"I don’t think we are planning on being the biggest band on the planet..."
The latest in a line of YouTubers-turned-frontmen, Story Untold’s Janick Thibault wants the Montreal band to be known for their debut album ‘Waves’ rather than his online profile.
He tells all:
HI JANICK! LET’S START FROM THE BEGINNING. HOW DID YOUR BAND COME TOGETHER?
Says Janick: "I was posting videos on Youtube when I was 13 or 14, and at one point I decided to try and find some members because I don’t know if you know, but playing shows all by yourself isn’t very good! It’s pretty boring when someone with a guitar strums with a backing track, so I met up with one of my childhood friends, Jessy, who was in another band, and we found two other members."
"Some left, and right now the line-up we have came together when our bass player, Matt McCormack, decided to leave the band to pursue his studies. We switched members a lot, but that’s pretty much how we got together. At the beginning it was to play shows and also to get this band vibe. I didn’t want to be seen as a one man band and a YouTuber, so I think the main goal of this whole project is to be seen as a real band and to play songs, not covers."
IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU THAT YOU DIFFERENTIATE STORY UNTOLD FROM YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL?
"Yeah, we are trying to not be associated with the YouTube channel because it’s two different things. On YouTube it was mostly me as myself doing covers of songs that I love. I think what we want to do right now is separate those two things and make sure that people don’t get confused about my covers and the band. That’s why I’m not posting as many covers as I used to post on YouTube. That’s pretty much the main goal, to not be seen as a cover band."
IT MUST BE TRICKY. YOU’RE SEEN AS THE STAR OF THE BAND BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW YOU FROM YOUTUBE...
"I think we are trying to be seen as a band, so it’s not just me in the band. I know sometimes it can be a bit confusing for people because I used to post my mash-ups and covers on the band’s Facebook page and of course I think people recognise the band sometimes because of me, but I think when they come to a show they will see that it’s not about me, it’s about the whole band."
WHICH BANDS HAVE INFLUENCED STORY UNTOLD’S SOUND?
"Our main influences are definitely Green Day, Simple Plan and Sum 41. These are the three bands I would listen to when I was younger. Of course there was Blink-182, All Time Low... I started listening to heavier stuff when I grew older, but at first I was a huge Green Day fan. They were the only band I listened to, but the older I get the more bands I discover and I’m trying to be open minded about what I’m influenced by, whether that’s pop or heavier stuff."
WHAT’S YOUR LOCAL SCENE IN MONTREAL LIKE?
"For pop-punk it’s pretty hard. Especially because Quebec people speak French. We’re a band that comes from Quebec and we sing in English, so they don’t really want to help us out. They want to push French artists, so for us right now it’s a bad neighbourhood so we are just trying to get out of there. The US and the UK would be ideal for us because the music scene in Montreal is pretty crap."
WHAT MAKES YOUR BAND STAND OUT FROM OTHER BANDS IN THE POP-PUNK SCENE?
"I think what we are trying to do right now with the new album is that we have some very dark songs and we also have some straight up pop-punk songs, but the ones that are more unique in my opinion are the ones that are the ones that reflect a more mature vision of this whole thing."
"We are just trying to play some catchy songs that are still different in a way. I think what we are trying to do right now, is mix Bring Me The Horizon and PVRIS, but without too heavy guitar sounds or the harsh vocals. We’re trying to make pop and rock music, but in a way that isn’t too heavy or too dark."
SO MORE OF A REFLECTION OF YOUR MUSIC TASTE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
"Exactly. Kind of like early ’00s bands, but 2018!"
STORY UNTOLD IS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE OF TOURING. HOW HAVE YOU FOUND IT SO FAR?
"It’s good! You learn a lot about yourself and other people that are in the band with you. It’s a lot of long drives, so you talk more to your bandmates then you do to your girlfriend that’s back home. Sometimes it’s just tiring, but in the end it’s all worth it because you get to play music at the end of the day and people come to the shows and take their time to go see you play. So it think it’s fun for me. I think it’s the best reward that we could get as musicians."
AND YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM - 'WAVES' - ON THE WAY! WHAT INSPIRED THE LYRICS ON THE ALBUM?
"When we started recording I’d just come out of a relationship that was a bit toxic, so this is why most songs on the album are dark and angry. I think that was the main theme. We also wanted the songs to all be different, so there isn’t a song that sounds like another song on the album. They’re all like pretty dark and they deal with anxiety and relationships, just stuff that I wanted to talk about."
WHAT’S YOUR AIM FOR STORY UNTOLD? DO YOU WANT TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST BANDS ON THE PLANET? OR IS IT A FUN THING TO DO WITH YOUR FRIENDS?
"I don’t think we are planning on being the biggest band on the planet, but every song is catchy in it’s own way. We made our friends listen to the songs and they all had different favourite songs, which is a good thing because it’s not just one song that everyone loves, I think it’s the whole album. I think we are pretty proud of it so we can’t wait to put it out and see the reaction from everyone and see how it goes!"
AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE ALBUM IS OUT? WILL WE SEE YOU IN THE UK ANY TIME SOON?
"We hope so! Once the album is out we are hopefully going to get on some tours and have the chance to travel and see a lot of places and see different crowds. That’s the main goal for this album."
ARE YOU ALREADY WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL?
"For this album I wrote about 30 songs, so we’ve still got plenty of songs that we could choose from, but right now I’m taking a break from writing. I’m pretty sure I’m going to start writing again soon. I’m trying to think about every next step but right now, it’s just putting out this album, getting on some tours and seeing the reaction from everyone!"
‘Waves’ is out on February 02 via Hopeless Records.