Since their inception in early 2012 post-hardcore quintet, Everyday Sidekicks have achieved a lot playing to sold-out crowds supporting the likes of Marmozets, Giants, Astroid Boys, Palm Reader, Bam Margera and more. On 31st March this year the band released another EP entitled Hope and it encompasses everything the band are about with tracks full of energy and heart and with a recognizable melodic edge.
“Hope to us is a hugely important factor in life. You constantly have obstacles thrown at you that you need to overcome, times change and sometimes it’s not always good things that come your way. Without Hope for things to get better, life can get on top of you,” say Everyday Sidekicks of the choice behind the title of their recently released EP Hope. The band feel that their new EP is a huge jump from previous EP The Things I’ve Seen and in an attempt to not become a ‘one trick pony’ the new EP spans topics from heartbreak to the state of the world.
We had a chat with vocalist Archie Hatfield about the EP and the words behind it.
Mosh: How do you write them? What is your process either as a band or individually? Have you ever suffered from writer’s block and if so, how did you overcome it?
Archie: I tend to start with a subject that I feel is relevant at the time – it could be anything from politics to heartache. After that I look through my lyrics that I have written down from the past and see if there are any that fit into the subject and work from there. You should always write down lyrics that come to you over time, even if it’s on your phone or a pad with a pen – get them down as you will most likely forget them when it comes to it. I think every musician suffers from writer’s block at some point, the best method I’ve found to deal with it is patience, get out and clear your head and give it time, something will come to you eventually!
Mosh: What is the lyric you’re proudest of and why?
A: Probably “I’m just here till you find your way back” I wrote the lyrics to this song about a girl who left me and I didn’t know why. It was a bad point for me as i cared a lot about her. The lyric means that when you find someone worth waiting for it doesn’t matter how long, you’re willing to wait until they come back to you, even if they don’t.
Mosh: What themes and topics do you like to cover and why?
A: I like to cover a lot of topics, everything from depression to love and back round to politics. i think it just helps keep your lyrics fresh and keeps your sound more interesting and unpredictable.
Mosh: Has anyone ever misheard, perhaps to comedic effect, or misunderstood the intention of your lyrics?
A: Not yet as far as im aware, but im excited to see what people can come up with in the future if they do haha
Mosh: Which of your own lyrics best sums up your band?
A: This is a tough question… our lyrics are pretty diverse in meaning so finding one is difficult. But most likely “Who the F*ck do you think you are” as it shows we aren’t afraid to speak the truth and voice our opinion.
Mosh: If you had to have any lyric tattooed on you, if you don’t already, what would you pick?
A: I actually have the chorus for Everlong on my chest and “sometimes you’re the hammer sometimes you’re the nail” on my leg
Foo Fighters- Everlong: “If everything could ever feel this real forever If anything could ever be this good again” i chose because to me it says live in each moment and enjoy it. you may never get another one like it so make the best of the good times and enjoy your life.
A Day To Remember- “sometimes you’re the hammer sometimes you’re the nail”: “You don’t make me who i am” I chose this lyric because to me it says not to let people define who you are. You make your choices and no one else can change that
Mosh: What lyric do you wish you’d written and why?
A: There’s too many to chose from haha i’ve got some many lyrics I wish I could have wrote but i never will be able to. One of my all time favourite lyrics is from The Story So Far ‘The Glass’ which reads “Swear all the pains gone, no trace or tremor here or am i still numb? have I been this whole year?” It’s such a poetic set of words and describes perfectly how people can feel in times of sorrow.
Mosh: Who are your favourite lyricists or even writers for content such as film, TV or even poetry? What are some of the lines that best connect with you? Do you take influence from that?
A: I’d probably say Jason Butler from LetLive as he always manages to get him emotion across in such an incredible way. Also Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon, he gets a lot of hate but he’s actually a very intense lyricist with a lot of passion behind his words “Every second’s soaked in sadness Every weekend is a war And I’m drowning in the déjà vu We’ve seen it all before I don’t wanna do this by myself I don’t wanna live like a broken record I’ve heard these lines a thousand times And I’ve seen it all before” is personally one of my favourite lines from him. I take a lot of influence from other vocalists. Sometimes I read their lyrics to help me find subjects close to myself and help me create ideas.
Mosh: What are the worst lyrics you’ve ever heard?
A: As much as I love Enter Shikari I always laugh at “Yeah yeah we’re nice guys. UNTIL WE’RE NOT!” the lyrics aren’t the best as they’re pretty obvious… but at the same time i love them because they’re Shikari.
Mosh: Finally, please sign of with some lyrical words of wisdom…
A: Don’t be afraid to be yourself, every vocalists and lyricist is different and you need to embrace that! really dig into your emotions and find yourself in your words.. and don’t be afraid to express yourself
You can grab a copy of the EP on the bands’ Bandcamp page.