Get to know the Alternative band Hitting Subset and learn more about their upcoming debut album !
Hello guys, thanks for taking time to answer our questions! Could you please introduce your band to our readers? Caleb Behm: Vocals ; Emilio Rendon: Guitar ; Zane Leblanc: Bass, Vocals ; Abram Ulve: Drums, Vocals.
Can you tell us about how your band first formed? Abram and our first guitar player, Cass, got together around the summer of 2011 to start an alternative prog rock project. Something to get away from the norm of playing either metalcore or pop/punk. They met Emilio and Caleb a year later and started writing songs. After a couple of member changes, Emilio moved to Guitar and we hired Zane as our bass player. The idea was to find members who had different stylistic preferences and fit them together to form something new that sticks out from the crowd.
What’s the story behind your bands name? Abram bought a used X-box 360 a few years ago and the person who used it before had the screen name HittingSubset, and it stuck out. We have found more meaning along the way. Ideally that this band was formed from a subset of different previous bands and influences.
Please tell us more about your new single “Hikari”. Hikari, which means “light” in Japanese, was written about Caleb and Abram’s dog Zorro who is a 5 year old Siberian Husky with severe epilepsy. After battling with this illness together for 3 or 4 years they were faced with the ugly decision of either giving him up for adoption so that someone more wealthy could take care of him, or ending his suffering. After hours of crying we couldn’t go through with it, so we fought it together. I could never wrap my head around why a creature so warm and inviting could be stricken with such a devastating illness. (“Shaking the frames with swinging doors”) Today Zorro has been seizure free for over a year!
What’s the concept behind your upcoming debut full-length? Hikari/Yami, the dark and the light, ying and yang. The understanding that light could not exist without darkness and darkness could never exist without light. The album deals with a lot of mental anguish and bi-polar disorder, and takes you through a roller coaster of emotions, designed to take you on a journey through perspectives that you may never understand or a perspectives that you may be able to strongly identify with, but the underlining meaning behind it all is that we are a result of what we put into this life and that we are nothing without each other.
Who were your main influences for this release? I would say that our influences were all over the board for this record, ranging from Circa Survive and Brand New to bands like Queen, At The Drive In, and Primus. Since everyone writes their own parts and we all listen to different styles of music it can make for some interesting and unique tunes.
How was the recording process? Any funny story from the studio? The cool thing about this record is that we got to record everything ourselves and outsourced the mixing and mastering through a friend names Josh Flores of Shadow Of Whales who did a tremendous job. We did, however, get through recording the entire first half before our buddy Josh’s hard-drive was stolen so we had to re-record everything from scratch. In the end, everything sounds amazing and we couldn’t be more happy!
How do you usually write and compose your songs? Generally Emilio and sometimes Abram will come up with the guitar basics and the format of the song first. They will send it out to everyone to listen and start writing their parts to, usually it’s drums second followed by bass, and then the vocals come last. Generally the concept of the lyrics doesn’t get started until the whole rest of the song is finished, to really capture the feel of the song and match it with the concept.
Out of all the experiences you had as a band, has there been a particular one that has stood out to you? Our favorite show so far I think I could safely say was our sold out show at Dirty Dog Bar (500 cap venue) with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. They were super nice and fun to play with, and it was really cool being around musicians who have been in the game a while who aren’t so bitter and negative about having the privilege to share their art on a national level. We’ll never forget that show! Hopefully we’ll be able to do some more shows like that in the future.
Last but not least… What would be your dream tour? That is a good question, I feel like if we got to tour with Cage The Elephant or Circa Survive we all might be able to die peacefully without haunting people after we become ghosts of course.