06-04-2012, 03:07 PM #1
06-20-2012, 11:50 AM #2
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- Nov 2004
- SoWal, FL
Ingram Hill will be performing in the Seaside Amphitheater along 30A on Wednesday at 7PM!
Head down to Seaside if you're in SoWal to enjoy this free performance!
Memphis-basedrock trio Ingram Hill would probably love to have it look as if theirlatest album, "Look Your Best," was as easy-breezy tocreate as the lyrics suggest, but lead singer/guitarist Justin Mooresays it was made with a great deal of hard work, determination, andgrit. "I think it felt like we were in a place in our careerwhere we really were going through a stressful time," says Mooreof the period after parting ways with their former major label home,Hollywood Records. "We were trying to get our stuff together,and we spent a lot of time and effort trying to make this as great aspossible. It's not like we haven't done that with all of our records,but this one felt like there was a lot more weight on it, on theprocess of making it. We gave it everything we had. It
seemed like an appropriate title. Wewere putting on our best for our audience, for our fans."
Going into the studio with producerRick Beato (Billionaire, Michelle Malone, Flickerstick, Shinedown) athis Stone Mountain, Georgia, studio was a bit of a no-brainer, as theband had worked with him on their first fulllength, 2004's "June'sPicture Show," which was the album that got them signed toHollywood in the first place and boasted two Billboard Top25-charting Hot AC radio hits ("Will I Ever Make It Home"and "Almost Perfect").
Returning to a place of comfort andfamiliarity, making a record where they could call the shotscompletely, made sense. Says Moore: "It was kind of awesome andscary at the same time. With our previous experience with a label[making "Cold In California"], there were a lot of cooks inthe kitchen. And that can just make for a diluted record.
And there are just so many opinions andit takes forever. So, this time it was left to us and Rick." Prior to entering the studio, Moore andguitarist Phil Bogard, the two songwriters of the group, set adeadline for themselves. Even though they already had some songskicking around in the Ingram Hill universe that made sense to record,they gave themselves a month to write at least 20 more. Says Moore:"Most of the songs on the record are from that month of writing.We're a good deadline band. So we busted our tails." Bogardadds: "The writing process was definitely more natural.Basically it was Justin and me working at our own houses, then we'dget together and collaborate. I'd be calling him every day goingÂ‘I've got a song for you.' And he'd call me and say Â‘WellI've got one for you, too.' I feel closer to this record than any ofthem that we've done."
Toward the end of the writing month,Moore came up with what will be the album's first single, thepop-rock gem "As Long As I'm With You." "I wrote thatone," Moore says, "and when I played it for Phil, he wentÂ‘That's what I've been waiting for out of you.' I've known Philfor the majority of my life, so it takes a lot to get a complimentout of each other. To hear that after we'd put together so many songsin three weeks, it made me feel good." Moore goes on to explainthe genesis of the song even further: "This song is for thatperson or the people who really kind of hold it together for you.When seemingly everything around you is falling apart, it's nice toknow that it's going to be okay because someone's got your back. Itdoesn't always have to be the same person, either. Sometimes it can be your best friend or significantother, and sometimes it can be a group of fans in the front row,smiling, dancing, and singing the words to your songs."
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