We Are The In Crowd
William Beckett, Set it Off, State Champs, Candy Hearts
We Are The In Crowd
Formed in 2009 and signed by Hopeless Records shortly after, this is a band that had all their dominoes poised and ready to fall in their favor in quick succession. Armed with an irresistible combo of male and female vocals, the handful of vibrant songs the group have released are only tastes of what’s on the horizon.
Originally a studio project between Tay Jardine (vocals) and Jordan Eckes (guitar/vocals) and Mike… Show more Ferri (bass) there was an obvious chemistry that they felt could be better translated through a full-band sound. When Rob Chianelli and Cameron Hurley joined on drums and guitar, respectively, the Poughkeepsie, NY, natives found their niche in the sort of straightforward, brutally honest pop songs that only those in the throes of young adulthood could convey. Whether it’s a feeling of being tongue-tied, or heartbroken, or betrayed, each emotion earns a new life through the words and music of this quintet.
The dual vocalists express a give-and-take that feels like an eavesdropped conversation with a dash of battle of the sexes, before joining in choruses of mutual understanding. As evidenced by their debut single “For The Win,” Jardine describes the vocal volleyball as the secret to getting their views across. “With two vocalists, we think it’s a great way to illustrate two opinions because you can clearly hear the difference between our voices. We based a lot of the songs around the idea of having two opinions to every situation.”
"Music is all about connection," expresses solo artist William Beckett. "Performer gives to listener, listener gives back to performer. I respect my fans and their inevitable evolution of taste and experience. The only constants in life are change and the necessity of music. THAT is why I don't make the same record over and over again. I'm not trying to cater to an audience or lower the bar to some level of "relatability". I write real songs for real people about real experiences. The connection is the skin, the meat and the core. The whole apple."
Having toured nearly non-stop for ten years as frontman for The Academy Is..., Beckett has built up an incredibly dedicated and supportive fanbase around the world. Though massively proud of the band's accomplishments and experiences together, their eventual disbanding as a group in late 2011 allowed for Beckett to begin the next era of his career, as a solo artist. After returning home to his roots and family in Chicago, Beckett began pouring his heart and soul into a trilogy of EPs — Walk The Talk, Winds Will Change, and What Will Be, and the Pioneer Sessions album (a collection of twelve acoustic versions of songs from each of the EPs) — all of which was self-released in 2012.
Beckett is currently recording his debut Equal Vision Records release, a full-length album, in his hometown of Chicago, IL with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo). “This new record is nothing less than my greatest musical accomplishment,” Beckett confides earnestly. “And after writing and releasing the three EPs last year, working with Marc McClusky was a no brainer. While we share the same vision for the album, we are also constantly pushing and challenging each other to lift it to next level.”
Beckett announced his signing to Upstate NY-based independent label Equal Vision Records in February 2013. The label’s current roster includes the likes Say Anything, The Dear Hunter, Eisley, and HRVRD; And an equally impressive alumni roster of Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, Saves The Day and more. "I've been a fan of EVR and its roster since I was listening to The Stryder and Saves the Day in high school," Beckett shares. "For months I was approached by labels but after the first conversation I knew EVR was a perfect fit; I can make exactly the record I want to make."
Beckett's first single released as a solo artist, “Compromising Me” off of Walk The Talk EP, rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts, cracking the top 20 and leading all independently released tracks. In the following months, the official release of each of the three solo EPs followed suit in a similar impressively meteoric rise. Beckett's solo music embraces his expansive vocal range, pop sensibilities, quirky yet soothingly hypnotic melodies and distinctive narrative lyrical twists; Offering his most diverse stylings and personal material to date.
As a solo artist, and with The Academy Is..., Beckett has toured with the likes of KISS, Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, Cobra Starship, Plain White T's, Mayday Parade and more. Though his early solo tours have focused on an intimate, stripped down – fans can expect future tours to expand greatly over time into a full band, in-your-face experience with Beckett handing off the guitar and taking over the stage with his signature charismatic and mesmerizing stage presence as a frontman.
Following his time at the studio, Beckett will next hit the road on the What Will Be Tour, a month-long US solo headline run followed by a full Summer on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.
Set it Off
Since their formation in 2008, Set It Off has already released three EPs, signed to Equal Vision Records, toured non-stop, and shared the stage with the impressive likes of My Chemical Romance, A Day To Remember, Say Anything, Against Me! and We Came As Romans.
And now they’re ready for more.
