From an assortment of locations across the US, indie-pop enthused 19 Miles Per Hour are set to release their new single, ‘CONTRADICTIONS’ September 2022. With the goal to unite using music, the quartet centralises upon the notion that melodies have the power to make us feel like we are not alone in this world. Culturally relevant lyricism coupled with catchy yet passionate rhetoric, 19 Miles Per Hour hope to bring further awareness to conversations surrounding mental health.
“‘CONTRADICTIONS’ is our cry for help. It’s our cry for love and togetherness. We want this song to inspire people to be the best version of themselves and to show love and acceptance towards everyone and anyone they come into contact with.” 19 Miles Per Hour
Mikey started writing ‘CONTRADICTIONS’ one day after he was inspired by the lead piano riff. He felt like he needed to write this song about the crazy world we live in and how we all say we want the world to change, but yet we don’t prove it with actions. The chorus says “Cause we can, but we won’t. And we should, but we don’t. And yet everybody’s blaming each other.” Touching upon the hypocrisy of the human race, the track notes how as a society, we often say it’s sad to see the evil coupled with the bad disasters that happen daily around the world; people exclaim we want to change it… but yet, we don’t do anything. 19 Miles Per Hour further recognise that we need to work together – regardless of our beliefs and values. I’m Not From London had the opportunity to talk to the band ahead of their release this September.
You talk constantly about the impact of mental health; how have these lived experiences shaped who you are as artists and the music you create? What advice would you give to musicians struggling?
Mental health experiences have made us more understanding of what others are going through. They have helped us write songs that are more deeply relatable to people and their experiences. We now see the impact music can have on people’s lives and strive to be a part of that positive impact in their lives. Advice we would give to other struggling musicians is to keep trying no matter how frustrating it is. Also, acknowledge how your music can bring connection and positivity to your fans. Lastly, use the help you have around you. Friends, family, loved ones are all sources of help that you can utilize, and if some of these examples aren’t supportive, find the ones that are and show how grateful you are for their support.
How did the band reach the sound you have today? Who has influenced your curation and technical approach?
Everyone in our band has a variety of music tastes, helping round out our sound and influence us with a lot of different styles. From the Beatles, to Mayday Parade, to the Killers, the Backseat Lovers, the Foo Fighters, and more – countless artists have helped shape our sound. We’ve gone through iterations and adapted our sound constantly as we’ve written new music, always trying to create songs that carry power and relatability to everyone who will hear them. We strive to use our knowledge of music to leave lasting impressions on our listeners and make a positive impact through the connection our songs foster.
As a band, what has been the most rewarding part of writing and performing your music to the world?
I think the most rewarding thing we have experienced is the power our music has to truly change lives. We have been blessed to hear from some of our loyal supporters how our music has literally saved them in some way. Recognising that our music helps others express themselves, feel emotions, and truly know they are not alone is what makes writing and sharing our music worth it. Music is powerful and has the ability to create connection in ways that words alone cannot. We feel our music is meant to be shared and meant to help change the world for the better, and when we see that happening – even through just one person at a time – we know we’re succeeding.
Local gigs seem a huge part of your discography, how different do you think things would be if you didn’t have this community supporting you?
Community is EVERYTHING for us! As we mentioned, “Contradictions” is a cry for togetherness – for love, support, acceptance – and the connection with our supporting community is an example of what we hope for in this song. We are amazed by the support we receive, not only at shows themselves, but in social media efforts, and competitions – such as the Local Utah Music Awards – in which we were voted “Favorite Overall Band” due largely to the votes of our supporters. Performing in the community allows us to develop relationships and find support that will stand behind us as we keep branching out and reaching higher and higher. We’ll always be grateful for every person who has cheered us along the way and helped lift us up to where we are today.
What are your fears, hopes and dreams for the next year? How do you hope ‘CONTRADICTIONS’ will be received by audiences? Do you think much will change?
I think our hopes and dreams for the next year are to play some bigger, better, and more impressive shows. We want to open for some bigger touring artists, and grow our audience. One of our fears is that we may fall short in some of these instances, but we will keep trying regardless. I think Contradictions will be received very well by audiences, with love and admiration for the message it brings. The hardest part is to get Contradictions in front of more and more people who will appreciate it! I think a lot will change in this upcoming year. We are more dedicated, goal-oriented, and motivated than ever!
“THEIR MUSIC IS NOT CONFINED TO ROCK” UTAH STATESMAN