On August 15, 2014 I caught up with Mariel Loveland of Candy Hearts in Amityville, NY. Read more about how the band became friends with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, writing inspiration for their latest album, which “Sex And The City” characters they are and more! Candy Hearts are on tour now with Seaway, Driver Friendly, and Stick Up Kid.
Substream Magazine: How did Candy Hearts assemble? When? Where?
Mariel Loveland: We formed in late 2010 when I was in college. I was writing songs with one of our old members; we were actually in a country band together. I kind of felt like our country-folk project wasn’t really reliant on a band and really just felt like a solo project, so we thought “why don’t we play something that’s a lot louder and more fun to play as a band?” So, we started Candy Hearts and played rock songs and everything just went from there!
SM: Candy Hearts is signed to Violently Happy Records, Chad Gilbert’s (New Found Glory) label. How did that relationship start? Who found whom?
ML: He found me! I was so hesitant to bother him after he said he wanted to produce our stuff. I’m not the type of person to give people our demos. It wasn’t until we went on tour with Man Overboard that he called me and was like, “I’m trying to help you! Why didn’t you tell me you were going on tour with them? They are my friends!” and I was like, ‘Ok I guess he really is serious!’ So, we just kept talking and I sent him the demos and he liked them a lot and we started working together.
SM: You guys have also toured with Chad’s band What’s Eating Gilbert. When I listen to What’s Eating Gilbert and Candy Hearts I find that they are both similar in the sense that they are fun, dancey, easy to listen to, and relatable. This makes me wonder, have you guys adopted the same writing style, do you have the same influences or are you influenced by each other?
ML: I think we just like similar kinds of music. I know Chad has more of a hardcore background than I do, but we both had that country-folk background [as well]. That’s where I started and I think that’s the kind of music that [Chad] fell in love with when he was much younger. I think. If I’m wrong I’m sorry Chad!
SM: Do you have any songs that you wish you wrote?
ML: There are SO many songs I wish I wrote! I wish I wrote every Weakerthans album, I wish I wrote “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia, I wish I wrote “My Friends Over You” by New Found Glory, I wish I wrote the whole Paramore and Best Coast records.
SM: You guys have been touring for a couple years now. What has tour life taught you so far?
ML: It’s definitely taught me to take everything one day at a time, don’t blow things out of proportion, and try to see things from someone else’s point of view. When you’re meeting people from all over the country and all over the world, you don’t really know where they’re coming from or what kind of world they live in. So those are some things I try to keep in mind when we are touring.
SM: If you had to choose one TV show and match characters to your band mates, who would be who?
ML: “Sex and the City!” I’m definitely Carrie, she’s the writer, the more pensive and creative one. Ray, who is playing guitar for us right now, is 100% Samantha. I feel like Matt is Miranda because he has that sort of bad luck, “oh great, this is happening to me now,” kind of outlook. John is definitely Charlotte. He is going to get so mad at me! He is like a little boy that believes in true love and stuff like that, he’s gonna kill me, but he’s a total Charlotte! He’s adorable.
SM: If you were on death row what would be your last meal?
ML: Probably french fries, chicken nuggets and ice cream.
SM: Who or what did you pull inspiration from to make this record?
ML: Musically, I pulled a lot of inspiration from bands like the Breeders and Juliana Hatfield. I was trying to take [our music] in a more grungy/alternative direction than before. I definitely took a lot of influence from Taylor Swift, at least melodically. Lyrically, as always, I was super influenced by my life and what was happening. It’s easier to write songs about being sad and someone doing you wrong, but I really spent a lot of time trying to write about myself and my shortcomings and dark parts, which I think really comes across in the new record. I was really inspired by Brand New for that as well. I was definitely inspired by Best Coast with the sort of cutesy love songs. When I wrote, “I Miss You” I was like, “I want to write something so super sweet” like “Still Into You” by Paramore or like “When I’m With You” by Best Coast. I’ve never written a song that’s all the way happy, that was my first!