Last month, Howell released their debut EP “Departure.” In this Track By Track, the band gives an inside look on how this EP came to be.
Nic (guitar/vocals): I had a cousin who passed away a few years ago. I had a weird disposition about the beach but I’ve grown past that and n longer hate the beach.the song is kinda like growing and moving past the grieving process.
Anthony (bass): It’s definitely something relatable. It’s something where you think about an intense thing that you’ve gone through and certain things that remind you of that and not only getting over it, but finding the beauty in it after it caused so much pain.
Jake Y (drums): It was structured a lot differently hen we came to the studio. Our producer helped make the song flow better and make it more coherent. It went from a large piece to a smaller, more impactful piece. It definitely changed a lot or the production. I’m super happy with how it came out.
Anthony: Brad (from Better Love) traveled to Indiana helped us record and lay down the vocals. One of the first shows we played, his band was on the bill and we had brad come and do the vocals live with is. All the proceeds went to Hope For The Day.
Nic: He is someone we’ve looked up to in the local scene for a long time and it was really cool to have him be apart of our new EP. this was the last song we wrote before we went into the studio.
Anthony: I feel like it’s our strongest song, the sound we want to chase the most going forward.
Nic: The song is about negative thinking and not letting it take ahold of your mindset.
Jake C (guitar/backing vocals): We wouldn’t want anyone else on it, honestly. He has the voice of an angel and he’s a really nice guy.
Anthony: I’ve been involved in songwriting for the band, but I wrote the main guitar riff for that and it’s fun to bring those ideas. It’s cool when I write something and think that I can bring it to the band. It solidified how well we work together. It’s evidence of how much fun we can have.
Nic: It’s about things around you seeming fake and not what you thought they were.
Jake C: For me it’s about being disconnected from stuff and trying to get that connection back.
Nic: It’s kind of about getting off track of where you want to be as a person because of your own self doubt and obstacles you face, but staying positive, and staying focused to get yourself to where you wanna be.
Jake C: We wanted it to be less negative and to be more positive because there’s so much negativity in this world.
Anthony: Most of the songs deal with struggles of different types and end in a result. They start out negative but end up positive. We want it to be widely relatable so you can interpret it in different ways.
Jake C: My favorite part is the breakdown at the end.
Jake Y: It’s very different from the other stuff.
Nic: It was the first song we had written and the single we put out before anything else. Topically, this song is about coping with feeling negatively but staying positive and not letting negativity take control of your life. It’s a closer for the EP and we feel like it’s a good closer for sets as well.