Don't let their name fool you. The Hush Sound is anything but demure. Recently, the Chicago-based band raised some eyebrows when Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz posed nude with a strategically placed
Don't let their name fool you. The Hush Sound is anything but demure. Recently, the Chicago-based band raised some eyebrows when Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz posed nude with a strategically placed copy of its debut album, "Like Vines."
Why did Wentz do such a thing? Well, aside from making fun of some equally questionable photos of himself that had been circulating on the Web, he wanted to show off the latest signing to his DecayDance Records imprint on Fueled By Ramen.
The exposure has really paid off. Last week, "The Vines" entered the Top Heatseekers chart at No. 17. Indeed, success has come quickly for The Hush Sound -- the band has only been together for about a year and half -- and its first tour was opening for Fall Out Boy.
"We finished the album at five in the morning and left at eight in the morning for an arena tour, which was a little stressful because our first practice was in front of 15,000 people," vocalist/guitarist Bob Morris tells Billboard.com.
Because of its close association with Fall Out Boy, the Hush Sound has been swept up in the emo wave. But Morris and bandmates Greta Salpeter (vocals/piano), Chris Faller (bass) and Darren Wilson (drums) hope to quickly break away from that label.
"If all the other bands on DecayDance can get away from being Fall Out Boy's little brothers, then I don't think we'll have any issue," says Morris. "We're on an emo label, but that's not what we're ultimately going for. We don't worry too much about what emo kids and 14- to 18-year-old kids think. I think they will like it though, because if we make music that we love that's from the heart then people are going to respect that."
In fact, The Hush Sound leans more towards airy folk pop than emo, and Morris names such influences as the Beatles, Ben Folds Five, Pink Floyd and Sufjan Stevens. "The music I really love is not being made right now. That's why I'm making it, because I feel like somebody's got to," he says.
With the production help of another Fall Out Boy member, vocalist Patrick Stump, "Like Vines" took only three weeks to record.
"He was really dedicated to working on this 'cause it was something he believed in, and that gave us all the confidence in the world," says Morris. "It was really cool to have him there, and really cool to have him buy us Thai dinner every night and not ask for any money.
"There's definitely more a Motown vibe" to the album, he adds. "It's definitely a drum and bass heavy mix - but it's more Motown than rock. We just try to make songs we like, and the last thing we worry about is staying in a certain genre. In fact, that's the opposite of what we wanna do. We wanna play every different kind of music, and we hope that people let us get away with it."
The Hush Sound is currently on tour with Panic! At The Disco.