The last year has been a whirlwind for Pennsylvania’s Candlelight Red. The quartet received an overwhelming and positive response to their debut album “The Wreckage” on Imagen Records. In 2012, one of the label’s driving forces, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose took the guys back into the studio to record a new four track EP, “Demons“. The band took this on the road to support their 2012 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival appearances. Last September we sat down for an interview with frontman Ryan Hoke and guitarist Jeremy Edge during that tour. This weekend we once again caught up with Hoke to talk about the band’s sophomore full length album, “Reclamation” due out June 4.
Morgan Rose took the guys back into the studio to record nine more tracks for “Reclamation” which will also include the four from the “Demons” EP. This was jammed in somewhere between more touring with Sevendust, Lacuna Coil and Coal Chamber.
Hoke takes the hectic schedule all in stride:
“Yeah man, we don’t like to take breaks. We like to stay as relevant as possible. We like to stay fresh, keep new things coming out. Get the record done, tour non-stop and try to shove Candlelight Red down as many throats as possible.” (laughs)
“It’s extremely bi-polar. (laughs) When we came into the studio we didn’t really have a whole lot of time to prepare beforehand. We didn’t have months to sit down and write. We only had two weeks pretty much. We did nine songs in two weeks, written and recorded. The EP that we actually did beforehand, we did four songs in five days, written and recorded. So total the whole record, ‘Reclamation’ was done in about three weeks. Written, recorded, and done. I couldn’t be happier. I think it turned out great.”
The story behind the album title:
“I guess all the songs, they have a general theme. Lyrically, I just have to write what I know. You know, I call it as I see it, if you will. Unfortunately there’s a lot of shitty things happening in the world, and the way the world is now. Compared to the way it used to be. I write a lot about current events or about how shitty people can really be. It’s not all bad. I mean these songs on the album have an overall kind of feel to it, and with ‘Reclamation‘ the hope is that we can tear it down and start new.”
“You know, he’s a great producer, and he dabbles in a lot. Like he can sing and he understands a lot of other instruments besides the drums. He definitely helped out on a lot of the writing and stuff. You know, Jeremy picks up his guitar and he has some kind of riff in mind and he’d sort of tweak it. Then I’d take the song and put lyrics to it and sit down and show Morgan what I’ve got. He’d be like maybe you should sing this this way, and he’d just kind of tweak everything and help put it in its place. He’s just incredibly gifted and he really helped put ‘Reclamation’ together in the best way possible.”
“Reclamation” versus “The Wreckage“:
“Since ‘The Wreckage’ we’ve added a couple of new members to the band and I think at that time we were still trying to find out who Candlelight Red is, you know? We were still very green. So there’s just a much more mature sound on this record. I think you can hear that on ‘Reclamation’.”
“When we were in the studio and we’d get finished with every song I would be like, this is my favorite song. But since the record’s been done and I’ve gotten to hear it more–You know, you listen to it about a 1000 times throughout the mixing process and stuff—I think ‘Life As We Know It’ is probably my favorite song on the record. Lyrically it’s got a pretty cool message. I don’t know. That one just kind of grabs me the most.”
On writing lyrics:
“I’m probably like the worst singer about that ever. I never write lyrics down. I should probably have like a notebook for lyrics, but ah (laughs). You know it usually starts with the music. I kind of sit around and listen to it and I try to get into the feel of the song and kind of how it makes me feel. Then I take how it makes me feel and write about that.”
“Really good. I think the songs have some sort of energy to them the other songs don’t. At least that’s my perspective, but I’ve been playing them forever though so maybe that’s why it seems that way. (laughs) ‘Like a Disease’ is full on in your face and it’s great to do live. People love it.”
Unsigned up-and-coming band we should keep our eye on:
Hoke, Edge, Jamie Morral (bass), and Brian Dugan (drums) will be right back out on the road playing dates with Trapt, Pop Evil and more in support of “Reclamation“. The band released the first single, “Feel the Same” this month.