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By Belicia Luevano
It’s been two years since Hitting Subset released their last album, Fabricator. A lot has happened since 2014, the band saw two members leave and in their place so Emilio Rendon and Zane Leblanc joined to fill in as the new bassist and guitarist, respectively, and Caleb Behm still taking the mic and Abram Ulve still seated on the drums.
Now that half the band is new and both time and experience has naturally impacted the members and their music, the direction of their sound has taken a new route. “The music itself is so different and more listener friendly,” Behm says, “it’s a lot more mature. Our last EP was a good starting point and a great way to get our feet wet, but this new record is very personal and well thought-out.
“When you listen to it, you know it wouldn’t be anyone else but us, it’s very distinct,” Ulve says. The way the band creates their songs is truly a collaborative effort. Emilio starts the process by writing guitar hooks and pieces then gives it to Abram, who adds his beats and hits from his drums. Zane then connects the drums and guitar parts together with his bass and when he’s finished gives it to Caleb. “Caleb gets the demo track and jams out to it and comes up with the lyrics and melody, we don’t hear it until it’s done,” Rendon says. “He’s the last to piece it together, this is what makes it ‘us’.”
When writing lyrics, Behm draws from musical influences, as does the rest of the band with their instruments, but what makes the lyrics personal for Behm is his personal experiences influencing his writing. “I recently came out of a depressing time in life and due to my background and sheltered upbringing, I started experiencing more in life,” Behm says. Their upcoming album, Hikari/Yami, is based on the grey areas in life. “It represents the dark and light side of life and how everything isn’t black and white,” Behm says. What lures him to writing on this subject is his curiosity for the reason he’s drawn to the good and positive things in life while there are those who may choose the opposite, but again, it’s all a grey area.
One current goal of the band is showing their music with Warped Tour during the summer. Hitting Subset submitted their music to the Warped Tour Play and play the game by getting votes for their music by fans and listeners. The prizes range from playing the main stage at Warped Tour to money for musical endeavors and EP recording support.
Hitting Subset is currently hyped for the release upcoming two-sided album, Hikari/Yami on April 23rd, but what will make this show even more memorable is sharing the stage with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. “It’s crazy because I was in a Red Jumpsuit phase when I saw they were coming to town, so I hit up Caleb about getting on the show, we got on it, says Ulve. “It’s gonna be the biggest thing we’ve ever done putting, putting the EP release alongside the show should be epic.”