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Post-hardcore five-piece from Dallas, Third & Delaware recently premiered a video for the song “Ardor” with us here at Prog Sphere, a tune taken from their debut EP ‘Generations.’ Singer Richy Xiong talked about the EP, writing, and more.
Define the mission of Third & Delaware.
Richy: Our mission is to deliver a unique yet familiar sound to the hardcore and metalcore scene while providing a means to express one’s true self.
Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut EP “Generations” and the themes it captures.
Richy: Each song in the EP represents a different emotion felt at different times in my life: Anger, depression, betrayal, independence, and hope. Since it’s the first release with me as the new vocalist, I wanted to encompass multiple themes in the EP as we find our “new sound”.
What is the message you are trying to give with “Generations”?
Richy: Since each song has such a different lyrical feeling to it, the overall message would be to never forget your experiences through life. You are who you are because of everything you’ve been through; the good, the bad, and everything in between. Live and learn, be yourself, and never give up.
How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
Richy: I wrote every song on my phone, most of them while I was eating lunch before a lab class I had during the summer semester. I had all of the instrumental tracks on my phone, and I would just listen to them on repeat while I was thinking what to theme them about.
Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?
Richy: In our live performances, yes. Our guitarist Revin chose the order of the songs for the EP, while I chose the order of the songs for our live sets. I made sure the lyrics and themes of each song flows well into the next.
Describe the approach to recording the EP.
Richy: Drink beer, write a riffy verse, take a shot then come up with the chorus.
How long “Generations” was in the making?
Richy: If I’m not mistaken, the band had some of the songs on the EP written for months. The instrumental tracks were basically done and they were just waiting to get vocals onto them. I’m glad that my input to our music was well received when I first joined the band.
Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?
Richy: All That Remains, Bullet for my Valentine, and August Burns Red were the biggest influences when I was writing the vocal cadences of the EP.
What is your view on technology in music?
Richy: The ambience that backings can provide can really be what makes one local band different from the others. Technology is amazing, and if it adds to the music, I don’t have a problem with it.
Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?
Richy: I think that art in general always serves a greater purpose than the art itself. Making music basically requires vulnerability. It played a big part of not only making me who I am today, it also allowed me to express myself in a way I never have before. Because of music, I am my best self. If I could instill that feeling in others, even if it was just one person, it would literally be a dream come true.
What are your plans for the future?
Richy: The band’s main plan for the future is to write more music. I can’t wait to see what we come up with now that I have input into the instrumentals of an upcoming full length album. We’ll definitely jump on as many shows as we can while we continue to write.
Generations is out now; check it out on Bandcamp.