The boys now kick back at what life has thrown at them, with music that is dark, heavy, digital, and very real, taking us on a journey through the darkness, whilst showing us light, after all, they are only human.
Formed in October 2017 and based in Orlando, Florida, New Dilemma have so far played all over their state, sharing stages with Convalescence, Superbob, Mekanism, Breathing Theory, NoSelf, Auditory Armory, Lydia Can’t Breathe, F.I.L.T.H.
Currently in talks with Smile Empty Soul, national tours are already chalked up as soon as the world gets back off its knees,
with a line-up that consists of Joey Factor – Vocals, Bobby Keller- Guitar, Clyde Clark – Bass and Ben Johnson on Drums.
As soon as the nucleus of the band was set and they had a clear vision that they were onto something, Chris contacted old friend Emily Gould for drum duties, forming the trio we see and hear today. By 2020 they stepped into the studio together for the first time with explosive results, teaming up with Chris’s brother Tyler Watt for backing/scream vocals, along with a few acoustic performances.
Chris, Tyler and Emily all have very broad musical tastes, ranging from Country to Metal with Tim leaning more towards Gospel and Soul and the Hip Hop world as well, all performing since the tender age of 10.
As a band, the aim is to have the most powerful and dynamic music possible, as inspirations fall on Breaking Benjamin,
Linkin Park, and From Ashes To New.
Due to the current global crisis, any Live performances have been curtailed somewhat, yet performances locally for this summer are already in the pipeline, with a line-up that now consists of Tyler Watt – Vocals, Chris Watt – Vocals/Guitar/Keys, Tim Yunker – Vocals and Emily Gould on Drums.
“We like to start demoing and seeing what sounds will work and what will not. Overall, once it hits Ben, who is not only our drummer but our Producer, we like to let the songs turn into what it wants to be instead of forcing things to fit, we have no preconceived idea of what a song should exactly sound like. As for creative blocks, we simply walk away and come back to it. Sometimes a break can work wonders”.
So I went on to ask if they have the same persona on and off stage and what they enjoy the most about being in this band, they went on to say;
“We do, we wanted to be very real and very transparent to our fans.
We love the fact we are all seeking the same outcome and have the same respect for one another and all love interacting with our fans, as those connections are much needed for the soul. Most of all we love that we get to live our passion”.
Finally I asked if there was anything they wished they had known, before starting their career in music, they told me;
“Now that’s a loaded question. Let’s just say there are way too many bumps in the road to list them all, but we are always learning, and that’s what is important”.
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And that brings me nicely to the single in question here, Is Your Story Over.
This bountiful single is bursting at the seams with every element that makes a great track, amalgamating the digital age with their individual inspirations perfectly into a multiplex of sound, and a great advert to tempt any listener to their forthcoming album. Set out with just the right amount of grit, this heavier edge packs enough attitude to the punch to get its point across, yet laced with just enough colour to lift the track to anthemic heights that get feet tapping and heads bouncing.
Memorable to the last, with perfectly placed stops for added presence, this track is a definite playlister, with its monotone verses that almost reflect the thought processes before the melody of the chorus speaks its mind.
Star Rating – 10/10
“Don’t let your story be over. Follow your dreams and always shoot for the stars, even if it has to be put away for a bit, it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever, I feel i’m living proof of that. We give it our all on stage in every performance, because you never know when it will be your last”.
So why not clear a space in your collection and give New Dilemma a try for 2021.
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