No Bragging Rights will be performing Feb. 13 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Mike Perez, vocalist of Riverside, Calif. melodic-hardcore band No Bragging Rights, delves into the writing process and getting tired of hearing "things will get better."
Song: "Hope Theory"
Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
When it was written: I think in the spring of 2012 while on tour.
Where it was written: We had recorded a quick demo on Ryan's laptop just so I could have something to mess with while we were on the road. The goal was to keep demoing songs, but that ended up being the only song we got around to. Once I finally got around to it and knew where I wanted to go with it, the lyrics came very quickly.
Favorite line in the song: "The change was subtle, the change was slow, the change became so beautiful"
Which part was the hardest to come up with: Just making all the lyrics fit. I had so much I wanted to say.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: From a production stand point, maybe do a higher harmony on the gang clean singing. Other than that, no.
Odd fact about song: It's not so odd, but the song is basically a collection of actual conversations I've had with close friends. Conversations I've been on both ends of. [This is] a big reason why the song means so much to me and us as a band.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: Our friends. Seeing their struggle. Them seeing our struggle. Helping each other.
When was your favorite time performing it live: The Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, Dec. 2012.
What is the meaning behind the song: The song is about someone who is tired of hearing "things will get better," when in fact they aren't (or haven't yet). It's about not giving up hope that things can and will eventually get better.