Track by track interview with JESSE LAKERVELD of melodic hardcore breakouts I’LL GET BY, digging deep into new EP TINY ROOM.
SICK AND SOUND presents to its readers an interview we had with melodic hardcore quintet I’LL GET BY from Utrecht, The Netherlands with Jesse Lakerveld at vocals, Wessel van der Spek at guitar, Marijn Borsboom at bass, Jerry Klein at guitar and Joost Lammers at drums. Since its inception in 2018, the quintet started off a journey through introspective themes and deep lyrical insights on self-reflection striking a smart balance of heavy and melodic, engaging the listener with an array of influences such as Counterparts, Casey and Vacant Home and many more.
After unleashing forerunners Your Arrow and Worrying, I’ll Get By debuted on the scene with TINY ROOM EP released on 15th November 2019.
In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with vocalist JESSE LAKERVELD, we had the chance to get to know the band any better by talking about their journey and sound. We discussed the process and the challenges involved in the writing and recording stages of TINY ROOM EP, the lyrical themes and meanings behind each track and future plans.
Photo credits Arjan van Duijn. Permitted use, courtesy of I’ll Get By band.
- Hello I’ll Get By and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Would you mind introducing your band? Tell us about how the band originally formed and discuss your journey so far.
Hi SICK AND SOUND, thanks for having me! We’re I’ll Get By, a group of 5 young musicians from Utrecht and its surroundings who’ve met each other through playing in various other bands such as: Dock 83, Shallow, Immersed and Athena’s Word.
Driven by our passion for heavy music we started writing together at the start of 2018 with the goal of unleashing our own flavour of melodic hardcore into the world.
I’ll Get By is:
Jesse Lakerveld – Vocals
Wessel van der Spek – Guitar
Marijn Borsboom – Bass
Jerry Klein – Guitar
Joost Lammers – Drums
- How did you come up with the name “I’ll Get By”?
It’s a song from Pianos Become The Teeth. It was a bit of a struggle at first, finding the correct name. We thought we had a good one for a while, but not a lot of people outside the band were really positive about it. Wessel randomly came up with ‘I’ll Get By’ one day. We all liked it, and stuck with it.
- You are pigeonholed in the melodic hardcore scenario. After listening to your materials, I have noticed that your sound draws on a few iconic influences such as Counterparts. Is this correct? Let’s discuss the bands, albums or genres serving as an inspiration for you along the journey or any other soundscape you may have explored before sticking to melodic hardcore.
Like any other melodic hardcore band we love Counterparts, so yes they were a big influence. Some other bands that inspired us were: Defeater, La Dispute and Casey. I’m personally more inspired by ‘heavier’ bands like: The Ghost Inside, Parkway Drive and Crystal Lake when it comes to vocals. But I think that gives our music something unique. I know Joost our drummer loves crazy death metal shit when it comes to drums, so that also adds something cool to our music.
- After releasing forerunners Your Arrow and Worrying, you debuted on the scene with TINY ROOM EP on November 15th, 2019. What was the creative and writing process approached for this record?
Writing ‘Tiny Room’ went really smoothly. We all knew what kind of music we wanted to make from the start. I also already knew exactly what I wanted to scream about. It all started with Wessel, Jerry and me sitting down going through demos we’ve made on our own in the past. We would pick the best ones and start tweaking to make them suitable for I’ll Get By. That’s basically how most songs were created. For the others Wessel would randomly make a cool demo, send it to us, I would lay down some vocals at home, and bam another song done.
- How long have you been working on this EP and what challenges have you faced in the writing and recording stages, if any?
I think 2 years. The writing process didn’t take extremely long. But the recording and mixing definitely took a while. We are all very busy with school and our jobs, so finding the time to properly record and mix was difficult. In the end we did pull it off!
- You are known for your reflective and introspective themes. We’ll shortly discuss the tracks one by one from a lyrical point of view, but firstly I would love to know more about the general vision or message that I’ll Get By are ultimately getting across with their music.
I was really depressed when we started writing these songs. Having no vision of what I wanted my future to look like, and being haunted by anxiety made me question: ‘’What’s the point to keep on going?”. These songs helped me release a lot of pent-up frustration and made me eventually open up more about how I felt. With ‘Tiny Room’ I wanted to reach out to people who may have felt (or still feel) lost. Give them some sort of outlet.
- So let’s discuss the stories, lyrical inspirations or disclosing any details at your will behind TINY ROOM EP starting from its opening track TRAGEDY.
‘Tragedy’ is about distancing yourself from the world around you due to a mix of guilt and pride and the resulting alienation that can occur when faced with the consequences.
- NO HOPE.
‘No Hope’ is about a cycle of escapism and procrastination. When I feel depressed, I tend to lock myself away from the world in my tiny room. This is where the name of the EP came from. I would try to calm down and rest, but instead overthink about everything making me only feel worse. Making me feel like a huge disappointment and burden to everyone around me. I think this is the best song we’ve put out yet, It’s basically the anthem of the EP.
- WORTH IT.
Worth it’ is about reflection on a past relationship through the lens of the stagnation of your own personal growth. Jerry helped me a lot with this one sending me some lyrics to work with. Many times I’ve lost contact with people I care about. The feeling of shame, when you face them again and know you haven’t made any personal growth at all, is horrible.
‘Hesitation’ is about love, overcommitment and heartbreak. I mean, we’ve all had our heart broken right? It just sucks. I fell in love with this person and it took a long time getting over the fact that a relationship was not going to happen. This is your typical sad heartbreak song, and I love it.
‘Worrying’ is about the hurdles on the journey to self-love. This was the very first song we’ve written with I’ll Get By, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart. Writing lyrics for this song was super easy, it took me maybe 15 min. I knew exactly what I wanted to scream about.
- YOUR ARROW.
‘Your Arrow’ is about the aftermath of drifting apart from a loved one. Laying in bed wide awake, not being able to sleep, cause you miss someone so much. This was the first song we chose to release cause we thought the song had a bit of everything. Nice melodies, fast punk beats and a nice heavy breakdown at the end. There must be something you enjoy about this song if you like Melodic Hardcore.
- If you had the opportunity to share the stage with five of your favorite bands who would they be?
Counterparts number one, easy. Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Crystal Lake and Casey.
- What if you could set up a collaboration to feature three of your favorite musicians on any upcoming material tracking? Who would they be?
Brendan Murphy from Counterparts (Did I mention we like Counterparts yet?)
Jay Maas ex Defeater
Kyle Burrier from Secret Keeper
- What else do I’ll Get By have in store in 2020 and how are you going about the promotion of this record? Any shows, aspirations, plans or further details you wish to share with our readers.
This is all going to sound obvious but play as many shows possible, especially outside of The Netherlands. Doing a lot more press to promote our EP, and write new songs for upcoming releases. I want the next thing you hear from I’ll Get By make you go ‘’This band made a big step up from their previous release’’
Thank you for your time guys and all the best of luck with the promotion of your TINY ROOM EP. We will keep an eye on you and fully supporting you into Europe and US!
Thank you! We appreciate all the support.
I’ll Get By – Tiny Room EP tracklisting:
2. No Hope
3. Worth it
6. Your Arrow
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