Fusing propulsive punk energy, stadium-size pop prowess, alternative sizzle, and a ball-busting sense of humor, Makeout play the soundtrack to the best night of your life. Think of the Massachusetts quartetSam Boxold [vocals, guitar], Tyler Young [guitar], Alex Lofton [bass], and Scott Eckel [drums]as the illegitimate offspring of Paramore, All Time Low, and Steel Panther, and youll be halfway there.
All comparisons aside, Sam sums up the groups 2017 full-length debut, The Good Life [Rise Records], best
The record sounds like a party, exclaims the frontman. There are so many different influences touching it, but it doesnt feel like anybodys uncomfortable. Thats the kind of party we like!
Whether or not the last statement is true, Sam and Tyler met each other as high schoolers in the Northeasts fertile underground music scene (we can confirm that for sure!). After a revolving door of projects, the two joined forces with Alex in Trophy Wives. The group built a serious local buzz, performing on the Massachusetts date of the Warped Tour and winning an Ernie Battle of The Bands judged by none other than iconic GRAMMY Award-nominated producer John Feldmann [blink-182, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens].
Impressed by the boys, the studio guru signed them to a production deal. Joined by Australian drummer Scott, they settled on a new moniker, Makeout, and holed up at Feldmanns home studio for a month in 2016 between dates supporting longtime heroes blink-182. Throughout this whirlwind, they collaborated with the likes of 5 Seconds of Summers Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood as well as legendary skinsman Travis Barker on what would become The Good Life.
All of those influences are in the record, Alex goes on. Theres a diverse feel, because all of these people brought the best out of us.
John kept us on our toes, Sam continues. One of the biggest influences I felt was from his lyrical attitude. Hell drive the flow of the vocalist in a very specific direction. He made my vocals sound a little more badass and real. It flowed in a way that there was never a stale moment.
That holds true for all 12 songs. Childish bursts out of the gate on a guitar gallop punctuated by arena-ready percussion and an unshakable chant. We wanted to write a song about how it feels to be a kid, explains the singer. Its that freedom from jobs and bills. Theres not much drama. It touches on that.
Meanwhile, the first single Crazy explodes into a massive refrain between hilarious hashtaggable admissions such as, Im in the studio in fucking Calabasas. The Kardashians live here and I cant go back to working at McDonalds. Cant afford any more of your Sephora addiction.
Its a lighthearted take on girl trouble, Sam smiles. It could be extended to either gender. It resulted from a feel sesh talking about life.
Wheres My Charger? surprises with a subtle twang, while Blast Off illuminates their knack for a hard-hitting and heavy hook.
Ultimately, everything is a part of The Good Life Makeout encourage
Being in a band and doing this professionally is something weve all really wanted for a long time, Tyler leaves off. To us, this is The Good Life. We hope everyone gets to live their version of it.