The evolution of Tidemouth has been staggering, to say the least. The California quartet came into existence in 2008 and crafted an erratic, violent form of screamo. Fast-forward seven years later and the band have altered their sound in a surprising way that yields positive results. A screamo heart can still be found within this vessel of theirs, but the outer shell is now more in-line with goth and apocalyptic post-punk. It seems that with their new full-length, Velvet and Stone, Tidemouth have found their niche. American Aftermath recently caught up with guitarist Ryan Corbett do discuss the new album, the band’s beginnings and what’s to come.
Could you introduce yourself and your role in Tidemouth?
Hey! I’m Ryan Corbett! I play guitar in Tidemouth!
How did Tidemouth come into being?
Tidemouth was started around 2008. If I’m remembering this correctly we spoke of starting a “spazzcore” band at a Comfort Suites hotel room party. Pretty silly.
What initially drew you to that furious, screamo-driven sound on the older Tidemouth recordings?
Well our former drummer Andrew was really into Three One G records. We all really liked The Locust, and the rest of the bands Justin Pearson played in, but really at the start It was kind of Andrew’s brain child. Also that dude could do some crazy blast beats and I love power chords so it just made sense. Playing that fast was also really fun live. It’s always a good time when you’re getting wild at a show.
Could you tell me a little bit about the writing and recording process of the new record, Velvet and Stone?
Most of the record I wrote on my guitar, then take them to the drummer where we would rewrite and restructure the songs. Cody would throw some bass in there. We structured most of the record in a grimy abandoned trailer. I have, no joke, seen bats in there before. It’s pretty wild. Pretty punk. We’ll probably do it again. The recording was really fun. Jules Leon is a really talented engineer. It took around a week to record. Most of the songs sound completely different from the point of us going into the studio to us leaving the studio.
The new record’s sound is a pretty big departure from Tidemouth’s previous releases. Did this new sound develop organically through the writing process or did you go into the new album knowing you wanted to do something different?
I wanted something different from what we were doing before. Not too different though. Our last EP, What I Meant to Say, was cool and when I was writing my guitar for that record I wanted to make something like a faster Black Sails from AFI. This time it was like OK, let’s just focus making songs that sound a little more ’80s then let’s figure out how to make them heavy and spooky.
There are hints of goth, post-punk and their subsidiaries on Velvet and Stone. What inspired you to take this route this time around?
Personally, while I love playing and writing more intense music… nowadays I listen to more post-punk than hardcore. Although we are still a heavy band, It just made sense to sprinkle more of my musical interests into the band.
What is it about those styles that drew you to them?
We did the Echo and The Bunnymen cover a few years back and we all fucking loved it. Not saying we’re writing songs as good as The Killing Moon, it’s just now we have to shoot for that style because of how much it pleased us.
What are some of the themes explored on the record, lyrically speaking?
Well most of the lyrics correspond well with what we were trying to do with the music.
Some of the songs are a little more light hearted, some are sarcastic, some are dark, and all of them really fit the sentiment we were shooting for.
Do you feel the artwork ties into the album thematically in any way?
Yeah definitely! It’s very spooky. I remember when I first time I saw the artwork my jaw dropped. Dylan Garret Smith did a fantastic fucking job. Considering the name of the record being Velvet and Stone, which is a contrast thing between the velvet lining on the inside of a coffin and the head stone, I think it works perfectly.
What does the remainder of 2015 have in store for Tidemouth?
TOUR! We will be doing some touring this year. We will keep everyone posted on future dates.
Velvet and Stone is out now via Melotov Records.