When it comes to the British rock circuit at the moment, there seems to be a lot thriving in the pop punk / alternative rock underbelly. For Surrey’s HOMEBOUND this has meant releaisng one of the most invigorating and exciting records of the year in the form of More To Me Than Misery.
With the record having just dropped last Friday via Rude Records, we sat down with vocalist Charlie Boughton to find out the experiences and thoughts that influenced the record.
CHANGE OF HEART
Change of Heart was one of the first songs written for More to Me Than Misery and is an integral part of the EP’s message. It deals with the emotional exhaustion felt when you invest so much of yourself into something and continually have to pick yourself back up. Needing to know when to step back can be difficult to come to terms with and this song epitomises that struggle.
This song came together very quickly and changed very little from the original demo. We wanted to make a bold choice for the first single, something that didn’t sound like anything we’d done before. Coming Clean relates to the anxiety felt when closing in on an inevitable confrontation. The over-thinking and played out scenarios we mull over and over in our heads until we realise there’s nothing left to do but say what needs to be said.
TRUTH BE TOLD
We felt it was important to have a song in line with our previous material, almost in the way of a parting gift. Lyrically and melody wise, this is probably my favourite of the record. It deals with finding the balance in love and life, the misalignment of self-fulfilment and one to share that journey with. At times we have to be selfish and do what is right by you and follow our true north.
Indelible is notably one of the slower and softer songs we’ve ever written, but one we’ve been excited to release. Taking influence from the word’s meaning, it highlights the significance of how a person and their actions can leave a lasting impression on others for better or for worse. We spend so much time looking back, that we stop moving forward where we can begin to leave our own mark on life.
This was the first song we wrote for MTMTM and really set the tone for the sound and message behind it. It describes the struggle of not knowing your own self, what it is you value in life and how that can lead you to spiral into a dark place. It’s important to do what makes you happy in life and learning to understand and accept what that really is.
MORE TO ME THAN MISERY IS OUT NOW VIA RUDE RECORDS. YOU CAN ALSO CATCH THE BAND ON TOUR NEXT MONTH AT THE FOLLOWING DATES:
Aug 27 – Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
Aug 28 – Asylum 2, Birmingham, UK
Aug 29 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
Aug 30 – Thousand Island, London, UK
Sep 01 – The Key Club, Leeds, UK
Sep 02 – The Garage (Attic), Glasgow, UK
Sep 03 – Satans Hollow, Manchester, UK
Sep 04 – Sound Basement, Liverpool, UK