These Hearts: Yours To Take
While the music industry’s foundation may include hard rock, heavy metal, and classic punk, we have entered a new era; one brimming with subgenres and talent the likes of which the world has never seen before. Of course, with a new era comes a new set of rules. When it comes to Fargo, North Dakota’s THESE HEARTS, there are no rules. The undisputed pride and joy of the pop-punk scene, THESE HEARTS continues to be praised for their ability to blend clean harmonies with surprisingly brutal screams flawlessly. With a swoop of the hair and feet planted firmly below, this young, up and coming band makes everything look easy.
The pop-punk/hardcore quintet has paved the way, showing what it truly means to be a band that radiates positivity in everything that they do. In what is composed of one of the most easily approachable groups around, THESE HEARTS is never seen without the passionate spirit and uplifting charisma which has set them apart from the rest, to which they credit religion as playing an essential role.
As is with many things in life, the band’s journey has not always been a simple one. THESE HEARTS rely on their Christian upbringing and ever-present faith to carry them through unavoidable bumps in the road. Formed in 2007, it took no time for the group to quickly establish a name for themselves in the upper Midwest. Consisting of Ryan Saunders on vocals, bassist Tyler Rice, Kyle Colby on guitar and backup vocals, lead guitarist Daryl Van Beek and Isaiah Folk on the drums THESE HEARTS was destined for greatness. The band wasted no time in recording and proudly released the wildly successful self-produced EP, Mistakes And Second Takes, in 2008 selling over 3,000 copies. With little money, the guys of THESE HEARTS packed up and started touring, giving some insight into the band’s dedication to their craft.
Landing a contract with Victory Records in early 2011, the band expressed a strong desire to create a record of purpose, which was certainly delivered in their Craig Owens-produced, Forever Ended Yesterday, released June 21st, 2011. Serving as their reintroduction to the hardcore world, the album left critics with a good taste in their mouths, showcasing THESE HEARTS’ super-hero clean vocals paired with menacing, evil-villain screams. Unveiling impressively controlled vocals, empowering gang chants, and salon-worthy locks, they are single-handedly reviving the pop-punk scene.
Coupling addictive hooks that will instantly have you singing along, with an effortless flair for weaving gritty heaviness in all the right places, Forever Ended Yesterday was an unstoppable force of nature. Their upbeat sound is perfectly matched with crippling breakdowns that emulate label-mates A DAY TO REMEMBER in the best ways. Kicking off with the standout track “Apology Rejected,” the album is packed full of what can only be pinpointed as an angst-filled, roller coaster ride of dangerously infectious songs in their promising collection of new favorites. Rounding off the album is the acoustic track “Thinking In Terms Of Two” – a charming addition demonstrating the group’s musical talent as a beautifully played bonus to the record. Impressing top executives, THESE HEARTS partnered with Showtime to feature a single on their hit series, The Big C. Kings of stage, studio, and now television, they plan to dominate the scene for many years to come.
After their successful tour with BROADWAY and US FROM OUTSIDE, THESE HEARTS went back to work for their diehard fans, releasing EP Elephant in the Room in September 2012. Happily accepting recognition for being a pop-punk and hardcore band, the guys provided the scene with heavy breakdowns and a solid, good time. Proving to the masses that pop-punk is not as bubble-gum as it seems, THESE HEARTS continues to grow as musicians, launching the genre further than ever expected. Unrivaled, the band has their sights set on transforming the music scene forever.