Interviews

The Warmest Heart Attack: An Interview with Gameface

Vocalist and songwriter Jeff Caudill has spent a great deal of his life writing and recording songs with his band Gameface. They started making a name for themselves with their melody-charged, pop-tinged punk debut Good (1993), before going on to record albums for Revelation Records through the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Unafraid of fusing punk urgency with catchy choruses and heartfelt content, the band proved to be the perfect crossroads between punk, hardcore and the original formation of emo. In 2003, after the release of their Doghouse album Four To Go, the band members went their separate ways but never kept too far away from music.

In 2012, the band reformed to play selected shows and not long after, signed to Equal Vision Records. Now on the doorstep of their first recorded material in years, a new 7”, and a decade removed from their last album, Southern California’s Gameface are back doing what they love most.

You recently said that getting back together as a very natural process, did you all want the same things when you first go back together? Does this feel like the next chapter or starting over?

Jeff Caudill: Yeah, it was natural in that it took a long time to actually happen. It took the last few years to really understand the reasons we gave it up in 2003. We had to put all that to rest before we could pick up our instruments and really move forward. Now we’re all back on the same page and we all have the same expectations. That’s important because that was one thing that destroyed us before. We’re very fortunate to even have this opportunity at all so our only real goal is to make great music again. This band means a lot to us. It’s really a gift to have it back in our lives.

During Gameface’s hiatus, what kept you all busy? Jeff, I know you’ve been writing and performing as a solo artist and in Your Favorite Trainwreck, does this mean those projects are on hold?

Yeah, I never stop. For better or for worse I just can’t stop making music. I’m proud of all that I have done with my solo projects and the YFT album…but Gameface is different for me. Gameface is my guts. I know the other guys feel the same. They’ve done other bands and whatnot but there’s just something about Gameface that couldn’t be replicated with anyone else.

Gameface is my guts. I know the other guys feel the same.  – Jeff Caudill

Equal Vision is a great fit, what was the reasons for signing with EVR? And were Revelation interested in doing new Gameface material?

EVR was at the top of our list from the beginning. They come from the same place in the scene that we do. Their label has found a way to grow and stay relevant and maintain itself for over 20 years and that’s impressive. The label roster is really diverse and the staff is great. We’re really fortunate that they believe in our band like we do.

It’s been a decade since we’ve had Gameface music, are the reasons why you write songs now still the same as back then?

Yeah. That never changes. I write about my life, as a way to deal with things and share and express myself. I write about myself but for others – hoping to connect with people that feel the same things and need an outlet.

Your new song, “Come On Down”, has some personal and important meaning behind it. Did this become the catalyst for the rest of the new material, the creative spark so to speak?

Yeah. I wasn’t sure Gameface was going to write any new material. I figured we’d do some reunion shows, play the “hits” and that would be it. But that song changed everything. An avalanche of new songs followed after that one. It was that Gameface feeling all over again.

Listen to Gameface’s new song “Come On Down”:

 

What are the plans for the next few months, is it all new album or will you be out on the road?

Just recording the album and making sure it’s as great as we think it is. We’ll start playing in 2014.

Have you guys ever been to Australia?

We haven’t but would absolutely love to go someday. If you’re offering, we’re already packing ; )

Looking back at your discography, are there particular songs or albums you’re still most fond of?

There’s a decent list of songs that I feel are the standouts in our catalog. The ones I like most may not be the ones you do but I think there are some obvious ones… “My Star”, “Only Souvenir”, “Laughable”, “Gibberish”, “Mean”, “Friday Matinee”, “Only Chance We Get”, “The Pirate Song”, “Chasing The Sun”, “How Far is Goodbye?”…

This question is a little self indulgent on my part, but the song “How Far Is Goodbye?” has always been a favourite. Do you remember why you wrote this song or whether this was about a particular person or place?

Yeah, as I was saying a lot of the songs are pretty autobiographical and that one is no exception. The song is generally knowing when it’s time to move on from a group of friends that you are obviously not happy being around. I drew references from a few times in my life where I was living somewhere and with people that were ultimately holding me down. I don’t like to be very specific when I talk about my lyrics mostly because I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s interpretation of them. Sometimes their vision of what the song says is way more interesting than mine. But when we get to Australia I’ll tell you all the details about this one.

 

Gameface’s new 7″, Come On Down, is available from Equal Vision Records starting November 5th. A new album is due in 2014. Photo by Kip Terry

 

Bonus video: “How Far Is Goodbye?”

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Videos

We Came As Romans “move on and grow” on new video

Post-hardcore act We Came As Romans have debuted the brand new video for the track “To Move On Is To Grow”. The fresh track is expected to feature on a new album, set for release some time next year.

The video was directed by Dan Dobi, who has in the past worked with Paramore, Gym Class Heroes and Set Your Goals. The band will be traveling down to Australia next year as part of the No Sleep Til Festival and have announced a headlining European tour with Miss May I and The Word Alive.

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Interviews, Music

All the Best Dreams: An interview with Codeseven

Like the breaking of a new dawn, the interstellar sounds of Codeseven have returned after a five year hiatus. Taking to the road once again, the one-time hardcore act are no strangers to shedding personas, trading discord for the realms of space rock that culminated with critical acclaim for their 2004 album Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds.

Looking to once again leave a lasting memory, their future now is an open palette for their craft. We spoke to Codeseven member Jon Tuttle on their current tour with Circa Survive and Dredg about their return, the reasons why and what they look to do in the years ahead.

Welcome back, how does it feel to be back together and on the road again?

Tuttle: We started this band when we were in high school or had just graduated, and spent our entire adult life concentrating solely on Codeseven. When we split five years ago, there was soon a giant void or a feeling like something was missing from our lives. Playing these songs again and now back on tour is absolutely awesome. Stopping playing music and touring etc. is not an easy thing to do, not matter how tired of the process you were at the time of the break-up.

