1. For those who don’t know you, can you state your name and your role in the band?
I’m Ricky and I’m one of the guitarists in the band.
2. If your band were to be trapped in a horror movie, what would each member’s role be and who in the band would make it to the sequel?
Well, if we were basing this around your stereotypical horror movie, I’d have to say I would be the cautious one in the movie. Every sound I hear I would be peeking around the corners trying to find out what it is, without actually going to investigate the noise. Since Nick is the one in the band that’s always “fashionably late” (laughs), I would say he’s the one that’s fixing his hair in the mirror, hears a noise, but actually goes to check out what it is. Brandon would probably be the calm, cool, collected guy that kind of has it all together and comes up with a good plan to survive. Matt would be the “damsel in distress,” not really sure why, but I just get that vibe, (laughing) sorry Matt! Ephraim would definitely be the guy to front any sort of attack in a horror movie. He’s always joking with us saying when we’re busting each others asses saying, “You guys are gonna catch these hands.” Coincidentally, playing into this, he’s actually well versed in martial arts, which would definitely play to his role in the movie. As for who would make it to the sequel, I’d like to say all of us because we’re a team, but in a typical horror movie fashion where usually one dies at a time, I’d have to go with Brandon and Ephraim.
3. Describe your music in 3 words.
If I had to pick 3 words, I’d say diverse, energetic, and relatable (lyrically)
4. Your single, “Now Or Never,” premiered on Revolver Magazine, how would you describe the single overall?
I love every aspect of the song. I think it’s a great transitional song from our previous EP to our upcoming full length album and really shows a more mature side of our writing which carries over to the new album. The vocalists (Ephraim and at the time Jimmy), did a great job on the lyrics and melodies. All the reception about that song has been positive, at least I personally have never heard anyone say they didn’t like it, though as with any song I’m sure there are people who aren’t fans of it, that’s just how it is. We were extremely grateful that Revolver took on premiering the single, as well as it getting a lot of attention through other media outlets. Even some months after releasing it, people still contact us telling us they really like the song, which is always great when you can still have people interested in a song after it’s been released for some time.
5. You recently finished recording your album, what was your most memorable moment in the studio?
It is literally impossible to pick one because there are tons of memorable moments, which I’m sure all the guys can attest to. I think if I absolutely had to pick one that first stood out, it was hearing one of our demos come to life. When you go into the studio with demos, and you’re working with some new people that you haven’t worked with before, you tend to wonder/worry how things are going to come out sounding, what’s going to get changed, how the process is going to go, etc. When I heard the first song get completed during the pre-production process, we just looked at each other (Nick, Matt and myself) with a “holy shit” look, because it sounded bad ass. Although not much was changed, the minor parts that were and the effects that were added coupled with the professional equipment and software used to put it together instantly made us even more excited than we already were for the rest of the songs to be completed in the studio.
6. How will this album compare to your prior releases?
Well for starters, the mix is going to be a lot better than our last EP. Both the band and the producers involved had a lot of opportunities to grow over the past year and we all learned a lot coming into this album. There will be a lot more clarity, as well as it being a more “in your face” sound. The music is going to keep a similar diversity as we try to keep on our releases, while experimenting with some new things we haven’t tried in previous releases. Musically, everything about this album is a much more mature sound than our last EP. The instruments and drums really just fit the feel of the song, rather than everyone trying to have their own “flashy” part so to speak. I absolutely love the lyrical content of this album, and still to this day have no idea how he comes up with so many different ideas and melodies for songs (laughing). Vocally, he definitely encompasses a lot of emotion behind the words that make you feel what he’s singing, so I think a lot of listeners will really be able to connect with the music. Another thing about this album, is this will be the first time Ephraim will be the sole vocalist since “Avarice,” so he’s been practicing both clean vocals and screams over the past few months, and he sounds phenomenal on both parts on the album.
7. Is there a certain song that you are most excited for fans to hear? Why?
I guarantee any one of the guys in the band know this answer for me, and that’s “Here’s to You.” Everything about that song to me in my opinion is perfect. I love everything from the synths/strings, to vocals and everything in between. The chorus melody is insanely catchy, and the song overall is just a great mix of heavy elements with melodic elements. Without giving too much away, it’s hands down my favorite song on the album and I can’t wait to hear everyone else’s reaction to it.
8. Going into 2017, what should fans be on the lookout for from I Hate Heroes?
2017 is going to be a big year for us. On top of releasing the album, we are going to be hitting the road a lot over the course of the year. We are going to be hitting some new states we haven’t gotten to play in yet, which we are definitely looking forward to. Right now, us and our team are working together on lining stuff up, and we already have some things that are set, but we can’t say too much just yet on anything. However, we will be keeping everyone posted on our plans on our social media, so make sure you follow us or like our page and check back!
9. Thank you for doing this interview! Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to the people reading?
I want to say on behalf of all of us, we appreciate all of the support and love we receive on a daily basis from everyone and all of you being so patient while we are ironing out the rest of our album. Even though we’ve been busy, we do take the time to read every message, comment, tweet that is sent to us, and the support means the world to us! If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with what we are up to and hopefully, see you in 2017!