Speaking Out with Like Monroe

likemonroe1Based of the great big state of Texas, the sweeping music of Like Monroe is sure to garner a good deal of attention all across the nation – especially if their new album is indicative of greater glories ahead. Things We Think, But Never Speak is the name of Like Monroe’s debut for Good Fight / eOne Music – an exhilarating collection of highly memorable, wonderfully heartfelt anthems.  We recently caught up with guitarist / vocalist Wade Concienne to discuss the new album, the compelling lyrical content, stories from the road, and other topics of intrigue.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Like Monroe, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Wade Concienne, I am the singer and guitar player of Like Monroe. The band has been together with this current lineup for about a year now however, Ty and I started the band almost eight years ago under a different name.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
The band is based out of Houston Texas, our local scene is great. Without our local scene we would not be where we are today.Our buddies in Concepts, Fear and Wonder, Strength In Shadows, and Sleep Labs are definitely worth the listen!

How did you wind up signing to Good Fight/eOne Music?
I think we can all say it started when we were introduced to our manager Jason Rudolph. The guy is amazing at what he does and gave us the direction we needed to be on a great label. After Jason informed us that the label liked what we were doing, it was clear to us that Good Fight/ eOne was the best way to go.

likemonroecd1Is there any story or concept behind the album title Things We Think, But Never Speak?
I think there is definitely a concept and story behind it. Everyone’s story is probably different from the next, but the overall concept is pretty black and white. There are things we think but can never speak all the time. For whatever reason it may be, maybe it is a tough situation someone is in or something along those lines, but the album title is almost an encouragement to say those things. Throughout the album we discuss issues and ways we can say those things.

Select two songs from Things We Think, But Never Speak and what inspired the lyrics.
Prison Flood” and “So Beautiful“. Prison Flood is about a personal struggle of mine. That struggle being dealing with constant anxiety attacks and depression. I believe a lot of people can relate to this message. It starts the song with words of anger about the struggle and end with almost a sense of relief. The relief is that through all that pain we endure, with patience and time, we will learn to conquer our struggle. So Beautiful is a song that goes out to people with thought of suicide. Suicide is such a delicate issue and we just want to show people that the world is beautiful and worth living, just give it time.

What was it like working with Drew Fulk and what did he contribute to the overall recording process?
Drew Fulk is a great guy and great producer. Right off the bat him and I hit it off with finding out we were both in love with Jared Leto from 30 Seconds To Mars haha. Drew just knew what we were going for and was on the same page with us the whole time which is what I think made us such a great match. Overall Drew helped with lyric writing and vocal melodies. He would make suggestions to us and be like “hey it would be sick if you sung it like this” and BOOM! Its like the whole song had a new vibe and direction for the better.

What could one expect from a live Like Monroe show?
Pure energy and a great time. The way Chris and Alex move on stage is quite amazing, I still do not know how they do it, and Ty just really knows how to connect with the audience on what seems like a personal level.

What was it like playing the Never Say Never Festival?
Amazing! The kids out there were just such a great crowd and we had a blast.

What kind of touring have you done so far and have you ever played in the Los Angeles area?
So far we have had Tours with All That Remains, Avatar, Eyes Set To Kill and Scare Don’t Fear. Sadly none of these tours made it through LA yet. Hopefully the next one does!

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Like Monroe show?
On the tour with Scare Don’t Fear, we would prank Scare Don’t Fear all the time. Well one time they decided to prank us and tell us the promoter at one of the venues kicked us off the tour. Our hearts were pounding and we were just freaking out. It’s not like we were an hour drive from Houston, we were all the way in Florida. Luckily they told us it was a joke, but my gosh that was scary.

If Like Monroe could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Of Mice and Men is just killing it right now, it would be such a fun tour with them. Also our buddies in Color Morale and Issues, we are all friends with them and Garret Rapp is actually featured on our album.

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Things We Think, But Never Speak for the first time?
The message. We spent a ton of time with the messages of these songs. All these were close to our hearts and we want others to feel the same way.

What’s up next for Like Monroe?
Tour Tour Tour! Also possibly a new music video!

Any final words of wisdom?
Stay True to yourself, be all you can be and hold onto your dreams. Our whole album discusses this and we hope people listen.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Hope to see you guys play out here in L.A. sometime soon!
Thank you so much for having me!

Like Monroe is:
Ty Johnson – Vocals
Wade Concienne – Guitar/Vocals
Alex Lofton – Bass
Chris Deckard – Guitar
Nathan Richie – Drums

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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