Saving Forever changes its sound a bit on its new single, “Memories,” premiering exclusively below. And the trio of brothers got to do it with one of their heroes — Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, who produced the track at his studio in Los Angeles.
“It’s crazy. It’s like a dream come true,” says middle brother Kye Harris, noting that the brothers Kavah and Khaden, who now reside in Los Angeles, have been fans of Stump and Fall Out Boy since their days growing up in Chicago. “I don’t think I ever would have imagined in a million years working with Patrick Stump. He’s one of my favorite singers, favorite bands. He has such an amazing voice, and he was an amazing producer, really down to earth. I find myself fan-girling right now, talking about it. It was just so great.”
Stump was deemed the right man for the vibey, dynamic “Memories” by L.A. Reid, who signed Saving Forever to Epic Records when he was there (the group is now with Amuse) and released the trio’s previous singles. “We wanted it to be different, an urban rock kind of sound,” Harris explains. “We didn’t want to sound like everybody else. We wanted to keep our guitars in there and incorporate that into a more urban feel.” The song itself, meanwhile, was written in the Harris’ grandmother’s basement, where they spent hours working on their music in lieu of other teenage activates.
“That song was kind of written about our imaginary lives,” Kye says. “We weren’t allowed out that much ’cause we were focusing on our music, so we were thinking about, like, what if we were allowed out? What would it be like to be out there doing everything our parents wouldn’t want us to do…and what memories would be awesome if we did?’ That’s how we came up with the song.”
“Memories” is the follow-up to the trio’s uptempo pop single “Million Ways.” A video for the track is due out during December, while Saving Forever — which is co-managed by father John Harris and fellow music producer Randy Jackson — continues to stockpile songs, with more singles coming and, the brothers hope, an album as well as some touring. “We’re feeling pretty good right now,” Kye says. “We’ve been through a couple of things, but it’s good. I feel like we’re in a really good place and we have a lot of songs ready and we keep writing and working, so we have a lot to look forward to.”