After two albums (Just Breathe and White Lies) and national tours with acts such as Chiodos, Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Funeral for a Friend, LoveHateHero is back with a new album. America Underwater will be released on Tuesday, September 29th on Ferret Music. Be sure to check out the video for the title track here.
I had the chance to talk to singer, Pierrick Berube about the evolution of the band, catching fans off-guard with a revamped sound and the future of their music. Enjoy!
How do you think LoveHateHero has evolved since the last two albums, Just Breathe and White Lies?
Well, we’ve become better musicians, better singers, better songwriters, better composers. Better everything over time.
Do you guys think that you’ve reinvented yourselves with this new album at all?
I guess you could call it that. I mean, it just kinda happens. Our influences change every few years so. Like, we didn’t purposely reinvent ourselves. We were just excited to write complete, full songs with a message and not really worry about showing off.
So does this new album have the same edgy sound that people tend to expect from LoveHateHero or did you incorporate anything new?
There’s definitely some pop influences for sure. It’s not as heavy of an album. Definitely just more straightforward rock
What area(s) do you guys think you’ve improved the most on since the last album?
Probably songwriting and composing.
Would you guys say that you’re the same band you were in 2008 or is this new album going to catch fans off-guard a little?
I’m sure it will catch a few people off-guard, definitely. [Laughs] It’s not the same at all. It’s definitely evolved to something completely new.
Will there be a good amount of touring for this new album?
Yeah, we hope so! We’ve got a few tours booked and we’re going out of the country a couple times. Hopefully we can tour the whole year.
What songs are you the most proud of and why?
I’m very proud of a lot of the songs. Some of them I kinda stepped outside of my own boundaries and write songs that I’d never even tried to write before. There’s a song on our record called “Wait and See” which is very U2. I was really proud of writing that songs because it’s not easy. It wasn’t easy for me at all to write that song.
What have been some of the crowd favorites in terms of songs?
Probably just the really high energy ones. Specifically, probably either “Red Dress,” “Goodbye My Love” or “She Puts the Ho in Homewrecker.”
Did you guys play a lot of the material that’s going to be on your new album when you were out on tour this summer?
Yeah, we’ve been playing 2-3 new songs for the past couple months to promote the new album. Once the record comes out, we’ll probably start playing probably half new songs and half new songs.
How’s the crowd receiving the new stuff so far?
It’s seems like they like it. I mean, it’s a little different because most of them haven’t heard it yet so half the time, with our old songs, everyone’s singing along going crazy and then they hear the new songs and they don’t really know them so they’re just kinda banging their heads.
What can we expect from LoveHateHero in 2010?
Lots of touring. I believe we’re going to the UK. Just keep promoting the new album. Keep doing it, keep pushing it.
That about wraps it up! Anything else to add?
Make sure to check out our new album, America Underwater!
LoveHateHero has dropped off the Gwen Stacy tour that was to kick off next month. The band will now be joining Eyes Set To Kill, and Dreaming of Eden on a fall tour beginning 10/23 in Orland Park , IL . An 11-city Brazilian tour will follow. Be sure to check their myspace for all the dates!