The journey into music was an incredibly rapid one for Southern California’s emo, punk quartet Movements. After just one gig together the group found themselves signed to a deal with Fearless Records, who have also featured bands such as At The Drive-In, August Burns Red, Motionless In White and Piece The Veil on their roster.
Looking back one those embryonic days of the band frontman Patrick Miranda told J.A.M, “we all felt there was something special about the band and potential to go far, but we never imagined that we would be signed so soon or start touring the world as soon as we did.”
Despite only having a set of four original songs prepared for the show the band obviously captured the labels attention. This ability to captivate audiences stems from Miranda’s drive to create songs which generate a deeper emotional response than usual.
“For me writing music is deeply personal and even therapeutic in a way,” he explained. “I’ve always connected with really emotional music and music that is on the depressing side. It is what has always made me feel the happiest because of the sense of solidarity you get by realising you’re not alone in your struggles.”
Obviously by taking such an emotionally charged path when creating their own music it can be tough to spend hours writing and recording in a studio.
“It becomes extremely emotionally overwhelming. When we finished Feel Something I had to take some time to myself because I was so drained physically and emotionally that I felt empty.”
One song in particular that Miranda has found incredibly “overwhelming” is their single Deadly Dull which explores a rather uncommon topic in music, Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Alzheimer’s is honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever seen anybody go through,” said Miranda, “It’s even worse when I think about that possibly being me or my parents one day, that’s honestly terrifying.”
Deadly Dull was inspired when Miranda witnessed firsthand his girlfriend’s grandfather suffer through the diseases effects.
“When his wife died, he was distraught, screaming, and crying. Twenty minutes later, he didn’t know she died. He keeps asking to see her. The family tells him that she’s gone, because he doesn’t remember. That crushes me. Every time, he gets sad, cries, goes outside, and sits on the back porch and doesn’t talk to anybody. He goes to bed, it’s all erased, and he wakes up with the same questions. I wanted to tell that story.”
Thankfully though Miranda is able to use the live show, which will be headed to Wollongong In August, as a moment to draw on the energy of the audience to recharge.
“I actually feel way more pumped up and happy after live shows because again there’s that solidarity and camaraderie that allows you to take negative emotions and turn them into something beautiful, which to me is amazing.”
Aug 28. UOW Uni Bar.
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