INTRO BY KAT VISTI
INTERVIEW BY CAMI LIBERTY
Where high-octane rock meets post-hardcore fury, you'll get New Language. Co-founders Tyler Demorest (Vocals/Guitar), Matt Cohen (bass/backing vocals) teamed up with songwriter/producer Tony Hajjar to create New Language. The band was direct support for The Usedon their 'In Love & Death/ Self Titled' tour. They have an EP with two singles in the works to be released this spring. We sat down to chat with the band and learn more about their musical influences, the band, and more!
How did you all first come together to start the band?
Tyler: "Matt and I were in a previous band that was kind of hitting a wall creatively. We had been speaking with our friend Tony Hajjar of ATDI and Gone Is Gone about it and he proposed we get together and jam… no expectations, just see what happens. The first time we got together we wrote 2 songs and decided to keep meeting up until we lost that pace. It felt great to just play heavy, and play with energy. We ended up writing 10 songs and decided to record the album with Tony producing and playing drums. From there we knew it was something new so we decided to launch the band NEW LANGUAGE."
For those who don’t know you yet, what would you tell them about your music as an introduction?
Tyler: "Sure thing. We’re the band NEW LANGUAGE and we play music that is 80% girth and distortion, 20% groove and atmosphere."
Who are some of your musical influences?
Tyler: "I think there’s a ton of great rock music coming out at the moment. At The Drive-In, Glassjaw, Queens Of The Stone Age, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Death From Above, Hundred Sons, Every Time I Die, Quicksand, Norma Jean, Deftones, Citizen, Thrice…. All great bands making new records that we enjoy listening to."
In February you released your latest music video for your song “Show Me” - what was it like filming the video and how did the concept come about?
Tyler: "This was a fun one to film. We wanted to be a bit ridiculous with this one so we decided it’d be a good idea to wake up at 4am on a Sunday to shoot a one shot music video with a friend in a gold skeleton mask and a few dancers you found on craigslist the night before with some cheap confetti cannons and smoke bombs on a quiet industrial street that also happens to host a swap meet. Even further we thought it’d be a good idea to take that video and figure out how to do hand drawn animations over every frame…. art. In the end we’re happy with how it turned out and think it fits with what we’re doing as a band."
We saw you recently released your single "Give In". Can you tell us a little bit about the song?
Tyler: "Give in is one of those songs about wrestling with the insane amount of crap being shoved in everyones face at all times. It can be suffocating, and keep you distracted from what’s important. Even after recognizing our own behaviors, resisting can feel helpless."
What else can we expect from you soon?
Tyler: "We’re busy working on a bunch of new music and have a few exciting summer plans in the works."