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Hungover Shares Touring Tell-All With Neck Deep, Premieres New Record

Hungover Winter 2024
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Hungover is on the verge of the arrival of their eagerly-awaited sophomore album, When It Touches The Heart, Everything Resolves. The 11-track collection follows 2018’s acclaimed major label debut, Wilt. Across the new album, the three-piece unit emerges through a whirlwind of anthemic tracks, including their three previously released singles “Out Of Body,” “Shake It Off,” and “Reunion.”

When It Touches the Heart, Everything Resolves evolves the pop-forward rock sound we developed on WILT by exploring new sonic textures that call back to the artists that have informed us,” vocalist Marc Cortes shares of the three-piece’s new release. “You can expect a more complete and dynamic Hungover on this record.”

As the group prepares for their album release, slated for Friday, February 23, via Smartpunk Records, Cortes shares a touring tell-all detailing the group’s most memorable moments on the road and the stage with Neck Deep, Waterparks, and more. Additionally, idobi Radio presents an exclusive premiere of the band’s new full-length album. Listen to When It Touches The Heart, Everything Resolves before it officially drops, and read the band’s touring tell-all below.

Neck Deep 

Where were you the moment you realized that the UK phenomenon known as Neck Deep was gonna take over the world? For me, it was in a near-empty venue in Orlando, FL, during their sound check. We had been asked to open their Orlando Holiday show. They were in the middle of recording an album with producer Andrew Wade and thought they would try out some new material during the check. That album was Life’s Not Out To Get You. Knowing that this was the first time they had played these songs in a live context, post-production—it felt like a special moment. After looking around the room, I quickly realized that everyone else who was watching became suspended in the moment. We were witnessing something special. The rest of the night would be spent watching, laughing, stage diving, and (jokingly) asking for a leak of the record.

Young Culture

I will never forget Day 1 of our first tour with the Youth Culture folks. We pulled through a frigid upstate New York to arrive at My Place Pizza—a very small mom-and-pop pizza joint in Poughkeepsie, NY. We were greeted by a very eager shopkeeper who would go on to be one of the wildest people we would ever encounter on tour. 

Between having the bands load in through a completely dark extension of the kitchen, pulling the store menu down to have me effectively put graffiti on it, and having four bands play at full volume while unsuspecting families ate their dinner, we knew this would certainly be a wild night. 

It was about halfway through the night, after getting to know the other bands, that we realized we were about 10 years YC’s elders, which instilled a paternal instinct in us. It really kicked in when, after the show, the shopkeeper kicked all their patrons out, locked the doors, and proceeded to roll up a backwoods and hotbox the venue. We did our best to get these kids out of the “venue” as quickly as possible. Pretty sure that dude doesn’t work there anymore.

Awsten Knight/Waterparks 

At one of our early big club shows in Orlando, FL, we had the incredible opportunity to open for Waterparks and Too Close To Touch. The show was already sold out when we were added as the opener, which was a huge honor for us. Determined to make a great impression, we arrived super early, made an effort to stay out of the way, and introduced ourselves to everyone in the venue. 

One of the last people we met was Awsten Knight from Waterparks. Known for being eccentric, we were unsure of what to expect from our interaction with him, given his band’s rising reputation. To our surprise, Awsten couldn’t speak a word to us. Not because he wasn’t friendly, but because he was strictly on vocal rest. Despite the challenge, we felt his good vibes and energy. Throughout the night, we engaged in a game of charades as he communicated with us, his band, and the tour package by decoding his messages and gestures.

Parker Cannon/The Story So Far

A very early version of Hungover once won a battle of the bands to get a spot on Southeast Beast with what would now be an INSANE lineup. We would go on to share the stage with Real Friends, The Wonder Years, PVRIS, and so many more awesome bands that day. 

The Story So Far headlined, and that band was (and continues to be) a pillar of the pop-punk scene. We all had a shared excitement that we had the opportunity to share the same space as them. During Turnstile’s set (yes, they played the same fest), a familiar face could be seen moving VERY ACTIVELY in the pit during the entirety of the set. A few moments later, we moved over to the main stage for TSSF. After their first song, Parker Cannon announces to the crowd, “Sorry, I’m a little out of breath. I was in the pit for Turnstile.”

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