By HAZEL REID.
The Latest Fallout is a pop-punk band hailing from Hamilton, New Zealand. They’ve performed up and down the country alongside some of NZ’s best. In the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled album, they recently released the first song off their upcoming album.
We spoke to lead singer Brendan Pyper about inspirations, dream collaborations and their new single, Blue Neon.
You have just released your new single Blue Neon. It’s a different sound from your previous music; what has this process been like?
It was a lot more natural, really exciting and fresh. Definitely a sound that is more us and that we are more at home with…We love Blue Neon so much and from the response we’ve had, people are loving it more than our previous music, so it’s just been an awesome transition and one that we couldn’t be happier with.
You have had a band member change; what was that experience like?
We’ve had line-up changes and members come and go before, so it wasn’t that different, but this time it was a founding member so it was really hard to start with, but we all found our feet and worked our butts off and kept aiming for the same common goal, which was to write music we love to write. Jared (lead guitarist) is still writing with us and we just caught up recently to continue writing more awesome songs.
What inspires your song lyrics?
Just life in general inspires my lyrics, I definitely like to be the sole song writer, I don’t like other people telling me how to write or helping me. I am pretty sure that my self-conscious mind tells me what to write. If I have something on my mind or I’m going through something at the time, I find it hard to write anything else… only then can I move on to the next topic. I like to write about what I have learnt from life and how I can possibly help someone else who might be going through the same thing. I also write about things I’ve been through during relationships and friendships.
How did you discover your passion for music?
I remember being about 15 and I wasn’t into the boy bands and the girl bands that everyone else was into at that age, I remember being really into bands. Once I first heard of them I thought wow this is real music, this is what I like…. I love this! Bands like Stereogram, Hawk Nelson, Thousand Foot Krutch, Falling Up – these bands were what started my passion for music, I was so obsessed with music from then on.
What’s one song you wish you’d written?
I wish I had written either Kings and Queens by Thirty Seconds To Mars, or I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith.
Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
If it could happen I would be really keen to have a writing session with Chris Brown or Tori Kelly or Stevie Wonder, just being there with him would be so unreal! He is such a talent. Too hard to pick just one.
What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
I’m not too into musicals but the only one I saw was Phantom Of The Opera; the pyrotechnics were awesome! Also I did perform All I Ask Of You for my performance exam last semester. In terms of music, I like really amazing, musically-rich bands like Mutemath and Dirty Loops – they do so much for my musical ear, love them.
What’s your favourite song to perform live and what’s the song you’re proudest of?
Cirque De La Noir is one of my favourites to perform live and also Everything You Want. They are both jazz-rock fusions, that’s probably why. The song I’m proudest of is Never Let You Go because I was amazed that I wrote those lyrics and it was a really well-structured song. The lyrics were poetry-like and really painted a picture, they took you on a journey. It was a dedication to my Grandma as well, so it really means a lot to me, that song.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Work really hard, I mean really hard, do nothing but focus on your craft. Instead of hoping people will like you and you will ”make it’’, make sure you’re so good that they won’t be able to ignore you and they will have to take notice of you. Be the best at what you do and hone your craft.
Speaking of advice, what would you say to aspiring young people wanting to get into the music industry?
I would say work really hard and focus on nothing but that for years and make sure it’s really what you want to do, because there is way more hard work involved than your love of music. So be prepared to work really hard and fight for what you want and never, ever give up.
What’s coming up next for The Latest Fallout?
We’ve got quite a lot planned for this year, that is secret at this point, but we had a blast playing Festival One again in January. We will be releasing more singles off our new album throughout the year, alongside music videos.
You can see The Latest Fallout perform at Zeal Hamilton at an all ages show on April 15, details here. You can also keep updated with them on Facebook, SoundCloud and check out their latest single, Blue Neon on iTunes.
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