Whispers Of Wonder is an exciting new band from the Pacific Northwest who recently signed to Standby Records. Unleashing their own dynamic brand of “melodic wondercore”, this collective has recently recorded their first EP of tunes entitled The First Year. More then ready to breakout of their Portland, Oregon hometown, expect to hear a lot more about the band in 2013 and beyond! Here is a recent interview we conducted with Whispers Of Wonder to find out more about this band on the rise. Read on and discover wondercore!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Whispers Of Wonder and how long the band has been together.
Connor “Lucky” Thornton- Lead vocals, Tristen Warren- Guitar, Chree Thornton- Guitar, Calin Wormdahl- Drums. We have been together for about a year now.
Where is Whispers Of Wonder based out of and what is the music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from Portland, Oregon. The music scene here is basically a wasteland. There are plenty of local acts, but the majority of these acts and their followers are judgmental and unsupportive of anything new or original. They like to stick to what they know I suppose.
However, there are some very talented musicians here, many of whom I believe deserve this opportunity more than myself. Names like “When The Lights Go Out,” “From Here To Eternity,” “Simon Says Die,” “Censure,” and “Above The Broken.”
How did you wind up signing to Standby Records?
We released our first ever recording “Plague of the Broken-Hearted” on Friday the 13th in January of 2012. At the time we had only been a band for about a month. We were contacted by Standby Records company owner Neil Sheehan 3 days after and offered a contract. The funny thing about it is that Standby was one of the few record labels we actually didn’t send our song to. We held onto the contract for about 6 months while we grew and developed, before finally signing with them.
Please select two songs from The First Year and what inspired the lyrical content?
The first track on the EP titled “The First Year“, it tells the story of our first year as a band, what we stand for, and touches on the trials and challenges we have faced so far on our road to success.
Another important track is “Plague of the Broken Hearted.” The song is about facing the darkest of times in life, about how its hard to stand strong with the weight of the world is on your back. It also talks about believing in yourself and having hope for a brighter future.
Who produced the EP and what was it like working with them?
Ryan Furlott at Rain City Audio was our man when it came to producing The First Year. We all had a blast working together. He is an extremely talented producer and he had tons of advice to share about our career. We had a wonderful experience and are considering working with him again on our full length album to be released in 2013.
If you could open for any band either current or who has ever existed, which band would that be and why?
Its pretty much a unanimous decision for us. We have all at one point or another dreamed of opening for, and potentially touring with Avenged Sevenfold. Everything about their live performance is incredible. They have been a huge inspiration for us when dreaming of where we could be someday.
What could one expect from a live Whispers Of Wonder show?
Well for one thing, we are really different from most bands out there. For most of us, where we are today was only a dream and we are still just barely getting used to it. When we go up onstage its like every ounce of passion we can muster fills the room. Its like taking a journey. And since we are so young, and so new to all of this we relate to our fans really well. We don’t have an elevated sense of self. We aren’t some untouchable rock stars. We are just kids who had a dream like a lot of others out there, and now we get the honor of being an example that you can be whoever it is you want to be when you give it everything you’ve got.
Has Whispers Of Wonder ever played in the Los Angeles / OC area or plan to do so in future days?
We havent been given the honor of playing in LA or OC yet but we already have plans to spend Spring Break in “So Cal” as apart of our first US tour in 2013.
Any strange or scary happenings while out on the road or at a show?
The scariest thing that probably has ever happened, happened at our first show. It was the Next Big Thing Tour’s Battle of the Bands at the Roseland Theater. We played in front of a huge crowd, in fact we sold more tickets than any other band in the show. However, not everyone seemed to share the same passion for Whispers of Wonder, as our fans and ourselves. In fact, it was less than 5 minutes after walking offstage I was approached outside while getting pictures with fans, someone in a rival band came up to me and pretended he wanted a picture with me. I was more than obliged, but while I was unaware he turned and headbutted me in the face and broke my nose. The injury cost my parents around $12,000 for a reconstructive surgery, and put me out of work for about 3 weeks. A very unfortunate experience. Sadly the police never followed up on the report I filed and the guy got off scott free.
Has Whispers Of Wonder ever played Warped Tour and if so, what was the experience like?
We have not played at Warped, but it is something we are very interested in being a part of and hope to be able to be apart of it someday.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
I think if Whispers of Wonder was a donut it would be the first one shaped like the letter “W” and I imagine it would probably taste Wonder. Which in layman’s terms, Wonder is pretty much another word to describe the pure essence of epic. It would probably come in different colors, and with different frostings too.
What is it you would like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
I think the biggest message this EP has to convey is that anyone can be whoever they want to be. That you can achieve whatever it is you set your sights to, with enough hard work, and if you put enough faith into it.
Any final words of wisdom?
Believe in yourself. So many of us get caught up in the low moments, and we forget to see the brighter side of things. Life is all about perspective, and that perspective can play a pivotal role in your success. If you only go as far as you believe than you have to aim for the stars and trust that with enough hard work you can make it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Whispers of Wonder is Lukkie Thornton (lead vocals), Chree Thornton (guitar and vocals), Tristen Warren (guitar and vocals) And Calin Wormdahl (drums).
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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