We all know that "Pumped Up Kicks" got played wayyyyy too much on the radio circa 2011, but when was the last time you sat down and listened to Torches
all the way through? That album is as good as electro/dance pop gets. And in their new lyric video for their single "Alright Goodnight," L.A. synth-poppers The Heirs
mark themselves as the heir apparents to the pop-rock/dance-pop/electro-pop throne that Foster the People and Walk the Moon have vacated.
We got to talk to the band about "Alright Goodnight." With its body-moving percussion and the frenetic vocal cadences of lead singers (and siblings) Brandon & Savannah Hudson, "Alright Goodnight" is the sort of song I want to hear performed as loud as it can in Irving Plaza while me and a thousand other people dance til we're a mess of sweat and writhing bodies. It's dance-pop with a rock edge, and The Heirs are clearly here to stay.
The Heirs' EP Ecliptic
is out August 28th. Check out the lyric video for "Alright Goodnight" below as well as our chat with the band.
What are you all The Heirs to? The pop-rock throne?
The Heirs: We are frequently asked about the name of the band and it's interesting to see how people comprehend the name before we can explain it. The story behind the name originally came from our love of aristocracy in our history classes in high school. We thought that it was such an interesting thing to inherit legacies!
So when we began creating the music for this project, we thought it would be an interesting approach on this idea by replacing the inheritance of a throne to our youth's inheritance of what we will be left with in the future. I feel like our society has looked down upon young adults having more of a voice in any industry especially music until now so we felt the name suited us and our position but also those who follow the group. We are all next in line to the future and the dependence of our society rests in our hands so we should feel free to voice our opinions.
There's a vocal cadence in "Alright Goodnight" (as well as some of the electro-pop elements of the track) that remind me of Foster the People. Was that sort of percussive heavy, alternative pop influential on you all as songwriters?
Yes actually, when we began creating the song, we were listening to various 80s pop songs which are all very much so percussion and vocal heavy...layers after layers, seeping through the sonic barriers creating this huge wall of sound. That was the goal. Drawing influences from those artists; we were also listening to the new wave of alternative music, peeking on the lines of pop but widening the barriers of limitations. It's such a lovely thing, influences and ideas. We love creating and having such a wide range of music to listen to widening our own sense of creativity.
What's the thing that "you can't always get" in "Alright Goodnight?"
I think it was just a youthful angsty line. Something to speak out with a sense of, "yea there's some horrible stuff happening in this world right now, happening amongst people's lives right now, but until it all begins to turn around we can't always get what we want."
"Alright Goodnight" is currently the only song by The Heirs that can be found on Spotify. For people who are excited by this dance-rock ready track, what can they expect from the rest of your music?
Our debut EP, set to release very soon, is something we have created with a very cohesive atmosphere. there's a vibe of youthful energy, fears of getting older, late night drives and heartbreak along with desire mystery and angst. It serves as, in our opinion, the perfect way for people to really understand who The Heirs are and we can't wait to share it all with you very soon! x
Also be sure to check out the Heirs' upcoming tour dates below.
August 29 -- The Roxy Theatre -- Los Angeles, CA
September 10 -- Schubas Tavern -- Chicago, IL
September 11 - The Studio @ Webster Hall - New York, NY