Taking the title of their forthcoming EP from a beloved The Wonder Years song, vocalist/guitarist of Manchester-based emo pop-punks Fight For Friday Seb Harper reveals: “‘Someone You Could Trust’ is relevant to the context of the EP and the message we are trying to portray: the effect that other people can have on someone’s happiness, health and life experience.”
As their first band, the project began life as an extra-curricular school activity at the tender age of 14, picking a name which “sounded pretty cool. Not so much anymore.”
Now seeing the eldest member turn 20, they say: “We’ve achieved more than we’d initially hoped – playing at huge venues such as Manchester Academy, Fac251; releasing our first EP in 2016 and having toured the UK twice. We are nothing more than a high school band that didn’t stop, carrying on to get to the stage that we are now. It wasn’t the quickest journey but its definitely been the most fun.”
Within their genre, the four-piece are inspired by the likes of The Story So Far and New Found Glory, creating scrappy and lively pop-punk, in combination with flairs borrowed from classic rock and hardcore.
In the lead up to the EP’s release next month, the band are pleased to give you further insight into it with this track-by-track…
‘LIFE HITS YOU HARD’
‘Life Hits You Hard’ is our take on the fast EP opener, as we really wanted to push that high energy sound that we label ourselves with constantly. It was actually the final track that we wrote for this record, with its origins coming from the fact that we desperately wanted to open the EP with a bang.
The song came to life from one chord progression in the intro, and we really just pushed it out from there. Our plan from the start was to make this song as fast and direct as possible, no messing about with any interludes or build-ups, as we didn’t want to give people a chance to calm down. It’s the epitome of what we are all about.
Recording this track was simple and straightforward, probably because it’s a simple song! We went into the studio knowing exactly what we wanted this track to sound like, so there really wasn’t much work that needed putting into getting it record-ready.
We wanted there to be a song on this EP that described our journey as a band since we formed around four years ago, when we were around 15, 16, so we thought what better track to use to portray our past, present and future than the song that perfectly defines our energetic attitudes.
Starting out as school kids, it has always felt like bands around us have looked down upon us in the past and not taken us seriously, which is why for the past four years, “We’ve got nowhere fast.”
We’re still confident on our ability, we’ve been learning and improving together since we formed, and now we are at the point where we are happy with our sound, attitudes and where we are hopefully heading, and that’s the message of ‘Life Hits You Hard’.
We’re unbelievably happy with the outcome of this song, there wasn’t really much that could go wrong with it, so it really has had a perfect outcome for us! For any gig goers out there, we’ve been opening all our shows with this song, so brace yourselves!
‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT’
This is the oldest track on the record, originally written in mid-2016, and this probably affects the fact that ‘Take it Or Leave’ is our thrashiest, rawest song.
Having said that, it feels like the writing of this track was a turning point for us as a band, as it marks the transition between our more childish punk vibes and trying to create something more meaningful and intricate.
Over the years, we’ve altered and edited bits of this song, meaning it contains elements of us at our rawest, but also moments of detail that we never had when we first wrote it.
Most of the track is loud, angsty and edgy, but as it draws to a close, the vibe completely flips as everything stops into a mellow, questioning build-up until the song kicks back in, but instead of the angst and edge, we went for emotional, powerful vibes that completely contradict the first five or so minutes of the record.
We really went to town with recording the end of this song. We’d been excited to go crazy and add as many tracks and sound onto the final section for a long time, so it felt good for the ideas we had to come to life. We layered up track after track of different vocal lines and harmonies, and got a few bits of gang vocals in there too.
We’re really happy with how this turned out, it could have been very sloppy and messy, but luckily with the help of producer Dave Page (White Bear Studios), it came out better than we imagined.
‘Take It Or Leave It’ is the breakup track that every pop-punk record apparently needs. The lyrics tackle the topics of insensitivity, selfishness, and how people can change for the worse without explanation.
Hopefully, this breakup song doesn’t come across as cheesy and whiny, but rather a more mature, introspective analysis on personalities.
Having so much hope for this track, and spent so much time planning it out, we were worried that the outcome wouldn’t reach our high expectations. We were blown away by how the finished track sounded. It met every hope we had, and more.
