At the end of November, Homesafe released their much awaited new EP, Evermore, and along with writing about it, I also asked the band some questions!
After months of the band tweeting hints about new music coming, a few singles being released, and an early 2017 tour being announced, Homesafe’s third EP, Evermore, is here. In February, they released “Hourglass,” in July they released “Stranger,” and with the announcement of the EP, they put out their latest single, “Guts.” Evermore is eight tracks long which I didn’t expect because the band’s previous EPs have been just four or five songs, so that was a welcomed surprise.
Evermore begins quietly with “Headache,” but Homesafe didn’t hold back any emotions as Ryan Rumchaks’ voice is filled with anguish from the beginning. The song builds up leading to the band’s more punk-influenced approach with this release that they had hinted towards in previous releases. Rumchaks and Tyler Albertson put their all into their vocal parts, and every time the vocals switch between the two, the songs bloom with new energy. It feels like these eight tracks go by so quickly because there’s more to take in with every listen.
In “Guts,” they sing, ‘I’m running far from resolve,’ as they reference the need for conclusion that they sought in the closer on Inside Your Head. Their prior EP focused on letting go of someone toxic while Evermore seems to deal with the aftermath and trust issues that tend to follow into new and existing relationships after cutting someone toxic out, specifically trust issues when being away from home. Homesafe didn’t hold anything back with this release, and it is a very solid representation of what makes their sound stand out from their peers, and continue to be easily loveable. Read my late 2016 interview with the band to learn more about the process behind the creation of Evermore, and what Homesafe will be up to this year!
For people who don’t know, what are your names and what do you do in the band?
Ryan – Vocals, Guitar
Tyler – Vocals, Bass
Eman – Drums
Joe Colesby – Guitar
Since we’re reaching the end of 2016, could you give everyone a little recap on everything Homesafe was up to this year?
This year was great for us. We went on 3 small tours, made new fans, released two new singles and music videos. 2017 is going to be even bigger. You’ll be seeing a lot more of us.
What were your goals going into writing Evermore?
Every time we write new music we don’t try to sound like anyone or anything. We don’t think too hard. We let things happen naturally. We definitely feel that this reflects in the songs. We feel that Evermore is our best release yet. And not our last.
What was the creative process like for this release? Did you do things differently compared to previous EPs?
In the past, most of our songs would come about with Tyler having a whole idea or Ryan having a whole song idea. From there, we’d bring it forth to the rest of the band to sculpt it into a song. For Evermore, we worked together in the same room on the whole thing. We wrote and finished half those songs from nothing in the same day. It’s definitely been the most memorable writing process I would say.
“Exoneration” seems to be lyrically inspired by a pretty intense event. Can you tell us more about its background?
Tyler was filling in on guitar for a band on a tour and they unfortunately had a van accident on the west coast during a night time drive. Most importantly, no one was seriously hurt and everyone was able to walk away okay. This song describes that event.
Did any particular artists influence your sound on this record? Anyone you listened to a lot during the writing process?
Collectively we jammed a lot of: Third Eye Blind, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Let It Happen, Microwave, Eminem and Pinegrove TO NAME A FEW MORE THAN A FEW!
What was your favorite show you played this year?
I think it’s safe to say our favorite show was our last Chicago show at Beat Kitchen on our tour with Speak Low and Let It Happen. Thanks for being a part of it if you went!
Anything or any place you’re especially excited to see on your first tour out west?
Denver CO, Seattle WA, CALI, Mesa AZ to name a few. Food shout outs: Snooze in CO, In n Out in Cali, Canes Chicken in Boston to name a few!
Do you have any goals in mind going into 2017?
To play a LOT of shows. Write more music. Grow as a band and as individuals. We can’t wait for 2017.
Thanks so much for reaching out and sending us questions. And to anyone who’s reading, thanks for taking time out of your day. Check out our newest EP Evermore available everywhere now. Visit homesafeil.com for updates, music, merch, vids & more!