With the release of their full length album, Nostalgic Future, The Tilt Room brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with progressive rhythms, huge pop choruses, and an indie rock attitude, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative rock anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds it all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “The Crutch”, is an instant pop rock classic. Complete with an upbeat swing, and an overall fun feel, and soulful vocals, the song grabs tight and doesn’t let go.
“It’s about the rigors of drug addiction, and the internal struggle people go through, trying to come to terms with their problem(s). A.K.A. Demons. Also, it can be a metaphor for any struggle we deal with in life,” explains songwriter Mike Swindell of the band’s single. “I think in life we all have that “crutch” we lean on from time to time, when life gets crazy. It is very prevalent in Salvador Dali’s work. Not that this song has any ties with him,” explains vocalist and guitarist Mike Swindell of the bands single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where The Tilt Room is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“In many ways. I think stylistically this album has helped us find our identity, not only as a band, but musicians. It’s not easy coming together as individuals and creating that right sound. But when you do, something special happens as a unit, and Ideas start flowing more. You kind of have a better idea what the other guy is thinking in a given moment, and you are more compelled to go with the flow to see what comes of it. In the end it’s about creating continuity,” says Swindell of the bands evolution in songwriting.
Originally formed under the name Bacchus in 2003, the band consisted of Mike Swindell and Matt Dacierno. Although they started off with their punk rock roots, the band eventually developed into a more prog rock sound. The band was consistently honing their craft and developing styles over the years. After hitting a rough patch with drummers, the duo decided perform as an acoustic act and went on to record an album as so. After years of performing without a drummer, the two realized the songs would benefit from percussion. In early 2014, after auditioning a number of drummers, they finally crossed paths with Justin Hackett. The rest as they say, is history.
Then, in 2015, the band was hit with the death of Matt Dacierno. As difficult as it was the other two knew he’d want the music to live on. So that’s what they did. After recruiting bassist Anthony Pandolph, they found someone who fit the band perfectly as his attention to detail and overall style was perfect for them. Shortly after, the band went on to complete the Nostalgic Future album. An album 3 years in the making.