Reminiscent of the commanding and melodic post hardcore sound of groups like Pianos Become The Teeth, Title Fight and Touch Amore, Whale Bones is a two-piece outfit whose small numbers are no obstacle for their sweeping sound made up of roaring guitars and pulsing drum motifs. "Hiding From The Sea" is the latest cut off of their upcoming The Seaside EP, which is set to drop July 14th next month. The five-track release explores themes of regret and eventual forgiveness, exhibiting the pairs comfortability with sharing their hopes, fears, and insecurities with each other.
After meeting in Bloomington, Indiana, the Whale Bones pair, consisting of Nathan Kane and Paul Lierman, began to play on the street, quickly discovering their eerily similar musical preferences. They began to make their Whale Bones moniker come to life, and ventured to Florida as a muse for their musical creativity, thus spawning their The Seaside EP. Their trip also was a spur for the video for "Hiding From The Sea," which features a glimpse into one of the adventures the band experienced during their excursion. The band mates explore everything from abandoned buildings and expansive woodlands, wrapped up with what seems to be a basement show at the conclusion of the video. Luckily, we got a chance to ask the duo a few questions about their latest release.
Your song "Hiding From The Sea" is about so much. To me, the sea is symbolic of freedom and wilderness. Comfort, and danger. Is there a specific life experience that compelled you to write this song?
The themes explored throughout the whole EP are that of regret, repentance, forgiveness, and self-betterment. For me, this song is about recognizing my faults and wishing for retribution. You hit the nail on the head with how you depicted the sea. In this song, the sea represents purity and returning to one's natural state. Although the state of being pure is one of peace, I think the process to achieve it is a difficult one. The sea violently separates the goodness from the faults and shortcomings. It's a purge of impurities. By separating these things from our lives, we are able to become sincerely whole.
There seems to be a strong sense of camaraderie amongst all the band members. When did you all develop such a strong bond?
Paul and I met in 2012 when we had both just moved to Bloomington, IN. We soon discovered that we had suspiciously similar taste in music. We played on the street together for fun, but quickly realized that we could make something we felt would be really special if we really dedicated time to our craft. I think it comes down to who you choose to be bandmates with. I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing such intimate experiences and thoughts with someone I didn't feel shared the same sentiments or ideals. Above all else, we're friends. We make sure to take time away from music to do other things we love.
Talking about self-regret and forgiveness makes me wonder, is there a moral/spiritual influence in your work?
The music itself is about self betterment and personal responsibility. Both of us would identify ourselves as moral/spiritual people, and for me personally, these songs do reference elements of my faith, but they are by no means exclusive to people who share those ideals. I really hope that doesn't turn certain people off to even the idea of our music, because I think personal responsibility and constant self improvement are important concepts for people of any belief system. We're happy to talk with anyone about spirituality, though. I think there are a lot of unnecessary tensions between people of different beliefs that would be dissolved if we could all talk and listen with open minds.
I love the idea of taking a trip to find inspiration. Can you tell us a story from your travels?
We drove down to Florida to spend a week writing what eventually became The Seaside EP. We stayed right on the beach in a small house. It was the perfect environment to start writing. Limited distractions, great atmosphere, and it rained the first two days, so we took that opportunity to really focus on the music and take advantage of that time. Every night we went down to the beach after everyone was gone. We walked in silence and reflected. It was so beautiful and inspiring to see so far down the shore and into the ocean without seeing another person. I think in order to really clear your mind, you need to get away from all distractions and people. It's much easier to isolate your own thoughts when you feel isolated. A lot of the lyrics came from those reflections. We love travelling and finding new places to explore. Every place has it's on special nuances.