Fall is here, which means it’s the perfect weather for sitting on your friend’s rooftop and blasting emo anthems so loud you can’t hear their neighbors cuss you out. And today’s Inbox Jukebox Presents has your soundtrack covered with VOILÀ’s new record Happy Never After.
Opener “Drop Dead Gorgeous” sets the tone for the album—the breakneck chorus finds the euphoria in heartache, the love amongst pain, so let go and dance away everything you’re feeling. And Happy Never After doesn’t let you catch your breath when the darkly seductive riffs of “Cursive” take hold, bringing in Sleeping with Sirens’ Kellin Quinn to add an edge that cuts twice as deep.
“This one is simply put, a dream come true. I have been mentioning in interviews that my dream collab was Kellin since we first started our band. Sleeping with Sirens is my favorite band of the genre since middle school. In fact, my best friend and I wore our Sleeping With Sirens shirts for our yearbook photos,” Luke Eisner says of the collab. “This all feels a bit surreal to us, and we feel so lucky to have Kellin’s stamp of approval on the art we are creating.”
VOILÀ mixes genres and influences with ease, blending emo and alt-rock with dance-fueled beats and beautifully crafted lyrics that speak directly from their hearts to yours. Gus Ross says, “Our writing is a pretty sacred process and it starts with myself humming and Luke finding the words to bring it all to life. We’ve had a lot of these ideas and concepts existing on hard drives for the last 5 years.”
The duo lets the power of heavy riffs take over on tracks like “Moat” and “Inhale” featuring Underøath’s Aaron Gillespie, pouring in all their energy to make turbulent tracks to mosh the f#*k out to. “Aaron was a total joy to write with and we are so honored to have his expertise in storytelling included on this record,” the band says. “On “Inhale” especially we feel that the vocal performance is rare. We can’t remember the last time we heard a rock record where the vocalist sings the chorus in falsetto.”
Happy Never After is designed to take you on a whirlwind journey, packing emotional gut punches amongst tracks that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world. “Potion” is insanely catchy and the effervescent “Imaginary Friends” gets a boost of sunshine from Hey Violet. “It’s always a pleasure to find yourself included in another artist’s world, to feel their energy, get to share the stage, feel the love from fans and build a story/world together is always a gift and we are truly so grateful to have had the pleasure to work with Hey Violet. Aside from being the most kind-hearted talents, their stories also put us on the floor laughing too many times to count.”
The album closer and title track ties it all together for one last heart-on-your-sleeve moment to get you screaming out the choruses, making sure Happy Never After stays with you long after the final note hits. Gus shares, “This album marks us no longer waiting for the moment, the person, the label, the team, etc to find the right time – but rather creating it ourselves with our fans. It is a loosely based concept album that parallels our real life stories to a series of broken fairy tales.”
Fun Fact About Happy Never After:
“The music videos for this project are set up as a play for Happy Never After with 4 acts and an intermission. They were all taken as one-take music videos in the same location that connect to tell a tale of toxic love. We stayed up multiple nights until 2–3am shooting these and Gus won “Highest Guitar Strap in a Rock Music Video Award” as presented by Luke. The finale comes out after the album for our track, “Hush Now” — stay tuned.”
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