In these uncertain times, there is a great need for positivity in the world. Genre-defying superstars, (hed) PE, are hitting the road to do exactly that, bringing their ‘Worldwide Unity’ tour to Australia. I got the chance to chat with frontman, Jahred, about his band and the upcoming tour.
“I think it’s kind of a schizophrenic philosophy of like, y’know – we don’t have an allegiance to any particular style, just good music, on a musical standpoint,” he said of the band’s position in the musical jungle, “From a lyrical messaging standpoint, it’s always been a kind of a message of introspection and self-analysis. And then, for some time there, we used the band to kinda shine a light on social issues, global or local or whatever. It’s always a ‘there’s light at the end of the tunnel’ type of thing. We try to have a positive message at the end of the day. That’s what it is.”
“It was a good tour. It really is kind of a blur at this point. I do remember some fun stuff, but nothing is really sticking out for me right now,” recalling the band’s previous visit to Australia in 2015, “I remember one show being really pissed off at the sound guy because the sound was f**king awful. Of course, that’s the type of shit that would stick in my mind – something awful – but the show was packed, I think it was one of the biggest shows over Australia. It was just the sound – the onstage sound was just ridiculous. I just remember throwing a tantrum after that show, but I always have a great time. I love Australia and if you ask me why, I can’t even put my finger on it, but I just know that every time I go, I generally have a good time there. I’m just trying to put out good vibes with the music and I think the Australian people that come to see (hed) PE carry that same vibe.
The lads are hitting our shores later this month with their Worldwide Unity tour, and Jahred shared the reason behind the title. “It was just trying to balance out the kind of Donald Trump energy of divisiveness. Just trying to remind people that we’re all in this together and that things aren’t quite as bad as some people might make them seem. I’m an optimist for sure, thinking that every day, the world’s evolving towards a better spot, not going backwards.”
As there hasn’t been any new releases since 2016’s ‘Forever!’, I probed into whether there was anything on the horizon. Not wanting to reveal anything specific, he briefly stated, “We’re working on something new and the goal is to have it out by the end of the year.”
In closing, he wrapped with this message: “I just want to say that I’m amped to get back to Australia and that I hope people come out and catch some of the good vibes that we’re putting out there. The best reggae, punk rock, heavy metal, hip-hop that you’re gonna see at a live show. We’re ready to rock!”
(hed) PE are in town in late March, so grab yourself a ticket and share those good vibes!