The Canadian band are back with a brand new song featuring Kellin Quinn called "i luv that u hate me". With "Waves" celebrating its 2 year anniversary and new music coming out soon, we caught up with the Janick, lead singer of the band, to tell us what they've been up to and what is next for them as independent.
2 years have gone since you’ve released “Waves” what has changed? We’re now 100% independent! “Waves” was our first LP and at the time we didn’t really have any experience with labels and just the music industry in general. Looking back there’s definitely some things I would change, but at the same time I don’t because it’s part of the process. We grew up as individuals, musicians, and the things we want right now are not the same we wanted two years ago. I still love this album a lot though. It brought us to places we always dreamed of like Warped Tour and Europe and we’re very grateful that Hopeless gave us a shot. You hit the UK last year and you played Slam Dunk. What was the highlight of that tour? Our Europe/UK tour last year was amazing! Playing Slam Dunk was definitely the highlight of that tour because it reminded us a lot of Warped Tour and there was way more people than we expected for our set. We were playing at the same time as As It Is and we honestly thought no-one would show up but they did and it was sick! I also remember loosing the odds and had to smoke and joint filled with grass. It was fucking disgusting. Our mini tour with Between You & Me was also great. We love these guys, they always do stupid shit and it’s always a good time.
What do you like the most about the UK? THE ACCENTS. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, British and European accents are the best. Ours is total shit. But for real though I would say European crowds are different from american crowds. I feel like they go harder. Like, some people would body surf to our songs, which is sick but kinda odd when you think about it because we don’t have any crowd surfing songs. i love to see it though. Food is also really good. But one thing I hate is everything is expensive because our money is worth nothing there.
Mental Breakdown was released not a long ago as an independent band. What were the struggles of producing it? It was definitely a long process. It took way longer than we expected. It was also the first time that we used Diego knowledge to produce a song, he was a big help for that one. We basically had the song ready when we came back from Europe and we had planned on releasing it at the end of august but without going into details, let’s just say that a lot of unnecessary and avoidable things happened.
What is the concept behind the song?
Lyrically I think it was just me letting out some stuff I had been going through. Some of it is real, some isn’t. I like to write from different perspectives, so not everything you hear in our songs is 100% about me, I like to put myself at someone else’s place and try to write lyrics the way they would’ve. I don’t know if that makes any sense. Musically we wanted to create something dark, metal, techno, kinda like a mix of BMTH, Ghostmane, Don Broco, but without screams. I love the final result!
A second track has been released recently “i luv that u hate me” feat Kellin Quinn. How did you guys manage to collaborate? After 3 million DMs and a police complaint. No for real I think he already knew of us and one day while at was sitting on the toilet at my job I saw a tweet saying he was looking to collaborate with smaller bands and so we hit him up and he seemed super stoked. He wrote his lines and then sent us something the same week and that was it! We can’t thank him enough for what he did, such a nice guy.
What was the writing process behind the song?
That one is a bit more personal to me because as I was saying before, i like to put myself in the mind of someone else. I basically started writing about me, and then for the verses I put myself at the place of someone who’s basically looking to find true love, but always end up getting hurt because they’re getting themselves into something they’re not ready for. It took me 20-30 min to write it. I think it was easy because even though I was trying to write from someone else’s perspective, I think deep inside it was all about me.
You guys are very outspoken and active on social media and your fans love it. How do you think social media are helping musicians nowadays? Social media is everything. If you neglect it, you’re basically neglecting your career. How do you want people to care about your music if they don’t feel a connection with you? Of course they can relate to your lyrics, but that’s only one part of the whole thing. It’s not what it used to be, you can’t just put out a song and hope one day you’ll be number one. I’m not saying I know everything, but those who are at the top in every genre are, most of the time, the ones that have a strong presence online. Just look at all the soundcloud rappers, they’re killing it! I would also suggest to every smaller bands/artist to check out this guy name Finn McKenty on youtube, I take a lot from him and what he says.
What’s next for Story Untold? Put out more music. Not every two years, but more regularly. Oh and also collaborate with Rage Against The Machine.