Q&A with Spencer York of Movements

As soon as the $5 Tour was announced, tickets sold out extremely fast and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a ticket to the Philadelphia show at Everybody Hits batting cages, which sold out in just under an hour. Everyone who heard about the tour knew that a Real Friends and Movements show would not be one to miss out on. Opening up the show was local Philadelphia band, Reward. Movements then hit the stage after them, and they quickly got to experience a real taste of what Philly crowds can be like. With the crowd shouting back their meaningful lyrics, starting mosh pits, and crowd surfing, the whole show was fantastic. The passion and emotion that Movements delivered in every note they played left the crowd wanting more while also preparing them for Real Friends.

Before the show I was able to talk with Movements’ drummer, Spencer York. Read the interview below, catch Movements live on their next tour with Being As An Ocean and pick up their EP, Outgrown Things out now!

Interview by Nina Schirmer

How would you describe your sound?

Spencer York: We have a lot of different influences. I would say some pop punk with a little hint of hardcore roots in there because our singer is really into the hardcore scene. We also have a little bit of grunge. Usually when people ask us to describe our band in a three-word genre we usually say emotional, alternative, and rock. It’s hard to not be vague because we still haven’t really dialed in our sound yet. A lot of our songs on the EP are pretty diverse and they all have their own tongues to them so we’re still trying to figure out exactly what our sound is.

You have recently released an EP called Outgrown Things and before you mentioned an album in the works, can you tell us a little bit about that?

Not much since it’s just getting started. We’re kind of just feeling it out and trying to allocate our ideas and we’re trying to come up with a good bunch of songs but right now we only have about three unfinished ideas. We’ve been writing on tour and we work on it when we can.

Lyrically, a lot of your songs are very deep and the lyrics hit home for a lot of people. Where does the inspiration for the lyrics come from?

A lot of them come from Patrick’s [Miranda, vocalist] personal life experiences. For example, the song “Nineteen” is about Patrick and his father’s rocky relationship. He grew up being told things like, “I want you to do this with your life. You’re either going to join the military or get a desk job so you can afford a home.” That really resonated with Patrick, so it lead to a bitter relationship between them. So that song for example is about how bad that relationship was for him.

You also recently released a music video for your song “Worst Wishes.” Where did idea for the music video come from? 

That was all Max Moore. He does videos for Citizen and other bands of that caliber. He’s based out of Kentucky and he came up with all the ideas. He pitched them to us and we loved it so went with it.

So you’re also currently on the $5 Tour with Real Friends. How is that going so far?

It’s awesome! They’re the nicest dudes. We couldn’t be luckier to be able to ride this one out with them. It’s a lot of great exposure and it’s a new fan base to tap into and we’ve been getting really positive vibes so we’re super appreciative of that.

While on tour you also played at So What?! Music Festival How was that?

So What was amazing. We really weren’t expecting much of a crowd but once our set time came, the audience filled out and it was such a blast to meet so many new faces and hear some feedback on our EP. Both as a band and part of the audience, we can’t wait to do it again.

I’ve noticed a lot of bands have been having trouble with their vans lately, how have you guys been doing with that?

We got stranded in Idaho for a while but yeah we’ve had some van troubles and have been stranded a few times but we’ve recovered and we have a reliable van now and we take care of it.

Thank you so much for talking with us! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Not off the top of my head, sorry!