You just released your new EP “Traitors.” Which track defines the band best as a whole?
I think the single we released “Fade” does the best job of showing the scope of our writing. We wanted it to be a very dynamic song, it kind of lifts and drops periodically throughout the song almost like a wave building & releasing as it crashes to shore.
Which track was the most challenging to write and record?
Probably the track that went through the most re-writes and changing was “Traitors PT. II”. A lot of the lead guitars were written in the studio once everything else was fleshed out and there were some melodic changes including the dissonant key shift in the bridge.
How did the title “Traitors” come about?
“Traitors” was born from the nautical interpretation of being betrayed and suffering the consequences of trusting the wrong people. “Traitors Pt I” is essentially being gunned down and trying to defend yourself on the sea by another ship (person) who you had thought was trustworthy. “Traitors Pt. II” is the aftermath, the descent into the ocean and fighting to stay alive as you struggle to breathe.
What about the band name? What did that develop from?
When we first started we all agreed that we liked using a nautical theme for our imagery. We ended up settling on the phrase “Hold Fast” to be included in our name, then added “Hope” as we felt it was fitting for all of us who wanted to share that type of message in today’s society. Then we remembered it was the name of a Thrice song so we were sold on it haha.
Is there a song all collectively most proud of?
Collectively it is probably our song “Fade” from the EP, but we each have our own favorites, including some newer unreleased tracks as well.
Are you planning to release any music videos for any of the EP tracks?
We’re in the process of storyboarding a music video for “Fade”, to begin filming (hopefully) by the end of the month! If our schedules permit we definitely will do more than 1 video.
Please list all socials and where we can find the EP!
iTunes/Apple Music - http://geni.us/traitorsitunes
Spotify - http://geni.us/traitorsspotify
Physical CDs - www.downportrecords.com/shop
Facebook - www.facebook.com/holdfasthopeband
Twitter - www.twitter.com/holdfasthopeNY (@holdfasthopeNY)