Photo: Anthony Purcella
Southern California band MOVEMENTS -- Patrick Miranda, vocals; Ira George, guitar; Spencer York, drums; and Austin Cressey, bass — recently announced their new album, RUCKUS!, out 18th August 2023 via Fearless Records. Pre-order the album, produced by Will Yip, here.
Today, the band has shared the video for "Tightrope." Watch it here or by clicking the image below.
"Tightrope" shows off the dynamic and melancholic side of So Cal post-hardcore band Movements. The quiet, restrained opening verses, framed by Patrick Miranda's plaintive and emotive vocals, give way to the push and pull riffing that the band has built its sound on over the course of several albums. It shows off a different side of the band's musical personality with downright pretty parts sandwiched amongst all the storm and stress. It's a refreshing change of pace that still sounds like the band fans have come to know and love but with a twist!
"'Tightrope,' in some ways, can be seen as the furthest departure we've taken from our sound thus far," says Miranda. "It lives in a sort of 'sonic in-between' of alternative rock, emo, and ballad pop yet there's still a familiarity that rings true to Movements' bread and butter. We pulled inspiration from all over the place on this one —Justin Bieber-esque pop melodies, Snow Patrol ballad-y instrumentals, and even some drum 'n' bass style breakbeats. It's a weird mashup of shit that ended up turning into something really beautiful. At the end of the day, we're a band whose most popular song is a soft singalong. We're hoping 'Tightrope' might finally be the song to take its place at the top."
It's been a whirlwind few years for Movements as evidenced by the fact that band's 2020 album No Good Left to Give debuted at #3 on the Alternative chart and their streams have doubled since then with 200 million total streams in the U.S. alone. However, despite their success, the Southern Californian act have constantly reinvented themselves since forming in 2015 and the band's third full-length RUCKUS! sees the post-hardcore quartet taking their sound to expansive and sometimes unexpected places. Produced by longtime collaborator Will Yip (Circa Survive, Code Orange), the album fuses post-hardcore and punk influences with a healthy dose of pop songcraft to create an album that defies scene conventions in favor of something wholly unique. In order to accomplish this, the band made three extended trips to Yip's Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, to write and record the collection of songs that would end up as RUCKUS! "I truly don't believe that it could have been a more streamlined process and I don't think we've ever written music that's as good as what we put together for this record," Miranda explains. RUCKUS! sees the band integrating decidedly different influences such as Gorillaz and Strokes into their sound to challenge people's preconceptions.
New album, RUCKUS!, out 18th August via Fearless Records. Pre-order it here