This Friday, Orange County alt-rockers Movements will be releasing their debut full-length. Entitled ‘Feel Something’, it sees the quartet produce an intricate record revolving around introspective lyricism, explosive and emotive choruses. Songs such as ‘Daylily’, ‘Colorblind’ and ‘Deadly Dull’ are threaded together by a timeless psychological and spiritual bond, providing a compelling weight to the record.
As it title evokes, Movements hope to make fans “feel something” and with the help of producer Will Yip, they execute just that throughout the record.
Based out of Philadelphia, Yip’s production work has been attached some of the most acclaimed records from the world of alt-rock, emo, punk and so on in recent years. Movements are just the latest in a long list of names Will has worked with; Balance & Composure, Citizen, Turnover, Code Orange, The Menzingers, Circa Survive, The Starting Line, and Saosin are just some of the band’s who have collaborated with Yip.
As Movements prepare to release ‘Feel Something’ and their UK debut in December supporting Knuckle Puck, we asked them to pick out their favourite albums produced by Will Yip.
Title Fight – Shed
Patrick Miranda (vocals): From the first time that I heard ‘Shed’ I absolutely fell in love. It was the first time I’d ever heard a band do something that was so raw and real, and it was the first Yip record I ever discovered. Title Fight has always been a band that I’ve looked up to for their use of creative guitar riffs and songs jam-packed with energy. What really made me fall in love with ‘Shed’ though, is that the entire record was live tracked. Every member of the band played their parts at the same time instead of one by one. I had never seen anything like that and it totally blew me away. The amount of technical proficiency and skill that had to go into live tracking an entire record is unbelievable, and I really respect them for that.
Young & Heartless – Stay Away
‘Stay Away’ is one of the lesser-known Yip records. In fact, I only know of it because Y&R happened to be the band that recorded with Will directly after we finished our first record with him in August of 2015. ‘Stay Away’ has this dreamy, ambient-vibe mixed with alt-rock song structures and catchy hooks. It reminds me of Death Cab For Cutie in many ways. I love this record front to a back and would highly recommend it.
Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You
Patrick: To me, this is an example of a perfect record. I wouldn’t change a single thing about any of these songs and that is huge for me. I almost always hear parts in records that I wish were there but aren’t. In ‘Keep You’, I have never once felt that way. Will has an amazing way of helping bands progress in their sound. He’s single-handedly rebranded bands like Title Fight, Turnover, Balance & Composure, etc. and PBTT is no exception.
When they first started, their music was a badass, thrashy, 90’s influenced screamo type sound. With their latest record, however, Yip has helped them become one of the most hauntingly beautiful ambient post-rock bands I’ve ever heard. Again, I think this record is perfect.
Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Patrick: My parents had children pretty late in life, so they’re much older than most of my peer’s parents. Because of that, I was raised on a lot of oldies music. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, The Mamas and the Papas, The Monkees, The Beatles, The Troggs, and everything in between. I was already a fan of Tigers Jaw when ‘Charmer’ came out, so I was blown away by the progression of their sound. ‘Charmer’ feels like a modern version of those old record and I absolutely love it.
One of my favourite things about it is the bass tone. It’s a very vintage, thumpy sort of sound that’s iconic in oldies music and part of what makes it sound so special. Will Yip is constantly proving that he can really kill it with any sound that he touches.
La Dispute – Rooms of the House
Ira George (Guitar): I’ve been in love with this band and specifically this record for a long time. I actually had no idea Will did this record until we went into record ‘Feel Something’. I have always loved everything La Dispute has put out but ‘Rooms of The House’ is on a whole different level. The guitar tones were something I strived for when I really got into this record. They are so clean but they portray the effect of being so big and heavy without having a really dirty tone. I always thought that was unique and had no idea how they pulled that off. It is definitely a big part of where I get my influence from.
The other reason why I really fell in love with this record is that they incorporated some vocal hooks for the first time. They are one of a few spoken word bands that I really connected with, and adding hooks and more structure to their songs put this band in a whole new light for me. This band and record will stand the test of time.
‘Feel Something’ by Movements is released on 20th October on Fearless Records.