INTERVIEW BY: MEG
You recently released your new EP, titled “Safe Haven.” How has the release cycle been so far? Anything you want to highlight?
Jarred: The release has done really well considering that we started from zero with this whole process. There have been many highlights honestly, but the main one I would bring up is getting added to the New Punk Tracks official Spotify playlist. We didn't even submit to that playlist, they just threw us on there! It was extremely validating.
What lyrical topics are discussed throughout the EP, and what message(s) do you want the lyrics to send to the listeners?
Sage: I've said in the past that Safe Haven is almost like my diary personified. It tackles a lot of hardships I've had to endure throughout my life that I think many people will be able to relate to, although not just anyone. Anyone can write a love song or something in that same vein - we strive to serve as a voice for individuals who may feel like their story isn't being represented as much as it should be.
What’s the meaning behind the title “Safe Haven,” and does it correlate with any of those lyrical themes/topics at all? If so, how?
Sage: Safe Haven comes from the line "I'm seeking out safe haven while you can barely stand" in the EP's final song "Staircase." That song was the last song I wrote for the release and I thought best represented the message of it as a whole. The EP, much like our namesake, is all about the notion of finding your own path, even if it may take much trial and error to get to your end goal. In a way, the "safe haven" in question is what you define as "success," of which everyone's idea is different.
Regarding the music, how would you describe the overall sound of the EP and who/what were the primary musical influences?
Jarred: Safe Haven is an interesting composition for me. I've written a lot of songs over the years that Sage could have picked from and these were the first 6 that resonated with her. Staircase being the only exception, that was a brand new composition because we wanted a slower song but didn't have one written. The main influences for these songs musically are New Found Glory, Blink 182, and Yellowcard.
In addition to this EP release, you dropped a music video for the song “Bones Exposed.” Is there any correlation between the video and the meaning behind the song, and if so, what?
Sage: The video for "Bones Exposed" was entirely self-directed, meaning that we came up with the imagery and style of how we wanted it to look ourselves. The song is about my own struggles with anxiety, but it's really up for interpretation depending on who's listening to it since no two minds are the same. The imagery in the video was meant to appear frantic, spontaneous, quick-paced... those are the emotions I personally feel whenever I become anxious, so it just made sense.
Another single of yours, “Admit It,” gained quite a bit of success on TikTok. How does it feel to have achieved that, and how has your success on TikTok impacted your career as a band so far?
Sage: The fact that "Admit It" became somewhat TikTok-famous is honestly a blessing and a curse, obviously leaning more towards the former. We are very fortunate that fans have been able to discover us through TikTok, as well as our other social media platforms. However, while I do think it's important to grow our fanbase via as many outlets as possible, we do not want to become reliant on making it big on TikTok. We would ultimately prefer if our fans came back to us because of our music or who we are as people over our internet personalities. Still, knowing we achieved that is very flattering and empowers us to keep going.
What are you currently working on and what else can people expect from Signs of Progress in the future?
Jarred: We are in the process of finishing up our third music video (official announcement coming soon) as well as writing the next set of music. We want to release at least a single within the next few months but due to logistics and the way the world is right now, we're not sure when we'll be able to actually get into the studio again. But I promise you that regardless of how long it takes for us to get back into the studio, it'll be worth the wait.
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