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that the new SEASONS AFTER record MANIFESTO is an evolution would be an
understatement. The album set to release in November 11th, 2016 is a
brash declaration of the policies, goals, and opinions of a band that
has weathered the storm and come back with a vengeance. Building on
past radio success with three Top 40 singles and over 3.5 million
YOUTUBE views, the band has grown, matured, endured, and developed a
chip on their shoulder that results in a blistering array of songs that
will satiate the tastes of both rock and metal music fans alike.
Guitarist JIMMY BEATTIE states, "This album was written with nothing
but the truth in mind. It's about the unspoken realities that a lot of
us live with, and some of the hard truths we all face at one time or
another. The idea is to let listeners know that they are not alone, and
that someone understands. We can find each other in the dark."
Listeners can expect to experience a variety of emotions ranging from
rage to bliss and everything in between. The band has truly arrived in
thunderous fashion with this record and successfully bridged the gap
and improved on their already vast catalog of songs. The desperation
and longing for something more truly translates on this record. Having
toured coast-to-coast multiple times, the band is primed and ready to
do it again to further grow their already rabid fan-base, and showcase
what their hard work and dedication have brought forth in the form of
their newest release, MANIFESTO.
ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with TONY HOUSH of SEASONS AFTER
regarding the new album. Here is how the interview went.
album MANIFESTO is coming out soon. What's all going through your
head with regard to the pending release?
very excited. I've posted it about thousand times. This album is very
special thing for us. A lot of this was written before we even put
our last record out. These were song that we put away because we
weren't sure about them. We worked on these songs when we were in
between album cycles. Working on these songs really pushed some
boundaries for all of us. Especially for me vocally. These songs have
really pushed me as a vocalist. We're pumped about this thing and we
want to get it into everybody's hands and bridge the gap from our
first album all the way to our third. We've written it, produced it,
tracked it and mixed it all in house.
in mind that the CD isn't out yet are there any preliminary reactions
that you've heard to the music?
and so far it's been a great reaction. The things comes out November
11th on iTUNES and all that. We expected a shipment of the CDs this
week but we got it last week so we've started selling them at shows.
People are excited. It's an intense kind of record. It has a message
to it. Everything is sounding good as far as what people are
saying about it. It's pretty exciting.
what is the message?
about the history of the band. We've been through more hard times
than great times but the band has endured. . I've been with the band
for seven years . JIMMY has been in the band longer than that. We've
held this thing together through a lot of volatile type stuff. A lot
of it had to do with business and some of it was stuff that went on
with our families. It was all of the things that happen in life. This
album is a culmination of that first album and where things
ended up the record label and then the second album which i have to
say was a little whiny and sad. This album is about getting our foot
in and standing up for ourselves. That is the message of the band and
the record. We're about putting our cards on the table and doing it
and powering through the things that are bringing us down. This band
has found itself. This is our MANIFEST right here. It's about kicking
some ass and moving forward.
the title of your single FIGHTER?
me back to the beginning of SEASONS AFTER.
started around 2005 or 2006. It was the brainchild of guitar player -
who is now our producer - CHRIS DAWSON. He came up with the concept
for the band and found musicians and wrote the music with a couple of
the the other guys. The band went out and toured and the song
CRY LITTLE SISTER did pretty well. Right at that point the good times
ended over some business problems and legalities with the label . For
two years the band had to deal with that and in that time I replaced
the lead singer. That was in 2010. JIMMY joined the band in
2009. the original drummer had to bow out at this time just
do the whole family thing. Once we got away form that whole record
company thing we were finally able to move on. We learned a lot
through the process and we became independent. Once we got out
independence back we just went out there on our own. We runt he whole
show now. It's been a long growth process for the band. That's where
news of a band being on their own and independent sounds exciting but
what can some of the drawbacks be?
only downside is that you don't have the enormous budget behind you
as you do when you're signed to a label but as a band we know the
tricks and we understand how it works. It's a money game. The
lack of it can be the hardest part and as a band we try to keep our
business from completely getting buried. We have a choice in that now
whereas in the past we didn't. If things happened they happened and
then you were billed and before you know it you had this massive pile
of debt behind you and eventually it suffocates you. Now we're three
to four years deep into being independent now and we've learned to
work through all of that. You get a much bigger budget when you work
with someone else but there are so many strings attached to
before SEASONS AFTER, what was your own musical history?
up I was one of those kids singing in church on Sunday. I didn't have
much direction I was 16 or 17 and I decided that I wanted to
in a band. I grew up in west Texas and I joined some local rock bands
in the area. When I was 23 I moved to Dallas and I've been chasing
the dream ever since.
the songwriting process in this band. How do you guys go about it?
our last album everything was kind of mixed up. . It was wall of us
sitting down and writing . On this record it was a little bit
different. JIMMY is a hell of a writer. It's what his mind is built
for. DAWSON and I write too but JIMMY is our lead guy. He puts ideas
together and brings them to the table and DAWSON and I will
working on it and make adjustments. These songs have been worked on
for four years now. There has been quite a few changes in the
structure of these songs.
songs of of this album have you the most excited to get people to
hear and why?
song was written on the last day that we were tracking the album.
The song is called WORLD GONE MAD and it's very fitting with
what we're going through in our culture and our society . Everything
is weird now. Things that weren't questioned in the past can all of a
sudden be questioned now. It's high stress and people are firing guns
at each other now. It's just insanity. That's the song that I really
enjoy off of the record.
would you like for people to come away with after they hear this CD?
want people to realize that they may feel like they're in a battle
and that they're working each day feeling like life sucks but the
fact is we're all going through it. The secret is to wake up everyday
with your feet on the floor and walking forward and
the goals that you put out in front of you - whatever that may be.
The message is to keep pushing forward and to realize that you're not
alone. We're all together in this regardless of our differences.
That's the message.
Brian Lush is a music industry
professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music
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with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM
from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series
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