The Harmful Summer season’s AJ Perdomo On New Album ‘Gravity’

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The previous few years have been filled with modifications for The Harmful Summer season. From pursuing independence for the primary time to discovering a brand new dwelling with Impolite Information, there was a variety of progress, studying and consideration for what the band wants. Nevertheless, the one factor that hasn’t modified is the center and soul they injected into each music launched over that point. Making a canvas of feelings, from elation to despair, has at all times been the secret, and now it seems like they’ve as soon as once more perfected the color palette with their new providing.

That’s ‘Gravity’, a full-length of stratospheric proportions. Managing to really feel exploratory and huge as a lot as it’s right down to earth and gorgeously human, it’s a file that delves into the issues which might be necessary to you in a world that’s transferring quicker quite than slowing down. Discovering solace within the small stuff, pulling pleasure from each alternative, and feeling gratitude for each breath of air that passes via your lungs is an album that’s as a lot a summer season soundtrack as an inspirational information.

The Dangerous Summer Gravity

To be taught extra about the way it got here to be and what it represents throughout the band’s countless journey, Rock Sound sat down with vocalist/bassist AJ Perdomo…

ROCK SOUND: With ‘Gravity’, it seems like this can be a second that so many items of The Harmful Summer season have slotted into place. It’s an actual fork within the highway for what you’ve been making an attempt to do these previous few years…

AJ: “You’re proper. I really feel like many older followers that now we have had who could have thought, ‘They’ve misplaced it’, have come again and slotted into place as properly. They’re coming again round. They got here again round on ‘Mom Nature’ too. You catch folks at these instances, which comes from capturing the essence of what you’re once more. You do a variety of swings to get there. I really feel like when you’ve tracks like ‘Fuck Them All’ and EPs like ‘All That Is Left Of The Blue Sky’, they’re facet tracks inside that. They nonetheless did very well, ‘Fuck Them All’ is one in all our largest songs, however it nonetheless seems like this completely different sort of music.

There are these ones that keep true to our mainframe, and individuals are beginning to see that proper now and complimenting us on bringing a few of that outdated sound again. A lot of it additionally comes from introspection and diving deep into the lyrics. I had a second on this album after I realised that my factor was singing about my hope for this world and making an attempt to explain a greater future for folks. I would like folks to consider in it the way in which that I consider in myself. It brings me again to being a child after I was making an attempt to encourage as a lot as encourage myself.”

RS: That’s an enormous think about how the band has ebbed and flowed as a result of it has at all times come from the place you’re personally. The band is the vessel for what is going on. The power on ‘Battle Paint’ and ‘Golden Document’ may be very completely different to the power of ‘The Harmful Summer season’ and ‘Mom Nature’, and this album works in the identical method…

AJ: “100%, and with this album, I felt on high of the world after we made it. That feeling of, ‘Wow, nonetheless get to go to the studio and make music collectively’. If you’re in that house, you get sort of manic about music. You turn out to be obsessed and loopy about it. We have been recording ‘Gravity’ simply as ‘Coming Residence’ was popping out, which made for a really fascinating dynamic. Additionally, we have been studying a variety of what folks have been saying, and folks weren’t tremendous good to ‘Coming Residence’. I get it. How do you meet another person the place they’re? Wherever I’m in life, that’s the place I’m. I’m simply making an attempt to make sincere and true songs inside that.

And that’s the loopy half about writing music. Once I work with different folks, writing songs for them, it’s completely different. If you’re writing it for your self, you have to make each single phrase fully correct to how you’re feeling. In any other case, you may’t do it. One thing inside you is saying, ‘I’m singing these phrases, and I’m going to make it mine’. So, with this, I used to be simply at a great place.

In life, all the pieces is nearly timing. You present as much as a spot, and the magic speaks to you, and it feels unimaginable. It’s all about these waves of going up and happening as properly. And folks will meet you after they meet you inside these ups and downs.”

RS: It’s the identical with each a part of your day. If you happen to get up and are already considering, “Fuck immediately”, then you definately’re not going to permit your self to have a great time. The identical certainly happens while you’re in a band. You don’t wish to play a present, you’re subconsciously not going to be at your finest. All of it comes from the way you understand what you’re going via…

AJ: “It’s loopy the way you begin to see issues like that. Even should you’re writing a e book and should kind out this complete lengthy story, you begin with just some phrases. That’s how I work with lyrics as properly. I’ve to then observe it. I observe them alongside and write a narrative, and it’s all about you being there for that story. With ‘Gravity’, all of it felt new and recent, as if climbing into a brand new vessel. Having the time to take a seat at my pc and determine the large puzzle. It’s a variety of work, however feeling that freshness and pleasure created a brand new power. It allowed a great deal of several types of songs due to that, which makes it more durable to outline. We wouldn’t are available considering any sure method. Music turns into extra like water while you permit that sensation to take over. You simply carry on pushing.”

