Having already established himself with a flurry of bold and impressive releases over the years, Nashville-based artist We Are Messengers has returned with his euphoric new single 'Come What May'.
Lifted from his latest studio album 'Wholehearted', which is available to stream now, 'Come What May' makes for a wonderfully rich and enticing listen. With his powerful voice layered amongst a blistering pop-rock production, this new release is an instantly compelling offering from an artist brimming with stunning textures.
So with the new single doing the rounds, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and inspirations over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
My Mam and Dad bought me a red and white Stratocaster when I was 13 years old. I sat in our garage learning Nirvana songs day and night, and I just did soundcheck for a show covering “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Some things never change.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I loved Grunge, Metal, old Hip Hop, Blues and Country. Very eclectic but that’s the way I still like to listen.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I bought Nevermind by Nirvana on tape cassette at a flea market in Monaghan where I grew up.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Coco by Foy Vance.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I just try to get myself relaxed and calm and ready to do the hard work of telling the truth, being honest, especially about the mess that I can be. I want to write the words people struggle to articulate and be a voice for the folks caught in their heartache.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Non stop listening to fellow Irish man Foy Vance, still on a Coldplay and U2 buzz.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I’d love to open for Weezer, U2 or the boss Bruce Springsteen. That would be bucket list filling stuff.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Watching the lights come on in the people’s eyes and hearing crowds shout and sing back the words we wrote for them. That connection with an audience is what we thrive on.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Great question. The traveling can be brutal, being gone from the ones we love most and I really struggle with the comparison game in the music industry. That can steal all the joy!
We Are Messengers' new single 'Come What May' is available to stream now. Check out the video for it in the player below.