Hailing from Nashville, Framing Hanley are a rock five-piece creating seductive and melodic alternative anthems — as shown in their single Criminal. After dropping their third record The Sum of Who We Are earlier this year (available via iTunes here), frontman Kenneth Nixon spoke with us about a song about their FHamily, appropriate album titles, and creating the new album — enjoy!
AMBY: Hello Framing Hanley, welcome to our site! To get acquainted, how would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Framing Hanley: Nixon – Sleepy, Ryan – Bashful, Brandon – Doc, Stoye – Dopey, Chris – Grumpy
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Framing Hanley?
Framing Hanley: “Hear Me Now,” “Collide,” & “No Saving Me”
AMBY: You recently released your new album The Sum Of Who We Are. What’s your favorite memory from the writing or recording process?
Framing Hanley: Tons of memories along with this album. We spent 2 1/2 years working on this album. One of the best memories had to be when we recorded “Castaway” while doing a live online broadcast from the studio. That’s a song that’s directly about our relationship with our fan base (our FHamily as we call them), and it was cool to be able to have some of them “there” while we were tracking the song.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what inspired calling the album The Sum Of Who We Are?
Framing Hanley: The album was funded by a Kickstarter, so originally the title referred to the idea of this being a collective effort; this album was FH AND our fans combined. The sum of all of us. But over time, the longer we spent on the album, and the more these songs ended up being stories about what we were going through in those 2 1/2 years, the album really did become a collection of songs about what WE had been through and who WE were/are. Pretty damn appropriate title if ya ask me.
AMBY: What influences can be found on the record that might not be apparent to a listener?
Framing Hanley: I dunno. We were listening to a lot of “Opposites” by Biffy Clyro & “Wasting Light” by Foo Fighters. I can definitely hear the influence but I don’t know that fans can or will be able to. The thing for us is we always want to be growing as artists. Sure, some of that comes directly from expanding your horizons in terms of the music you listen to, but we are really pushed by other artists that continue to evolve. Bands like Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Thrice, Incubus…those are all bands that push themselves outside of their comfort zones when working on new albums. That’s what we want to continue to do as well. We never want to feel like we’re writing the same album repeatedly.
AMBY: In support of the record’s release the band is currently on tour. What have been some of the tour’s highlights?
Framing Hanley: After working on an album as long as we worked on TSOWWA, just playing these songs live is a huge treat. We had a lot of people that waited patiently for an album that we took FOREVER on, and that’s a powerful statement in itself. There is nothing comparable to playing songs you’ve worked so long on live and seeing people make these connections.
AMBY: Which songs are your favourite to play live right now?
Framing Hanley: “Collide” is definitely my favorite live song right now. Probably one of my top 2 favorites on the album as well.
AMBY: If you could create your dream festival, who would be in the line-up?
Framing Hanley: Guns N Roses, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Framing Hanley – BOOM!!
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Framing Hanley that nobody knows yet?
Framing Hanley: We are set to be the biggest thing in rock n roll before the end of 2015 ;)
Thank you Framing Hanley, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout