Bleacher Days - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Wren Mohammed of Bleacher Days. We discussed writing and recording the new single, “Icarus”, what fans can expect this year, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Haha no no thank you so much for having me.

For those who aren’t familiar with Bleacher Days you used to have more of a pop/punk sound, but now you’ve returned with more of an emo/rap sound. What inspired the style change?

To be honest I never considered Bleacher Days a “pop punk” band. To me, it was ALWAYS an emo project. The songs were catchy, yes. But lyrically all of the songs are forlorn and just really kind of sad. It was everyone else in the band who kind of said “Hey, no. We’re a POP PUNK band. Don’t say we’re emo on Twitter!” The record we were writing up was pretty gloomy as well, so I don’t really think there was much of a “style change” exactly. It’s kind of just how Bleacher Days sounds naturally, you know what I mean?

I read about you not giving up on the project and working with your producer on this new sound. Were you nervous about fan reaction when you chose to go in this new direction? Is it something you always wanted to pursue? 

I mean, it’s always nerve wracking putting out new music. That’s kinda just how it goes. As for it being something I wanted to pursue? I alluded to this in the earlier question, but this is kinda where Bleacher Days was going anyway.

You just released your new single “Icarus”. What can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the song?

It was different for sure! If you listen to the older material, I’m screaming my head off like the entire time. Most of this song is really laid back, which vocally isn’t really something I was used to. Chris (Piquette, No Boundaries Studios) walked me through it though! There isn’t really much else to say when it comes to writing the song. If you listen, it’s really just one guitar riff looped the entire time. Chris did a great job making so much out of so little. The song sounds huge, it’s hypnotizing. It’s just one riff but thanks to him, it’s doing so much. He’s really the best at what he does. It’s a blessing to have him be a part of my team.

What made you feel like this was the best song to introduce fans to this new sound?

Honestly it’s just that I’ve had it in my back pocket for 3 years. I’m not sure if it’s that I thought it was the best to introduce listeners to or if I was just tired of it not being out haha.

You’re working on more music that will be released later this year. Can you tell me anything about that new music? Do you have a favorite song you’re excited for people to hear?

Yea! I’ve got 3 more singles coming out this year. Haven’t announced that yet but I guess I’ll do that here and now haha. I don’t wanna say too much but I’ll just give them stupid names that won’t make sense right now, but will when you hear them. “Sad cowboy song, Guitar solo song, Autotune song.”

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

It was absolutely my pleasure! Thank you again for having me. All I gotta say is I hope everyone enjoys the songs.

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