Crossing the country for the first time as a participant of The Heavier Than Heavy Tour, Invent, Animate made their way to the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park, CA. Supporting the likes of I Declare War and Oceano, the Southeast Texas-based collective unleashed a ferocious set that enraptured a good number of concert goers seeking out a true sonic adventure. Here is an interview we conducted with Invent, Animate at the Cobalt to find out more about being on the road, their exciting new album Everchanger on Tragic Hero Records. their compelling lyrics about life in an ever changing world, and other raging topics of intrigue. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Invent Animate and tell me what the most embarrassing song is on your iPod.
Ben: Oh no! My name is Ben and I do vocals. The most embarrassing song on my iPod is probably “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry. I guess it’s not embarrassing, it’s a good song.
Keaton: I’m Keaton Goldwire, I play guitar in the band. I don’t really have an iPod, honestly. But the worst thing on my computer is probably some kind of Donkey Kong theme song or something. I have a Donkey Kong song from the video game that’s pretty embarrassing.
Caleb: I’m Caleb, I play bass. The most embarrassing song on my iPod is probably Skrillex dubstep songs, or many albums of Skrillex.
Trey: I’m Trey, I play drums. I think probably The most embarrassing song on my iPod is Creed’s Greatest Hits. But I think I hate it so much that I actually like it. I have it in my truck too.
Logan: My name is Logan, I play guitar and mine was actually Creed’s Greatest Hits. But I actually absolutely love that album. It’s kind of embarrassing.
Where are you guys from and what’s your local music scene like there?
Ben: We’re from South East Texas. I’m from a town called Lumberton. The majority of them are from the mid county in Port Natious area. It’s all kind of close to a town called Beaumont, which is the notable city around us. The local scene a growing – it’s revamping currently. It’s doing well right now. It was dead for a while and when we left for this tour we had a lot of kids come out to our tour kickoff. It’s definitely on an uphill right now, it’s doing well. We plan on doing whatever we can to keep it going when we get back. It really is doing good right now.
How has this tour been going and what have been some of the highlights?
Keaton: It’s pretty cool, doing it for the first time definitely. The most fun part about it is meeting all the new people and playing in front of a bunch of people every night, that’s something I really haven’t done before.
Ben: It’s an incredible first tour to start on – so many bands grind it out for so long before they get a tour like this. The fact that we got one early on, as young as we are, it’s kind of surreal playing in front of a good amount of kids every night. The other night we had 250 kids and it’s incredible, it really is. It’s fun. All the bands are very cool – they’re not hot heads. Everyone is very level headed and very awesome that we’re hanging out with. Playing a show is exhilarating, but hanging out with new people and meeting all the bands is the best part. Seeing new things and what not.
Trey: For me, the highlights were the first few days of the official tour. We started in Seattle, that show was sick. Tons of people. It was a cool way to start off a tour, the next day was the Hawthorne Theater in Portland. That was sick too. We’ve played smaller shows too that had really good reactions. It doesn’t always have to be a ton of people. It can still be a sick show.
Tell me about working with Brian Hood, who used to be in MCMB. What was it like? What did he contribute?
Trey: This time, when we recorded our full length it was just Ben and I. We went up there for a whole month. I tracked all the instruments and Ben did the vocals. We’ve been to Brian three times now and we have it down to a science. We know how everything works with him and he basically has me trained to do things how he wants because he’s a stickler. He’s super picky, i am too. It’s a good thing he is, he needs to be. I don’t know. He’ll get on your ass if you do things wrong.
What did he contribute to the overall process?
Trey: I wouldn’t say he actually does anything as far as writing. As far as your production value and writing, it comes from us and Jesse was with us there in the studio, Jesse Cash from Erra. He co-produced our album, but yeah. Brian mainly is technically – he engineers and mixes and masters. He doesn’t really – at least for us, he didn’t have any production input as far as ideas or writing. That was all us and Jesse.
Let’s talk about the new album, Everchanger. What’s the story behind the title?
Ben: The title for Everchanger. The album really touches base on how the world constantly changes. You can’t ever rely on one thing because everything constantly changes. No matter what you’re doing in life. Everchanger is like a way of wrapping it all up into one thing and titling it. Everchanger, it touches all points of major changes that we go through and talks about all the different things I’ve personally been through and even some of the guys in the band. We had a song, the very last song, “Luna” talks about Tre. He lost his brother to suicide. Everchanger, it can be anything you want it to be. It talks about Tre, he had his life with his brother and life without his brother. It’s just – everything is constantly changing. It’s not just about suicide it’s not just about every day changes, it wraps up everything into one. Every song kind of touches a different point of it for me.
Talk about “Nocturne: Lost Faith.” What inspired the lyrics?
Ben: I grew up in a Southern Baptist home, very Christian. I compared and contrasted the band. Some grew up in a Catholic home, some grew up and didn’t force any kind of religion on them. It’s incredible to me how different our mindsets were about everything. I grew up going to church and it was insane to me to think about how someone could not think what I think. Then how someone who did not grow up in church, they think it’s insane that I believe what I believe. Then someone who grew up in a Muslim home, it’s insane for them to believe anything other than that. So it’s overall where I stand, I don’t question my faith whatsoever. But it’s about people that are in a state where they’re questioning their faith and losing faith in what they believe in, strictly because they’re going through their life and so many changes are happening. They see all these different religions as they get older and start asking questions to themselves. So, it’s really about questioning your faith. It’s a good thing, it’s not in a negative way. It’s good to ask questions, it’s good to find out what you want to find out for yourself and not grow up in a mindset with you automatically believing what everyone in your family believed. It’s kind of what I dig through with the album, finding your own choices, your own beliefs on your own rather than inheriting beliefs from family.
If you can open for any band either from now or in the past, who and why?
Logan: I think if we had to open for a band, maybe past – I’d say it’d be really cool to open for Pantera whenever they were in their prime with Dimebag. That would be really cool. We wouldn’t have necessarily fit, but it would have been really cool to open for them. Just a sea of crowd and just hang out with them.
Trey: I’ll have to be loyal to my upbringing and be loyal to Metallica because I wouldn’t have even started playing music without them. I listen to Metallica for a year straight from 12-13.
Caleb: Since the guys covered the classics, I’d go for a more modern act and say Northlane. Just because we take a lot of influence from them. A lot of kids bag us for that but we all personally really like that band. They’re doing great in the scene right now. I’d love to be on a tour with them or open up for them. They’re doing great right now.
Keaton: I’d say Architects. That band is pretty big right now. That’d be a huge show for us to play in general. We take a lot of influence from that band also.
Ben: I’d say I want to open for the Foo Fighters. It’d be so cool to hang and party with Dave Grohl. Then after we play to watch the Foo Fighters. There would be at least 30,000 people there. Love Foo Fighters.
Do you have any messages for people who are reading this who should check your band out?
Ben: Order our new record Everchanger. We put a lot into this record. If you buy it, listen to it, download it, whatever. Preferably buy it. The more people that buy it, support us, the bigger tours we get on and the more places we can go and play music. We are having the absolute time of our lives out here. We want to do more of this. Support us. Keep on listening.
(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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