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Randy Taylor: We get this question a lot and sometimes people might think it's a bit hokey, but the real answer is a rebellious stance against hopelessness and depression, hence why it's "Hopeful." The "period" is essential to the statement. In today's age, many of us struggle with anxiety and depression and coming out of the pandemic, I (Randy) was really struggling with finding my identity and wrestling depression, when it ultimately hit me. Jesus!! He's our hope. So there's no other option, but to remain Hopeful. The rest of the band was able to identify with this statement and of course we still battle momentary anxiety, but it's easier to remember to remain hopeful having each other to remind us to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. So we sing and write about a lot of these struggles and try to do it in the most honest and raw way possible.
Randy: We have a fairly eclectic taste in music, so it's a fairly wide variety. Here's a collective few of the artists we love and pull influence from in various ways; The Killers, Kings of Leon, Colony House, COIN, Switchfoot, Marcus Mumford, Gang of Youths, The War on Drugs, Gable Price & Friends and John Mark McMillan.
Favorite Album of all time is a TOUGH question that would differ between every band member and depends on the day; Randy - How will you know if you never try (COIN), Hunter - Sob Rock (John Mayer), Bryce - Nothing is sound (Switchfoot), Eddie - The Boy with no name (Travis)
Randy: We originally connected with Gable on instagram just interacting with his stories. He was incredibly approachable and accessible and just down right cool! Eventually we did a songwriters workshop with him, he hosted us and a few friends. It was after about a year of off and on interactions that I (Randy) had the AUDACITY to send him a demo and ask if he would be willing to produce. Much to our surprise he said YES! The rest is history. Our band/producer relationship has awesome chemistry, I think we are all in agreement on that.
Randy: "Shipwrecked" has been far and wide our best received song thus far, considering its been out for about a month and a half! It's doing incredibly well. I think "Shipwrecked" is really the beginning of us finally honing our sound. Our first 2 releases were a great experience, but ultimately wasn't quite the direction we were thinking for our long term sound, but they will always be special to us. We're even more excited about are next single than "Shipwrecked!"
Randy: Well, I (Randy) had written a song in a completely different style about 6-7 years ago and we borrowed the theme and a couple basic lyrical ideas, and co-wrote the song with Gable Price and Adam Elizarraraz. Essentially the song is talking about how I often get stuck in unhealthy patterns which can be extremely hard to break and can be extremely depressing and frustrating. The song is just as much a wake up call for me as it is an encouragement to those who are stuck, or feeling broken. The main point of the song is to hold on to hope and to never give up, because even though the storms of life can be scary, the storm will break and brighter days will come. We have the ultimate promise of hope embodied in the man that is Jesus Christ.
Randy: So "Shipwrecked" is song 1 off the EP, "Pressure" is song 2, and then songs 3-6 are to be announced. Our strategy, as of right now, is to give each song a good 60-90 days of breathing room for the first 3 maybe 4 of the 6 songs. This is called a waterfall release strategy. So when we drop song 4 or 5 we will drop the whole EP and our previously released singles from the EP will be wrapped in.
Randy: We hope that we reach the audience we believe needs to hear this music! We want people to be able to connect with our music both lyrically and sonically. We also hope that we can build enough traction with this EP that our fans will demand a full-length record!
Randy: We are trying to keep it simple with mostly instagram and Spotify... However we are trickling over to TikTok and Youtube (we hope to be releasing a music video with each of the singles!!) our social media ID is @hopeful.theband
Randy: Why, yes! We're glad you asked! We just made a music video, it was our very first! It was a blast. We have an amazing friend and producer named Josh Faila. Would you be willing to checkout our newest (and first ever) music video!!?
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