"I don’t really talk about my problems. I usually just run away. Music has always been that escape."
Having channeled talent, depression and a pure love of music into something beautiful on debut album ‘Feel Something’, Movements became one of the standout new bands of 2017.
Vocalist Patrick Miranda tells us their story up until now.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE VERY START OF MOVEMENTS?
Says Patrick: "It all started when I was in high school and I started to get involved with the local hardcore scene. I got really into this world. I was listening to bands like Title Fight and Balance And Composure and I wanted to be a part of it.
I was about 15 or 16 and had always wanted to be in a band but it had just never really worked out. I was in a garage band with our bassist Austin when we were 13 but it was just awful. I got to the point when I was about to graduate and thought, ‘I don’t really have anything musical going on, I guess I’ll go to college’. My dad was really pushing for me to go to college and get a degree; the traditional route. I didn’t want to do any of that. I wanted to play music."
"I found a school and studied Visual Media. Aside from music that is my passion in life. I really love documentaries and I really wanted to produce them, so I did that and it was cool, but I felt there was a void. I wasted a year’s worth of tuition when I should have loved it. Then in the midst of all that I had this moment where my whole life just started crumbling and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I just ran away from it all for a month. I then realised that I should just do what I want to do. There’s no reason to be wasting away and doing something that I’m not proud of just for the sake of trying to make my dad happy, so I dropped out of college and moved back home. That was definitely not a good thing for my relationship with my father. It put strain on that and there was already strain. We’ve never really been that close. Me dropping out of college was another reason for him to be on my ass."
"Our first three demos happened about that time frame when all of these things were happening. When I wrote the songs I really wanted to put them to use, so a couple of friends of mine said, 'We’ve really wanted to jam some stuff too'. We all got together in this big warehouse, started writing music and it just took off from there."
"The demos are not exactly amazing and I’m surprised 'Protection' is the song that blew up. I was so proud of it though because it was the first song I ever wrote. Though looking back now and seeing how far I’ve come in my lyric writing and how far we’ve come as a band and as musicians, our music writing has gone so far beyond what it was. It’s crazy seeing that difference."
"In March 2015, Have Mercy was playing a show at Chain Reaction in Los Angeles and one of our friends who was booking it asked if we wanted to open the show. We played our first show and it was sick, I’m pretty sure our crowd reaction was just as big as Have Mercy’s. That was the first opportunity for us to get noticed as a band, and we weren’t even aware of it but there were scouts from different labels at that show watching us. So a month or two later we had just locked in our second show with Balance And Composure and we were going through our band email and realised we had missed an email from Fearless Records. We were like, 'Oh shit! That’s a record label and we have completely overlooked it'. So that started us meeting with different labels and we eventually went with Fearless because we felt they would give us the most and take our career to the next level. That was insane. We had played one show and people were already trying to sign us. It happened so fast. We just had to go with it. You can’t wait too long in music."
THERE’S USUALLY A MOMENT FOR BANDS WHERE THINGS GO FROM BEING JUST FOR FUN TO SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS. YOU GUYS DIDN’T HAVE THAT.
"It was crazy, it’s so surreal. I think we lost a little bit of credibility in our local scene because a lot of DIY kids said that we didn’t pay our dues. That’s true but what we didn’t pay in our local scene, we did elsewhere. When we started touring we did opening slots for over a year. We were playing to rooms that had no idea who we were and we were not making anything on merch and our guarantee was garbage. We were out of pocket for things like gas. Just because a band from California is popular doesn’t mean they can go to the other side of the country and be the same. We ground it out for that first year and this was all before the first EP [2016’s 'Outgrown Things'] had even come out. We didn’t record it until after our first tour and it didn’t come out until after our third tour."
"We put out the EP in March of last year. I don’t think any of us realised how impactful it was going to be. To see people saying that this music has changed their life is just crazy, it’s really nice to see that people have connected. Off of six songs we have toured with some of our favourite bands, we’ve played Warped Tour, we got to tour with Good Charlotte earlier this year. We’ve done so many awesome things and it’s really insane to think about. We are so incredibly grateful."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ABLE TO PLAY WITH SUCH VARIED BANDS AND GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?
"It’s weird that we’ve been able to weave in between all of these different genres. It’s all the same scene, but there are different corners. It’s nerve-wracking sometimes. Obviously you want everybody to like you and that’s an unrealistic expectation. It’s not for everybody and there are obviously going to be people who are like, ‘What the hell is this?’. The shows we played with Pierce The Veil were some of the most loving shows we have ever played. There was no sense of the crowd going, ‘I just want to see Pierce The Veil’. It was the first experience we had of big venues as well. Last year we toured with This Wild Life and Have Mercy and there were days when there were kids who had no idea who we were and just wanted to see the bands they wanted to see. It’s interesting seeing all these different sides of the music world and trying to work out where we fit in."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU DO FIT IN ANYWHERE?
