Hailing from Orlando, Florida, the fiery 4-piece 408 teams up with quartet The Things We Were to release a hefty and relatable single with, "Watch It Burn."
Socially and politically charging their music to take note of our current times, 408 and The Things We Were offer their blistering Pop Punk approach while allowing listeners to relate with their heavy lyrical themes.
Their latest single, "Watch It Burn," features the blazing likes of 408 and The Things We Were, as the two bands set sail into the fire with their lyricism regarding the feeling of watching the world as you know it burns to the ground. Through both bands' heated instrumentals, we can feel the vigor and passion that 408 and The Things We Were have infused into this hit.
"Watch It Burn" begins with blazing rhythm guitar, stinging electric guitar, and punchy drum patterns offering the song it's quickly-paced rhythm. As 408's Mark Faroudi begins vocalizing with immense energy and power, he sings lyrics of watching your days pass before your eyes and creating a life for oneself only to have it ripped apart at the seams.
Around halfway through the track, 408 and The Things We Were offer a warm instrumental breakdown, dropping the tempo down for listeners to take in what both bands provide, lyrically and sonically. Picking the pace back up for the outro hook, we feel at peace within this heated single as 408 and The Things We Were remind us that we're not alone.
"Watch It Burn" is an incredibly passionate and conceptual single that not only offers fire through 408 and The Things We Were's instrumentals but somehow soothes the soul with an overall relatable message.
Could you tell us how your collaboration arose for your single "Watch It Burn" with The Things We Were? What drew your bands together?
Both bands have been friends for over 3 years and talked about working together for a long time. Everything lined up timing-wise and both bands knew that a mix of their sounds would be a great fit for a song.
How did you find inspiration for the concept and lyrical message within "Watch It Burn"? Was it a group inspiration or an individual process?
The inspiration for the song was drawn from the dark days of 2020 along with personal struggles that went along with the quarantine.
When teaming up with The Things We Were for your recent single "Watch It Burn," what did your songwriting and creative process look like when formulating the song?
Both bands send many demos and ideas back and forth for a good month and got together a few days before the studio to demo ideas and finalize lyrics. Many demoing days went into this song.
We must say that your collaboration with The Things We Were is a match made in heaven; both bands carry a similar energetic and spunky sound. Might you collaborate with them again in the future?
408 and The Things We Were will collaborate again in the near future.
What has been keeping you inspired throughout 2020? What can we expect to see next from you as we enter a new year?
2020 is a wealth of inspiration due to all the insanity that is going on in the world. So many personal and life challenges have kept 408 and The Things We Were very inspired.
408 has a new EP called 'Sherbet' that is coming out in 2021 along with a single in January. The Things We Were is also getting ready to release its debut album in 2021. You will be seeing a lot of new music between both projects.