Until We Get Caught formed in the late summer of 2014. After 2 releases as a pop-punk band, they have completely overhauled their sound to a more dark, gritty metal-core vibe for their new EP 'Surface' which is due for release on July 31 via InVogue Records.
I recently caught up with Aleks Gershman (Unclean Vocals) to talk about their upcoming EP 'Surface', collaborating with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens, being a scene kid and changing their sound from pop-punk to metal-core...
"The pandemic putting the music industry on halt hasn’t stopped us honestly. Yes, unfortunately we cannot play any shows, but we’re constantly promoting ourselves online in tons of music communities!"
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lock-down, what kind of things have you been up to since the lock-down came into effect.
We’ve been writing more music and gearing up for our EP release on July 31st!
How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, THIS is what I want to do with my life?
I guess you can say that we all collectively just grew up listening and watching our favorite musicians. Who didn’t wanna be famous rock-star when they were younger?
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist with singles like ‘Falling’ and ‘Fading Out’ being released. How has this affected your rhythm? This is the time you would be gearing up for the album release.
The pandemic putting the music industry on halt hasn’t stopped us honestly. Yes, unfortunately we cannot play any shows, but we’re constantly promoting ourselves online in tons of music communities!
Speaking of the new EP, can you give us any more details on this release?
It’s set to be released on July 31st! We’ve got 2 more tracks waiting to be released on that record, one which is the title track too!
"We always try to push the boundaries. Every track on “Surface” has a different sound and feel to it. And that’s what we want to be defined as."
Your latest release, ‘Falling’ was released on July 17th. Can you go into the creation process of this track a little more? How did this track come about?
We’ve been wanting to release of a cover for a while. During the early stages we actually made a March madness style bracket in which we voted to narrow it down, and then threw it out the window and went with “Falling” instead because it’s super catchy and currently still topping music charts!
‘Fading Out’ is an absolute belter of a track and has already received massive critical praise. Is it always the ambition of the band to always push the limits of what the definitive Until We Get Caught sound can be?
Yes, exactly. We always try to push the boundaries. Every track on “Surface” has a different sound and feel to it. And that’s what we want to be defined as. Yes traditionally we are metal-core, but we want to take influences from other genres like EDM or R&B for example!
‘Fading Out’ also features a Not A Phase favourite, Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens. How did this collaboration come about?
He made a tweet asking for submissions to do guest vocals on. We actually saw the tweet a few days late, but we threw a Hail Mary, sent him our submission and he got back to us!
"We dove into the world of metal-core on a whim. We were in the studio writing “burn for me” as a pop punk song when our producer Andrew Baylis suggested we twist it to be heavier, and since then we found our niche"
With everything still up in the air, what do you think the rest of 2020 will look like for you as a band?
Since we can’t play shows we’re gonna be promoting ourselves heavily online like we usually do, maybe even throw a virtual concert if we can figure out how to do that!
On May 1st it was announced that you guys had joined InVogue Records. How did this come about?
Both parties showed interest in one another, got to talking and here we are today. Couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Invogue family!
‘Falling’ shows new unheard depths in your sound and just how far your sound and musicianship has come since the release of ‘Burn for Me’ in 2019, was this a conscious choice or a natural evolution of your sound?
We dove into the world of metal-core on a whim. We were in the studio writing “burn for me” as a pop punk song when our producer Andrew Baylis suggested we twist it to be heavier, and since then we found our niche
"Long hair, tight jeans and checkered vans were a lifestyle back in the day."
If you had to choose one song from the Until We Get Caught catalogue that you feel encompasses the bands signature sound, which song would you choose and why?
Honestly we can’t think of a song. We want every song to be its own entity and leave it to the listener to decide!
Finally, as we are called Not A Phase, were you guys scene kids when you were growing up? If not, what kind of music were you rocking out back in your formative teenage years?
Good thing this interview doesn’t involve photos, because yes we were all were. Long hair, tight jeans and checkered vans were a lifestyle back in the day. Some bands we listened to back then include: Attack Attack, Chiodos, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember. We actually still listen to them today!
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