Keyes is a somewhat new indie, post hardcore band from San Diego, CA! They were recently brought to our attention through their record label, Tragic Hero Records, and were given the opportunity to speak with their singer, Kyle Allen.
Fun fact about Kyle, he's the nephew of Mike and Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil, which is something that's recently drawn some attention to the band.
Seeing as they are still fairly new, we thought it would be fun to get to know them a bit. So without further ado, here is what Kyle had to say.
1. What inspired the name of your band first off?
It's actually a pretty funny story but when we were thinking of band names we were going through video game characters and level names and Ian (guitar) mentioned Captain Keyes from the Halo series. The rest is history.
2. How would you describe your music to those just discovering you?
I normally tell people Keyes is just a lot of noise. Seriously though, Keyes is something real to all 4 of us and music we want to be playing. It's music from all of our hearts.
3. Who are some of your inspirations (in life in general, and of course musically)?
My biggest influences are easily my friends and family. They are the reason Keyes exists in the first place. Musically, I've always looked up to Imogen Heap. I don't think there's ever a time that I've been writing and I don't listen through one of her records for ideas or subtle nuances to put in the back of a mix. She is truly incredible.
4. What does your dream festival look like?
For my dream festival I'd love to get Des Ark, Now Now, Owen, Moving Mountains, Fences, Gatsby's American Dream and mewithoutYou all together.
5. Name something you listen to that nobody would ever expect?
Melanie Martinez. I found her a little over a year ago when she released a few singles back in 2014. When she released her Cry Baby album I just fell in love with the whole concept behind it, as well as the incredible production on the entire record. That's probably something people wouldn't expect me to be listening to.
6. You're releasing a 7"" soon that's split with Wearing Thin, what inspired that EP and what was the process like?
We've known Tylor from Wearing Thin for a few years now and have always wanted to tour together. Tylor sent me a text, around the same time Keyes was writing, explaining that Wearing Thin had 2 songs that they wanted to use for a split with us. After we finished writing, we drove to Seattle to record the 2 songs with Casey Bates (Pierce the Veil, Fear Before the March of Flames, Chiodos). The recording process was amazing.
7. Out of all of your songs, what ones are your favorites and why?
My favorite Keyes songs that we have done so far are Cities of Fog with Nothing to Love, off our first EP, and Little Sister, from our upcoming Split. Cities of Fog was the first song we wrote as Keyes and tells the story of how my best friend, at the time, threw away our friendship for a girl. Yet in the end, how fortunate I was that he did so because it has allowed me to welcome far better people into my life. Even Keyes wouldn't be what it is today if he hadn't made those choices.
Little Sister is a very personal song to me. It's about how I moved out during my parents divorce and how I regret doing so in the manner that I did. I left my sister there during a time she probably needed me more than ever. That's why those are my 2 favorite Keyes songs, more so just because they were the first and last songs that we've written so far and the stories that have happened in between.
8. Best tour story so far?
To be honest, I really wish we had more tour stories to tell. I truly just enjoy seeing new parts of the world. I also enjoy meeting and having conversations with people I wouldn't otherwise have the chance to. It's not horribly exciting but it really is my favorite part of touring. Normally on tour though we play games with the other bands like Black Magic. If you don't know what Black Magic is, look it up and play it at the next party you go to.
9. Where is one place you dream of performing?
I think it'd be awesome to perform in Japan. I just can't fathom what it'd be like to not be able to verbally communicate with a crowd, yet still be connected through the same love of music. Also, I think the Japanese culture is incredible and I would love to experience that first hand.
10. Is there anything you would like to add or plug before we go?
I just want to say thank you for this opportunity. Come on out to a date on our west coast tour this April 7 - 15th, and Our Split with Wearing Thin comes out April 15th, 2016 on Tragic Hero Records. Thank you again, and take care.
Thank you very much to Kyle for doing this interview with us! We greatly appreciated it and really enjoyed what he had to say. Especially about Japan, and the love of music. That was just wonderful.
Like Kyle said, you can get their split EP on April 15 and you can pre-order it now through Merch Bucket! Be sure to look Keyes up on YouTube and Facebook, chances are you are going to be impressed.
These are interview that I myself have done. They have not been found anywhere, they have not been done for me. They are my work.