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Harper and the Moths is all about sharing the experience with people. When asked to describe Harper and the Moths in three words, Schulman and Lines each had a similar response.
"Harper's. Real-life. Craziness," says Schulman. "I know all of these lyrics since I've spent so much time with them, and I know they are all real stories of things that have happened. Even if we are the only ones that hear it, it is such a real record about real life and it's great to experience it with this guy. It's something you can relate to."
And for Lines? "Storytelling. Garage rock. Pop."
However, storytelling should be something that lasts a while, and with these musicians, you never know when they will hop onto the first page of another tale. Will Harper and the Moths even last?
"This album is just the start," Lines says, in protest. "This is the first piece of our completely collaborative efforts." Schulman agrees and mentions that they've already been talking about writing for the second record.
"Even though I'm in like four or five projects — and I'd like to say I'm 100 percent on all of them — this is definitely something we're going to be focusing on," he adds.
"It's called Love Songs from the Damned because we wanted to create the perfect break-up album that's poppy but honest and deliberate yet subtle," Lines says. "Combining all the sounds and influences that we love so much — the soul and the pop and the punk and the rock and the folk — I think that's the way music should be. It should be a blend of people's work that embodies everything — not genre specific.
"I'm really proud of it and I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it and performing it."
Hopefully, they'll enjoy performing it. Their hearts might have been breaking while they wrote it, but this is a batch of musicians who shouldn't roam apart anytime soon.