Interview with Head Injuries | By Kriston McConnell
The Denver-based pop punk outfit Head Injuries have been making a name for themselves in their local music scene for the last couple of years. With the release of their newest full-length album, they are now looking forward to making a splash in the national scene. The band has toured many states this year already, and they plan on hitting even more this fall. They are doing the legwork to share their new album around the country, and it seems to be working out for them so far.
We had the opportunity to ask the guys a few questions after reviewing their brand new album, Bail, last week. If you are interested in hearing our thoughts on the album you can read the review here.
First of all, congrats on Bail. It seems to be a hit so far with fans. How has the reception been?
The new material has gone over extremely well on the Bail Support Tour, our new sound has enabled us to reach a larger demographic than ever before.
There’s a notable difference in your sound on this album compared to your previous two releases. What has been the main driver of that change?
You gotta take risks in music, and write what you want to hear. I think we accomplished that with Bail. We have used all our influences collectively to give our listeners the best Head Injuries album possible.
A lot of the lyrical content seems to come from personal experiences. Is that the case? What’s the inspiration behind some of the stories in your songs?
We challenged ourselves more than ever on this record to relate what it is like to give up everything to be in a touring band, and what it takes to get there. These are songs about drunken mistakes, ex-girlfriends, and so much more. We take our personal experiences, and let the listener interpret what it means to them. Bail is our sign off to a standard way of living, and our way of life.
I noticed that on “Swift Exit” there are a number of Taylor Swift song titles in it – which is hilarious, by the way. They’re pretty subtle for the most part, which is quite impressive. What made you decide to write a song referencing T-Swift songs and how did you go about writing it so it sounded natural?
We have no idea what you’re talking about…. [laughs]
Jared: Actually, I was listening to T-Swift while taking a bubble bath like I do every Thursday and thought, I wonder how the guys on the other end of these songs feel? Now you know.
Are there any other songs or famous artists referenced in any of the other tracks that I or your fans might have missed? If so, what are they?
Actually, there are Naughty By Nature, Jay-Z, and Beastie Boys references as well. But, you’ll have to re-listen to find them!
What were some of the albums that influenced you growing up? What albums are you listening to now?
Jared: All Killer, No Filler – Sum 41, Static Age – The Misfits, Nymphetamine – Cradle of Filth and Kings Of Pop – Home Grown. Lately, I have been digging Maskull – Maskull, Citizen – Youth, and The Spacepimps – Eternal Boy.
Coty: The Used – The Used, Kezia – Protest the Hero, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – My Chemical Romance and Everything Goes Numb – Streetlight Manifesto. Recently Ive been listening to Back To Black from Amy Winehouse, Pomegranate by Astronautalis and The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches by The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches!
Zack: Green Day – Dookie, Blink-182 – Enema of The State, No Use For A Name – Hard Rock Bottom, Alkaline Trio – From Here to Infirmary. Lately, I have been into Comeback Kid – Die Knowing, hellogoodbye – Everything Is Debatable, Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
Nate: Mxpx – Life In General, Nirvana – Nevermind, Audio Karate – Space Camp, The Ataris – End Is Forever. Lately I have been really digging My Iron Lung – Relief, Thundercat – Apocalypse and Senses Fail – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart.
What draws you to write pop punk songs? Is there something specific about the genre that speaks to you?
Jared: Zack and I started playing in a pop punk band together in 6th grade and haven’t stopped since.
There has always been something freeing and driving about this genre.
Punk rock is the reason we all met and became friends in the first place, and we’re still grinding today.
You’re currently on tour and will be for a couple of more weeks. Any plans on hitting the road again any time soon (like Seattle! *cough*)? Is there a possibility of an international tour?
We will be back out this fall hitting southwest up through the PNW! And as of right now, international has been talked about but nothing planned quite yet. WE PROMISE SOON THOUGH!
If you could pick any bands to go on tour with, who would you want to take with you? Why?
Really, any rad hardworking bands who can hang. Touring is an amazing experience, and we’re stoked to be able to share it.
What are some of the things you like to do on your down time?
Skate, have band practice, write music, record albums, and plan the next tour.
Is there anything you want fans to take away from your music?
For those reading, thank you for your time and consideration. All Head Injuries really has to offer is our outlook on life and crazy stories through music. Though things may be sucky sometimes, there’s always something to laugh at, or get stoked about. Party on.