Right off the bat, The Material’s music career took off when they were voted to perform at MTV’s Dew Circuit breakout out of a pool of over 4,000 bands.
The Material is a band from Los Angeles, consisting of five members, including Colleen D’Agostino as the lead singer, Jon Moreaux and Roi Elam on guitars, Kevin Pintado on drums and Jordan Meckley on bass. Since they were founded in 2007, their work has been featured on TV shows like MTV Australia’s Freshwater Blue, MTV’s The Hills, and WB’s Sorority Forever. On April 9, they released their latest album, Everything I Want to Say, which in comparison to their previous album, What We Are, is similar, but definitely more edgy and with heavier tones trying to emphasize the rock.
“We tried to just stick to mainstream rock as opposed to going with any sort of trend. We really stripped down our songs and this album is definitely more rock,” D’Agostino said. “Personally for me, I’m using my voice in a totally different way on the album, just really free not holding anything back—just grungier I guess.”
According to Moreaux, the new album was written in live setting together as a band, and the translation from studio to stage has been much simpler.
“There’s just this energy that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a rock show instead of listening to a song off a stereo. Our songs are just crafted differently this time around. It’s definitely more energetic.”
One of their new songs off the album, “Life Vest”, has been debuted on Purevolume. It was written by D’Agostino right as she was passing through a hard time.
“This song is a very personal song,” D’Agostino said. “It sounds really dark and edgy, but has a silver lining and actually has a positive message of getting through tough times with the people that you love as your life vest, essentially.
Following their album release, The Material played a couple of CD release shows, but they plan to lay low on tours.
“We’re just looking for the right situation at the moment,” Elam said. “We definitely want to work this record really hard, so we’re looking for tour plans starting this summer and take it out on the road and let everybody hear what we’re doing now.”
The new album, Everything I Want to Say, has a very promising start, which has been shown by the response by MTV Buzzworthy when they debuted the song, “Life Vest.”
“It’s been a nice starting point, but we’ve kind of gone back to basics at this point and it feels like we’re a new band again and we’re still working our way up from ground floor,” Moreaux said. “So hopefully we’ll get back on MTV at some point, that’d be pretty dope and the fact that they responded to our single premiere the day that we released it is really promising and really reassuring so we’d love to work with them more.”
Listen to The Material’s song “Life Vest” below.