I Hate The Word Indie interviewed Bobby from The Promise Hero about recording a new album and what to expect from his solo effort.
The Promise Hero is back with a new album to be released in the near future, but this time, it is just Bobby Vaughn.
The Promise Hero is a band from Cleveland, Ohio who originated with members Bobby Vaughn (vocals), Daniel Weiss (guitar), Kevin Buchnan (bass), and Dan Evans (drums) in 2006. With that line up, they released their debut self titled EP. Their bassist and drummer was soon replaced by Jeff DiLorenzo (bass) and Frank Fini (drums).
In 2008 The Promise Hero released their first full length album, “Wait For The Sun” on TDR Records. Since the release, the band toured in its support, as well as put out an acoustic EP, “Okay, Cool.” Since then band members, Frank Fini, Daniel Weiss, and Jeff DiLorenzo left the band to peruse personal endeavors; however that did not stop Vaughn from furthering his own music career.
This past February Vaughn entered the studio with producer Jaime Wolldord to record his second full length album, which is currently untitled. [He spent ten, twelve hour days recording the twelve songs that the album consists of. All of the song names are currently still tentative.
Before entering the studio Vaughn recorded 20 songs on Garageband witch had acoustic and vocal harmonies. “After I recorded the songs, I sent the guitar and vocal samples to Jaime and he added sub samples and then sent it back to me,” he said.
After getting the songs back, it was time to enter the studio. “When we entered the studio we first talked about the song structures and then hit the record button all over again,” said Vaughn.
With the loss of band members, the question that remains is how did Vaughn make this record all on his own? “I already had the song ideas and instrumentation written on my own,” he said. “Performing, I had Jaime on drums and sometimes he’d pick up the bass in the middle of a song to play a part, and it would sound awesome so we’d keep it.” He also had a couple of friends come into the studio to play the cello and violin.
Recording this album was also the first time that Vaughn actually played an instrument on one of his albums. “I only sang on “Wait For The Sun.” Dan played all of the guitar parts” he said.
The lack of band members was not the only change on the new album, but the process of making it was a very different experience for Vaughn. “This album started the same way as the first,” he said. “The Ideas came out of my head.”
What was different was the fact that after they came out of his head, they would have to go through band members where those ideas would be reshaped before the songs even got to the producer. “I went through multiple producers the first time (band members),” Vaughn said. “This time it was just my ideas.”
On “Wait For The Sun” Vaughn took a backseat approach in the production and creativity portion of making the album. “This time it was all just me and the producer working on the album,” he said. “It’s new, it’s cool, it’s fun.”
As far as musical influences go, Vaughn did not have just one or even a few. He said that everything that he could have even thought of that felt right had an influence on his music. “I tried not to discriminate against any artist and picked both old and new artists,” he said. “When you’re writing a song and all the sudden it’s like man, this would sound cool if I sang a big harmony like Queen does.”
At some point after the album is released fans can also expect a new music video and a tour from The Promise Hero. Steve Tsenserensky, who filmed the videos for “Wait For The Sun,” “Winning Or Losing,” and the band’s other videos, was in the studio with Vaughn the whole time. “He recorded what we did in the studio and outside of the studio,” he said. “I plan to make the recording process into a story line and make the video of the acoustic track that is on the new album.”
As far as touring goes, Vaughn said he will definitely be touring to support the new album. “Why do bands tour? Do they tour to make music or make music to tour?” he said. “I feel that there is a bigger thing, but when I think about my future with music, touring is definitely involved in that.”
So what can fans expect this new album to sound like? “Every song is like a different genre. I had no idea it would turn out that way,” said Vaughn.
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I did an interview with That Girl Interviews awhile back and talk about starting TDR Records and more. Read it below!
Name: Michael Hollins
Organization Name: TDR Records, LLC
Age/Date you started TDR Records: I officially started TDR in June of 2005 when I was 20 years old.
Where did you get the idea for TDR Records? One of the first reasons I started TDR was to release my band’s music. I had also been following Drive-Thru Records and Fueled By Ramen Records for a few years and was so intrigued by how they began, promoted, and released music—I wanted in the music industry!
What about a band makes you want to sign them? I have to like their music, obviously. If I don’t believe in every song, lyric, or message, it’s not going to happen. I also want to make sure I get along with everyone in the group and if possible, they get along with my other bands. It’s a cliché, but TDR is definitely a family of musicians. They’ve all toured together, helped write and produced some of each other’s songs, and also hang out outside of the music industry. I want to have a healthy mix of a personal and business relationship with each band.
Did you ever want to give up when times were tough? There’s never been a point where I just wanted to quit, that’s not how I do things. When things are going well, and especially during tough times, I put in 100% to make the best of each situation.
