Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the indie quintet East Hundred gained much positive attention after releasing the acclaimed full-length debut Passengers in 2009. Currently working on the follow-up, East Hundred was kind enough to update the band's progress.
It says on your band website that you're currently working on your fourth release. Will this be an EP or a full-length, and how has it been going?
Brooke Blair: We have plans to record a full-length and so far the writing process has been great. We're pushing ourselves into new directions and approaches with all the new material. Everyone is bringing really strong ideas into the mix, and songs are quite different from one another, so it feels like it's going to be a really diverse record at this point. On the past recordings a few members did a lot of the writing, and this time around it's truly a five-member effort as far as the music goes, with Beril and Will still handling all the lyrics.
When can we expect it?
Brooke Blair: We are looking at recording in the winter and hopefully that means an early release next year, maybe March or April.
Passenger was recorded with the central theme of a break-up. Some songs were written before the break-up and some songs were written after. Was it a conscious decision to sort of mold the album to that theme or did it just happen that way?
Beril Guceri: I don't think it was a conscious decision to write a 'break-up album.' It's just what was going on at the time so, of course, there are songs that project failed romance. We don't see Passenger as just a break-up album. There are other themes and inspired parts by other types of relationships as well. We were, however, open about the break-up that happened in the band. It was written about in our bio. That part was a conscious decision, you could say. We were just looking to be honest when releasing the album.