The Rise: Hey Violet – From The Outside To The Forefront
I like to listen to bands and artist that can deliver with different styles and feels of music, I’m often drawn into eclectic blends of music especially in the EDM scene. Our on #TheRise band Hey Violet is looking to fully break out of the genre mold with their latest release as it is receiving raving reviews and acclaim.
From the Outside is the second studio album by American rock band Hey Violet. It was released on June 16, 2017 by 5Mode and Capitol Records. It is their first album since their name change from Cherri Bomb to Hey Violet. It also serves as the group’s first album without former lead singer Julia Pierce, and the first with new members Casey Moreta, and Iain Shipp.The album’s sound has been described as “post-EDM pop rock“
The lead single, “Guys My Age” was released on September 20, 2016. It became the band’s first charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching a peak position of 68. It additionally peaked number 78 in Australia. Its music video was released on November 2, 2016.
The second single, “Break My Heart” was released on March 10, 2017. Its music video, directed by Darren Craig and Jesse Heath was released on April 3, 2017.The song reached the position 37 on US Mainstream Top 40.
“O.D.D.” was released as a promotional single one week before the arrival of the album, on June 2, 2017. “Hoodie” was announced as the proper third on June 19, 2017
Playing pop that spans fizzy punk to trap and EDM influences, Los Angeles’ Hey Violet feature guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Miranda Miller, drummer/vocalist Nia Lovelis, bassist/lead vocalist Rena Lovelis, and guitarist Casey Moreta. The group formed out of the ashes of the hard rock band Cherri Bomb, changing its musical direction after parting ways with vocalist/guitarist Julia Pierce in early 2013. Soon after, Moreta joined as a temporary member but became a full-fledged part of the band that March. In February 2015, the band announced its new name was Hey Violet, and released the single “This Is Why” the following month. Hey Violet signed to 5 Seconds of Summer’s label Hi or Hey Records and toured with the band that May, June, and July in support of their debut EP, I Can Feel It.
Even the group’s unofficial singles have acknowledged and arguably celebrated the kind of power that can only come from surviving hard times. “Fuqboi,” for example, details the feeling one gets when they realize their new love interest is just like all the other fish in the sea who are unworthy of their time. It’s not about denying the feelings that come with these tough experiences or looking past the time wasted, but rather celebrating the fact you got to experience such events because they offered opportunities for growth and personal development that cannot be found anywhere else. You are the person you are today because you survived what came before, and to hear the band tell it there is no reason to think the you of today is anything other than strong.
This is why the time has finally come for Hey Violet to push the aggressive confidence that has permeated their every radio single to date aside ever so briefly and promote the track “Hoodie” next. The song represents everything those unfamiliar with Hey Violet have yet to discover through the songs and videos released to date. It’s a track about being vulnerable that paints a picture practically anyone who has been in a teenager in the last fifty years knows at least one side of, if not both, and through doing so connects listeners of all ages through a single, pivotal experience in young love that changes everyone.You never forget the first time you fall in love with someone, but if for some reason you do it is almost certain you won’t forget the pain of losing that connection or the sense of intangible loss that follows. It is an experience that can set the tone for every relationship you have moving forward, or at the very least make you think twice before sharing your heart again, and as you lay in your bed going over every moment with a fine-toothed comb in hopes of understanding where things went awry you will cling to whatever piece of the now lost love you still possess. This is especially true in instances where you physically have something of theirs, like a hoodie, because it becomes very easy to see that object as a sign of lingering emotion. What once brought joy an comfort to the someone special now does the same for you, even if that someone special is nowhere to be found.