For Our Hero are back with a brand new record, titled Young Wolves. This time around the boys are here with a more focused offering, closely nursing themes of intense and audacious hunger; whether that is for love, your dreams or simply wanting to survive.
Due for release on Friday June 14th through MGM and produced by Matt Malpass (Train, Hey Monday), fans can expect driving beats and empowering sing-a-long choruses of the 6-track record, complete with the trademark elements that made fans fall in love with the melodic rockers to begin with.
Lead single and title track Young Wolves is a pop anthem with howling hooks and thrashing guitars; verses biting with a reckless and desperate love. 'Young Wolves is a song for the almost primal urge to completely and utterly give yourself to somebody," says vocalist Jay Taplin. 'That insatiable young love that keeps wanting more."
The song is the brainchild of primary songwriters Dave Tran and Beau Taplin along with singer Alex DeLeon of US band The Cab who, whilst in the country on the Maroon 5 world tour, met up at a quiet studio in the South-East of Melbourne. From there they crafted Young Wolves with the aim of writing a song that connects with the frantic heartbeat of kids in love (lust) everywhere.
In July, the five-piece will embark on a national tour in support of Young Wolves taking in the capital cities and giving fans a rock show, a lot of noise and unabated fun. 'A stadium show squeezed into a sweaty room," describes bassist Geoffrey Taylor. But the show is not over until long after the last song is played, the guys make sure to talk to each and every fan that comes out to a show.
For Our Hero have fast established a name for themselves albeit independently. Their 2012 debut album -Strange Days' peaked at number two on the national iTunes rock charts and earned them the #3 position on the national AIR Charts. 2012 culminated with the single release of -Take The Night' which features on the Young Wolves EP, the offering debuting at number five on the iTunes rock charts. Moving to 2013, the band embarked on a national tour supporting Short Stack front man Shaun Diviney on his solo tour in January before landing a spot on Melbourne's Big Day Out.
For Our Hero are here to make an impact, and people can't help but feel that this is not just a band with an idea - this is a band creating a movement.
For Our Hero are:
Jay Taplin – Vocals
Leon Blair – Guitar
Dave Tran – Guitar
Geoffrey Mark Taylor – Bass
For Our Hero Young Wolves Tour 2013
Sunday August 11th: The Old Museum, Brisbane
Tickets from www.oldmuseum.org or (07) 3257 4089
Saturday August 17th: HQ, Leederville, WA
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au
Thursday August 22nd: Next at Colonial Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets available on the door
Saturday August 24th: Wrangler Studios, Melbourne
Tickets from www.oztix.com.au
Sunday August 25th: The Prom, Adelaide
Tickets available on the door
Saturday August 31st: The Lair at Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets from www.metrotheatre.com.au or (02) 9550 3666
Question: How would you describe Young Wolves?
Geoff Mark Taylor: This track embraces reckless love, those times when you're with a girl who is bad for you but you can't keep yourself from seeing. All your instincts and desires are drawn to her in this crazy, Sid and Nancy like way, and you just kind of break each other with your own obsession for one another. It's a really raw, dirty love that just assumes you, and you don't know why, but you don't want to know why either. You just let it fill you until it starts spilling out everywhere.
Question: What inspired you when creating the music video for Young Wolves?
Geoff Mark Taylor: I think the video kind of embodies the carelessness that is perpetuated by the song. I think the song is a super fun track, and we wanted something to reflect that as well. For us as teenagers the AM's were just the beginning of nights, and I think the clip captures that idea of living for the nights that will be forgotten. It all comes back to this idea of forgetting everything and everyone for a minute and the kind of repercussions that accompany that lifestyle.
Question: What should we expect from the upcoming EP?
Geoff Mark Taylor: The EP has this consistent idea of chasing dreams, love and living in the now. We really took our time with this release and explored every idea until we felt we had 5 songs that were really our best work ever. It's a really ambitious record and we're all super stoked on the outcome and reception so far.
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Geoff Mark Taylor: We absolutely do write our own songs. I think inspiration comes from areas of our lives, and how we are really able to connect with our listeners for those 3 minutes. We don't let things like what's on the radio or whether Brad and Jen are talking again influence what we write.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Geoff Mark Taylor: I mean, I think that list is too long to write. We all listen to everything and are inspired creatively by so many outlets that it would be neglectful to pinpoint one genre or artist. We all kind of grew up listening to rock music though, and I think that has kind of shaped the band that we play in today.
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Geoff Mark Taylor: For sure, we're touring this August with our buddies Forever Ends Here. All the dates and ticketing information can be found on our Facebook: www.facebook.com/forourheroband
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Geoff Mark Taylor: No, I feel like we still have too much to say and do to think about that.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Geoff Mark Taylor: I think our band is split on this question. I love performing though, there's something super humbling yet super exhilarating about playing live. The adrenaline rush is like no other.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Geoff Mark Taylor: I think at the end of a hard day at school or whatever, music would be my best friend. And like a friendship you kind of grow up together and learn more about each other and you want to share that with other people. For me specifically I couldn't really identify an individual for inspiring me to pursue a career in music. I think music has just always been a way of artistic expression for all of us, and I think that's something that more often that not finds you rather than the other way around.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Geoff Mark Taylor: Trying to put up with our singer Jay snoring.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Geoff Mark Taylor: Wake up, eat breakfast, check my Twitter, have a shower, check my Twitter, get dressed, check my Twitter, etc. Occasionally we'll play some music or something.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Geoff Mark Taylor: Absolutely just being able to share something we all believe in with a bunch of people who believe in it too. There's such a strong unity and understanding between bands and the people who support them and it's really just a blessing to be able to share that experience with your best friends.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Geoff Mark Taylor: Taylor Swift, but only so we could be her next break up song.
Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?
Geoff Mark Taylor: Definitely, check out www.facebook.com/forourheroband, www.twitter.com/forourhero and www.youtube.com/forourhero. We love connecting with the people who enjoy our music, so check out those pages.
Question: What message would you like your music to say to your fans?
Geoff Mark Taylor: Believe in an idea bigger than yourself and eventually you will be the idea.
Question: What is the story behind the band's name?
Geoff Mark Taylor: I mean, you gotta be doing it for someone, right?
Interview by Brooke Hunter