ListenUp contributor Ashley Oxendine recently spoke with Chadwick Johnson of Hundredth about the band's touring, its new album “Let Go” — which will be released July 5 — and their Myrtle Beach roots.
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How was your recent European tour?
It was really cool. It was our first time over there, um, so we really didn’t know what to expect, but it actually turned out really, really good. It was a lot of fun, and um, a good chance to get our feet wet over there I think.
Were there any places in particular you liked the most?
Our best show was probably in Slovenia, but um, I think my favorite spot was, probably Austria or Switzerland. Just beautiful places that were cool to see and walk around.
Is there anyone you would like to tour with in the future?
We’ve always wanted to tour with bands that we kind of grew up on like Thursday, we always wanted to tour with them.
Underoath, we hope. I’m sure both of those are within reach, hopefully soon. Who knows.
We're going out with Bury Your Dead this summer, which is crazy because a couple of us kind of grew up thinking that they were like the biggest band in the world. And, you know, it’s weird that you find out their not really as big as you thought they were when you were a kid. It’s fun.
Hundredth has been around for a while. How did you get to join the band?
They pretty much were at the point where the band was breaking up — like completely breaking up — and then we pretty much started a new band and we just decided to drop "The" [out of the name], and just be a new band.
I mean it’s pretty much, since the last record, it’s a completely different band with different members. It has two original members that are [bassist] Matt Kootz and [guitarist] Alex Blackwell and we just kind of kept the name and changed the style and everything.
We just thought the name was still good, and it had a little bit of a reputation on the East Coast so we were like "OK, that’ll be a good little start," you know.
But the material is completely different. We don’t even really acknowledge that first little CD. It was self-released and you know there was no tour done on it, it was just kind of as a local band, you know what I mean?
We're not really [a local band]. I mean, you know, we play locally a lot, but the majority of our shows aren't local, so I think it’s a completely different band.
I was actually living in Australia at the time, and I came home [to Myrtle Beach] for Christmas, and I was just hanging out with them as friends and they were talking about the band being done and I was like "Well, you know, I’ve been wanting to start a band like this" and we kind of just started jammin.
When I went back to Australia, we co-wrote back and forth overseas and then when I came home, we just hit it hard, recorded an EP and just haven’t stopped since.
So it’s been a fast, little journey and it’s been fun. It’s been a lot of fun.
What was your inspiration for the new album on the material the band wrote about?
We mostly just wanted to stay like uplifting and positive and stuff, but at the same time, be real about problems going on, and you know, everyone runs through problems and you can’t be overly positive about it.
I feel like being real is like the first step to being positive about so much stuff.
The album’s called "Let Go," it’s pretty much about, you know, holding on to stuff. Like how I held onto stuff that just brought me down so much and got me stuck in these little ... almost like stuck in a box where I couldn’t think outside of it.
It’s just about letting go of stuff that’s holding you back, and things that bring you down and make you think negatively, like that you can’t do something and you should give up on a dream, or stuff like that. That’s pretty much the theme for the whole record.
What does it mean for you to play in Myrtle Beach since you're from here?
I see new faces every time we play here, you know. People who I haven’t met, which is weird because it’s our local scene, but I guess we miss out on so much cause we’re gone.
It’s definitely a better spot here just because it’s our friends and everyone likes to have fun. But, it’s almost like we have a couple of towns around the nation that are almost one-upping our hometown, which is weird.
I mean, it’s just because we’ve been gone so long and we’ve hit that place almost more than we play locally.
We don’t ever have that many places to do shows here, so it’s like we’ll try to find a place, cause we put the shows on ourselves pretty much and just kind of hang out.
You know, we can’t play the House of Blues. It’s like 2,500 capacity. It would be like a tiny amount of people in a huge room.
But with Myrtle Beach shows the adrenaline’s always much higher and just more fun to look around and see your friends.
Did the band ever play at The Hazmat back in the day?
Yeah, we played there. All of our old bands played there. And we played at The Hazmat II in December. We put on a show there, like a little last-minute type thing.
It turned out awesome. I love The Hazmat. That place is really, really cool. Little punk rock place. It’s cool.
What did you think about the recent speculation of The Rapture coming?
Um, I thought it was absolute garbage.
Pretty much, I thought it was like a preacher that just needed to pay some bills. So he just started saying some stuff and maybe he really believed in it.
But, I think he’s kind of crazy. It’s like, coming from a Jesus perspective, cause I’m trying to base everything around Jesus, I just feel like he made Jesus look bad saying stuff like that.
It’s like going that public about something that you think that you’re sure of is… I don’t know. Didn’t he do it in 1990 or something too? He did it in the 90’s and said it was gonna end then too?
Yeah, he did sometime in the early 90’s.
Yeah, it kind of sounds like a popularity thing to me.
We were in Europe when it was happening. Everyone was like, "yeah it’s the end of the world." Obviously when we played I was like, "welcome to the end of the world" and was playing around with it. But I thought it was more funny than anything.