What is your musical guilty pleasure? Anyone who knows me understands I will be a pop/punk music lover for life. I had to look on my iTunes for this, but I do have albums by Ashley Parker Angel, Cheyenne Kimball, and John Mayer.
Do you play any instruments? I’ve been playing drums since I was 13. Not so much recently though. But I did fill in for Set It Off last summer on the “Friends Or Enemies” tour with Barely Blind and With The Punches. My first show in five years was in Canada—crazy!
If you could sign any band/group which one would it be? That’s easy. New Found Glory or The Starting Line. Aside from Green Day, they are two of my favorite bands for so many reasons and have never released a bad song. I was interested in signing Treaty Of Paris, New Years Day, and Move Out West at one time though.
What do you most like to do on a day off? A day off? I’m not sure what that is exactly. I’m always brainstorming ideas and promoting my bands in some form. It doesn’t feel like work to me at all. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in and hope to do it for a long, long time.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an astronaut, FBI agent (like Fox Mulder), and in the shipping/receiving industry.
What are 3 words your friends would us to describe you? Hollins. Robot. Hard-working.
Do you have any words of wisdom to pass on to those that want to follow in your footsteps? Whether it’s in the music industry or somewhere completely different, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. I don’t ever want to say later in life, “I wish I had done that.” Do it!
Barely Blind are one of our featured unsigned bands of 2011 and a band on the cusp of greater things. We recently had the chance to ask Reid Guidry (bass) a couple questions on the band’s relationship with TDR Records, their recent move to California, and their new album, Wilder Child Of A Thousand Suns which can be downloaded for free here. Check out what he had to say below!
For the record, will you state your name & role in the band?
Reid Guidry - Formerly guitarist, but recently switched to bass.
You guys choose to release “Wilder Child Of A Thousand Suns” on your own and for free. How did that work out for you and would you recommend that to other bands?
In the state that the music industry is in today we felt like paying for our own album and releasing it on our website for free was a much better option for us. Rather than seek a label to put out the material and sale to our fan base, we decided to give the music to the people who enjoy what we do and let them spread it around and encourage people to get into it.
The album (which is amazing) definitely takes on a more carefully constructed tone compared to “My Life As A Giant” which was packed with energy from start to finish. What’s the main difference between how you went into creating the album compared to earlier releases?
When we wrote “Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns” we definitely were trying to put ourselves outside the box. We wanted to capture a unique sound and I think we did that. It’s a wild ride if you listen to the new album from front to back. We definitely put a good solid year writing parts and ideas for our new album. Some songs like “The Great White Buffalo” we spent years working on. I remember playing that song on tour over a year before we recorded it. Another difference is we spent a total of 9 days straight recording WCOATS, only stopping to sleep and eat, which consists of 10 songs, whereas with “My Life With a Giant” we spent over 2 weeks recording 7 songs.
Which song off the new album means the most to your personally?
My personal favorite is track 5 “Wilder Child”
How would you describe your relationship with TDR Records?
Our relationship with TDR Records and owner Mike Hollins is and will always be very amicable. Mike loves music just as much as we do and he was one of the first people to not only believe in us, but invest in us. We’ve spent many days in the van with him, sleeping on floors, and eating his mom’s famous mostacholi. He will always be respected and viewed as a true friend.
You guys made a pretty big decision as a band and moved from Texas to Los Angeles, CA. What prompted you to take that leap and how has it been working out for you so far?
After touring for about 3 years and putting out a few EP’s we knew we were approaching the next chapter of Barely Blind. We wanted to record a new album, but we also wanted to try something completely new and fresh. In December of 2010 we were in Los Angeles, performing at NACA West, and while we were in the city we all decided that we wanted to live here. As we trekked back to Texas after the convention, we began planning how we would make this dream come true. 9 months later we released our album for free and moved out here.
What are your goals and aspirations for the rest of this year and 2012?
As for the rest of the year we plan to announce a project that will lead us in to 2012. It too is also something we’ve never done before, so i’m excited to see how it will pan out. We can’t wait to use some of the resources that we are now surrounded in. Living in a city like this with all the ideas we have floating around makes the band feel so new and fresh. It’s a great feeling.
What has been your favorite album of 2011 so far?
Honestly i’d be lying if I told you I had a favorite, but i’d say the ones that got my attention where: Foo Fighters - Wasting Light, Yuck - self titled, Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch The Throne, Lil Wayne - Carter IV
Thanks for your time! Any exciting news for fans to watch out for?
Like I said earlier, we’re going to be announcing our next project very soon. Big thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years!
-Interviewed By Briana