February 9, 2016

Patrick Miranda: Movements and Growing Up Fast

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Orange County band Movements released their first music video, “Protection,” a little over a year ago with astonishing results. We had the pleasure of talking with vocalist Patrick Miranda during a brief 5-show run with fellow So-Cal band Idlehands for what would be his first interview ever.

Casual Punk Fan: You guys seem like a pretty young group, is that correct?

Patrick: I just turned 20. All of the rest of the guys are 23.

What is it like pursuing a career in music from such a young age? What do your parents think about it?

Honestly, that’s a touchy subject.

But, I want to talk about it. We’re putting out a new record on March 11th called Outgrown Things with Fearless Records and there’s a song on it about my Dad. To give you a bit of a backstory, my Mom and I are super close and my Dad and I have a very rocky relationship. I’m the youngest of four siblings. All of my older siblings are girls and I’m the only son. So, being the only son my Dad expected a lot out of me. He always wanted me join the military or go to college and live my life that way. When I told him I wanted to be an artist and not do what he wanted me to do, it was tough. It caused a lot of stress and a lot of issues. We are working on it though. I dropped out of college to do this and I think he thought that Movements was a waste of time. But, once he started to see the success we’ve had so far he started to get the idea that this isn’t just a stupid hobby and it can actually be a career. We’re getting there. So yeah, my Mom is super chill and very supportive and my Dad is getting there. It’s a work in progress.

Where were you going to school before you dropped out?

It’s called the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. It’s a photography and film-based school. So, even as far as school goes it was still very much an Arts School and I still couldn’t do it. [Laughs]. I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker. I love shooting and telling stories visually. It’s something I’ve been doing since high school. Spencer (Drums) and I have been filming music videos for local bands when we’re not touring. It’s something we try to stay active in because we have knack for this stuff.

I had to drop out of college because it just wasn’t working out. I wasn’t fitting in the way I thought I would and I was spending a lot of money to be at a private school. It finally just hit me one day. I wasn’t happy and I wanted to do what made me happy and that was music. So, here we are today!

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How quickly did you get a response out of Fearless Records?

It was really fast! The weirdest part is that we weren’t super great about keeping up with our emails and about two months after we put out “Protection” we came across an email that was really far down on our list from Sal Torres, the A&R at Fearless Records. He said he liked our music and they were interested in chatting with us. We were like, “How did we miss this?! This is huge!” Hopeless Records was also interested at the time. We were very seriously considering Hopeless for a long time, but in the end we felt that Fearless was a better fit.

That’s an impressive amount of attention off of one music video.

We were honestly shocked. We had a good feeling about the band, but we didn’t expect that kind of response. We were blown away.

What can we expect from your time with Fearless?

We’re doing this first EP and then we have 3 full-lengths with them. I’m not huge into the business side of things and I let them handle that. I just stick to the creative side. [Laughs].

Is it nerve-wracking knowing that you’ve got a lot of records to make?

Totally scary. You never know what’s going to happen. We could put out this first EP and it could totally flop. I hope it doesn’t, but, you never know. It’s an amazing opportunity and we will never get another chance like this again, but whatever happens happens and we’re just going to go with it.

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How has the style of your music evolved? Has there been any progression between your first release and Outgrown Things?

There’s definitely been a progression, though we try and keep the same elements throughout all of our music. We love bands like Balance & Composure, Pianos Become Teeth, Title Fight and La Dispute. We wanted to take our favorite elements of each of those bands and put our own twist on it. There’s melodic hardcore, emo-alternative and spoken-word aspects throughout our music, it just depends on the song. “Protection” blended all those elements really nicely and “Scripted” had a more hardcore, punk vibe. The new EP will definitely follow that structure and show off our roots. I will say, we are still experimenting and to be honest we haven’t quite found our sound yet. We are always making things different and I think our first full-length will be the most cohesive music yet. We’re writing that right now.

When you shared your newest song, “Kept,” you mentioned how the new EP was very therapeutic for you and has helped you battle depression. Could you elaborate on that?

I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time. I go see a therapist every week. I’m not afraid to admit that either. Mental illness is a very real thing and there’s a scary stigma surrounding it. Everyone has their problems and everyone has their struggles. Your brain is a gnarly thing. One of the biggest ways I can express myself and get those hard emotions to the surface is through my music. I’m not a very expressive person. I tend to bottle my emotions up and not talk to a lot of people about my problems. It’s something I’ve been working on and getting better at. Writing music is just one way I can cope with it.

I was at a very low point and had just gone through a breakup. Family issues were piling up, college was getting to me, and that’s a lot to deal with as a 19 year old. It felt so overwhelming. I channeled a lot of that into our music. What we write; it’s not happy music. We’re just that kind of a band. That’s not to say you should be sad when you listen to our music. It’s gonna sound super cliché, but knowing you’re not alone in what you’re going through helps so much. When I can relate to what someone has gone through, it helps know I’m not completely alone in this. That there are other people around to help you through it. That’s what we want people to take away from our music.

Are there any other themes in the new EP?

There’s the stuff about my Dad, but there’s also some stuff about my Mom. Last year, my Dad retired and my parents moved to northern Idaho. The house I had been living in since I was a baby, I had to leave. I couldn’t afford to stay there by myself. There’s a song on the record called “Vacant Home” that’s about dealing with the loss of familiarity with your surroundings. The world kind of hit me when I moved out. That’s also when we started touring, so it was a lot of change all at once.

There’s also the typical “heartbreak” song on the new record. It’s essentially an extension of “Buried” from our first EP. It’s a really personal record. I drew from my deepest concerns and I wanted to be honest with what I was saying. It’s an insight into my life the past couple of years.

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What do you see this band becoming in the next couple years?

It’s hard to say. I’d love to see us becoming more popular in the scene. We don’t care about being famous or being rockstars. We just want to be able to connect to people. At the very least, I’d like to make a living off of doing what we love to do. My end goal is to do well enough that I don’t have to work a desk-job or something I’m not passionate about.

What’s next?

Expect to see us touring a lot. We have plenty of dates booked for the Spring all across the nation.


You can catch Movements on their $5 tour right now with Real Friends and pre-order their new album Outgrown Things before it comes out on March 11th, 2016.

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