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A Dirty Dozen with COREY HUGO from WINTERFOREVER – June 2021

| 17 June 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “winterforever is a post-hardcore band from Boise, Idaho. What started as a small side project in 2018 quickly grew into something much bigger than it was ever supposed to be. Honest and desperate are the first words that come to mind when asked about the context of winterforever’s songs. Corey Hugo explores themes of uncertainty, regret, and self-worth, and attempts to navigate the toll they take on a person’s well-being. This manifests in his lyrics that remind listeners of the consequences of chasing something worthwhile, and the give-and-take that comes with the pursuit.” We get Corey to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest release is called LÆVITAS. It’s basically a narrative of the last 10 years. I try to keep the material personal but also relatable enough that others can find their own story or meaning within the songs. There’s a few hidden things throughout the record that we snuck in, but I’ll give one away “levitate starts with a vocal not a guitar.”

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been very into music for most of my life. I’ve loved singing along to songs since I was a kid. Deja Entendu came out when I was 13 and I became completely enamored with rock music. I did the high school band thing as well, but it was never serious and it was mostly just me screaming. In 2016 I bought a guitar and Max (bass) helped teach me to play it. I started my first real band shortly after that and winterforever happened a few years later.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me was all I listened to for years. It definitely started to shape my musical tastes. Then In 2012 I saw All Get Out open for La Dispute. I have never been more blown away by a live performance. I’ve seen them many times since and every single time AGO delivers another incredible live performance.  That’s the band you wanna be like when you’re on stage.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Christian Holden from the hotelier. I’ve always admired the way he writes and structures his songs. I love the transitions; bouncing back and forth between soft and beautiful to loud and desperate.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Outside of those two things I still spend a lot of time writing songs/working on music. I do like getting outside and hiking when I can and I run a few miles every day to clear my head.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would definitely lean into the early 00’s emo/post-hardcore description we’ve been getting lately. I feel like those are pretty fitting descriptions of our music. Once, someone listened to our EP and told me we sounded like Counting Crows. I still don’t know how they got that haha.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

It’s usually whoever’s house we’re at does the cooking. As far as drinks go it’s a toss up. We don’t usually play acoustic guitars outside of practice.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Oh jeez, I sat next to Matt Fox from Shai Hulud once. That was pretty intense.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I just love writing, playing and performing music. Getting to connect with and share a personal moment with people is far and away one of the best feelings. If I couldn’t be a musician I’d probably wanna work as a producer or something so I could still be close to music. If that counts as cheating then I’d wanna be an entomologist.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Asking about some of the strangest places we’ve stayed on tour would be fun. In St. George Utah, in the middle of nowhere, we stayed in this incredible Airbnb that looked like a saloon on the outside and our room had giant cowboys painted on the walls. It was actually really nice. I’m a little burnt out of answering questions about my songwriting “process” but that’s mainly because I don’t have one.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I used to have a couple of things that I was hung up on but I’ve since realized I wouldn’t be where I’m at if those things hadn’t happened. So I’ll go with the second show I played with my last band. I had this really embarrassing moment at the end of our set I’d like to make never happen.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

This was probably the toughest one to answer. I’m gonna go with The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. That’s one of my favorite records of all time. I’ve listened to that album more times than I can count and I always come back to it for different reasons. It’s easily one of the most influential on my songwriting and I definitely wouldn’t be doing this the way that I’m doing it without it.





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