initially struggle with the decision to leave The Bigger Lights for Falling In Reverse?
I really had to think hard about it, there’s so much I want to say, but I feel like if I did, it would waste your reader’s time.

How did the remaining members in The Bigger Lights treat your departure?
The only one I still talk to regularly is Topher, because he’s one of my best friends. The other remaining members do support my decision, but I think it will be a while again before we start talking, but there’s no hate. It’s like a clean break up with a girlfriend: you wish them well, but you need time to heal wounds. But just so everyone knows, I wouldn’t ignore a text or a call…I’m sure they wouldn’t either, it’ll just take some time.

The Bigger Lights have obviously been working on new music for quite some time now. Did you record the new tracks with them, or did somebody else?
I did record on it, it took me about a total of 14 hours to do 13 songs. We did drums at the studio where we made the first LP. Paul Barber recorded it; (My Favorite Highway, Friday Night Boys) I love that man so fucking much. Then the rest of the record was recorded at J.K.’s house. I didn’t really feel involved with the writing, I’m not going to lie. J.K. pretty much did everything, wrote guitar solos, wrote a lot of drum parts, wrote and tracked entire songs in demo form on his own, J.K. is super talented. I only came back to the house where they were recording because we had a couple shows coming up that we had to do. But I seriously didn’t have much input, maybe a guitar riff on a song, or a concept for a song when I broke up with a girl. We all jammed in a room in September for about a week and half after our headlining tour that ended in early September, got most the material down, and then we met up only a handful of times, after that since JK and Dan were producing and recording and creating the record after drums were done being tracked/recorded.

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PropertyOfZack Interview : : The Bigger Lights

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 22, 2010

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PropertyOfZack had the pleasure of interviewing The Bigger Lights during their time on the Reach For The Sun Tour with The Dangerous Summer. Topher, Chris, and JK were absolutely hysterical and great guys. Read up for info on the band’s touring life, how they feel about their sound, and their next record. Enjoy!

For the record, could you state your name and roll in The Bigger Lights?
Topher: I’m Topher and I sing the voice.
JK: I’m JK and I’m just super attractive.
Chris: That’s very true. I’m Chris and I’m slightly less attractive.

The Bigger Lights have played just a few shows on the Reach For The Sun Tour, but how has your time out been so far?
Topher: Our time on this tour? It’s been pretty rad. It’s cool for us because one of our first actual US tour that we did was The Secret Handshake then The Morning Of and The Dangerous Summer too, so it’s kind of like a little reunion for us without Louis, It’s been cool. We’ve been playing on the east coast in the markets that we’re used to playing, so it’s been really rad. I think we’ve only played five shows on the tour, but it’s good.

Is it definitely nice not to have any of that awkwardness between bands when you first hop on a tour?
Topher: Yeah, totally. There’s this band City Lights that we’re just getting to know, but they’re cool guys for sure. It’s definitely easy to walk into that situation especially when you walk in mid-tour.

Tomorrow you guys will be beginning the band’s first ever headline tour with The Graduate, You, Me, And Everyone We Know, as well as Weatherstar. How stoked are you to finally be able to do this?
Topher: It’s definitely gonna be a ride for sure. We’ll see how it goes, but we’re definitely excited to play with The Graduate.
Chris: Definitely stoked to watch all the bands every night for sure.
Topher: We know the You, Me guys fairly well and we know Weatherstar too. It should be a pretty cool little rock tour. We wanted to make sure that we put rock bands on the tour for our first headliner, so we’re stoked for it.

Is it going to be interesting to be able to play directly to your fans rather than other band’s fans and having a longer set?
Topher: Totally. I think all the big touring that we’ve done in the last year or so we’ve played one or two on the package, so we get twenty to thirty minutes a night. Now we call the shots, so fuck it.
JK: We’re playing for three hours.
Topher: It’ll be cool.
Chris: No, two and a half.

The band released it’s self-titled debut album was released this past March. Now that the albums had quite some time to sit in how was the reaction been?
Topher: The reaction’s been good. I think people that like the EP definitely like the new stuff and we’ve also gotten a bunch of new kids off this record too. It’s more mainstream, I think. We’re already thinking about what we’re gonna do next. We’re a band that never really stops. We’ve been touring for pretty much the last six months of this year and we’re already itching to write some more songs. The response has been good, but I think especially now that we’ve really solidified who we are as a band we’re ready to write with everyone now. That record was kind of a little bit written before all the people that are in the band today were in it. So we’re stoked for it and stoked for the future, for sure.

Was it fun being in the studio to be able to record a whole record versus an EP?
Topher: Hell yeah. You wanna talk about Mr. Paul Barber?
JK: Paul’s awesome.
Topher & Chris: He is awesome.
Topher: We loved it. We did six weeks with him. It was really, really fun. He kind of wore us out and we definitely wore him out for sure. There were nights where we kept him up and we’re like, “We’ve got to do this and we’ve got to do this,” but it was definitely cool because he was more like a friend and more like the sixth member of the band then sort of someone who just told us what to do. So we had a lot of say in it and he helped guide the ship.
Chris: And his studio was in an Asian massage parlor, so that was really a plus.
Everyone: [Laughs]

Will you guys be playing a lot more new stuff on the headline tour?
Topher: Yeah, I think we’ll have about eleven or twelve songs on that tour, most of which will be from the new record.
JK: A couple old ones for vintage fans.
Topher: For the throwback kids from 2008. I think we’re playing most of the new record.

