I love Patrick Miranda’s honest lyrics; they’re so raw and make you feel every emotion when you listen to Movements. I took that approach when I was writing “Eklund Garden.” It was slightly nerve-wracking to put myself out there, but I didn’t want to self-edit my lyrics. The opening verse of Eklund is the same as when I first wrote it.
Phoebe Bridgers is an excellent storyteller. Check out “Funeral” or “Kyoto” – the verses are so descriptive. I listened to “I Know The End” to inspire songs like “Old Frame” and “Frightful Places” on my EP. The outro section of “I Know The End” feels like poetry. I’m a big fan of her lyrical imagery, like “a haunted house with a picket fence.”
Thrice! Such a versatile band with a career that spans from fast-paced punk to alternative rock. I’ve listened to Thrice since middle school, and the band has influenced me as a guitarist as my tastes evolved over the years. When I played on the more rocking EP tracks, I had them in mind, like on “Stuck.” Teppei Teranishi is a beast on leads, and Dustin Kensrue knows how to write solid vocal hooks.
It was tough to pinpoint just one Foxing track as an inspiration, but “Night Channels” is a shining example. I’ve listened to this song more times than I can count, and I never get tired of it. The structure is so interesting – it’s cool how it dances around the piano part and builds to a crescendo at the end. “Frightful Places” is a similar song concept; it’s built around a looping chord pattern while everything else changes.
I couldn’t make this list without including Peripheral Vision, an album that expanded my guitar playing, introduced me to a new genre, and showed me how to be more vulnerable in songwriting. “Like Slow Disappearing” is another stellar example of storytelling. The verses paint a compelling picture with lyrics like “it was early October, and all of the yards were alive with lights.”
Frightful Places is an alternative emo passion concept that was developed over the course of eight years in bedrooms, cafes & hiking trails across Connecticut, by songwriter and guitarist Kevin Tiernan.
Crafted during the pandemic and brought to life on debut single, “Old Frame”, Tiernan strives to do something that feels new and uncomfortable with the new iteration. Taking himself to “frightful places” in order to achieve a sonic identity that explores intricate guitar work and heart-on-sleeve lyricism, the new work is expressive and immersive, nodding to the 10s emo revival, whilst sparking elements of the melodic punk present on Tiernan’s former project Moving Brooklyn.
Recorded with Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place…) at Silver Bullet Studios, “Old Frame” is the first taste of what is to come from Frightful Places as-of-yet untitled debut EP, set for release this winter.
Listen to Frightful Places’ debut single “Old Frame”, HERE.