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In Hearts Wake Interview: Vans Warped Tour 2018

In Hearts Wake hail from Bryon Bay, Australia and are bringing their message of nurturing to the hardcore scene.  Their latest album ARK focuses on the environment and the world around us and they carrying this message out on the road with them this summer on the Vans Warped Tour.  Groovey.TV talked to vocalist Jake Taylor about their message and how they are sharing it with their fans.

Groovey.TV: You guys have been to the US a few times before, each time to a growing audience. Is it easier to play here now rather than when you first played stateside?
Jake Taylor: Definitely. Having people know your songs and lyrics makes it a hell of a lot better. Each time we come over we always want to step it up and put on a bigger show, which comes at a cost. So financially, it’s all relative.

GTV: What’s the biggest difference between the Australian hardcore scene and the American hardcore scene?
JT: The Australian hardcore scene has less bands so the loyalty over there is stronger. Whereas over here, there are so many bands coming that you need to give people something to remember. There is just so much information in America so it’s much harder to build a fan base brick-by-brick over here; you have to work a lot harder. But in Australia there is less distraction, so it feels a lot more focused.

GTV: Your album ARK has been out for a little over a year now. How has this album changed your career in different ways than your previous albums?
JT: The songs are translate better for bigger audiences with the sing-a-longs. The album was well thought out and the more crowds you play to you kind of just shift what works and what doesn’t.

GTV: Each of your albums has a distinct tone or message that carries through the entire album. Is this something that you go into the writing process with in mind or do you start writing and find that it just happens naturally?
JT: Bit a both. Two were thought out and two weren’t. I wanted to write for those concepts, for Earthwalker and Skydancer, particularly. For Divination was while it was happening and also ARK while it was happening.

GTV: The band has teamed up with environmental groups to take on cleanup projects. How did you get into environmental clean up projects and how do you plan on spreading that while on the road?
JT: While on the road we do beach clean ups. We cleanup marine debris; we’ve done one in Seattle, one in Ventura, New Zealand, and seven or eight beaches across Australia. We teamed up with Sea Shepherd and through doing that on days off instead of signings when albums come out, we can bring the awareness and focus to bring action to environmental issues. It’s also much more of an engaging and cool experience with the fans as opposed to ‘cool, here’s a CD, nice to meet you’. Instead we’re cleaning up beaches. As far as spreading it further, we’re just going to keep doing it. We don’t want to shove down people’s throats. If they want to be apart of it, that’s cool. If not, enjoy the music. Having been from as nurturing a place as Bryon Bay and traveling all across the world, we realized nature is a big part of what helps us enjoy life and give us balance. That’s what sparked us wanting to look after nature. So let’s bring that to the music and have it be something that’s bigger than ourselves.

GTV: You teamed up with Northlane a couple years ago to release Equinox. How did the writing process work for that and do you have and do you have any plan to do any projects like that again in the future?
JT: We just got together and decided to do it. We both had been wanting to do it for a long time and the timing was perfect. We both brought a few riffs and ideas into the studio and within 7 days came out with 12 minutes of music. It was a really interesting and challenging experience and then we had to bring that to the stage. We each did 30 minutes, switching up each time and the last bit was all 10 of us on stage. Would I do it again? Yes. I don’t know who I’d do it with because it has to happen naturally.

GTV: You guys have been a band for a long time. How do you progress your sound while keeping true to your roots?
JT: Naturally. We as individuals grow and we change; we’re always evolving. At the end of the day, you’re always you. I’m always sound like me. I’m going to have new inflections and new flavors to offer. You have to keep challenging yourself and putting yourself in new places in the world and situations where you are facing something new. All that comes back to the music and when the time is right you put that into an album.

GTV: You guys have been on the Warped Tour before and are now on the final cross-country run. What was your favorite Warped memory?
JT: They all sort of bleed into one; I couldn’t necessarily tell you what happens where or when. We got bumped up to Main Stage yesterday, which was cool always having played the Monster Stages. In Vegas the stage was set up in an intersection so you’re playing while the traffic lights are changing and people are moshing in an intersection. Cool stuff like that.

GTV: What does the legacy of Warped Tour mean to you and to the music culture?
JT: I believe it’s a punk rock summer camp. I believe it’s a launching point for so many bands. It’s sad to see it go but at the same time that’s what happens when you don’t support a festival that means a lot to everyone. They’re all attending this one but the last three years haven’t been the greatest. So if you love something, support it.

GTV: Do you have any plans for the fall that you can share with us?
JT: We’re going to just take some time off. I’m going into hibernation this fall.

Check out In Hearts Wake’s latest album Ark

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