Rain In July Makes A Splash In February

Rain In July Makes A Splash In February

A new EP and what's next for the band.
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After my first interview with Colorado band Rain in July last year, Rain In July talked this week about their first record and is excited to announce their release of their first EP on February 7th. In addition to the EP release they also partnered with The Ananda Agency for a show commemorating the release of the EP February 12th at the Marquis Theater with bands such as All Wrong, Safe So Simple, The Abstract, and Maddie’s Changed. Many in the area came out on the 12th to celebrate the release Rain In July’s first record. Aside from the show I asked them the hard hitting questions relating to the EP and what they see for themselves in the future as the band progresses on in their journey to success.

Enjoy and Happy Listening!

So what can you tell me about the new single that's out right now from your new EP Trying to Breath?

The first single we released is called Knockout. It was definitely one of our favorites from the EP, and is a fun, upbeat song that we thought was the perfect way to debut our sound to a lot of people. It was our first time in a professional studio making music that sounds professional so we wanted our first track to be a song that we feel represented our sound well. We think Knockout does that, although don’t expect the entire EP to sound similar.

What were your musical influences going into Trying to Breath?

As a band, we took a lot of influence from early 2000’s Emo bands such as Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, and Dashboard Confessional. In the studio we listened to a lot of State Champs, Pierce The Veil, and Transit which we took elements from while in the recording process.

Vocally, I took a lot of influence from many different places. I really enjoyed Like Pacific’s most recent album, which I really tried to work in (you’ll hear it especially in the final track "Can’t Erase You"). I also took influences from poppier sounding vocalists such as The 1975, Oh Wonder, and James Arthur. It’s kind of funny because what we listened to on the drive every day in the studio definitely shaped my ideas heading into the studio. We all have very different musical tastes, whether it be Yuta (Guitar) playing some great pop punk bands such as Grayscale and The Wonder Years, Ethan (Drums) playing Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, or Reilly (Bass/Vocals) playing some real heavy stuff, I always loved hearing how those bands sounded on recordings.

What do you want people to take from this EP?

I’d like for people to take away an understanding of who we are as a band from this EP. We really feel like it’s an accurate representation of a sound that we’ve been working on for quite some time now, and we’d love listeners to hear the extent of it. We think that our sound is branching off from the “typical pop punk” sound and we feel that the EP encompasses that.

What was the music making process surrounding the EP, I'm sure there were other songs you considering before narrowing it it down to these few? What made you say this looks done as a final product?

We have been writing songs for over a year now for this EP, which is kind of crazy when you think about it. We wrote so many songs, and had so many different ideas before boiling it down to our 4 favorites. I think that once our time in the studio began approaching it was known by everyone that these were the 4 songs for the EP because it really did feel right.

As far as the final product, I don’t know if you ever take a step back and look at a piece of art and say “it’s perfect, nothing else needs to be done” but I think we came about as close as we could and we are all extremely happy with it. We had the most amazing experience we could have dreamed of at Rusty Sun Audio with Nick Nodurft. He really filled in the blanks where we couldn’t and helped us so much with the record so that by the end of it, he had as much input on these songs as we did and that’s what we needed.

What were some of your inspirations for some of these tracks?

Lyrically, the ideas for most of these songs came from my personal life and just kinda expanded after that. Reilly (our bassist/vocalist) is amazing at reworking lyrics to just roll off the tongue and that really helped a lot. I write a lot of poetry and lyrics whenever I can and most of these ideas came from that. Breathe is the song that means the most to me lyrically, we’ve had that song for over a year now, and I originally wrote the chorus about a week after my Grandma died a couple years ago. The entire EP revolves around one line in that song, Trying to Breath, just trying to catch a breath when there isn’t one available, and overcoming everything that seems to just want to pull you down.

So after finally completing this EP what's up next for you guys ?

We have some shows that we are really excited about coming up! We hibernated for a really long time writing and recording this EP and we are extremely stoked to get back to playing live shows regularly. We are headlining our favorite venue on February 12th for our EP Release Show at The Marquis in Denver, and after that we are playing with Carousel Kings, Abandoned By Bears, and Bad Case Of Big Mouth on March 15th at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver.



We’ll be touring this Summer, and we are back to writing again. The studio really taught us a lot and we feel that we grew as songwriters, and we will be playing a bunch of new songs at our upcoming shows.



Honestly, we are so excited for life after the release. We spent so long writing and recording this record and we just can’t wait to begin to play shows supporting it.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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7 Of My Favorite Quotes Ever

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" -Robin Williams, one of my favorite quotes about words and their power.

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I've always found myself drawn to poetry and books, quotes and words. It's such a beautiful thing to find words that resonate so deeply with my soul. Words, whether from books or songs or people, have the power to awaken emotions, develop dreams, and stimulate the imagination. The seven following quotes have stuck with me and deeply moved me in one way or another.

1. "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet" -Stephen Hawking

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The entire quote is a bit longer, but the same message of appreciating the beauty of this world still stands. The stars and just the universe have always been a calming and inspiring presence in my life, reassuring me that life is beautiful; we exist in this big beautiful world and get to experience all these little things, like looking up at stars in the night sky.

2. "You're only given a little spark of madness; you mustn't lose it" -Robin Williams

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Robin Williams is one of my biggest inspirations. I truly believe that he influenced so many people with his love, kindness, and warmth, bringing smiles to millions. This quote reminds me to hold onto what makes me unique and different, and also to fully embrace that.

3. "In the end, we'll all become stories" -Margaret Atwood

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This quote is super inspiring to me, because it's basically a reminder to live your best life. Live a life that would make a wonderful story and one you would want to read.

4. "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart" -Winnie the Pooh

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Ok so yes, Winnie the Pooh is actually so profound. The books and movies were my childhood favorites, so the quotes are very interesting to read now since they have such deeper meaning to me. This one specifically echoes my deep love for the happy little moments that make life better.

5. "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you" -Coldplay (Yellow)

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Another quote about stars, because I just couldn't resist. Stars and the night sky truly are magical, and the fact that we are so small in this universe makes everything seem better. It's a nice thought that the stars shine for us to see.

6. "Thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one!" -Disney Pixar's "Up"

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"Up" is definitely one of my favorite movies ever. And this quote perfectly illustrates the way I wish to live, from adventure to adventure. Life really is a series of adventures, where we meet new people and see new sights, learning all the way.

7. "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" -J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series undoubtedly changed my life, and this is one of the most meaningful quotes found in those books. It's quite a straightforward quote, but the idea of finding happiness and making the best out of life with an optimistic perspective strongly resonates with me.

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