RS: A giant thread inside this album is house, or a minimum of the vastness and great thing about house. Staring into the unknown, unafraid of what’s on the opposite facet, and extra hopeful of one thing unimaginable. Nevertheless, alongside that stratospheric feeling, there may be that thirst for connection that you could solely get down on Earth. Such a juxtaposition of wonderment and humanity, it’s quite a bit to harness…

AJ: “It’s an exploration of the thoughts. It’s an exploration of your self. I reside a mile down the highway from the studio we have been working at, however I’d by no means go dwelling in any respect. I’d work all day, fall asleep as late as potential after which do it another time. However my girlfriend had a nervous breakdown due to it, she was calling out that she wanted me. Then my daughter is over in New Jersey, and he or she calls me, asking after I’ll come dwelling to see her. However I’m on this house; I’m doing this. It felt very lonely, to be sincere. You begin to perceive what David Bowie was saying when he went, ‘Floor management to Main Tom’. He was lonely on the market, and I began to really feel like that.

We have been pushing issues to a different degree that we hadn’t been earlier than. At a time when a lot is occurring, the band is the enterprise that it’s, and also you simply want time to dig in and do all the pieces. That’s additionally the time when the world round you wants you, and also you begin to query why you aren’t down on Earth with everyone else. It have to be good, and also you begin to get emotions of resentment. You’re doing all of this, however what’s it actually all value? It will get sophisticated.”

RS: You begin to contemplate whether or not the previous variations of your self would even like who you at the moment are. Are you doing proper by your self? Are you doing proper by the individuals who love you? In these conditions, you’re grateful to have the band as that vessel that has at all times been there, it doesn’t matter what. The Harmful Summer season is the fixed via all the pieces and permits you to try and make sense of all of it…

AJ: “My job is tied to such an emotional factor. My success, with the ability to feed my household and pay hire, can also be hinged on this inventive course of that I reside inside. So that you do get actually confused about your personal feelings. What’s emotion, and what’s enterprise? However inside all that, I simply wished to maintain on taking the band so far as I can. But you begin to surprise why you’re not a lot larger than you have been 5 years in the past. I talked to Derek from Mayday Parade about this and the way he felt being in his band. He stated it felt like that they had been the identical measurement for ten years, and I get that. It’s most likely not even true, however you begin to surprise in case you are actually extra profitable. You begin to chase that dragon to get to the following degree. That comes with doing it for thus lengthy, and it could possibly really feel just like the world desires you to cease. However you must carry on going. You’ll be able to take into consideration what’s on the opposite facet, however it doesn’t actually matter what’s there. With the ability to do it, play to the followers, and nonetheless make albums- that’s all the pieces.”

RS: As a lot as you wish to current positivity, you may’t gaslight your self into considering that all the pieces must be a pick-me-up. You need to present each side of the coin. It’s essential to present frustration, confusion, and anger…

AJ: “All of us have our darkish days and our unhappy days. And while you’re in the midst of that, you’ll suppose, ‘There have to be a contented day forward’. But you may’t fairly image it.  It’s sort of just like the climate. When it’s chilly, you may’t keep in mind what it was wish to really feel the solar in your pores and skin. However you need to maintain going and unload that unhealthy as a lot as the nice as a result of that’s the place you discover some floor. The entire instances now we have hit tough moments as a band, it’s grown a brand new leaf or a brand new piece. The exhausting components are the most effective components. They’re the most effective locations for progress and energy.”

RS: Additionally, you’ve discovered a bunch of people who find themselves all on the identical wavelength as you to be part of the band with you…

AJ: “I give it some thought quite a bit by way of Star Wars. We’ve created our personal Star Wars as a base, and now you may work with new folks inside that universe. They know the scope of what you’re about and the sound you’ve. It’s like working with JJ Abrams, figuring out we will make one thing particular as a result of they get it. The remainder of the band will say one thing like, ‘Hey man, I at all times thought that The Harmful Summer season wanted one thing like this’. They communicate to The Harmful Summer season, however they carry their very own voices and conversations. Being in a band for thus lengthy, you lose folks alongside the way in which. How usually do you make pals, they usually fall out of your life? Nevertheless it’s just like the seasons. With a brand new season comes new pals and new vibes. Folks should do what they should do. However all I do know is ahead movement and placing one foot earlier than the opposite. I maintain getting indicators from the universe that I have to be right here on this seat and doing what I’m doing. In order that’s what I’m going to do.”

RS: There’s no enjoyable in profitable the lottery each week. There’s no level having fun with the highs should you can’t query the lows. However you’re able the place The Harmful Summer season retains current inside each, even when your again is turned. The cogs of the machine carry on turning…

AJ: “So, I heard one thing about how GWAR have a contract the place even because the members give up or transfer on or die, they substitute them in order that it goes on for a whole lot of years. I really feel that about The Harmful Summer season. If something occurs to me, maintain it going. It’s one thing that’s past us. The Harmful Summer season is larger than me. The explanation why I’ve folks come and do that with me is as a result of it’s an enormous factor to elevate. One man can’t do that alone. I’m simply making an attempt to maintain the center beating and maintain it alive as a result of I’ve seen what it’s like for it to not be there. To have it again and to see what recollections now we have been in a position to make since, there’s a timeline the place all of that might have been erased. The place would my life be with out that?”

The Harmful Summer season’s new album ‘Gravity’ is out on June 21. Get your copy on unique violet vinyl right here.

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