BN Interview: Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

Hailing from Petoskey, MI, post hardcore outfit Famous Last Words formed in 2009. They are currently gearing up to release their third highly anticipated studio album, The Incubus, on September 30th. We sat down to chaat with JT (vocals) about the album and their newly released single, “Pretty In Porcelain.”

Can you tell us a little bit about Famous Last Words for any readers who may not be familiar?

Jt: Famous Last Words is a theatrical post hardcore band out of Petoskey MI and we specialize in conceptual records. We started in 2009 and are about to put out our 3rd full length studio album via Revival Recordings. Our members include myself, Tyler Myklebust (Guitar), Evan Foley (Guitar), Matt Bell (Bass), and Craig Simons (Drums).

What makes Famous Last Words stand out from the rest of the bands in the industry?

Like I said above, we are a concept record band. We experiment with different elements from different genres depending on the concept. You can always count on us to deliver an exciting and uncensored story with music and lyrics to match. I think we really give the listener a truly unique experience. 

About your recently released single, “Pretty In Porcelain,” what’s the inspiration behind the song?

Jt: That song is just a part of the whole story that is The Incubus. So the inspiration really came from the story itself. The song represents a nightmare that the main character, Christine, is having. It gives the listener a little bit of insight into the feelings victims of abuse may feel. In the video he is “playing with her like a porcelain doll”. She is completely frozen, but aware at the same time. It represents Christine’s feelings of vulnerability and helplessness.   

Famous Last Words is getting ready to release The Incubus, what songs are you most excited for your fans to hear?

Jt: I’m really excited for fans to hear the album as a whole. Because it is a concept album, when you listen to it as a whole, it is a much different experience than just listening to a few of the songs. You get a full story from the first track to the last. I’ve kept the story under wraps for the most part, so I’m excited for everyone to finally see the full picture.

Were there any specific goals in mind when working on The Incubus?

Jt: As far as the story and lyrics go, we wanted to tackle a difficult topic that many people are still too uncomfortable to talk about openly. Musically, we wanted to put out a more mature sounding album that is more dynamic and diverse when compared to our older stuff, and we wanted it to sound like no other album out there. 

Do you ever feel that there is a lot of pressure or expectations on you when writing a new album?

Jt: Of course. Those pressures are always there when you put your heart into something and share it with the world. But what’s most important I think is to write the music that we want to write. Do what we want to do creatively. I feel like that is really the only way to put out something that sounds and feels real. So bottom line, I’m happy with it. I think it’s the best album we have put out. And I feel confident that many, if not most, of our fans will agree. 

What is something different you have tried with the new album that you haven’t on previous releases?

Jt: We got to do some interesting stuff with this album. One of the things I was most excited about was finally being able to do a song (The Judged) where the screaming portrayed one character and the singing portrayed another. It’s taken me a long time to figure out how to properly execute that, and I love how it turned out in that song.

What would you say has been the most difficult part of your career for you all personally and collectively?

Jt: Any musician can tell you that in order to be successful in this business, or any business in that matter, you have to make sacrifices. And it’s not just personal sacrifices either. Your friends and family also have to make sacrifices, whether it’s money, time, or anything else. Sometimes you miss some really important life events that you can’t ever get back. So it can be really tough in that sense. 

You guys are about to head out on tour with Alesana, how excited are you guys for this run? Anything we can expect to see at your shows?    

Jt: We can not wait for this run. Not only are we touring with Alesana, which is a band we all grew up listening to, but we get to drop our new album on this run too. I can’t wait to play the new songs, meet some new fans, and see the old ones. On this tour fans  can expect a bunch of new material, new Merch, high energy, and a great time. 

Tour Dates

9/30 – Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
10/01 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/02 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/03 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft
10/04 – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
10/05 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
10/06 – Omaha, NE @ The Lookout Lounge
10/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
10/08 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
10/09 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
10/10 – Houston, TX @ Walters
10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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