How’s the tour going so far?

Tuttle: We are a couple of weeks in and everything has been running great. Every night has been sold out or close to, and much bigger than we expected. Obviously the bulk of the crowd are fairly young Circa fans but it’s been great seeing so many old faces from years ago.

How important was it for you to be touring with friends Circa Survive and Dredg on your first tour back?

Tuttle: It was pretty much the main reason we agreed to do the tour. We had planned a reunion show but hadn’t really gave a lot of thought about doing anything else but when Brenden (Circa Survive) called and asked if we wanted to extend the reunion to a tour, we all agreed this we would be a great thing to do with some of our oldest friends.

What has kept you busy these past five years?

Tuttle: All of us, but our vocalist Jeff, formed a short lived multi-media project called Telescreen. We experimented with the blending of visuals, music, and storytelling. It was really cool but a lot of work, which caused us to burn out on it. We may bring that back to life someday if we come up with the right ideas for a story. For the most part though, we lived life like normal people which was nice. I have a six-year-old and spent the last five years raising him which was really important for me to be around to do that.

Was there a specific catalyst for the reunion- a reason for the return?

Tuttle: We just finally got everyone on the same page. The idea had been tossed around a couple of years ago but Jeff had never really wanted to do it and Matt was living four hours away from everyone else. I don’t know why but it just finally happened.

AUDIO STREAM: “Roped and Tied”
Codeseven – Roped and Tied (from the album Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds)

Equal Vision are re-releasing Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds, is this album still the most accurate representation of Codeseven to date? Is this the album you’re all happiest with?

Tuttle: I think if you look at the darker songs on that release like “Nasty Little Revolution” or “The Devils Interval” then yes, this pretty closely represents us in our current state; Although I like the organic feeling The Rescue had a bit better. It really just depends on the mood we’re in. We have our core sound but we can easily shift the layers around to meet whatever vibe we want to create.

You’ve been playing a lot of the older material on your current tour? Are they still as great to play as when they were first written/recorded?

Tuttle: I still think Division of Labor holds it’s own in the metal world and those songs are really fun to play due to the fact that it is so much more technical. As far as the The Rescue and DEDS, they both feel  good. There are a couple of songs we don’t feel as strongly about as we once did but overall it’s been great to perform these songs again.

Will you be writing and recording new material?

Tuttle: Our main focus right now is to complete this tour in one piece. Writing is our first love so once this is done I’m sure we will start banging out some ideas.

What kind of direction are you looking to take Codeseven once this tour concludes?

Tuttle: Right now it’s wide open and impossible to say. I would imagine a bit darker and maybe even more aggressive based on our song selections for the set every night but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds is now available via Equal Vision.

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Eisley signs to Equal Vision Records

Five-piece pop rock act Eisley have inked a deal with Equal Vision Records after departing major label Warner Bros.

The band left WBR on less than amicable terms after battling it out for over two years to find resolution, with singer/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis speaking to the Dallas Observer about the strained relationship with their former label home;

“I definitely feel like they held us back, because when you’re on a major label, you count on them to promote your record and get your music out there. When you’re counting on a big company to do that for you, and that’s their job, and they don’t do it, it does end up hurting your career.”

Those days are behind them now with the act landing on large indie terrain finding a home on a label that has crafted a uniquely positive reputation. DuPree-Bemis commented on the immediate connection between the band and their new label;

“When Equal Vision Records came and approached us, they came down to Tyler (Texas) to hang out with us, which is amazing, and that was different. I mean, no one from Warner Bros. ever came down to hang out with us, get to know us, and talk about the record with us.”

DuPree-Bemis goes on the say that Eisley’s new record could tentatively be titled The Valley and is expected out via Equal Vision sometime early 2011.

Good news for Eisley who have been stuck in label limbo for some time now. Hard to believe how easy it is for an act to be forgotten when a label has technically frozen your account. Good things ahead for them we hope as we’ve always been high on their material. We last spoke to Sherri back in 2007, just off the release of their Combinations full length.

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Codeseven reissues Dancing Echoes; tours with Circa Survive

One of Equal Vision’s most underrated bands of their time has returned for a lengthy tour and a reissue of their last album. Codeseven, originally a melodic hardcore, expanded their sounds to grace the realms of space rock in their 2004 album Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds. The band called time in their career shortly thereafter.

Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds will be reissued featuring revamped artwork and packaging and is limited to 1,000 copies.  The re-release will be available via Equal Vision and at all upcoming shows (while supplies last).

In July of 2010, the group announced reunion shows for later in the year and have now jumped on board the Blue Sky Noise Tour alongside Circa Survive, Dredg and Animals as Leaders. You can also listen to the album’s finest moment, “Roped and Tied”, streaming below along with all their upcoming tour dates.

AUDIO STREAM: “Roped and Tied”
Codeseven – Roped and Tied (from the album Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds)

Tour dates:
*w/ Dredg and Animals As Leaders
**Codeseven headline show

Oct 19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Oct 20 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Oct 21 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct 22 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Oct 23 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Oct 24 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder*
Oct 26 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Oct 27 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 29 San Antonio, TX @ Live at White Rabbit
Oct 30 San Antonio, TX @ Live at White Rabbit
Oct 31 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 02 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
Nov 04 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 05 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 06 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
Nov 07 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Nov 09 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Nov 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Nov 13 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music
Nov 14 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Nov 15 St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR**
Nov 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Nov 18 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Nov 19 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov 20 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
Nov 21 Cleveland OH @ House of Blues
Nov 20 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon*
Nov 23 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Nov 24 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Nov 26 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Nov 27 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov 28 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

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