"Yes and no. I don’t think we have any sort of mould. I don’t think we’re a pop-punk band, but I also don’t think were an emo band or a rock band. It’s this weird mesh of all three. We’ve been able to fit in though. Not completely, but enough that it works. We can tour with a band like Knuckle Puck and it works. It’s not like we’re some crazy metal band touring with a pop-punk band. We’re close enough that their fans appreciate it. We fit in, but we’re different."
WHAT DOES MOVEMENTS REPRESENT FOR YOU?
"Movements is me being able to live the dream that I’ve always had. More than that from a writing standpoint, it’s a collection of all the things that I don’t like talking about in general conversation. Whether I’m dealing with relationship issues or dealing with mental health or family issues, it’s all the things that I want to say but don’t want to talk about. It’s an opportunity for me to get those things off my chest and have an emotional outlet and release. That makes for pretty sad music, and music that definitely deals with heavier subject matters."
"I’ve always connected most with sad songs. The songs that I listen to the most are the songs that I can relate to. That’s what I want us to be for other people. If you do like our music, I don’t want you to just hear it. I want you to feel it and relate to the things I talk about. If I can do that, my job is done. I want to be able to impact other people in the way that music has impacted me."
YOU’VE BECOME A FIGUREHEAD IN THE SCENE. HOW DOES THAT FEEL?
"I never really expected it. It’s pretty hard to grasp that people come to me as a spokesperson. I guess it’s easy to idolise the people that make art that you care deeply about. I don’t feel like I’m worthy of any sort of pedestal. Just because I write stuff that people can relate to doesn’t mean that I’m any better than anyone else. I don’t think very highly of myself at all. I’m really not used to all these people saying, 'You saved my life' or 'You changed me as a person' or 'You helped me through this'. Like, holy shit. That’s insane! It’s so crazy to think about."
"A lot of time it’s really overwhelming and it’s a lot of weight on my shoulders. There are a bunch of kids who look to me for this solidarity or emotional support and a lot of the time they will come to me for advice and I’ll say, 'I don’t even know how to help me'. I understand being the frontman you are going to be experiencing that because it’s just your place. You have to be that face and you have to take on those responsibilities and I think I’ve been doing an alright job so far. Just because I’m an artist who writes things you like doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat me like any other person."
HAS MUSIC ALWAYS BEEN AN OUTLET FOR YOUR EMOTIONS?
"Music has always been a huge thing for me. It’s bigger than anything else in my life. It’s such a saving grace for me. I don’t think I would be alive if it wasn’t for music. I can honestly say that music is everything to me. Even before I started getting into the new age stuff I was in to My Chemical Romance and Underøath and The Devil Wears Prada. I connected with the super emo stuff when I was a kid. I just always really wanted my own outlet."
"I don’t really talk about my problems. I usually just run away. Music has always been that escape. That’s always been a big thing for me. I know how therapeutic music can be because I’ve been there. That’s the driving force behind Movements, because I want this to be a safe place for people."
IS THERE ANYWHERE ELSE YOU CAN PUT THESE FEELINGS ASIDE FROM MUSIC?
"Honestly, no. It’s incredibly draining. We spent a year writing and recording ‘Feel Something’ and at the end after 14 months of work I was just so drained. I didn’t want to do anything, I just felt like every fibre of my being was empty. I had put so much of my effort and emotion in to every one of these songs that I just needed a break. I spent two months by myself not thinking about music. I just relaxed and took a step back from everything. It’s just overwhelming, you know? I wish I had some other place where I could get rid of some of that build up but I don’t really. That’s just how it is. If I had somewhere else to put all of this I don’t think the music would be as genuine or as important. This is just how I know how to express myself. I come from a musical family so it’s always been a big thing for me throughout my life. It’s more important to me than anything else and I don’t think I would feel as fulfilled if I put my efforts elsewhere."
WHAT DO YOU WANT MOVEMENTS’ LEGACY TO BE?
"I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about it. I think what I want more than anything else is for people to be impacted by our music. I want people to hear it and literally feel something and be able to look back and think, 'That music hit me like no other music has'. There are bands that feel fake and I’ve always wanted us to be real and genuine and honest. Whenever this is all done I want people to look back and go, 'Wow, that band was real'. I want people to appreciate Movements for what it was."
‘Feel Something’ is out now via Fearless Records.