The Tampa, FL-based quintet, comprised of Cody Carson [vocals], Dan Clermont [guitar], Zach DeWall [guitar], Austin Kerr [bass], and Maxx Danziger [drums], will release Cinematics, their debut full-length record on Equal Vision Records, on September 18, 2012. The 12-track album was recorded over the course of four weeks with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount [All Time Low, Cartel, Mayday Parade] at Vintage Song Studios in Alpharetta, GA.
In a recent interview with Alternative Press, Carson explains that the new album features Set It Off’s signature sound of orchestra-infused pop with a new sense of heaviness, diversity and intensity in the album, both lyrically and musically. He states, “What’s really present on this album...we’re very theatrical when we present our story. If it’s a darker subject, there is a lot of angst and neurosis that goes into that song...In fact, in one song, Zack and Ken think I sound like the Joker from The Dark Knight. Not that I’m going for that, I just really try to get into character for each song as far as the mood goes. It has that diversity, but it still sounds like Set It Off.”
In a separate interview, Carson further expounded on the band’s experience in working with Zack and Kenneth recalling, “Our favorite phrase they would use is ‘You can beat that.’ They allowed us to become better musicians and individual writers...in the vocal booth, they helped drive my darker side out of me when it needed to show. Through bringing it out in the studio every day, it allowed me to bring "him" out on stage too. It's like therapy for me.”
For their first full-length ever, Set It Off ambitiously set out to take their signature sound to the next level and pushed themselves further than ever before in every possible way – technically, musically, lyrically and emotionally in the writing and recording process. “Musically I feel like we are the strongest we've ever been. All the touring we've done in the past year has made us night and day tighter for our live performances and working and meeting other musicians on that next level has forced us to push our skills musically in all aspects from playing to writing,” explains Clermont.
Danziger notes that, “Once we got in to the swing of things though, it started coming together very naturally...we liked what we did with Horrible Kids and you can definitely hear that sound in this new record.” He continues, “But a lot has happened in the past year. We've made new
friends, faced new challenges, had new experiences, and from that we've all grown up a lot. I think the new album reflects how we've changed as people. It has a similar feel to our most recent EP, but is more mature and polished.”
In August 2011, the young band made their label debut with the re-release of their third EP Horrible Kids, which garnered widespread praise in the press from the likes of mtvU, Alternative Press, Guitar World, Rock Sound, Outburn Magazine and more, launched them into countless tours around the US, and ultimately prepared them to write and record their first full-length record. Horrible Kids debuted at No. 63 in the 100 Alternative Albums on iTunes, with their music video for “@reply” featured as an iTunes “Hot Music Video” and the music video for “Breathe In, Breathe Out” receiving great accolade on its own, as it was added to rotation on mtvU after winning the station’s The Freshmen challenge.
Horrible Kids was recorded at Red Sparrow Studios in Wilson, NC with Brandon “B-Real” Ham and John Harrell and mastered by Paul Leavitt [VersaEmerge, The Dangerous Summer]. The EP blends contagious, driving melodies and hard-hitting choruses with genuine sincerity and a powerful message, creating an emotional concept album referencing the troubles of being bullied growing up and importance of being yourself and embracing who you are no matter what.
The band’s new album takes the same energetic and passionate approach, but strays from a specific theme, allowing the band to touch on a broader spectrum of topics. “Lyrically, Horrible Kids was me digging deep into my past. With the new album, you're getting to jump inside my head and think how I think, feel what I feel, and really understand how human we all are.” Carson confesses openly. “We are human - we have good times, we have bad times, we think pure thoughts, and we think impure thoughts. As far as how I describe these situations, I want you to feel like you are sitting down for a short film...and if I'm not evoking any sort of emotion from you then I'm not doing my job.”
“We are very proud of our last release, Horrible Kids EP, but this album is just on a different level, and we’re very, very excited about it,” concludes Danziger. “This is a new era of Set It Off, and we’re ready for it. “
Genre: Alternative, Pop Punk
Similar to: Major Leagues, Handguns, Real Friends
State Champs are a "DIY Pop Punk" band from Albany, NY. They released their debut 7″ titled Overslept on September 11th 2012 on 7″/Digital. Overslept was engineered by Jay Maas at Getaway Recordings. They have a new album about to drop this October titled The Finer Things. Ourzone Magazine reviews it as, "Pinned as one of the greatest Pop Punk releases this year, State Champs are more than living up to the hype with this refreshingly exciting album co-produced by New Found Glory's Steve Klein. Opener 'Elevated' instantly sets the bar very high for the rest of the record, both musically and lyrically strong, with plenty of opportunities for a raucous live sing-a-long. The rest of the record more than lives up to this high standard, each track being a stand-alone song in its own right."
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