I first spoke to Palisades during their time at Warped Tour this summer where I tend to engage in what I like to call “speed interviews.” If I get good vibes from a band I haven’t spoken to prior, it makes me want to sit down for a real conversation with the band on their next tour.
During their time on the Younger Dreams US leg with Our Last Night, I spoke with Louis Miceli and Matt Marshall from the band where we chatted their touring experience this year as well as focusing on the record they will be hibernating to make in these next two months.
Read our new interview below and as Loui said in our interview, “Palisades in 2016 is going to be a fucking powerhouse”.
You guys have had a really crazy touring year. You’ve been working the new album for a year or so now. Are you currently working on new music?
Louis: Yeah! Like you said, we’ve been on tour forever it seems like. It's been nine or ten months straight pretty much only with like two weeks at home. So it’s always a lot of pressure when you have to write a new album. We actually just got done writing a single with Brandon so that's going to be sick. That's hopefully going to be out very soon. Then we're going to be pretty much spending January/February writing a new album so yeah it's pretty exciting.
Awesome! Now I know tonight sold out, kind of hometown show for Our Last Night. How has this run been going so far?, they were just on Warped Tour as well.
Matt: It's been really good. We’ve basically been on tour with Our Last Night since the first Younger Dreams tour with them in Europe.
Louis: Four tours with them this year.
No big deal.
Matt: As far as the American leg of the Younger Dreams tour goes, it's been fucking awesome. It's been so good. Like more and more fans keep coming out that we recognize and there’s a lot of new fans.
Louis: There’s a lot of kids for us specifically which is pretty cool.
Matt: It's really nice to see like kids wearing their Warped Tour merch and coming back and saying “we're here to see you”.
Louis: Kids ask us to do a headliner which is pretty sick. Shows you that fans are dedicated enough to be your fans now and that's awesome. It's cool because tonight is sold out, New York is almost sold out and that's pretty much home now for us. We live really close to New York so it's just really cool to be so close to home and have a pretty dedicated fan base.
Perfect, now you did talk about this a little bit prior that you are going to be writing and working on this new record. Do you think considering how successful this last record was, is it something where you feel there is pressure going into this record?
Matt: I think there's pressure just because you always want to outdo yourself. You always want to make the best album that you can make. You just write the best music that you can make at that time in your life. We were talking about it before. We were talking about perfection as far as music goes and we were saying oh we can do this better and that better but at that time, like at that moment, that's the most perfect presentation of what you're feeling and how it's interpreted so I think there's a good amount of pressure because a lot of people always expect a similar sound to our previous album or previous music that we've played live. I think we know what we want to do and we’re just going to stick to our guns and do what we want to do and write the best music we can.
Louis: Yeah for sure. I think there's definitely a lot of pressure like Matt said for sure but I'm excited. I don't think it's really pressure, I think it's more exciting to just experience our growth. I feel like we've matured so much even since Mindgames. Mindgames was our first album where I feel like we could truly be ourselves but now it's almost like getting out of high school and going into college now, the real maturity; or maybe even going from college into adulthood now. That's kind of more of what I feel it's like. Outcasts was high school, Mindgames was college.
Matt: Now it's like, hey go get a job.
Louis: Especially with the new track. There's definitely a sense of maturity. A natural evolution of what Palisades is turning into.
And while that track is brand new, do you think it's a good indication of what should come on this next record?
Louis: We don't really know yet. It was kind of just the first thing we wrote and kind of went with it. I guess it's kind of like a style that we’re very interested in but we still don’t even know. We can go home and write something really different.
Matt: Just from talking over and over about it and having it com up, I'm ninety percent sure of the things that we don't want to do. Like we know what we don't want to do. We know what we don't want to repeat. As far as the stylistic change going on, it's still very much Palisades. You're going to listen to a song and be like that's definitely a Palisades song but it's done in a different way and I think that's the best thing about being an artist and growing. It's that when you look back at other artists and their earlier work, there's bands that are death metal or punk then they turn into a more mature band or went a completely different direction.
Louis: Bring Me The Horizon is the best example of that.
Matt: Bring Me The Horizon. There's this band in England, Don Broco. They were a hardcore band and now they're this fucking awesome band.
Louis: I mean even Fall Out Boy. Look at Fall Out Boy.
Matt: I think that we're starting to follow closely in those bands footsteps. Being a more mature band yet still keeping our identity. Again, it's just a matter of growing up and knowing what not to do anymore.
So lastly, we talked about how the record is coming up really quickly, do you think this is the last tour for awhile? Do you think you're going be focusing on that record?
Louis: Yeah it will be nice to take a little bit of a break but I mean it's not really even a break because we're still going to be working. We're going to be taking at least like the next month until at least early February off. We definitely have something coming in February which is going to be cool. We have a lot of plans for next year. Maybe new music, new merch or like a lot of touring. We just have a lot of plans. Palisades in 2016 is going to be a fucking powerhouse and I can't wait for it to happen.
Palisades will hit the road with Secrets begining in late February and running through March, you can find dates and tickets via the band's website HERE