Pennsylvania metalcore outfit Texas In July is riding high after the April release of their new full-length album One Reality. After crushing it on the Motel 6 Rock Yourself to Sleep Tour last winter, the band is currently wrapping up the Take Action Tour and they are not slowing down any time soon. Texas In July- Alex Good (vocals), Ben Witkowski (bass), Adam Gray (drums), Christian Royer (guitar), and Chris Davis (guitar)- brought their music to the next level with the new album and are focused on sharing it with the world. I tracked down Witkowski who answered my questions about writing songs, getting signed, and the band’s awesome hometown music scene.
You guys are quite young. How does your age affect your career and your spot in the music world?
Well, that’s a good question. We are at the point now where our average age is around nineteen, but it doesn’t affect us from what we can see.
What did your friends and family say about your early entrance onto the scene?
Our friends and family are behind us 100% and they have been from the start. It was a weird transition jumping right from high school to being out on the road, but we love it. We have been waiting for it to be this way for a long time and are excited the time has finally come.
How did you celebrate signing to Equal Vision Records?
We were in Pennsylvania with both of our managers while we were on a mini tour. We were playing in Philadelphia, so we were very close to home and were surrounded by good people. It was a good and memorable day, spent with the right people.
What’s the music scene like in your hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and where do you fit in?
Our hometown scene is great, there are all different types of bands: metal, indie, pop punk, acoustic, etc. – and we fall in the metal category, obviously haha. There has always been a good amount of metal bands in Lancaster that play shows there often, and also play with us outside the state. We are good friends with all of them as well.
Give me some insight into the songwriting process.
Before anything is done, we usually start by planning a structure to the song that we’re writing. Then, Christian and Adam sit down and write large chunks of the music together. Adam takes care of patterns for most of the breakdowns and Christian writes the riffs, chord progressions, and all of the other guitar work. Alex also plays guitar, so he contributes his opinions and taste into the mix as well every so often. After this, we experiment and mess around with small things, just to make sure we have all of the instrumentations just right. I write the vocal patterns and lyrics, which are sometimes worked in throughout the music writing process and sometimes are written separately, after the music is already completed.
What is the strangest thing to ever inspire a song?
I’m not sure if it would be considered strange but, just different feelings from different genres that we put a weird metal twist on, such as R&B, hip-hop, or punk.
If you were to grace the cover of any magazine, which one would it be and what would the headline read?
Vibe magazine. “Texas In July and Eminem collab album.”
If you could chose anyone in the world to be your biggest fan, who would it be?