Why was “Stockholm” chosen as your first single back, as opposed to another song?
Stockholm was the first thing Dillon clicked with when it came to the band. He felt like it was the easiest to dive into when it was first presented to him. Stockholm really shows our true colors and we feel as if it’s who we truly are.
How has your sound evolved since your last release?
Our previous releases were very pop based and we were trying to head towards a poppier route. With the departure of Spencer and the arrival of Dillon, things changed a bit. We’re adding in more grit and emotion. Lots of different genres mixed into one, it’s great. We’re straying away from the poppier sound for a bit and trying something completely new to us.
Do you feel like time away from releasing music helped the band grow?
The last year has been pretty up and down for all of us. We were figuring out what we wanted to do with the future of Louder Than Words and took everything into consideration. Johnny, Christian, and Esteban have been working together for many years and their bond is unbreakable to say the least. The long break we had definitely helped us grow as a band and musicians in general. We became more confident in every way possible and it feels very rewarding at the end of the day.
Will “Stockholm” eventually be part of a bigger body of work, like an EP?
More than likely. We’re writing in a bunch of different directions at the moment and are trying to hone in on what’s going to work best for our dynamic.
How would you describe the sound of “Stockholm”?
“Stockholm” is a pop punk song, I guess. Almost like that old Paramore sound we all grew up on. Mixed in with vibes from State Champs, The Gospel Youth, and more. It’s very upbeat and punchy.
How did the writing process for this track differ from past writing experiences?
This song has gone through tons of changes. We’ve been working on it for a bit and everything fell into place once we brought Dillon in. We demoed the song out a long long time ago, eventually recording with Jonas Vece. “Stockholm”. This time around, we actually sat down with a producer and shaped the song.