To bring it back to the spring, The Bigger Lights had the chance to tour with Cute Is What We Aim For. How was it being a part of that?
Topher: That was a different one for us. I think the big shocker on that tour was Down With Webster who played first. We were like, “Who’s this band with the hype man and like eighty people in the band.” Then within the first thirty seconds of their first song we were like, “Holy shit, these guys are awesome.”
Chris: We had to follow them every night.
Topher: We became really good friends with those guys. But it was really cool because that was the first time we had done like a lot of national touring in the year prior to it and it was one of the first times where we really felt like we were bringing a lot of the kids to the shows. It was cool to see some faces that we had won over on the Hey Monday tour or the This Providence tour. That was kind of a cool experience too.
Chris: All the Cute guys were really cool to us and The Friday Night Boys we’ve toured with countless times.
Topher: All of last year.
JK: Everything since January.

Are headlining tours something that the band will be looking into doing a lot more of in the future?
Topher: I wouldn’t think we would do another headline tour until…
JK: Who knows.
Topher: Yeah, who knows man.
JK: Touring is so much based on timing and what kind of opportunities go your way. We kind of decided there wasn’t really anything happening in August and it was either going to be downtime or we could try headlining and we just felt like even if the headlining shows were small and even if it was forty or sixty kids a night or something like that, that we’ve played a lot of these cities and we’ve built some groups of following. A lot of times they always ask for songs and we don’t have time to play them, so we just thought it would be cool to give it a shot.
Topher: I expect two thousand kids a night.
JK: Next time it should be four thousand.
Topher: Highline Ballroom [Laughs].
Chris: We just want to keep it modest.

You guys said that you’re excited to get back to writing, so would you like to get working on tour next record any time soon?
Topher: We’ll see.
Chris: I just moved to New Orleans, so we’re looking for plane tickets for everyone to come down and hang in New Orleans and maybe get a little culture.
JK: We just want to write there and see what happens. We’re not over this record or anything, but just with the way the business has changed in the last five to ten years, the turnaround time from record to record has greatly, greatly collapsed itself a little bit. Bands used to spend two years touring on one record and nowadays you put a record out, tour on it for six months, then you go back and make another one to keep people interested. I think the reason we’re excited to put a new record out is because we wrote the record before we had two of the members of the final band and it was just the three of us. I think from all the touring we’ve done in the past year as the five of us we’ve discovered who we are and who we want to be. The number one thing we get about this record is that people feel like the live show is a lot more rock then the record is and we didn’t know that when we were doing it, so we definitely love it, but we’re excited to try to capture what the band has organically become.
Topher: You can expect TBL’s version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” next summer for sure.
Chris: On this record we had the core of the song written before we went to the studio but it kind of came together in the studio. We kind of made the songs there and had to figure out how to play them life, but this time we want to write songs and figure out what will come out on stage and capture it on a recording.
Topher: We’re a pop band on record, but we will fuck you on stage.
Chris: That you can print.
Topher: We’re a pop-rock band, but the pop is on the record and the rock is in the live show. It’ll be a little more in your face.

Will you guys be announcing any more tour dates?
Topher: For sure. We’ll be announcing what’s going on in the fall pretty soon, once we know, but who knows after then. You get five emails a day saying we’re doing this or that and then we’re not doing this, but that is happening. It’s like, what the fuck is going on? So as soon as we know everyone else will know.
JK: For everything we do announce there’s like fifty things we didn’t announce. Hopefully we’ll get that one thing we announce pretty soon.

Within the next year could Europe be a possibility at all?
Topher: Europe not as much as Japan.
JK: I don’t know if our record is out in Europe. I know it’s out in Japan.
Topher: There was a guy who came up to us at Warped Tour, and he goes, “Bigger Lights, people like you in Japan.” And I was like, “Fuck yeah dude, let’s go!” I think we do really well. Our record is bigger there than here. It’s in like Tower Records and we’re like, “What the fuck?”
JK: They don’t even have our record here in Best Buy.
Topher: That’s definitely more of a possibility than Europe. We would love to do both and Australia for Soundwave. I’d love to play Maine, or Jersey.

Thanks so much for your time, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Topher: You don’t really need school, kids. Just kidding. Thank you to everyone who supports us, for sure. I think we have some of the craziest, but coolest fans ever. There’s a girl from Venezuela today who came to see us. That’s fucking weird to me, but it’s awesome.

PropertyOfZack Session : : The Bigger Lights

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 20, 2010

PropertyOfZack had the chance to sit down with The Bigger Lights to film an acoustic session just last week during their run on the Reach For The Sun Tour with The Dangerous Summer. The guys performed “Get Lost” and “Skinny Jeans”, which you can see below. Don’t miss out, they were beyond fun dudes to talk with and they’re just as fun with guitars in their hands! 

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*This review was footage was filmed and edited by Zack Zarrillo

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