While at Bamboozle
, we had the chance to catch up with some of the members from Texas In July
, and we found them to be some of the most personable [and hilarious] musicians we've had the pleasure of meeting. We picked their brain on the album they're currently recording, life on the tour circuit, and [ladies, listen up] finding their soulmate. Check it out, grab yourself a free download of their massive "One Reality," and stay tuned for more details on their forthcoming album as they become available.
PureVolume: Texas In July started when you guys were still so young, yet you were playing some of those early shows with well-respected bands like Every Time I Die
and August Burns Red
. Can you talk a bit about how those bands influenced you as you were starting off in the scene?
Ben Witkowski: It was cool. We were in high school, and we played [the kind of] shows that were like ‘Every Time I Die — two months on that Saturday’, so those shows were a big deal because we were finally able to play with a national act. And we’d sell tickets, and push tickets, and then we’d get to play the show at The Chameleon in our home town. And it was always a great time playing with bigger bands when we were starting out.
Chris Davis: [You start out] having absolutely no idea what you were doing, and then you play these cool shows, and you’re like ‘oh, so that’s how that works!’ So you just kind of learn from those few, awesome shows.
PV: You guys have been touring pretty extensively recently. Has the road started to feel like home or do you still find yourself looking for some sort of constant?
BW: I don’t even know if there is a balance anymore.
Adam Gray: I freak out when I’m home. You go from being somewhere new, to ‘alright, I got my couch for the next three weeks.’ You have nothing to do but just get lost in your head.
PV: What would you say is the best thing about being on the road? Whether it’s meeting new people, or being able to share your music — for you, why do you love to tour?
AG: I’m still looking for my soulmate...
PV: Trying to find her in the crowd somewhere [laughs]?
AG: I’ve been looking! She’s never really in the front row and that’s the only thing I can ever really see... I’m on a drum set, so it’s kind of just peeking over, trying to [find her]. And then when we’re home, we’re on our couch like ‘oh, I didn’t find my soulmate.’
CD: That’s the real problem of being home — dwelling over the fact that none of us have found a soulmate [laughs].
PV: So, it sounds like the new record you’re working on will clearly touch on finding love [laughs], but can you tell us what else we can expect to find on it?
AG: Yeah, it’s going back to the roots of our first full-length, I Am. We’re just trying to bring the metal back, [make it] heavier, and just trying to spice it up and bring back the speed, and the quick pace drums. I think it’s going well. I’m loving what it’s turning out to be so far.
PV: Although you’re going back to that original sound, is there anything you’ve done to tweak it a bit for this new record?
CD: Now, there’s parts on the album where it just opens up, and it’s more melodic than metal. On this album, there are a couple clean guitar parts which have never been done in the past. Just trying to do things a little more musical at times, rather than just trying to play the hardest stuff we can play.
BW: We’re going to have some guest vocals too.
PV: Who do you have lined up for these guest vocals?
BW: I think I should keep that under wraps for now.
PV: Have you guys started thinking about what you’re going to name the album?
BW: We have some names floating around.
Adam: It’s going to be called Where Is My Soulmate, and each track is a pick up line that I’ve tried and failed at [laughs].
PV: So, aside from the album’s eventual drop, what else do you have lined up?
CD: We’re doing Europe with our buddies in Auburn
, and then we have Scream It Like You Mean It
this summer, which is going to be awesome. Then festivals in Europe, and some stuff after Scream It..., followed very quickly with some touring.