FELICITY TALK LATEST EP
WRITTEN BY: MEG
FELICITY are one of quite a few pop punk bands out there that have had a lot of hype around them as of late. Since the band’s formation, they’ve released two EPs, and after years of waiting, the band have finally dropped their highly anticipated third one, “Old Habits.”
“We recorded this whole record back in 2017 and we had a different marketing strategy where we recorded music videos for each of the songs and during that time we got picked up by Penultimate,” guitarist Cory Nicholas explains about the release, “It feels like we’re finally putting the nail in the coffin; it’s kind of refreshing.”
Just like on the band’s sophomore effort, there are a few different themes and topics discussed throughout these six songs.
“We’ve never really had too many concepts. When we recorded our second EP, a lot of things had happened over that year that when we started writing ‘Brace Yourself,’ it talked about a lot of personal themes. Weekend Worrier is more about sticking to your passion and not getting stuck in the monotony of working. It’s better to live a life pursuing that you love.”
Something else that FELICITY aim show on this new EP, through the lyrics, music, and the release as a whole, is how they’ve grown, evolved and matured as a band.
“We have some other songs on the record that talk about a lot of maturity. The lyrics, the musical content… we’ve all grown up and matured a little bit. If we had to use one adjective to describe this new EP, it would have to be maturity,” Cory reveals, “We wanted to write something that was true and send out a real message to people. We all go through experiences just the same as everybody else and tried to make it an in-depth view of who we are as individuals and who we are as a band.”
Another important part of the release is the messages the band are sending with these songs through the different topics the band discuss through the lyrics.
“[What’s tricky about it is] we try to write music that everybody can relate to and everyone try to find a meaning in. What something may mean to one person may mean different to another. When we were writing Old Habits, that’s what was happening. During the last year between the two EPs we were making the same mistakes and choices and we were finding ourselves staggered and a lot of us were facing a lot of issues with people or situations that didn’t put us on the best mindset,” Cory says, “It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to slip. It’s okay to not be perfect, none of us are. We want to be as transparent as possible. We want to tell people ‘you’re not alone, here’s a lot of issues we’ve faced over the past year, we can get through this together.’ We want to write songs that inspire people and help people, to motivate people, to comfort people to let them know that they do matter and that no matter what they’re experiencing, nobody has to go through any of it alone.”
”THERE’S MORE TO BE SAID IN THIS EP.”
As far as the music itself goes, “Old Habits” is a bit more of an experimental release for FELICITY, showing the band trying out some new things and incorporating different elements that they never had before.
“Musically, it’s a lot more in-depth, a lot more harmonic. The melodies are much more complicated. It definitely shows that we put a lot of time and care into these songs. Some of these songs are not like any genre that we’ve done before. There’s a lot of cool elements that we like that we’ve never done and decided to try. It’s definitely a lot more progressive,” Cory hints about the songs on the EP, “We kept the same elements that we normally have, we added a lot more singalongs and gang vocals, a lot of driving guitars, but we also get pretty emotional and very in-depth with the lyrics. There’s more to be said in this EP.”
The band recorded this EP with producer Andrew Wade, who’s worked with the likes of A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside and Wage War, and he also worked with the band on their previous EP.
“This time it was a lot easier and we knew what to expect and what he was looking for. We were a lot more prepared, and since we were already friendly and knew how he goes about his process and he was comfortable with us, it was a lot easier to get the best product possible, Cory says about working with him, “Recording with Wade is very fun and easy in the sense that you don’t feel uncomfortable and there’s no doubts or anything like that. It’s kind of like you’re just working with one of your friends, creating fun music together. He’s so careful and pays such close attention to everything, so there’s no worry on anyone’s end. It was a comfortable process, and it felt very natural and very organic. We all felt comfortable and happy. None of us felt stressed, we didn’t feel pressed for time, everything was going well and we were just happy.”
Reminiscing on the creative process of the EP, one specific moment comes to mind for Cory as far as his favorite memories from it.
“We learned during this process that our drummer is going to be the next songbird of our generation, and I say that with sarcasm and love,” Cory jokes, “We were recording Weekend Worrier and in the bridge, we have a big singalong part with the band and when recording those, you hear everything. When Tyler was singing, it was so funny because he would over annunciate everything, he was very staccato with it, so it just made its own unique sound in the song. Once we mixed it all together, it sounded full and you could understand everything. As weird as it sounds, that track needed that part.”
Out of the six songs on the EP, there’s one in particular that Cory is personally the most proud of.
“I would have to say Weekend Worrier. It was the last song we wrote, it took one or two nights and was thrown together last minute, and it was very basic, and then when everyone got their hands on it, we made it better, he explains, “Out of all the songs, this is probably the one that stayed most to the demo we submitted than the others. It surprisingly stayed close to the original demo we submitted.”
That song and two others were dropped prior to the EP’s release, and each of the individual singles shows a different side of the sound on the EP.
“We felt those three were a very good identifier of what people can expect throughout the whole record. They’re all different,” Cory explains, “Weekend Worrier is more pop punk, City Beautiful, we picked all the best parts about Florida that we loved and put it into an upbeat song, Circles is a heavy and aggressive track... we’ve always prided ourselves on writing multiple songs in different genres and we don’t really care how people label us because we’re not writing to fit into a niche, we want to be a band where everyone can find something they like.”
In support of this EP, the band are preparing to tour with Calling All Captains and Brigades.
“We’re going to be releasing a bunch of new merchandise and music videos. You can expect a lot of tours, new music, and you’ll be seeing us all over your social media.”
With a new EP out now, a tour around the corner, and even more music and shows ahead, there’s no sign of FELICITY slowing down anytime soon.
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