There’s something transcendent about the feeling of a rainstorm in the middle of the Summer. Amidst the hottest days there is a spell in which everything is different, yet more sane than ever. Boulder, CO’s Rain In July is representing that spirit of difference in a similar vein.
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to Rain In July? How long has the band been around?
Our band has been around for around 2 and a half years now. Prior to this, while we were all in a couple projects expressing our musicality, we never truly found our calling in bands before this. We all found ourselves at a point where we wanted to push forward with a band, and that was Rain In July.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
Rain In July comes from the Neck Deep EP of the same name. It means a lot more to us at the core, pushing through the toughest times of a lifetime, when everything else seems great.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
We write collectively. Many of the themes are dealing with personal struggles and finding solace in the music that we play and in doing what we love. Our lyrics are something that we take pride in, agonizing over detail, and making sure that it flows cohesively. Our most recent EP, ‘Trying to Breathe’ was written about feeling like the world is against you, and overcoming that.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
A few of our biggest inspirations are Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, and Yellowcard.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
I saw Yellowcard perform years ago at a club show, and they absolutely blew me away with their live performance. I looked around me, and I saw every person singing the words with all their voice and it was incredible. From that moment, I knew that I wanted to play in a band, and I wanted to perform on stage.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, ect …
Lots of flexing...But in all honesty we all have our warm ups that we do prior to our set. Whether that be vocal warm ups, finger warm ups, or getting ready mentally we all get prepared to perform.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
We played a sold out show with Set It Off, which has been one of our favorite bands of all time. That was incredible, playing to so many people that had never heard of our band, while supporting one of the bands that helped get us into this music.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
I think if Rain In July toured with N Sync it would be a real rad show, just saying! ;)
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview us! Make sure to check out our new single Beachside, available July 6th.