Can you talk to us more about your latest single The Broken?
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It’s more of an idea than an event, we wanted to send a message to the kids that reach out to us all the time struggling with depression or loneliness. We want to tell people that there is a lot of love in the world and we can come together and find happiness, even if you feel lost where you are right now!.
How was the film experience?
Fun! The weather was really nice and we were just being serious for 5 minutes at a time, then being idiots in between takes. Shooting a video can be tedious, but it’s also really fun when you’re with your friends.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
Sort of because of what I said for the inspiration to write the song. Depression affects so many people and it’s absolutely crippling. We’ve all struggled to find our place in life and it’s not easy. It’s an important issue to us and something that we want to dedicate a whole record to.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a lot of work, but really fun and rewarding. I actually recorded my vocals with Josh Buckner and Nick Matzkows at a completely separate time and place from where we wrote and recorded everything else. I only had a few days to do the whole record, but I work really well with Josh and Nick, so we got it knocked out with a bunch of caffeine! I’m more proud of this record than anything else I’ve done musically.
How has the new lineup has affected the band’s sound?
I don’t know if it’s because of the line-up change necessarily, but we’re going for a much more “across the board” sound with this record. We have heavy songs, acoustic songs, straight forward rock songs, and even pop-style songs. We want to show the world what we have to offer.
What life struggles get to inspire the lyrics on this record?
A lot of stuff is about the good and bad side of people and the relationships that you have with them. We wanted it to be personal. “Not Giving Up”, for example, is about Kenny finding out that his friend passed away when they weren’t on the best of terms. Life has high points and low points and we want to express both in this record.
What aspect of this political run did you get to explore on this material?
The political references were more on the marketing side of things then they were for the actual writing process. We live in an insane world nowadays and it’s easy to feel small, so we thought the CRAZY political campaign and the people ruthlessly battling each other over their views would be the perfect metaphor for the content on the record.
Any plans to hit the road?
YES! I can’t really say much as far as that goes, but that is one of our biggest priorities.
What else is happening next in Youth In Revolt’s world?
We are putting all of our steam into this record’s release and touring! We’ll have a tidal wave of stuff to do for the next 4 months or more, then we’ll probably be making some more music or content! We want to make sure that this band is always moving forward.