Called “The song of the summer.” by Entertainment Weekly, Hot Chelle Rae’s smash hit single “Tonight Tonight” charged the radio airwaves, launching the Nashville based foursome to the forefront of the music industry. As the summer winds down the band is ready to unleash much more musical goodness Ryan Keith Follese aka RK told me, “The album is coming out on November 29th and is going to be called Whatever.” In the mean time the second single “I Like It Like That” featuring The New Boyz is hitting the airwaves, “I would say ‘I Like It Like That’ is going to be the most similar to ‘Tonight Tonight’ and kind of like a good departure, while it still resembles our first single off this record.” RK reveals.
Whatever is Hot Chelle Rae’s sophomore release, “It will be poppy,” the frontman begins, “But there’s definitely some very epic, serious songs on the record about being on the road and missing loved ones and stuff like that.” Concluding, “It’s a healthy balance of all of the fun we’ve had with a lot of stuff in between.” When it comes to writing their music RK says, “Writing is something that we truly, truly enjoy as much as performing.” He describes it as a collective effort saying, “We co-write within the band, we co-write outside of the band. We just write with whoever we write with.”
All the recent success the group has met with has only served to enhance RK the guys of Hot Chelle Rae’s sense of humor and appreciation for the breakthrough hit. Jokingly RK says, “I would say one of the biggest challenges right now would be eating healthy.” And adds with more serious inflection, “I think to shine after ‘Tonight Tonight’ is the biggest goal right now; to put out something substantially better than our first single and get a second look.”
You can get a first and second look at the young, attractive foursome as they hit the road opening for The Script and are confirmed openers for Taylor Swift’s Australian arena tour early next year. “We’re trying to play a balance of some the older stuff that people like and a lot of the new stuff getting ready for the record to come out.” Ryan discloses. And they still have plans for more, “We are possibly talking about a headlining tour early in the year before the Taylor tour, unless something else comes up.”
Get an early listen to HCR’s second single, “I Like It Like That” now on their website or it will be available at iTunes and all digital retailers October 4th. RK concludes, “Our fans are the bomb and that’s the best thing ever. We meet so many neat people and so many repeat offenders of Hot Chelle Rae shows and it’s such an awesome feeling.”