ROMANCE & REBELLION DISCUSS MUSIC AND FUTURE PLANS
written by: meg
2019 has been a huge year for Romance & Rebellion. Following the release of last year’s “Amps & Anthems,” the band took some time away and made their triumphant return this year, showing a new side of themselves as a band and starting a brand new era of their career.
“Right around January of last year, we released our second EP, and at that particular point, I think we were all expecting a little bit more resonance between the music and audience and the success that we were finding, and we just weren’t seeing it. It can kind of inform the decisions that you’re making and we thought “what’s going on, is this not the right thing for us?”. We got some counsel from other people and after that, the consensus was that if we didn’t like what we were getting out of it, what were we putting into it. It made us investigate what we wanted out of the music industry. We wanted real global success and I felt like we had to broaden the kind of music we were playing,” vocalist David LaViola says, “The second single, it’s the first song we recorded as a band in this particular genre. They’re very much pop oriented. We withdrew a little bit and wrote a bunch of new songs. We went back to the drawing board. In terms of the style of music and what influenced the songs…. An overarching pop vibe and we took influence from people in the studio. Whole Heart Broken had influences of Prince and The 1975, and the next single is much more “festival pop,” so it’s going to be a variety of pop music. When we took it back to ground zero and cleaned the slate a little bit, we had the notion of doing pop music. We knew we were going to do pop music, but it was more or less about writing songs and playing around with them. Nothing was necessarily planned, it was kind of like “let’s see where it goes.” The first three singles we recorded are the ones we’re releasing and it’s a very much “from the top” thing. You’re seeing where we started the whole time.”
Whole Heart Broken was the first single the band had dropped since the EP; and they released a second back in August titled Talk Me Down.
“Whole Heart Broken is a little more upbeat, and is a more retrospective look into a relationship and Talk Me Down is about suicide and substance abuse, where you have moments where in the process of getting sober you have people that you know and people around you that aren’t sober with you. Inside that period of time where we kind of shut down, Brandon (bass) came to me and opened up about using hard drugs. We went through a couple of different decisions and the options of if we should change our band name, start over even more, and we went through those processes that took time to figure out. The reason we took so much time away is because we really had to figure out a lot of what we still wanted to keep. When you have something that’s so involved like being in a band, the decision to change and what/how you change is super involved. You have to come to consensuses and compromises and agreements with everyone. There was so many steps that needed to happen and some things that got so overwhelming. We wondered if it would be intelligent to stay as Romance & Rebellion or start from square one.”
"WE WANTED TO GIVE PEOPLE A TASTE OF WHAT WE'RE BECOMING."
Following the release of those two singles, the band dropped a third one back in September, and have a few ideas for what could potentially come next.
“One of the big things we wanted to do with these is give people a taste of what we’re becoming. We’re not going to do another EP, per se, but I think if anything, what we’ll probably do is release a fourth single if these songs go really well. The next time we release will probably be in late winter/early spring. There is an overarching thing going on you can see with the artwork, there’s a concept theme and if it comes full circle, it’ll come full circle next year on a full album,” David says about what he predicts for the band’s future, “The process has been slow and one that’s required a lot of patience to be able to go back to square one, start over and figure out what we wanted to do. Part of that process has just been figuring out the live setup. The next step for us is in the rehearsal studio working the live songs into the set, we’re going to start playing some shows… It’s just releasing songs, playing live shows and seeing how the live songs performed and seeing what worked.”
One thing’s for sure: the new sound and new music marks a new beginning of Romance & Rebellion’s journey, and they invite fans new and old to watch this next chapter of their career unfold.
“[We] just [want] to re-establish the band with a new sonic foundation. When you slow down, you have to put some things in perspective and it’s almost like starting over. It’s sort of a clean slate, to garner new fans, to update old fans on what the music sounded like, that’s what I’m hoping to achieve.”
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