Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Corey Hugo Of winterforever

Artwork for ‘LÆVITAS’ by Benjamin Lieber. Courtesy of Earshot Media.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Honesty and desperation can be a wake-up call of a duo, as one more often leads to the other, although we’re never quite sure which will come first.

Hearty topics like this and more are ever-present on ‘LÆVITAS,’ the debut full-length from post-hardcore act winterforever, which was put out this past May and was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Nathan Hussey (All Get Out, Hussey).

Comprised of vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Corey Hugo, guitarist Jess Greaves, drummer Chris Hunter and bassist Max Graham, winterforever serves as a must-listen for anybody who fancies the mid-2000’s “emo” heydays, evidenced by the hook-heavy single “inadvertently.”

The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with Hugo about ‘LÆVITAS’ and more.

Music Bugle – How did you decide the name “winterforever”? 

Corey Hugo – In 2011, a band put out a record called ‘Winter Forever.’ The name and the content of that album was something I felt instantly attached to and connected with. I still listen to it pretty regularly. Once the band started, that name came up and just felt very fitting.

Music Bugle – How would you describe Boise, Idaho to someone who has never been there before?

Corey Hugo – It’s a smaller city, but steadily growing. Close enough to nature to feel like youre much further out, but can still feel like a city. Being so close to wilderness is a big reason I’m still living here.

Music Bugle – What made you want to release “inadvertently” as a single?

Corey Hugo – Honestly, there were a lot of reasons. The short answer is that It was straightforward, felt catchy and memorable and the story behind it is a big part of why winterforever exists in the first place. It seemed like the natural choice for the first single of this release.

Music Bugle – What were some of your goals with your debut full-length?

Corey Hugo – Like most bands we’d love to get picked up/signed by a label, get vinyl pressed, etc.. Getting Vinyl pressed is a big one for us.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Corey Hugo – My favorite part of this style of music has always been the honesty and use of metaphors. Being able to talk about personal moments, but with enough ambiguity that listeners put their own meaning to it or relate it to their own lives.

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?

Corey Hugo – I’m probably the wrong person to ask! (Laughs) I think it’s just part of the process now. Social media has such a big reach, it’s pretty necessary to connect with people, especially for younger bands. It’s the easiest way to make your music accessible to a bigger audience. At the same time, it can be overwhelming because there are so many bands and everyone is trying to do the same thing.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Corey Hugo – It’s been weird. Idaho as a whole has handled it pretty poorly, so it’s just doing my best to keep myself and the people around me safe. On top of that, lockdown hit a week or so after recording the first half of “LÆVITAS,” so it took us six months to figure out the how and when to be able to finish it.  Other than that, I’m a bit of a recluse as it is, so staying home and away from the public wasn’t too big of a deal for me at first. All of that said, It’s been a year-and-a-half now and like every other musician, I desperately missed playing shows.

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?

Corey Hugo – Usually, I’ll just drive around and listen to music to clear my head. Sometimes, I’ll take my dog and go hiking at the aforementioned close nature around Boise.

Music Bugle – What has been your hardest challenge lately?

Corey Hugo – This is my first time getting this far with a band so I’m just trying to learn as much as I can and make sure I’m doing everything possible/in an effective way.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

Corey Hugo – These are my favorite questions. I’ve been heavily listening to The Hotelier, Joyce Manor, Balance And Composure and Title Fight.

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