Transitioning from the smallest stage on Warped Tour to headlining the cross-country festival is no easy feat, especially when it’s accomplished within the span of a year. Some way, somehow, Movements have defied all odds, exhibiting unimaginable growth in what, from an outside perspective, feels like no time at all. Not everything came easily, however; the band has worked just as hard as anyone to succeed and flourish, while also taking advantage of their budding platform to help fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Upon their formation in 2015, Movements hit the ground running. The four-piece, comprised of vocalist Patrick Miranda, guitarist Ira George, bassist Austin Cressey, and drummer Spencer York, could barely even be considered a ‘local band’ before they got signed. It all started for them on YouTube, when they came upon a company called Dreambound that supported a lot of up-and-coming artists. The band reached out to the channel with their first music video, and Dreambound agreed to premiere it. “I think we had to pay them, like, thirty bucks just to put it out. They liked it so much, and it got such a positive response on their socials. It was a really good start for us. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have been able to reach tens of thousands of people right away,” Patrick reminisces.
Not long after, Movements received offers from several labels. “After the first song and the first video, everything else happened really, really quickly. We didn’t have to grind it out at the level of being a local band for that long,” Patrick details. “Unfortunately, some people might see that as not paying our dues, or having opportunities handed to us,” he continues.
Even though they received plenty of amazing opportunities at such an early start, the guys of Movements still continued to work hard in order to make things happen for them. “We’ve been opening tours for two years now, getting paid little to no money, and sleeping in our van. It’s still a grind, just on a slightly different level,” Patrick elaborates.
Ultimately, the band chose to commit to Fearless Records, and one key factor played a big role in that decision. “When we started this band, we all agreed that Will Yip was the producer we wanted to work with. He’s just one of those people that creates such amazing works of art with his music,” Patrick exclaims. When it came down to choosing which label to sign with, Fearless had a major bargaining chip: they had already spoken with Will Yip, and he agreed to work with Movements. “Our jaws dropped,” Patrick adds.
When it came time to work on their first EP, Outgrown Things, Movements had twelve days with Yip. “It seems like a long time but it’s really not, especially when you’re trying to create a record,” he describes. Luckily, the band had more time the second go around, reuniting with Yip for their debut album. With a little over three weeks to record Feel Something, they were able to focus on all the songs individually, dissecting them and turning them into exactly what they envisioned.
Despite the time they had, the recording of Feel Something was anything but easy. Near the end of the process, Patrick’s voice gave out. Although they got all the instrumentals done, he was only able to record half of the vocal takes before the band needed to leave, and knowing that they weren’t walking away with a finished product was devastating. “It was definitely tough. Going there and not being able to finish broke me a little bit. I felt like I had let people down, and like I had failed,” he admits. “I hated that. I’m really sensitive about that sort of thing.”
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WORDS + PHOTOS: LORI GUTMAN