The World Over was founded in 2013 to promote messages of hope and empowerment by musicians around the world. Led by front woman Tiaday Ball, the granddaughter of Ernie Ball (world renowned creator of Music Man Guitars and Slinky Strings), the group released its first EP Rampart District in 2014. That EP quickly created a buzz for the up and coming band all around the world. After a few personnel changes, the band has returned stronger and more determined than ever. Their latest EP Mountains was released in August to rave reviews from fans and critics alike. It may be short in quantity with only four songs, but it’s high in quality with each track strong enough to stand alone on its own. We had a chance recently to sit down with lead vocalist Tiaday Ball who gave us a crash course on all things The World Over.
I’ll get my music nerd question out of the way now and if you’re not tired of answering this one already, you will be with the more interviews that you do. Is there a story or meaning behind the band’s name?
Tiaday Ball/The World Over: Our original lineup had consisted of band members from all over (France, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut) so we really wanted to have a name that could represent our diverse cultures. The World Over just felt right and even though our most diverse member couldn’t remain in the band, it still holds true to us in other ways and continuity is important. We will take The World Over one fan at a time!
A little bit of a lineup change since Rampart District and you’re now a trio. I know these things tend to happen for all sorts of reasons, but it’s always tough to almost have to hit the reset button when they do.
Well, we’re not a trio anymore! Tony Costarella, our drummer, is the newest addition to the band. He says hi!
From our original lineup, Xavier Moreux was the founder of The World Over and he played rhythm guitar. He is from France and was unable to stay in America even though he got his artist visa due to financial issues. We miss him a lot and will continue his legacy for him out here.
The reason for Aaron Schumacher’s leave (singer in music video “Eulogy”) was fairly mutual. We wanted different things out of each other as a band and his schedule started to become really busy as he is a freelance musician. He had dreamed of being in the acapella group, “M-pact” and is actually now a member of that group and continues to do studio work and lots of other great things. We want nothing but the best for him.
As for Eric and Anthony’s dismissal from the band, we still hold our fond memories with them dear to us, but our dirty laundry is not something for us to be waving around.
How would you compare the new Mountains EP with Rampart District?
Our newest record, Mountains, that we released in August (available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.) would have to be under the blanket term of “rock” because it isn’t quite post-hardcore like we used to be. We hope to break some of the boundaries of this genre a little more and reach a broader spectrum of listeners. This new album is definitely a result of us maturing as a band and finally finding the sound we’ve been looking/striving for but still staying true to our roots. Rampart District was fun, but it wasn’t how we wanted to represent ourselves anymore. In the first album, we tried to show off what we could do as musicians whereas in our new album we just focused on writing good songs that have a deeper impact. There’s less screaming, guitar solos, chugging and more emotions laid out on the table overall. We really ran with the “less is more” trait that the Deftones play to their advantage. You can compare and get both albums here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1146557304
The new EP has been out almost two months now; what’s the feedback been like on it?
Mountainous (laughs)! It’s all been fairly positive so far. At first some fans were taken back by how drastic of a change we made from our first album, Rampart District but they said it grew on them. I think our fans understand what we’re trying to accomplish as a band and we’re grateful that they’ve stood by us since the first record.
Was there any particular song on the EP that may have been more difficult to record, for whatever reason?
Donovan and Melvin Murray (studio drummer) had a harder time recording “Liberosis” because of the song’s triplet feel while staying in 4/4 pocket. As for songwriting goes, “Mountains” took the longest. Ryan wrote the track a little over a year ago and it was much more “hardcore” than it is now. We ran through so many different melody ideas and nothing really stuck or felt right. We weren’t even sure if it was going to make it on the record as one of the top 5 of our demos because Ryan and I didn’t come up with the vocal melody until a few weeks before we had to leave for Canada. I guess we just work better under pressure because I was drawing blanks and hit a writer’s block for a few months during demo production.
What made you decide to lead-off with “Mountains” as your first single and was it an easy decision to go with that one?
When we got back from Canada and showed the record off to our friends and family before releasing it, “Mountains” was pretty much the majority’s favorite. Our manager, Danny, also felt like it was the most marketable song off of our record and we really love it as well (although that’s probably biased). It also just makes sense to promote our most “anthem-y” song and our title track which brings together the whole meaning of the album to closure.
You seem to transition from clean vocals to screams and back with ease. Was that a hard process to learn and do you do anything (training, drinking tea, throat spray) to help protect your voice?
Yeah, at first when I tried to do as much screaming as I did in “Rampart District” and go back to singing, it took a toll on my voice. But with this new record, I’m doing different types of screaming and a lot less of it so I’m able to keep up easier. Sometimes in live performances I get Donovan to help me out on some screams like in “Let Go” during the chorus where the gang screams are (“but it’s never enough”) while I sing the lead over him. Liberosis is honestly the hardest to perform live and runs me out of energy faster because there’s more faster sing-to-scream transitions like in the chorus but I try to put that higher up on the set list so I don’t make an ass out of myself screeching out the lyrics when I’m beat.
As for protecting my voice, there’s not really too much to do because I’m not screaming incorrectly or anything that could cause permanent damage. My vocal instructor, Rosemary Butler, pointed a flashlight down my throat and made me scream so she could make sure I wasn’t hurting myself. I do take precautions though by singing vocal warm-ups and stretching before every show, no screaming or ingesting any dairy or super oily foods before shows and if my voice is pretty beat after a show I drink tea and go right to bed.
“Liberosis” is one of our favorite tracks on the EP; can you give us a little in-sight into that one?
Well first off, Lib is the first song we’ve written with a triplet feel so it was a lot of fun creating which is why our working title for it was actually “Swinger Swagger”. We’d been meaning to release a song in 3/4 or with a triplet feel for a while. It didn’t really even come together until we recorded it because the demo didn’t really do it justice.
For those who don’t know, the definition of “Liberosis” is: the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone.
I wrote these lyrics back in my last year of high school and the year after I graduated during times when I felt really suppressed by my mother when all I had was music to get me through our crap. Hence the lyrics “So I lock myself up and yell scream, nothing you say has meaning when I turn up the volume”. The pre-chorus lyrics where I say “‘leave a line at the tone’ what a warm welcome home” was a metaphor of sorts to explain how I felt when I came home and spoke to her, she wasn’t really there or cared about me as an individual.
What’s on your radar as far as things coming up like live dates, videos or anything else to promote the new EP that fans can look forward to?
We will be releasing an acoustic version(s) of one or more songs off the Mountains album before our December tour (dates TBA soon)! We will also be releasing a music video in the New Year so stay tuned for that! You can stay updated on our future endeavors at any of these links: www.theworldoverofficial.com.