Updated: Jul 18, 2018
Believe it or not, It's been NINE YEARS since the birth of the of the dream pop group, i hate you just kidding. Now, Jeremy and Jessi Brock are married, have a family, and still writing music. The band has just released their sophomore album tiled, “Constellations.” Their debut record, “Days Grow Longer,” was released in 2011. Although, there’s a seven-year gap
Photo by Donna Moyer between the two, the nine tracks off “Constellations” were written while on tour back in 2011 and 2012. We were able to speak with Jeremy about the large gap and if there were any major milestones.
“When we got back from our last tour in 2012, we knew we wanted to slow down a bit,” he said. “We were playing around 100 shows a year, self booked and managed. What started as a hobby, quickly turned into a full-time job. I (Jeremy) started playing in a band called Fellow Bohemian. I also put out a couple solo releases. Meanwhile, we got married, had two kids, and decided it was finally time to put some of those I Hate You Just Kidding songs out.”
Even though the songs were written a couple years ago, they weren’t recorded and mixed until 2016. There’s a noticeable sound difference between the two LPs (of course, both are fantastic).
“We’ve definitely improved in our technical abilities over the years. After we finished 'Days Grow Longer,' we had a clearer idea of what we wanted the follow-up Photo by Joel Hodson
('Constellations') to sound like. And when it came time to finally put the songs on record, it was like reuniting with an old friend, and everything just fell into place.”
“When we started making music together we struggled with sticking to one genre, but we don’t worry about it so much anymore,” Brock said. “Before we were musicians, we were just listeners, and we love so many different kinds of music. I feel like you can always tell it’s us, regardless of who is singing. So we just kind of let the song be what it wants to be without trying to force it into a genre. It seems like that’s what a lot of other musicians are doing too.”
Currently, his favorite track off the new LP is “Fallen.” The dreamy ballad will have you reminisce and get choked up on your relationship (existent or non-existent). Our favorite is “Splendid Eyes.” Jessi’s breathtaking voice doesn’t just affect you audibly but acts as an optical illusion.
With such a unique sound, it’s no wonder that they draw inspiration from all
Photo via Band Website different genres and artists. They’ve curated a playlist featuring tracks from Black Sabbath, Tom Petty, Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie, and many more great artists. Listen to it here!
The band hasn’t booked a 2018 tour yet, but they're planning to complete their third record by the end of the year. Although we are disappointed we can’t see them in person at the moment, we understand that life can get in the way. Jeremy gave us one final piece of advice to parents who are in a band together:
“We’ve [Jessi and Jeremy] been best friends for 10 years. Being in a band together is a breeze. However, ask us about being parents in a band together,” Jeremy joked. “It makes it pretty difficult to work on just about anything together, ever. Everything hinges on that elusive holy grail: a reliable babysitter.”
Listen to Constellations now!