Pop-punk band Homebound are one EP deep into their career but are already making waves. This UK band are touring alongside Broadside and Trash Boat and proving it is where they belong. I caught up with Charlie and Tom before the show and we talked sonder, Nickelback and band names.
Where did the band name come from?
Tom: I think we had to play our first-ever show and thought we needed a name, someone thought of that and it just stuck I guess.
Charlie: There’s no deep meaning behind it really. It sounded alright and we needed a name.
How did you all get together?
Charlie: Me, Tom and Charlie have known each other through school since we were really really young. We’ve been in bands since the age of like 12, so when we thought about starting a band again we immediately went to each other. We met Joe when me and Tom went to university, we kind of knew him already but it wasn’t until we went to uni and we were doing the same course that it just made sense.
What inspires you to become musicians? Was that what you always planned to do?
Tom: For me, it was my family. I grew up around my sisters playing instruments and stuff. I was more interested in guitars than the Top 40. I thought being in a band was cool.
Charlie: My family have all been quite musical background wise, nothing like what we do. I don’t think I always knew I wanted to do it, I always knew I liked music I think at the time it was kind of like I’m surrounded by friends who like the same music as me and the opportunity came to play in the band and I just pursued it from there. It’s one of those things that is grown with me as I’ve got older and realised what matters to me.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
Tom: If just one person connects with it the way I connect with songs I’d be happy with that. I just enjoy playing shows and recording, I really love the recording. Yeah, for someone to connect the way I connect with songs I love, I think that’s good enough for me.
Charlie: You can only really do these things for so long in your life I guess and we’ve been given an opportunity to do it on a slightly greater scale than some people. That’s something we can’t really let slip. We know that we’ve got something good going on with the band and we all enjoy doing it, we just wanna do it as long as we can and play as many shows as we can. We’ve all got our personal bucket list of things we wanna do with the band; play certain venues, play certain countries, those kind of landmarks. For us, there is no specific goal. Your expectations grow as the band grows. Right now, we just wanna keep playing shows and keep meeting people, and if those people connect with the music and they like it and it means something to them then that is the a-game and the goal I guess.
‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ deals with fairly serious topics, was this a conscious decision?
Charlie: Anyone who is growing up who’s gone through problems or not problems, but the process of growing up and the anxiety that comes with that. There are songs that deal with break-ups and personal issues in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life and is it the right choice. That’s where the name came from; being in this band and wanting to do this it’s kinda shaped who I am. It shaped my morals what I value in life and I’ve cut people from my life or chosen to do certain things that other people wouldn’t do and it relates to a lot of those decisions or choices I’ve made really. That’s something that people can relate to, whether it’s going to uni or taking a job, so yeah they’re not sad lyrics. It’s just anxiety and a bit of anger and everything in there but I like to feel it’s something people can relate to because I feel like it’s something a lot of people have gone through themselves.
The title of the EP comes from ‘Sonder’, why did you choose that specific lyric?
Charlie: I think it’s a good summary of the whole. As I said, the theme is that all the songs relate to what’s going on in my personal life and things that have made me who I am and the stories in each song are parts of me and what I’ve had to go through and had to do in my life so far. It just had a roundabout sound which I guess we all liked when it was suggested.
Tom: I remember you saying it and we all liked it straight away, we decided it pretty early on.
It’s refreshing to have a title that is not one of the songs on the EP.
Charlie: Yeah, it just felt like the right choice and feels like a good summary of the whole EP really.
The concept of sonder is such an odd idea, how did it make it into a song?
Charlie: I can’t remember if I was already writing the lyrics, but I just stumbled across this word online. I kind of just saw what it meant, it came from a book where someone had created words to do with emotions that didn’t actually have words, and I saw sonder and it just made sense. It’s to do with the kind of idea that you suddenly realise that everyone is going through the same kind of stuff as you, they’ve got their own vivid lives that have problems of their own and are all in it together. It kind of hit home or made me realise the feelings I was having about my own life were shared by others; it spurred on the writing of the lyrics. That song in particular is very much to do with the idea of was I right to do the band, was it the right direction for my life, was I meant to do that and all the anxieties and worries that come with that. ‘Sonder’ is the positive reflection of those feelings I guess.
What artist would you say influence your sound?
Tom: The reason we started the band was we were all really into The Story So Far. Personally, I am influenced by bands like The Used and Paramore, I know maybe it doesn’t come across in our sound.
Charlie: Bands like Story So Far we were very into and am sure reflects in some way in our music. But I wouldn’t say the music we like or listen to necessarily reflects our music, it maybe just inspires us. Paramore, anything like that really; we all have a very varied music taste. I can’t really pinpoint anything that I’ve listened to that has inspired me to write a song, I guess we as music people just like listening to a lot of music and we don’t let it cloud our vision of the band.
Tom: it’s just like a big melting pot, that’s the best way of putting it I guess.
If you could collaborate with anybody, what would be your dream collaboration?
