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From being announced as a project less than two years ago, to holding online auditions for band spots, KUZA has been a band with their eyes set on success from the get go. With two EPs, a music video, and now their first headlining tour, it’s clear that this band is ready to put in the work that this industry requires. We sat down for another interview with lead singer Mike Kuza before their show at the Brass Mug in Tampa, FL, and got the scoop on everything in the works for them.

This is the band’s first tour, however you have had your fair share of experience on tours. How is performing different from being on the road in other capacities?

It’s a lot more on the side of business. I wouldn’t say it’s stressful, but you have a lot more to do. You have to have a certain time to do it, and you can’t mess around. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done. And I’m not used to that. Teching is a lot easier than being in the actual band, I think, personally. There’s a lot more involved with being in the band than there is being in the crew.

What was one unexpected challenge that you’ve faced during this tour?

It’d have to be just starting out with something brand new. It’s not really unexpected, but it’s more like a kick in the face. It’s like, this is it and this is what you wanted to do. It’s very challenging. It’s not hard to do, but it’s hard to get used to it and get momentum.

How has the turnout been for the shows so far?

The turnout has been pretty good so far. It hasn’t been crazy packed, but it’s been enough. We aren’t touring to gain fans or be a touring band. We’re touring to get it under our belts, so that we can be more experienced in being an actual band. We’re trying to get used to everything that’s used to us.

You put a band together very quickly. Do you think that you had enough time to prepare?

We’re definitely really tight now. It’s been hard to send each other demos of what we’re doing or videos. We were trying to do that for like, half a year through Dropbox. We didn’t practice anything for a while, so I just told everyone to send videos so I could see it?

Have you gotten to the point where you have any hecklers yet, or has everybody been cool?

I mean, we’re always going to have hecklers. At least a little bit. It’s bound to happen, but it’s not too bad.

What are your plans after this? Do you have another tour lined up or is there new music on the way?

We’re trying to write our full-length record after the tour. And in the fall and winter we are trying to go out with a band.

You’ve released a music video for “Bound By Oath”. Conceptually speaking, was that all your idea or was it a collaboration between everyone in the band?

I wanted it to be like a straight up horror movie. And then Luke, Francesca, and Matt were like “Well maybe if we had it tweaked a little bit to have like a girl being strapped in a doctor’s chair” so that’s where the girl came from.

Upon This Dawning performing in Tampa, FL as part of the All Stars Tour - 07/15/14 - The Orpheum

Upon This Dawning performing in Tampa, FL as part of the All Stars Tour - 07/15/14 - The Orpheum

Upon This Dawning performing in Tampa, FL as part of the All Stars Tour - 07/15/14 - The Orpheum

Davey Havok of AFI - The Beacham in Orlando, FL - 01/24/14

Photographer: Amanda Damelio

Davey Havok of AFI - The Beacham in Orlando, FL - 01/24/14

Photographer: Amanda Damelio

Jade Puget of AFI - The Beacham in Orlando, FL - 01/24/14

Photographer: Amanda Damelio

Bottom Line Reviews: Framing Hanley’s “The Sum of Who We Are”

As a music journalist, I often get asked about musical artists. What are they up to, when are they touring, or why aren’t they around any more. Framing Hanley was one of those artists I have been asked about. Particularly: “Where did they go?”. The fact is, Framing Hanley never left. After parting with their former label, Silent Majority Group, it could be said that the band have spent the past few years getting their house in order. Raising a hugely successful kickstarter to fund a new album, and playing “weekend warrior” shows in the southeast, they showed hard work and dedication despite struggles. In fact, the only people who showed more dedication than they did were their fans.

And now, it seems like that strong spirit has paid off for both parties. On April 25th, the band released their new album The Sum of Who We Are . And the name fits. The album is the sum of the band’s hard work, and the fans dedication in supporting them as well as helping them raise money. It was an album years in the making, and it was worth it.

The Tennessee rockers are holding back no punches on this effort. Songs like “Crooked Smiles” and “Twisted Halos” have stories they want to tell, and show that the band’s break was not all lollipops and gum balls. They are a driving force in the album, not only catchy but with lyrics that are easy to identify with.

One thing I find particularly interesting is the use of electronic instrumentation. “Simple Life” gives us a taste of it. Sometimes, it works perfectly, as in the intro to this song. Other times, it seems at best out of place and at worse obstructive and distracting. It was definitely a creative choice, and while it may not have been the best thing to do in some places, it definitely gives a memorable quality to songs that might have fallen flat otherwise.

The bottom line is, this is an album that everyone needs to listen to. Whether or not Framing Hanley is your cup of tea, they have proved a point with these songs. The independent band is alive and well. They are a band to watch, even if just for industry insight, and I am eager to see how they progress through 2014 and beyond.

Davey Havok of AFI - The Beacham in Orlando, FL - 01/24/14

Photographer: Amanda Damelio

Davey Havok of AFI - The Beacham in Orlando, FL - 01/24/14

Photographer: Amanda Damelio