After Us In Motion dropped their latest single, “Romantics” on July 26th, MDRN MAG had the pleasure of chatting with the band. From a new EP Nothing Above, to upcoming tours, and yes, even ice cream, Us In Motion chats with us about it all! Read the interview below.
Your newest single, Romantics, is finally available (July 26th). Is there a story behind the song? If so, how did it inspire the final product of the song?
“Romantics” is about how we deal with losing a loved one, rather than the grieving aspect that you normally hear in songs of this subject matter. I wanted to address the ‘what will I do to ensure I can move on and live with the trauma’, opposed to having an ‘I miss you; I wish you were here’ view point. To me, that’s a slightly more ignored and realistic viewpoint that affects people more than the initial loss.
What was the process like for filming and creating the “Romantics“ music video?
Filming the video was an exciting, yet slightly stressful process. We had never done a ‘real’ video shoot before with story elements and performance shots. So, it was exciting to have multiple sets and bring to life the visuals that I had been seeing in my head during the writing and recording process. We had a small window to shoot in, so the pressure was definitely on.
“bring to life the visuals that I had been seeing in my head during the writing and recording process.”
You have your first EP, Nothing Above, coming out soon. What are you hoping to achieve with its release?
Being our debut, we are hoping to get our name out to as many people as we can and start gaining some traction. We want to continue to build our fanbase outside of Nashville as well, so we can start playing in other cities.
Are there any particular bands or albums that have influenced Romantics and the rest of your upcoming EP?
The album’s influences are pretty wide-spread. There’s mainly singing and some screaming, high gain and ambiance, and a lot of production. I’d been writing music my whole life and listening to many different genres that have inevitably influenced the different songs I wrote. I think all of those former demos and influences have sculpted my writing style and led me to creating something like “Nothing Above” and “Romantics”.
What inspired you guys to get into music and the music industry?
We all grew up listening to music and started teaching ourselves how to play at a young age. For me personally, I enjoyed playing in bands and always dreamed of being a ‘rockstar’, but it wasn’t until high school when I realized I could actually try to make it happen. We all decided to pursue music and that’s when we met here in Nashville.
“We all decided to pursue music and that’s when we met here in Nashville.”
If you could collaborate on a song or album with any artist who would you work with and why?
That’s a tough one! We have a long list mentally, but as far as an all-around collaboration, involving songwriting and producing, I’d probably have to say Jordan Fish or Sonny Moore. They are both incredibly talented at what they do and have had a big influence on me musically for quite some time. If we’re looking at just a guest feature, having Jason Butler from Letlive and Fever333 would be incredible. He brings so much passion to whatever song he’s singing on.
Are there any plans for an upcoming tour? If so, what are you looking forward to doing while touring?
We currently don’t have any concrete plans but are planning on playing a release show in Nashville, and then trying to do a string of shows throughout the Midwest in the fall or winter of this year. All of those details will be on our pages when they are made.
What do you want new listeners to know about your band?
There’s nothing too specific, but we just thank them for giving us a chance out of all the other thousands of bands that pop up every day. We hope they enjoy the music and connect with it just as much as we do.
Finally, what should we expect next from Us In Motion?
Well, we have our debut EP Nothing Above coming out August 16th, and from that point on we’ll be playing shows to support it. We also plan on filming some live/studio session videos for our YouTube, as well as releasing some songs that didn’t make the record. Everything the fans will need to know will be on our socials!
Us In Motion are due to drop their EP, Nothing Above, on August 16th. But in the meantime you can watch visuals for their 3 singles now. And read our review of “Romantics” here!
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Words: MDRN MAG | Featured Photo: Courtesy of Peyton Lamkins