Tom: I’d like CLA to produce our album because he’s the best. He’s produced every good album.
Charlie: I’ve always said before that if we had a feature goals would be Hayley Williams, That would just be insane. I haven’t really thought about it, not even in my wildest dreams have a thought about who I would collaborate with.
Tom: For jokes, Nickelback – it would be a hit!
Charlie: It would have hooks, so why not?
My mum’s favourite question, what’s your favourite app on your phone?
Tom: Mine is going to be really boring. Mine is New Star Soccer, you become a football player and play for a team in any country. It helps pass the time.
Charlie: Slightly boring, but fairly useful; I have a voice recording app. It’s not just the one that comes with the actual phone. As soon as I get an idea whether it’s a vocal melody or anything, I have my phone on me at all times and can record my idea. I can be anywhere, there have been times when I’m at work and I’ve had to run out back and get my phone out, because of a sudden idea. That’s pretty useful for me, I don’t really play apps on my phone. I’ve just got the usual Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What is your favourite dessert?
Charlie: I’m not much of a dessert person. But, if I really choose, I like the Victoria Sponge – a classic. My mum always makes it for me, every birthday. That would be my choice.
Can’t go wrong with a classic.
What would you say are the easiest and hardest parts of a song?
Tom: I bring the ideas up and the hardest part is probably actually coming up with something. Easiest is verses probably, verses are pretty easy.
Charlie: I primarily just write the vocals, I find melodies come pretty naturally; you just pick them out as you listen to the song. I find the lyrics the hardest bit, writing something that actually has substance, whether you’ve already written the melody and find lyrics that fit the melody, or just fit the actual song itself. That can take a lot of chopping and changing. It’s being happy with the lyrics and not having to change them so much to fit the song, finding the right balance between the two.
If you had to choose one way to listen to music would it be CD, vinyl or digital?
Tom: We grew up with CD’s, but I love vinyl.
Charlie: Vinyl for a lot of people holds a lot more sentimentality and value because it feels like you’re holding something physical and it’s got an aesthetic feel to it – it looks good. But if you’re saying I can only listen to one forever, digital does make sense because it’s just 10x easier. I don’t want to have to buy a vinyl for every single thing I ever want to listen to. Particularly for me, records that I really like and care a lot about I will buy a vinyl for it.
Tom: I used to love carrying the CD players around, love that. That was the best part. But you’d have to pick wisely which CD’s you’d take.
What would you say is the most challenging song to play live?
Tom: Headspace? It’s probably different for both of us but I’m going to say Headspace for me. It’s just, it took the longest to get to a good standard.
Charlie: Probably for me, Broken Reverie, it’s very high in my range so it’s probably the most aggressive, but it’s also very mouthy. There’s a lot of words in a short space of time, so my breathing has to be really on point so I can actually sing the whole verse and then breath and carry on. It’s also the longest song.
What would be your dream tour?
Tom: Us opening. How many bands?
Charlie: 3 bands is pretty good.
Tom: I’ll pick main support, you pick headliner. Main support – Deftones.
Charlie: Fuck. This is going to be a crazy bill, I don’t know who could headline. How do I top that? It has to be a co-headline. There’s so many bands I’d like to tour with; Blink would be absolute goals really, Paramore, Limp Bizket. A Deftones, Limp Bizket co-headline would be great. Fall Out Boy could be mixed in there.
Tom: There’s an extra band now. We could get kicked off to be fair, we’ll just do merch for them.
Charlie: They could play our songs between sets, that’s cool. We’ll go with Linkin Park, if that could happen.
Tom: And Panic! At The Disco – it’s turned into a festival now.
I’d pay to see that festival.
Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years time?
Tom: A few albums deep. Still touring.
Charlie: A lot can happen in 5 years, so it’s difficult to say. Hopefully still doing what we’re doing, written at least one album. Played more countries.
Tom: Played the US. Played things like Warped Tour – that’s a goal.
Charlie: Hopefully grown as a band to have a fan base of our own, obviously we’re still working on that. I mean, we’ve only put out an EP. Yeah, a few more countries, a few more albums and a bigger fan-base.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Charlie: Work on your trade. You gotta get good at what you do before you can expect to succeed, it took time for us to really hone in on what we wanted to do.
Tom: I think take time on your first release, which we didn’t do. Don’t rush into it.
Charlie: Yeah, don’t record the first song you write and put it out. Really figure out what you want to do with the band first.
Tom: Think about how you want to be seen by the world.
Charlie: It’s not just the music aspect of it, it’s the image. Really work a lot behind-the-scenes on yourself and the band before you show it to everyone else.
Tom: And make sure you’re all on the same page with every member. If one person isn’t on the same page or level of dedication then it doesn’t work. The cliche; you’re only as strong as your weakest member, it’s true.
Charlie and Tom were absolutely lovely lads, as were all the boys from Homebound. Make sure you try to catch them on this run of shows with Trash Boat because they put on one hell of a show. We have a signed copy of their EP ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ so make sure you enter to win; you won’t regret it.