Post-Hardcore Band Rome Hero Foxes Discusses “18 Summers”
Houston’s Rome Hero Foxes named their sophomore LP 18 Summers, but it more accurately describes the band’s beginnings. Shortly after graduating high school in 2016, the quintet was discovered by Dance Gavin Dance’s Kurt Travis and released For When You’re Falling Backwards. As far as debuts go, its expanse melded the urgency of post-hardcore with an inward gaze offsetting any chaos. That introspection, bent over swirling guitars and mesmerizing vocal lines, led to reinvention. Instead of baring their teeth through arrangements that spiraled and warped, the band took a self-imposed journey into simpler territory. A pair of twin EPs, I/O and Horoscope, reset Rome Hero Foxes as a group indebted to surf rock and indie pop instead of gnarlier waves, with the latter predicting their shimmering follow-up. 18 Summers enters like a dream abrupt and disorienting before adjusting to this new state with enthusiasm. This eternal sunshine captures a world where time is relative: sit back, relax, and dive in. Because here, love reigns supreme.
MiLLENNiAL sat down with the upcoming band to discuss the new project.
Tell us about 18 Summers.
18 Summers stands as an “everything so far” kind of story, capturing many parts of our life in this band perfectly from songs I wrote either 4-5 years ago or more recently. Put together, it all ties into a nostalgic timeline of our lives feeling inflated by time and the hardship’s we’ve gone through as both a unit and individually. It’s a look into a life where the time between each summer feels like years, each one bringing about drastic change and the harsher realities of growing up and moving on only to trip on the same mistakes.
How is this debut different from your first album “For When You’re Falling Backwards”?
What was your favorite part of working on 18 Summers?
Describe your sound to those who haven’t heard your music.
Who influences your work?
What is next for Rome Hero Foxes?
Irais Urias is a multimedia journalism student at The University of Texas at El Paso. She has a strong interest in travel and street photography and hopes to enhance her skills around the world after graduation. When she is not working you can find her at the gym or practicing yoga.