We’ve been playing it live for around two years now, so we know it unbelievably well! Sometimes, we feel that this song isn’t our best because we’ve had it for such a long time, but people’s reactions to us performing it reminded us that it’s not too bad.
‘I FEEL BAD, BUT YOU SHOULD FEEL WORSE’
The feel-good song. This one’s upbeat, catchy, and incredibly happy, yet somehow it has ended up as our heaviest track. We wrote this with the intention of creating something for people to sing along and have a good time to, which it ended up being for a while. It’s even got a cheesy key change!
When we took it into the studio to be recorded, our producer Dave said he didn’t like the key change. We took his advice, and somehow ended up changing the tuning from Drop D to Drop C and writing a 30-second breakdown to precede the key change.
It’s a really different song to what it was before the studio and it captures all vibes, from sing-along to throwing down. Mega EZ-core vibes.
The lyrics for this track don’t really mean a huge amount, we just wanted to get people psyched and have a melody to sing along to, and we think the chorus really captures that inspiring catchy vibe.
This song has changed almost completely during its time in the studio, and in our opinion, 100% for the better. We’re so glad that this track turned out the way it did, as it’s gone from being our least promising tune, to our most exciting and out-there banger.
To us, ‘Target Practice’ is the best and most meaningful song that we’ve ever written. It’s a track that captures our more serious personalities, and it’s also a song that we can all relate to lyrically and musically.
You can expect to find a mellow edge to this song, switching between calm and questioning energy, straight into full-on, anger-driven hooks.
We wrote this after pondering on different variations of the intro riff for quite a while. When we finally decided to elaborate on the riff, we didn’t want to overcomplicate the song into something technical, yet unenjoyable.
We wanted to find that perfect mix between technicality and simplicity that creates an interesting yet catchy tune. The ending of the track is our first attempt at a real instrumental section, which hopefully shows our more creative edge.
Similar to ‘Life Hits You Hard’, the recording of this song was really straightforward, mainly due to the fact that we knew exactly what we wanted to come out of it, and it wasn’t really too complicated to record at all.
The lyrical content of this track talks about how other people can try their best to bring you down when they see you doing well for yourself. Certain people will try anything to ruin your happiness when they don’t have it themselves, and you’ve just got to brush it off, show people that you’re better than that, and rise above them.
We’re really pleased with how this song has come out. The recording has captured every bit of emotion that we put into the writing of the track, and it has come out better than anything that we could’ve hoped for.
Hopefully, people can relate to this song as much as we do, and it can be one of those tracks that might inspire somebody to do great things with themselves and others around them.
Live, it’s quite a difficult song to perform! We love to put it last in the set because there’s no better track to finish a show with, but that can take its toll, as we probably need the most energy to do this song justice.
We love playing it though, and we can tell that it’s a good one, because people seem to be immersed throughout the three or so minutes that it lasts.
There was no better track to end the EP with than ‘Headache’. It’s our emotional anthem, and a massive contrast to the vibe at the start of the EP. Our nickname for it is ‘Sad Song’, because that’s what it is, a sad song, but having said that, it still contains all the catchiness and high energy attitude that we contain.
We wrote this just after the news of Chester Bennington’s death, so when we sat down to write the lyrics for the track, that was the main thing on our mind.
It got us thinking introspectively and how other people’s actions can affect somebody massively, especially when there’s nobody around to listen to you and give you the helping hand that is needed.
Recording this, we tried a couple of things that are unique to the track. We double tracked each guitar with an acoustic guitar part to add thickness and depth to the sound, which we think worked really well.
The bridge section of the song came together whilst we were in the studio, because we felt that that section felt quite empty and boring, so we wanted to add another dimension to it.
Luckily in the studio, there was a piano, so we made full use of that. The melody that we played throughout the bridge is a variation of one of the riffs that opens as well as closes the song, acting as a little theme for it.
Once again, we’re so happy with how this track turned out. It sounds so huge, which we were aiming for, because if the song was slightly sloppy or weak, it just wouldn’t have worked.
Again, we have only David Page to thank for the amazing job that he’s done on every track of this record, as he helped them reach their full potential.
‘SOMEONE YOU COULD TRUST’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM FIGHT FOR FRIDAY, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC, AND BANDCAMP FROM MAY 11.
YOU CAN PRE-ORDER A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE EP NOW AT fightforfridaymerch.bigcartel.com
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