Too Late The Hero: Of Statements and Roller Coasters

Based out of the wilds of Portland, Maine, Too Late The Hero present a powerful combination of rock and hardcore that should appeal to many a musical type.  They definitely received the attention of Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler, who signed them to his very own ReThink Records.  Currently on tour with Memphis May Fire, Us From Outside,  and This Romantic Tragedy for The Hollow Tour, one of their stops will be at the world famous Whisky in Hollywood on April 27th!  Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Too Late The Hero guys to find out more about their new album Statement Of Purpose, their Lamb Of God connection, a creepy coffeehouse story, and other statements of interest…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Too Late The Hero, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Jared. I’m the singer and main lyricist of the band. We started around 8 years ago but we’ve been through a ton of line up changes. These 5 guys have been together a little over 3 years.

What is the music scene like up there in Portland, Maine, and are there very many places to play?
It’s getting harder. There is a thriving bar scene, but the venues that do all-ages shows are dropping like flys. Which sucks because for us it’s really all about the all-ages scene. But the hardcore scene is picking up again. All the hardcore bands are going back out to the VFW and Legion halls. It’s Awesome. When kids book shows themselves it really gives them a sense that they own their scene, which is how it should be.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Statement of Purpose?
Not really any story. It’s more about how this is the time where we want everyone to know that this is what we want to do for the rest of our lives. We’ve all been in various bands since high school and there have been people in our lives who were like “you’re still doing this.”  This album is basically a big “yes . And we aren’t gonna stop”.

Please select two songs from the new CD and tell me what the lyrics are about/inspired by?
When I started writing the words to “Still Insists She Sees The Ghosts” it was about a few people I know who are struggling with anxiety. But I was reading “It” by Stephen King, and somehow that started sneaking into it. So the anxiety and shape-shifting killer clowns got all mixed up.

The song “Left As Your Reflection” is about when you have a childhood hero who you model your life after, then you grow up and discover everything you thought you know about them was a lie. But still, in an odd way, they are responsible for the man you became.

How did you wind up meeting Chris Adler from Lamb Of God and signing to his label?
I believe it all came about because our producer Josh was mixing some of our demos around the time he was doing some live stuff for LOG. Chris happened to hear some of our stuff and I guess he was impressed. We had a show coming up in Brooklyn and Josh gave us a call and was like “hey guys. Chris Adler wants to come check you guys out”. We were losing it. So excited.

What is a live Too Late The Hero show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
Sweaty. Haha. Playing live is our favorite thing in the world. We just have so much fun on stage. You can definitely feel it coming off the stage when you’re watching us. Just how much we love what we do.

Have you ever played in the Los Angeles / OC or plan to do so in the future?
Yeah, a few years back. We can’t wait to get back. It’s about as far from Maine you can get. It’s like traveling to a different country.

Have you met Memphis May Fire or any of the other bands on the upcoming Hollow Tour and what are you looking forward to the most about that tour?
We’ve never met Memphis May Fire but I’m a big fan. I couldn’t be more excited that the first band to take us out after getting signed is a band that I love. You better believe I’m gonna be jammin to their set every night.

Who did the cover art and how much input did you have on it?.
Our friend Christopher Carroll did all the art. He has a design company called Iron Bulb. He’s and awesome guy. We’ve worked with him a couple time. I pretty much just got on the phone with him and blabbed about this world we imagined with these speaker head people and this kinda V for Vendetta character leading a resistance and like a couple days later he sent us that cover as is and it was perfect. Couldn’t be happier.

Any strange or unusual stories from the road you could share with us?
A few years back we played in this coffee house in Florida. It was a tiny little place. I walked through the door I thought led to the bathroom but found that it, instead, led to a room where this man who appeared to be in his early hundreds, had set up a control room with about 10 TVs connected to a bunch of surveillance cameras that apparently were hidden throughout the coffee shop. There was even one in a bathroom stall. It was terrifying.

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Statement Of Purpose for the very first time?
I’d like people to remember that feeling they get in their nether regions when they go over a hump on a roller coaster.

Any messages for people reading this who might want to check out your music?
Check out our new record. We worked really hard on it and we’re proud of it.

Too Late The Hero is Jared Wilbur on vocals, Nate Duckworth om bass, Aaron Caple on drums, Jack Stolz on guitar, and Kevin Billingslea on guitar.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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