Let Light Overcome The Darkness Tour Rolls Through The House Of Blues In Chicago; Interview With ASHLAND About New Album ‘Over The Moon’
By: Anthony Cannella
As this tour comes to an end, we were able to catch a show of the Let Light Overcome The Darkness Tour with Our Last Night, I See Stars, The Word Alive and ASHLAND at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. This show was outstanding as each band presented an insane amount of energy that was retained by the crowd, which allowed the bands and the fans to feed off of each other. With unmatchable good vibes all around, these bands gave the House Of Blues in Chicago a night they will be talking about till the next time these talented bands come back in town! Check the bottom of this article to see for yourself with the photos we got!
One thing that these bands all have in common though is the subject of new music! Our Last Night released their new album ‘Overcome The Darkness’ November 8th and they did not hesitate to showcase it on this tour! Links to purchase and view this new album can be found below!
In addition, The Word Alive made it very clear to the fans that after this tour, they would be releasing new music along with massive tours in the new year 2020. Be on the look out for The Word Alive in this upcoming year, we could assure you BIG things are coming!
Last, but certainly not least. ASHLAND’s highly anticipated album ‘Over The Moon’ was released December 13 via Rise Records! We were so stoked about this new album release, we had to get a word with ASHLAND! See below what they had to say in our interview with them
HeadRush TV: So, you guys are just wrapping up this tour with Our Last Night, I See Stars and The Word Alive! How has this tour been for you guys and how have the crowds been responding to the newer music?
Asia: The tour was absolutely incredible. It feels like the past 5 weeks was just one big amazing dream. The crew, the photographers, the bands, EVERYONE was so amazing. All hard workers. All compassionate. All talented. We really made some good friends and it’s sad knowing we’re not going to be seeing them every day.
The crowd response on this tour was a pleasant surprise. We didn’t go into this with high expectations because we know we’re a little different and not very well known. It was actually a bit shocking to look out into some of the crowds and see people singing new and old Ashland songs. We met a lot of people who said they really connected with our music and are looking forward to the new album. It’s nice to feel like we’re finally starting to make some authentic connections with people. It's been quite a climb but we enjoy it.
HeadRush TV: Speaking about Our Last Night, I See Stars and The Word Alive, all four of you recently released a project of covering the song “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. How did that all get started and what was it like covering that song with these other talented bands?
Asia: The guys in Our Last Night came up with the idea of doing a collaboration with all the singers from the bands on the tour, which I think was genius! I’m gunna be honest though, I was terrified! I’ve been watching these guys music videos on YouTube for years and suddenly I was doing a song with them! I was really nervous about which song they were going to pick because my range and style as a female vocalist is a little different. But when they told me it was “Someone You Loved” I was a lot more excited and a lot less nervous because I’d been obsessively singing that song since Lewis Capaldi released it haha. It was my first collaboration and an awesome experience. And I’m open and eager to do more collaborations with other artists now!
HeadRush TV: On the topic of new projects, you are releasing your new album ‘Over The Moon’ on Dec. 13th, 2019 via Rise Records. With this album, what have you done differently with ‘Over The Moon’ that separates it from the other music you have released in the past?
Asia: A lot. Mainly the writing process. When Ashland started, I was trying to write lyrics and melodies to music that Aaron wrote. Sometimes it worked out well but for me personally, it was very difficult and didn’t come very naturally. I’ve been a song writer for a long time and being able to create the music behind the words and melodies is extremely important to me because it all translates together.
I never shared my music with anyone because I was too afraid of rejection. But I realized that if I’m putting all of my time and energy and passion into this band then I should be using everything I have to offer. And that goes for anything you do in life. If you commit to something, you should give your 100%. So, I started sharing my songs with Aaron and instead of rejection, he completely embraced them and wanted to use them for the new album which I’m so grateful for. So, this is definitely a nice moment in my life. I let depression and anxiety stop me from living my life for a long time. This album has helped me to realize that I can feel afraid and still do what I want to do. It’s a new era on so many levels!
Aaron: Yeah, as Asia said the process was very different, but it was much needed for both of us personally. I am extremely proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone and FINALLY sharing her songwriting talents with the world. The timing could not have been more perfect for me because going into this record I was completely tapped out and uninspired creatively. I was just out of songs and could not come up with anything I liked. Collaborating with Asia on her songs instead of coming up with an entire album from scratch was like a breath of fresh air and so inspiring.
HeadRush TV: Being on the topic of your new album ‘Over The Moon’, What influenced you guys the most during this creative process of making this album and what was the writing process like for this album as well?
Asia: There were a lot of milestones and mountains during the making of this album. We were signed to our dream label and soon after a lot of changes started happening within the label and we honestly had no idea what it meant for our careers. We had gone from the bottom to cloud 9 and back to wondering if we were getting dropped. That was in the back of our minds the whole time we made this album, so we were also really motivated. Then my mom sold our family home, we lost our family pet and I moved away and that was all really hard. But the most difficult part of this album process was when Matt passed away. He was one of our best friends and long time producer. He mentored us and kind of just guided us through everything from the beginning of our music careers. Having him not be around to hear the final product of the album we worked on together or to experience all of this together is really painful. Yet at the same time, we’re so so so grateful we had all that time with him. His words, his friendship, his pure genius will be with us forever through this album and our lives.
Everything we experienced this year was poured into the songs on the album. Every emotion I experienced led me to a new song and I’m thankful that Aaron encouraged me the whole time to use those songs for the next album, which is now Over The Moon.
Aaron: We really had a rough go of it while making this record, but what kept me (probably both of us, honestly) going was the fact that during our last session with Matt Amelung he said "You guys have an opportunity that less than 1% of us get, so don't f*ck it up!". When things got tough those words really put things into perspective for us and kept us going.
HeadRush TV: So, getting off topic from the album, with 2019 coming to an end, you guys have worked with some amazing bands this year! Who are some bands you’d like to work with and tour with in the new year 2020?
Asia: I’d like to work or tour with some other female artists! I’m really loving Lauren Daigle and Amy Shark right now. Also, Julia Micheals is one of the best song writers out there. I’ve wanted to collab with her for a long time and also just have a conversation with her about songwriting for other artists because that’s something I want to do!
Aaron: Honestly, I just want to tour with The Weeknd and write songs with Alan Jackson.
HeadRush TV: Ashland, I would like to give you the full platform at this moment and ask you guys what’s next to come for this extremely talented band after the album release and what can your fans expect from you in 2020?
Asia: More tours! More music! More videos! More of everything.
Aaron: What Asia said. The last half of this year has been so inspiring, and I am so ready to create.
ASHLAND Photo by: Lindsey Byrnes
Our Last Night: Photos by Anthony Cannella
I See Stars: Photos by Anthony Cannella
Word Alive: Photos by Anthony Cannella
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