“It’s so much better than anything we’ve ever done” — Hundredth’s Chad Johnson shares the story behind ‘Free’

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The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, melodic hardcore band Hundredth have a busy year ahead of them. After signing to Hopeless Records last year, the guys just released their third full-length album Free earlier this month.

“I think we carved out our own niche inside of this aggressive melodic sound on this album,” says vocalist Chad Johnson. “I think we nailed what we wanted to do.”

Free-1The 26-year-old has grown up since starting the band at age 18, which is reflected on the new record. Johnson thought this mindset should be something to pursue for the album and that’s exactly what he did.

“It’s lyrically more vague and more personal to me,” Johnson says. “It’s about writing about what I want. There are songs on there like walking away from things that you cared about before, and I feel like it encapsulates how to be free emotionally more because there are a lot of vague lyrics. It’s a cool concept that’s not straight-up in-your-face, but lets you contemplate the album and it kind of fits.”

Even as Johnson explains the lyrical mentality on Free is how to feel emotionally open, the musician also tried to do more things vocally including interweaving through raspy and clean singing throughout the record.

“I did a lot of new stuff vocally because I didn’t want to stay in this screaming box on this album,” Johnson says. “I wanted to push myself and do some new stuff. Really, it’s just sonically so much better than anything we’ve ever done.”

Hundredth will be performing on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer and will be heading to Japan later this year to support Free.

“The running joke is that this album is Free and the majority of people will acquire the album for free, it’s kind of like a tongue-in-cheek thing,” Johnson admits. “Lyrically, it’s about accepting things about yourself that you don’t necessarily like and really enjoying yourself.”