Interview: HOLLOW FRONT on the process and themes behind THE PRICE OF DREAMING, touring with August Burns Red, signing to UNFD, pandemic and more.
We’re catching up with Grand Rapids metalcore outfit HOLLOW FRONT (Tyler Tate, Dakota Alvarez, Lee Albrecht, Brandon Rummler) who released their brand new record THE PRICE OF DREAMING on May 27th, 2022 via UNFD, follow up to previous full-length LOOSE THREADS dating back to 2020.
To promote the record, the band will head back out on the road this summer, sharing the stage with The Plot In You and Like Moths To Flames in June 2022 and will embark an extensive tour in July and August 2022 to support August Burns Red, We Came As Romans and Void Of Vision.
Our editor-in-chief Alex had an opportunity to have a chat with vocalist Tyler Tate to discuss the writing and creative process approached for THE PRICE OF DREAMING, alongside the lyrical themes and vision the band wanted to get across with this record. We discussed Comatose, a single about mental health, alongside a few more tracks.
In this interview we also talked about how the band has been coping with the pandemic situation and its consequences on their activity in the music industry and daily lives, the feelings and thoughts behind upcoming summer tour and their stellar signing to Australian label UNFD.
- Hello guys and welcome. Before any other question, congratulations for signing a global deal with Australian label UNFD. What feelings and expectations are behind this massive achievement?
We’re just incredibly grateful to have such an amazing team behind us, that is pushing us to be the best we can be and are helping us to secure a long future in the music industry.
- You will head back out on the road this summer, sharing the stage with The Plot In You and Like Moths To Flames in June 2022 and will embark an extensive tour in July and August 2022 to support August Burns Red, We Came As Romans and Void Of Vision. How are you getting ready for such an amazing tour and what gets you amped up?
We’re currently preparing for the long stay on the road, about 45 days straight of sleeping in Walmart parking lots and eating mostly gas station food. We start rehearsals about a week before the tour and we’ll be running our sets multiple times a day and getting everything locked in, as far as musically. We’ll be playing a few more new songs on this run with ABR, so we’ll spend a lot of time rehearsing those songs.
Being able to do what we love professionally and at such an elevated scale, is what gets us super hyped or the tour. Seeing all the fans again and traveling across America, and just spending time together as a band. All of those reasons are what make touring so much fun.
- You released COMATOSE as the latest anticipation before your new record comes out. You declared the song to be about battling against mental health issues and depression during COVID-19. Let’s discuss how you have adjusted in the pandemic scenario as a band and the impact these trouble times had on your daily lives and music activity.
Now, 2 1/2 years since the pandemic started, things are really starting to settle down. I wouldn’t say things have completely returned to normal, but for the most part touring has started to feel like it used to.
When I wrote Comatose, things were really difficult. Live shows were not happening, and everything Hollow Front had worked for up to that point seemed like it was further away than ever. Life seemed really bleak, like everything was going to be shut down forever. But we continued to persevere and kept ourselves working and writing and doing our best to stayed relevant while the music industry was in a coma.
At the time, 2 years seemed like it was going to last a lifetime, but before we knew it, everything was back and we were hitting the road to do what we were meant to do; play live music across the country and world.
- Your highly-anticipated album The Price of Dreaming is due out on May 27th, 2022. What was the creative and writing process approached for this record as compared to your previous offer Loose Threads dating back to 2020?
I think TPOD was a much more collaborative effort than our previous albums. We spent a lot of time writing and recording and experiencing new things all together. We really had a good time with this album and I think that really shows through. Every album we do is a step forward for us as a band. We take writing music very seriously and do our best to write the music that makes us feel something and makes us excited when we listen to it/play it.
Our process didn’t change too much from when we wrote and recorded “Loose Threads” but we have matured as artists and have a much clearer vision of where Hollow Front will be going in the future. Every album is a learning experience, that will prepare us for whatever comes next.
- What’s the vision that HOLLOW FRONT are ultimately getting across with this record? Let’s discuss some of the lyrical themes.
We try our best to make our lyrics as relatable to our fans as possible, while keeping the main themes very personal to us. We touch on depression, betrayal, regret, sorrow, guilt, failure, and family problems. We don’t have one overarching theme to any of our records. We just write as authentic as we can and hopefully people can relate to the music enough to gain the same connection to it that we do.
- What songs on this record do you consider to be:
– the most personal in terms of lyrical content
I’m sure this answer could be different for every band member. But my most personal would definitely be “Dear Sons.” It’s a love letter, in song form, that I wrote for my children. It goes deeper than I think I’ve ever gone with lyrics, that doesn’t directly tie into our normal lyrical themes, which are mental health, depression, and relationships issues.
– the heaviest
Definitely, Heritage. Without a doubt. It’s a very angry song with a very angry message.
– the most melodic
I would say the title track “The Price of Dreaming” is the most melodic song on the record. It just has those old school melodic metalcore vibes.
– the most experimental or creative
“Thick as Blood”
“Two Worlds Away”
These are the three songs I would say don’t sound like other songs we have written before. I wouldn’t necessarily call them experimental by genre standards, but they’re experimental for us as a band.
- What else can we expect from HOLLOW FRONT in 2022?
We have a massive summer tour with August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, and Void of Vision that were incredibly stoked about. We’ll be traveling across the United States and having the time of our lives.
Then in September we begin working on writing our next album. We’re also playing Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Virginia on Sept. 10th, and that’s pretty much all I can confirm is happening for the rest of the year.
Thank you for your time HOLLOW FRONT, I appreciate that. All the best of luck for your smashing tour ahead and the promotion of your new record. Love and support!
Hollow Front – The Price Of Dreaming tracklisting:
1. In The Spotlight
3. Self Sabotage
4. Thick As Blood
5. Price Of Dreaming
6. Better Off
7. Dear Sons
8. Treading Water
9. Two Worlds Away
12. Running Away
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