Hailing from Los Angeles, The World Over are a female-fronted rock band, with hardcore roots who have graced the musical scene since 2013. They’ve shared stages with Attila, As Blood Runs Black and Metal Cohen and just released their brand new album ‘Mountains‘. These guys are climbing onto people’s radars so we thought it was about time we got to know ’em a little better…
Broken Arrow: Thankyou for taking the time to chat to us. For those that haven’t heard of you guys before, could you tell us a bit about The World Over?
Tiaday: Hi, thank YOU! My name is Tiaday and I’m the vocalist. We have Ryan on guitar, Donovan on bass and Tony on drums. T.W.O. was created in 2013 by founding musicians (myself and Ryan included) who had all moved to Los Angeles from around the world with the mutual goal to make music. We conceptualized a band who could represent many different cultures and promote messages of hope and empowerment! Our original lineup had consisted of band members from all over (France, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut) so we really wanted to have a name that could represent our diverse cultures. ‘The World Over’ just felt right and even though our most diverse member couldn’t remain in the band, it still holds true to us in other ways and continuity is important. We will take The World Over one fan at a time!
Broken Arrow: You take influence from a range of different artists – including PVRIS and Deftones – can you tell us what it is about those artists – and others – that has helped influence you?
Tiaday: In our first album, “Rampart District”, we really tried to show off what we could do as musicians whereas in our new album we just focused on writing good songs that have a deeper impact. There’s less screaming, guitar solos, chugging and more emotions laid out on the table overall. We really ran with the “less is more” trait that the Deftones play to their advantage. As for PVRIS and Bring Me The Horizon, we just really admired the fact that a band, much like ours, starting as a very hardcore/”chuggy” band could not only really hone in on such a fresh new sound, but also keep their tone and keep true to their original concepts both lyrically and stylistically. We hope to keep our sound moving forward and to hopefully one day become one of the great cross-over Rock bands like them.
Broken Arrow: You’ve shared stages with some big names, such as Attila and As Blood Runs Black – who’s next on the bucket list of bands to support?
Tiaday: Ideally the goal is to no longer be supporting other acts but to have other acts support us. But if we had to choose, Twenty One Pilots or Bring Me The Horizon would be epic.
Broken Arrow: What has been your most surreal experience as a band so far?
Tiaday: Honestly, it would have to be recording in Canada with Siegfried Meier. Recording in a different country surrounded by nothing but corn fields in a serene atmosphere was such an incredible experience and we’re very grateful for Siegfried Meier’s hospitality. He has a great studio and really knows how to treat his bands right.
Broken Arrow: You recently premiered the lyric video for ‘Mountains’ – the track is incredibly powerful – what is it about?
Tiaday: Thank you!! The lyrics are about how people who are stuck dealing with depression, anxiety, self-confidence issues, etc. could all use a friend or loved one to rely on to get them through their struggle. As a person who has struggled with the same problems striving to have a healthy life, I want to help my friends or family dealing with similar issues. But to what extent? At the expense of my morals, time, and energy? People are worth saving but there has to be a limit. You have to know the difference between someone sincerely wanting help and someone trying to bring you down with them. This song (“Mountains”) is what I had to learn the hard way.
Broken Arrow: You recently released your new album ‘Mountains’ how do you think this release compares to previous EP ?
Tiaday: Our newest record, “Mountains”, that we released in August (available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.) would have to be under the blanket term of “rock” because it isn’t quite post-hardcore like we used to be. We hope to break some of the boundaries of this genre a little more and reach a broader spectrum of listeners. This new album is definitely a result of us maturing as a band and finally finding the sound we’ve been looking/striving for but still staying true to our roots. ‘Rampart District’ was fun, but it wasn’t how we wanted to represent ourselves anymore. You can compare and get both albums here: https://itunes.apple.com
Broken Arrow: Which track off of the album do you enjoy/are you most excited about playing live?
Tiaday: Ryan and I personally enjoys playing “Traitor” the most but Donovan prefers “Let Go” and Tony loves “Mountains”. One thing we can’t seem to agree on haha.
Broken Arrow: What was the recording process like for ‘Mountains’? Did one person take the lead or was it a joint effort?
Tiaday: It was definitely a combined effort amongst all of us. It started out sounding like the metalcore/post-hardcore stuff we used to play in our first album before it evolved into what it is now. Once we dialed in the sound we wanted for this record, it all came together very naturally for Ryan. It took the longest to write, vocally. We tried collaborating with other artists to get outside ideas and perspectives on it. We’d be jamming with 3 acoustic guitars around in a circle at our former drummer’s house and we got this one melody that wouldn’t leave us. We tried using it as a chorus and got tired of it or it didn’t sound as good sung with lyrics, tried using it in other songs; it just didn’t seem to fit. That melody kept following me around even after I came up with the current chorus melody for this song so we decided to make it the “viking chant” gang vocal part in the bridge and it worked perfectly.
The chorus melody came to Ryan and I so last minute and was put together only a few weeks before it was time to go to Canada. Throughout the entire pre-production process, this was the hardest song to put together and we even thought this wouldn’t make it on the record so we would use something else instead. I had a huge writers block for a good portion of the demo writing time period but I guess I work better under pressure!
Broken Arrow: What do you guys get up to when you’re not out playing shows/recording music?
Tiaday: Try to set up another show lol. Ryan and Tony play video games and I watch anime or play Pokémon.
Broken Arrow: Lastly, what can we expect from The World Over for the rest of 2016?
Tiaday: We will be releasing an acoustic version(s) of one or more songs off the “MOUNTAINS” album before our December tour (dates TBA soon)! We will also be releasing a music video in the new year so stay tuned for that!