With a new album starting to stir up real attention, it is fair to say that LA based rockers The World Over have grown in sound and stature with increasing attention on their ear gripping music in close quarter. Shows with the likes of Attila, As Blood Runs Black, Meytal Cohen, The Browning, and many more have only added to their nudge on new ears and support; so with big thanks to front-woman Tiaday Ball, granddaughter of Ernie Ball (world renowned creator of Music Man guitars and Slinky Strings), we got down with The World Over to see what is at the heart of the band and their increasing impact on the music scene…
Hello and thanks for sparing time to talk with us.
Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started?
Hi! I’m the vocalist, Tiaday. On guitar we have Ryan Knecht and Donovan Allen on bass.
The World Over was created in 2013 by founders Xavier Moreux, Ryan Knecht, Anthony Dellaripa, Eric Gledhil, and myself who had all moved to Los Angeles from around the world with the mutual goal to make music. We conceptualized a band which could represent many different cultures and promote messages of hope and empowerment!
Have you been in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?
We’ve all been in bands before coming together as The World Over and we all can agree that we’ve learned from our mistakes. Even our last album as The World Over we’ve taken as a growing experience to finding our sound that is in our new album, MOUNTAINS that we just released. You can check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1146557304
What inspired the band name?
Our original line-up had consisted of band members from around the world so we really wanted to have a name that could represent our diverse cultures and continuity. The World Over just felt right and even though our most diverse members couldn’t remain in the band, it still holds true to us in other ways. We will take The World Over one fan at a time! Haha.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?
Not really. Xavier just really wanted to start a band and got all of us together to make it a reality. But our new sound was definitely created to break the boundaries of the Rock world reaching a much broader spectrum of listeners.
Has that idea and intent evolved and broadened over time?
I think it’s definitely evolved because of the line-up change and us three particularly wanting to make The World Over as big as it can possibly become. In the beginning, we didn’t really know what we wanted and had not much guidance or direction for where we saw ourselves in the upcoming years.
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
The big difference between our last record, Rampart District, and our new record, Mountains (available on iTunes, Spotify, etc.), is significantly more under the blanket term of “rock”. We stay true to our roots of post-hardcore but we have definitely diverged into a new category.
Has that expansion been more of an organic movement of sound or the band deliberately wanting to go there?
It was both! We knew we needed to branch out and explore other ideas but we didn’t know how at first. Over time it became more apparent of what we wanted and we made it happen.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?
The new Bring Me The Horizon has influenced all of us because of how they forced themselves out of their comfort zone to create something that everyone can enjoy and executed it well…Also Deftones biiig time. We just took the same approach and it’s been working for us. We’re just having fun at this point and whatever is created is created haha.
Is there a regular process to the band’s songwriting?
For Mountains specifically, we spent a lot of the time recording demos at Ryan’s studio, either jamming ideas acoustically, writing over vocal melodies or going off of other recordings we did on our own. After we collected the demos we knew we definitely wanted on the album, we flew to Canada to work with Siegfried Meier (Kitty, DMX) at Beach Road Studios which was an amazing experience to have as a band. He has an amazing studio and is a great producer to work with!
Where do the lyrical inspirations to side of your songs predominantly come from?
Sometimes I’ve pulled from lyric piles that I’ve had for years that never fit in other songs and just so happened to work in these. But a lot of inspiration for my lyrics is from my perspective on life and my experiences like Liberosis and Swervewolf. But then there are some songs like Invisible and Traitor that are just storytelling.
You mentioned Mountains earlier; can you give us some background to it.
We named our new album, Mountains because it references to our hardships and obstacles we’ve had to overcome through the period of time between this release and our last album, Rampart District as well as how we plan to move mountains with this record.
Would you give us a closer insight to its themes and the premises songs?
There usually isn’t much of a reoccurring theme to our songs, but I always end my lyrics with a message of hope and empowerment instead of constant complaining like some songs out there and I plan to keep it that way.
Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?
A little bit of both. Structurally, we have it done. But there are little nuances that we change on the fly in the studio.
Tell us about the live side to the band?
It’s a very high energy and in-your-face performance! You should come see it for yourself some time! We have shows listed on our website at: http://www.theworldoverofficial.com/
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods? Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?
There definitely is, but you have to line yourself up with the right people and a good team. You have to put in the work and not expect things to fall in your lap. Especially in Los Angeles as there is a lot of competition. You have to hustle to survive.
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date?
We think it’s helped us reach a greater international audience as we have fans all over the world. You can never gain too many fans. Personally we think you need to utilize all of your social media platforms in order to get yourself established as a band. Also post nudes. Jk don’t do that.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?
Thanks for having us! Lastly, we’d just like to add that our album is out on all music platforms: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, iHeartRadio and more so give it a listen! We also have merchandise available on our website: http://www.theworldoverofficial.com/ or on our bandcamp where you can stream our album for free at: http://theworldover.bandcamp.com/
You can subscribe to our channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheWorldOver
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