“It comes down to a simple choice, really, get busy living…or get busy dying.”
This is the credence of We Are The Movies, an energetic pop-punk outfit from Columbus, Ohio. It’s a line that the band has named their new EP for, a famous quote from The Shawshank Redemption that many of us can connect to.
Get Busy Living…, We Are The Movies’ sophomore effort, was released on March 26th, 2016. The first single off the six track EP “Always The Rule (Never The Exception)” explores the duality of life through fast-paced confessional lyrics, heavy drums, and unifying chants. The song, as with much of the hooky album, is somewhere at the intersection of old school New Found Glory and new wave revival bands like The Wonder Years and State Champs.
LIKEYOUSAID had the chance to interview We Are The Movies about Get Busy Living… and the making of the band’s live music video, which was filmed in their hometown of Columbus and created by Gordy Mills Media and QEntertainment. Read the interview and check out the first ever LIKEYOUSAID video premiere for “Always The Rule (Never The Exception)” below!
Tell us the story about the song “Always The Rule (Never The Exception)”
That song is the epilogue to almost every relationship that I, Tim (vocals), have ever had. You can read the lyrics here.
When you guys say “Get busy living or get busy dying” in the song’s opener, are you making a reference to anything specific?
“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living… or get busy dying.” It’s actually a quote from the movie The Shawshank Redemption. It’s a message that really speaks to us and has almost become the theme of our songs lately.
Do you have a favorite music video?
Pretty much anything by Taylor Swift. That girl takes music videos to a new level. We love “Congratulations Smack and Katy” by Reggie and the Full Effect – great song and hilarious video. We’re also really into the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly,” as well as most of their other videos from the late 90s; we appreciate their sense of humor.
What’s with all the juxtaposing thoughts and words across your album. Whose idea was that? Was it intentional or did that happen naturally?
“I googled this grown up word and still do not understand the question. Next.” (Tim)
But honestly, life is about duality, man. Yin and yang, peanut butter and jelly, Light side, Dark side. You can’t have one without the other. We process so many thoughts and emotions on a given day, and a majority of them can be contradictory. It’s our job to work through all of that to figure out the ones that will help us grow and develop. The songs on this EP (and definitely on our next one) carry the theme of an existential journey on what it means to be a fully-formed human being.
What was it like filming the music video for “Always The Rule (Never The Exception)”?
The video was filmed at a show we played with Settle Your Scores and Heroes Like Villains at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH. We’ve made montage/lyric videos ourselves in the past but this is the first time we’ve put something together with professionals! The dudes at Gordy Mills Media and QEntertainment did a fantastic job and we already have plans to create some more videos with them in the future.
Without further ado, the first ever music video premiere on LIKEYOUSAID — We Are The Movies – “Always The Rule (Never The Exception)”
Lastly, what’s next for We Are The Movies?
We are headed to Alaska in June to play a few shows including The Road To Warped Tour with SUM 41, Reel Big Fish and State Champs. After that you can find us all around Columbus playing shows, hanging out with friends and supporting the growing pop-punk scene. And then we’ll be back in the studio this summer to write the follow-up for Get Busy Living… titled “…or Get Busy Dying. It will feature new songs that continue our lyrical and musical themes. We will also be working on recording acoustic versions of our more popular songs. Stay tuned!
To listen to We Are The Movies Get Busy Living… from start to finish, check out the band’s Spotify Page, and keep up with LIKEYOUSAID on Facebook for more pop-punk music news and updates from We Are The Movies.