Southern California’s MOVEMENTS have released their B-Sides 7″ today, August 20, via Fearless Records.
It includes two new tracks — Panic and No Silhouette. The 7″ comes in two configurations: Grape Candy Purple, limited to 500 copies, and Coke Bottle Clear, limited to 500 copies.
Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the band’s most recent album, ‘No Good Left to Give’, described as a “step forward for the band” by Brooklyn Vegan. These tracks ultimately didn’t make the final cut at the time but Movements knew they wanted to release them into world eventually – and that time is now.
Singer Pat Miranda explains how these tracks factored into the band’s overall creative process, sharing, “Back in 2017, when we went into the studio to record ‘Feel Something’, we only showed up with 7 or 8 songs ready to go. We were pressed for time to finish writing four more songs in the studio in order to finish the record. A few years later, when we went into the writing process for ‘No Good Left To Give’, we decided to be overly prepared for the studio in order to maximize production time.”
He furthers, “The four of us spent almost a year writing and tracking demos to bring with us to the studio, and throughout that process, we ended up writing about 18 songs. This allowed us to get into the studio, go over everything we had, and trim down the record to the songs that we felt were the absolute best. We ended up recording 14 songs, but only putting 12 on the record. The two songs that didn’t make the cut were Panic and No Silhouette, and we’re stoked to finally be able to release these songs to the public.”
Regarding Panic, Miranda shares that the song felt similar to other Movements material and that the “overall feeling and message of the song was one we’d already put out in other songs,” and that’s why it was left off the album. Still, it remained a band favourite. He explains, “The goal of ‘NGLTG’ was to feel fresh and new, and Panic is a song that felt like more of an extension of our previous music instead of a progression. That being said, we all love this song! It’s upbeat, catchy, and feels fun, but the lyricism gives a different message. The song explores the ins and outs of living in a constant state of anxiety. We talk about the idea that worry, stress, anxiety attacks — although mostly uncontrollable — almost become a habit and something that feels impossible to break.”
When it comes to No Silhouette, Miranda says, “That was a song that we felt just didn’t stand up to the sonic environment of the rest of the record. It’s slightly more ‘poppy’ than the rest of the music. We felt it might feel unrelated to the overall theme of the record so we decided to leave it off. The song itself addresses the loss of a loved one from the perspective of someone on the outside of the situation. It’s about watching someone you love lose someone that they love, and being there with them through it all. The idea was ‘If you’re going through hell, I’m coming with you.'”
Movements are intimately involved in curating the artwork, imaging, branding, and videos for all of their releases — and the B-Sides effort was no different.
“The album art for ‘NGLTG’ was a series of photos taken by our touring photographer and dear friend Anthony Purcella,” Miranda says. “Inspired by collages made from vintage magazine clippings, we chose to take photos of two subjects, and then rip them up and glue them together to create visually interesting pieces of artwork.”
Miranda continues, “The ‘NGLTG ‘album art is very bright and bold. We wanted to maintain a similar theme for art with the B-Sides, but decided to approach it with the opposite mood in mind. Having the collage aspects still seen throughout the B-Side art was important to us, but we wanted it to feel darker, more moody, and intense-looking. The photos we used are from the same shoot as the original photos, but we specifically chose the shots that shared a similar feeling. They feel more lonely and cold. Creating that contrast between the album and the B-Sides helps define the separation. They’re meant to be connected, but distant at the same time.”
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