The Best Revenge is Living Well may just be my favorite song title from the new album “Get Busy Living…” to be released by local Columbus band We Are The Movies. The pop punk band has a hint of Brand New and Mayday Parade that is reminiscent of black sweat bands, checkered vans and studded belts. But fear not my friends, the band manages to revive the experience of that genre without the regretful fashion trends.
As far as the EP is concerned, the band said it was all a collaborative effort. There is also a constant theme of longing and hoping that resides throughout each song that any millennial can stand behind.
“To succeed, to be loved, to be accepted, to belong. We think it’s a pretty universal feeling, and we tried to capture that in a relatable way. We titled our EP “Get Busy Living…” to reflect that feeling, as well. Its one thing to yearn for something, and it’s another thing altogether to follow through on that desire.” – We Are The Movies
There is no doubt that I can relate to these issues as well. At the ripe age of 24 in an economy where the baby boomers refuse to retire and there is no room for someone who received a bachelors in journalism; there are plenty of new topics to generate angst. It’s no longer a battle with teen hormones and girl fights but constant fear of where you fit in society. The song Temporary from their new EP can be related to a variety of struggles and has a slightly different feel from the rest of their songs.
“Musically, this song is a departure from most of the songs we’ve written up to this point. We focused more on creating more varied dynamics and atmosphere. What resulted was a package of all the things we like about powerful, emotional music into one 6-minute epic.” – We Are The Movies
And behold; the beauty of music is the ability to internalize it and create a unique meaning of your own. However, I can let you in on what the band had in mind when writing Temporary.
“Lyrically, the song is about a conversation between two different sides (could be two people, or two ideas, etc.) with one side upset at the other for trying to be all things to all people but not really being anything at all. Each of the voices represents a different side – one coming to the realization they could be better than they are, and the other calling “bullshit” and saying they’ve heard that before. The song is a challenge to drop false images, to be true to yourself, to stop bullshitting your way through life and get busy living (hey – that’s the name of our EP!). “ – We Are The Movies
The song was relatable to me in such a way that it made me where I am in my own life. This is arguably one of the most important ingredients to a great song; when it makes you feel something and speaks to you personally.
“I’ve got this sinking feeling that I should be better than this.” – excerpt from Temporary
I know that if 18 year old me could see me now, she would yank me off this couch, turn off Netflix and light a fire under my ass.
“I had this dream that the world was right in front of me and all I could see was things that I couldn’t reach” – excerpt from Temporary
We were always told that the world was our oyster. We could be whatever we desired. But post-college, after countless companies and jobs have denied us the privilege we were made to believe was waiting for us, everything seems unattainable and suddenly a mediocre career begins to feel appropriate.
Luckily for the band, and last Friday’s venue, I’m not the only listener that can see the appeal of the band and their message. We Are The Movies has already gained their own dedicated following. Even in a venue with as limited area as Spacebar (2590 N high St, Columbus), an adequately sized crowd sang enthusiastically along with the band through their entire set.
The EP release party for “Get Busy Living…” will be March 26th at the Scarlet and Grey Café (2203 N High St, Columbus). The party will be hosted by local radio station 99.7 the Blitz.
We Are The Movies plan to release another EP by the end of 2016.
” We hope to continue with the hopeful theme, but with the focus on actually following through with the hopes that were established in “Get Busy Living….” – We Are The Movies
They are also hoping to integrate themselves with the local festival circuit this summer and have plans in June to play the Road to the Warped Tour show in Alaska.
“We’re definitely excited about this year and are looking forward to being busy living (see what I did there?).” – We Are The Movies