I first discovered Orlando, Florida’s Shout London on Twitter, and came to enjoy their mix of pop-rock and pop-punk. Shout London has the sound to do impressive things, and have built a pretty strong following while remaining unsigned – not that being on a label matters as much as it used to. Frontman Tyler Whiting was recently kind enough to chat with TPS:
Your initial self-titled EP was more acoustic, a bit lighter overall than debut full-length Rememories. What led to the fuller, more rock sound with the latter?
Originally Shout London would be an acoustic project. I recorded the first EP with the intent of playing only acoustic shows, but I would still record all the instruments just to enhance my sound. When people began wanting to join the project Shout London was then kind of forced to sound fuller in Rememories. The studio where I began to record also led to this change. My producer and I just connect. Alan and I basically developed this new fuller sound together.
A deluxe edition of Rememories called Rewrite The Past came out in July, which also nods to the EP and features commentary on your Bandcamp page, which is a neat touch. Being in the studio now, are you working on a proper sophomore effort?
The new Shout London stuff is actually very different than what we’ve heard and I’m not positive on when it will be released! The new sound is very pop influenced and I’m excited for people to see it. Rewrite The Past was a good way for me to wrap up the first chapter of Shout London. The new tracks I’m working on will have that same feel of the first EP, in the fact that these will be new songs; nothing remade, and will have a separate vision than prior material.
You were part of the Warped Tour’s “Battle Of The Bands” this summer, which dished out prizes and a set on a hometown date. What ultimately came out of that for Shout London?
Last year Shout London placed 3rd nationally with online voting, but unfortunately that wasn’t even enough for the judges to let us perform locally, like we had done the year prior. The loss was pretty devastating to not only the band, but the fans also. We hope this year to attain a spot and will work hard for it!
You recently went through some lineup changes. What happened there?
Shout London is the project of myself, Tyler Whiting, aka “ShoutTyler”. Since the start I’ve had members come play the music and will so in the future, even returning members. I am looking forward to recruiting a new band in the future however because there’s nothing like being on stage with some awesome people! Right now I am in the studio developing a new sound and when the time is right I’ll reform a band. Who knows… we may even see some old faces!
Mayday Parade is a noted influence on Shout London, and a fellow Florida band. Besides them, who from your scene – right in your hometown of Orlando, elsewhere in Florida – do you dig?
I have always been very influenced by ADTR. Owl City and The Ready Set also influence me. All of these bands influence me more in a way how they run a band, more than their music specifically. To be honest, I don’t listen to much music or go to shows to keep the music original. A lot of my past music will influence this new EP I’m working on!
What do you want for Christmas?
What I’ve been dying to do is go back to London! It’s been a long time for me and it’s truly my favorite place to be. So I think a round-trip to London would be an amazing Christmas Present! (ed. note: I think we know where the name came from!)
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