MEB staff writer Maria Gironas had the chance to shoot some questions to Cambridge, Ontario post-hardcore band Something You Whisper. With only two years of experience on their belts, they have been able to accomplish the creation of two EPs, 125 tour stops, and performing with bands like We Came As Romans, Abandon All Ships, and The Word Alive. They talk about the excitement of their upcoming release of their EP From the Other Side and spill about that time Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens complimented their performance in London.
MEB: What brought you guys together to play music?
SYW: Forming this lineup was a process that took a while, but to sum it up in easy terms, we all have a passion for music. Although we all come from different backgrounds and influences, we all sensed a chemistry. Whether that was from the very beginning between Tom, Kyle, Austin, and I (Wes) or when we met Brian. The local scene is what helped us spark this band, and it’s sad to see our local scene in the Cambridge area almost gone.
How has the music scene in Canada shaped who you guys are as a band?
I’m sure it has shaped us in certain ways, but all the bands we aspire to follow come from the U.S. or Europe. Canada is a different world for music. I think if it shaped us in one way, it would be that it showed us what “grinding it out” and touring is about. It weeds out the hobby bands from the career bands for sure. Canada has small markets, few and far between. With 300 plus shows across Canada in the last couple years, we have put in our fair share of work in Canada and are hoping to move south to the U.S. this year.
Who or what influences your songwriting and style of music?
All the bands that we listen to. From current top 40 artists, to metal bands/rock bands, and everything else can influence our writing style. I think we are a band that consistently changes. As weird as that sounds, we said from day one that we never want to write the same song twice. We are constantly experimenting with recording techniques, and I know personally I’m excited to see where SYW goes. It’s one of those things where I know something insane is coming…We just haven’t written it yet. Step 1 before step 10.
Thoroughly amazed by your impressive 125 shows in 2012 under your belt. From your first show, how do you guys feel like you’ve changed the most?
We have learned what live music is about. We have heard some valuable advice about live showmanship that I think crosses all our minds before any show. Mark Spicoluk [Owner of Underground Operations] told us at a show that he would like to see us after 100 more shows, and now I know what he meant. You learn that live music is entertainment, not standing there playing your songs. If people want to hear your songs, uninterrupted and clear, then I highly encourage that they download our album. But if people want a taste of the lifestyle, energy and adrenaline, then they are going to want to pay the couple bucks to see us jumping around with lights and fog and people screaming into their ears as they get pushed around the floor. It’s an experience to see a good band play live. There can even be something almost spiritual about it if you can connect with your audience.
Some of the acts you played with in the past include Sleeping With Sirens, We Came As Romans, and Like Moths to Flames to name a few. Were there any cool moments you shared with the bands?
After we played with Sleeping With Sirens in London, I was blown away from the crowd’s reaction. It was the first time we played most of the songs that we played that night…long story short, so much was going through my head that night, and when a singer I look up to a lot (Kellin Quinn) comes to find me after our set, taps me on the shoulder and says that he enjoyed my performance, I’ll admit it threw me off a bit. I definitely came off like an asshole to him since I had nothing to say. I hope someone sends this to him so he knows I’m sorry! You can’t be Kellin Quinn and sneak up on me with a compliment like that!
Your EP From the Other Side drops March 4th, could you explain the process behind the creation of the EP?
It was a journey to make this EP. After some huge obstacles and what seemed like endless frustrations, we finally made From the Other Side. It’s a mix from thoughts I felt on the road, and feelings of when I was home being frustrated with how things were going. Life is crazy, and I will have to face that. I hope people relate to what I felt over that last two years of my life. I went through some of my most dramatic changes from depression to falling in love, from getting engaged while my parents separate – an overall jump from one side of the spectrum of emotions to the other. It’s my view points from the other side.
What can fans expect differently in From the Other Side as compared to your debut EP Nostalgia?
More honesty, I feel like I hid behind too much while writing the lyrics to Nostalgia. I’m still very proud of it, but lyrics and melodies aside, simply look at the instrumentation. Every time I listen to From the Other Side, I’m amazed to see the improvements. Faster, heavier, lighter, more technical….just like we wanted it to be from when all this EP was, was an idea in a conversation.
I read in an old interview that your favorite venue was the MOD Club, has that changed since?
It’s hard to say. We still love that venue, but when you have life changing nights across the country in different venues, it’s hard not to have multiple favorite venues for different reasons. The MOD club has a certain feeling when Its packed front to back with energy and anticipation, but what about The London Music Hall, when you have played with some of the most influential bands of today, or the small venues in Calgary where people have been so touched by our music that there is just a big hangout after the show, and people are telling us their life stories because they feel like they can connect with us. There are favorite moments at a lot of venues, and we can’t wait to find more venues to call our favorite.
What do you guys hope that fans get out of your music?
We want them to read into our music, find meaning to the words that they can relate to. I hope they feel the emotions that we were feeling when we wrote the parts.
Describe each band member in one word.
Wes – Diva
Kyle – Belligerent
Austin – Cute
Tom – Loud
Brian – Creative
What’s to expect in the future for you guys? Any upcoming releases or news you can share?
We are proud to announce the release of From the Other Side as well as a couple bonus treats like music videos, lyric videos, and an acoustic version of a song that will be on the album. More music and more touring to new places we hope!
Check out the band’s lyric video for “Who I’ve Become” below and be sure to follow Something You Whisper on social media!
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