Band Of The Week // HALFLIVES
Presenting us with their thrilling new EP Resilience, Halflives channel the perfect amount of honesty and infectious energy to create a potent sonic blend that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
Alt-rockers Halflives push their hooking melodies to even greater heights in their newest EP Resilience. The EP is a collection of five tracks that does pretty much what it says on the tin; spilling their thoughts and opening up about their thoughts, the band gets honest about some of their difficulties but ultimately push on and stay resilient through it all. With an open attitude at the core of the work, the EP strengthens the already-tight affinity between the band and their fans, and creates a space for listeners to relate their own experiences and seek strength to carry on.
From charismatic and ambitious opener Rockstar Everyday, the drive towards the electronic-dominant chorus will get you on your feet and there’s an almost tangible electricity in the build-up that will leave you with a thrilling buzz. Snake tantalises with its echoing vocals and charms with its self-recognition of the power that one can hold, as vocalist Linda Battilani slyly confesses, “baby I’m a snake”. Anthemic Time Bomb feat. Kellin Quinn raises the energy levels with its vivacity, before the poignant One Bad Day pierces through to your heart with its confessional lyricism laced with desperation. Leaving on an uplifting note with Hard To Break, the EP is the beginnings of a band who have found their feet and are ready to take the world stage by storm.
Speaking to the band about the inspiration behind the EP, they’ve opened up about their own experiences of staying resilient to make it through to the other side, and provided some advice.
What’s a motto you live by?
Live without expectations.
Drawing inspiration upon the opening track title, what’s the most rockstar moment you’ve had?
Playing at Rock For People last summer, but I must say this tour with Icon For Hire is making me feel quite like a Rockstar Everyday!
Can you explain the focus on the snake in the EP? Is there any deeper symbolism behind choosing it as the EP cover?
Snakes change their skin and keep on going, and this image sticks very well with someone who’s Resilient. Also there’s a popular misconception about snakes; they are considered evil and they’re a phobia to many. Actually they’re quiet animals and they mostly just want to be left alone. This prejudice itself is also why I chose the snake as an image. Lastly, for Harry Potter fans: I’m a Slytherin and I obviously speak parseltongue.
You sing ‘baby I’m a snake’; why do you think you would be a snake? What is your spirit animal?
I’d be a snake for the reasons listed above. Except for the misconception thing well, IF they want to be mean they can be mean. And when I wrote Snake I was feeling pretty nasty. My spirit animal though is still a lone wolf.
How did the collaboration with Kellin Quinn come about? Can you tell us more about it and what your favourite part of working with Kellin was?
We heard Kellin was looking for bands to do guest vocals for so we decided to send him an email without any expectations (see answer to question 1!) of ever being considered. After five minutes he had already replied saying the song was great and asking where we wanted him to sing on it. The best part was definitely finding out how nice and supportive he is towards new bands, he really seems to be a genuine and nice guy.
If someone was feeling the way that you sing about in One Bad Day, what advice would you give to them?
Hold on, even the darkest days will pass. Even if you think you’re out of time there is still time, just hold on.
How do you cope and get yourself through a bad day? Do you have any habits that you turn to during those days?
Well, while you’re living this bad day you struggle to see the light and you hope for a miracle to happen. Truth is that it never happens, or if it does, very very rarely. On a bad day I try to go through my routine but generally fail at everything cause when you’re not in the mood it’s quite tough. Usually I sleep and let a new day begin.
Were there any surprises, whether pleasant or unpleasant, that you came across when recording the EP?
Well, the featuring with Kellin Quinn. It was not planned at all, it all happened in the blink of an eye and on the moment we didn’t really realize.
What was the most memorable part of the recording process? Are there any behind-the-scenes stories that you can share with us?
Hard To Break is adapted from a song I sent as an attachment to my cover letter for a job application. They said that any extra was welcome so I did what I know how to do best: sing. I wasn’t hired, but it’s their loss!
And finally, what does music mean to you?
It might sound cheap but it’s an addiction. I actually tried to quit but I just can’t, so I wrote Resilience instead.