THESE HEARTS is a band brought to you by our friends over at Victory that has a blend of clean vocals and breakdowns that is ideal for headbanging wind into their perfectly disheveled haircuts. As Sarge put it, they could easily be the nine-month result of a backstage no-pants dance between I SEE STARS and FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS. They all seem like a bunch of super chill slash kinda zany dudes and I got a chance to catch up with ISAIAH FOLK and dig up his thoughts on the band’s religious views and Myspace culture.
For the record, can you state your name & role in the band?
My name is Isaiah Folk and I play drums in These Hearts.
Going through your websites, I see you label yourselves as popcore, screamo, but I also see that you label yourselves as a Christian band. How do you define yourselves such; how is that aspect incorporated into your music?
Just every day life, you know? We all live Christian lives. Also with the lyrics and stuff, I know Ryan [Saunders, vocals] writes about his experiences as a Christian.
Speaking of Christian bands, I noticed you put down Underoath as an influence on your page. Any thoughts on their disbanding?
Our favorite albums by them are the ones that they did earlier on in their career, such as They’re Only Chasing Safety or Define the Great Line, so we are bummed and sad that it’s over, but we did get to play [Sonshine] Festival with them earlier this summer. They’re really nice guys! Most of the stuff we were fans of was their earlier albums so I guess that’s really all I have to say about that.
I’m gonna miss moshing 4 christ to this album too, dude : (
When Underoath – or any band, really – makes their statement about officially disbanding, they always say “we took this band and made it everything it could be” or something along those lines. Do you think you’ve reached that goal with These Hearts or is there a certain goal that, once you hit, you’ll think “wow, we definitely made it successfully as a band”? I know you guys are signed to Victory, which is a feat in itself, but where is that defining point?
Well for me, personally, I’m excited to release our next album and I think once that comes out, I’ll be more satisfied with where we’re at. But as far as that turning point, I think it’ll be a while before we get there.
Well you’ve been going strong for a while and I’m sure you’ll reach that point soon. You guys were formed in 2007, correct? When I first started going to shows around then, the big thing for bands to promote themselves was “Hey guys, we’re [BAND NAME], check us out on myspace.com/bandname!” Clearly Myspace has died but is attempting to make a comeback into the world of relevant social networks. Do you think it’s feasible that Myspace will catch on again and you’re willing to build up a new fan base on the new site, or will it just flop again?
That’s a really good question. We’ve been talking about it, as a band, that we’re really interested to see where it goes with [its attempted comeback]. I’m a HUGE fan of Myspace, I think Myspace is the best social network for bands and we all just absolutely loved it. It sucked when it went down, you know? Hopefully you can make it all customizable like before, where you could pretty much make it your own band website. The general public, at least where I’m from, they just really bashed on it for having jailbait girls and all that, but Facebook is becoming the same thing. I dunno, we’re all fans of Myspace so we’re rootin’ for it!
Yeah, Myspace was definitely a huge starting point for a lot of bands that way. All social networking and online presence aside, have you noticed a change in the scene? You guys are from North Dakota but national touring has obviously exposed you to a ton of different scenes around the country. Notice any changes across the years?
When we started our band, we played regionally and then I feel like we’ve done a really good job of building up our hype in our region, so when we play shows around here, the scene is really good. It just takes time to build up your name in other scenes to really see what your potential is with them. When we tour nationally, we’re not exactly a huge band yet, so it’s hard to judge it. There’s a lot of bands that use the excuse that “the scene is dying out” as an excuse for their band just not doing that well yet.
Posi jump status is OVER 9000
You did mention you were working on new stuff. Anything more you can tell me about what we can expect from These Hearts in the future?
Just better written songs. Our new album will be a little bit heavier and will be sounding good.
Awesome, we’re all looking forward to it. Lastly, I gotta ask, I know you just got off tour with Broadway and Us, From Outside. Any crazy tour adventures or fan stories you could share with us?
The last night of the tour, all the guys in Broadway and Us, From Outside got on stage in their underwear and took all my drums away from me while we were in the middle of a song, it was great.
Check out THESE HEARTS on MYSPACE!! And facebook and twitter if you’re into that sorta thing. Tell them Ashley from SYWH sent you and pick me up a pair of booty shorts from their merch store while you’re at it for +100 internetz [no WK, of course].