After the release of their first EP, we were impressed with The Unlikely Candidates and we expected them to blow up. We expected them to storm right to the top of the alternative charts with other bands coming out around the same time. They had a distinctive style that was catchy and addictive. They had musicianship and they had an amazing vocalist with frontman Kyle Morris. They had all the right ingredients for success. Still, they never rose to the level of prominence we had expected them to… they just kind of faded into the fray of all the other bands going. Then, last year they released their single, “Ringer” and their EP Bed of Liars and we heard the potential that we heard before. Now, a year later and The Unlikely Candidates have another new EP Danger to Myself. So, The Unlikely Candidates are going stronger now than they have before. We talked with Kevin Goddard and Kyle Morris from the band about the band’s last two EPs, and their latest single “Oh My Dear Lord.”
“Long story short, we were signed to Atlantic and we were a young band,” explained drummer Kevin Goddard. “We were under A&R and we were working with them. We released an EP with Atlantic. We had been there with them for about three years and we had some plans to release a new single. They never really gave us a release date and they had a lot going on – we knew we weren’t a priority there anymore. Thankfully, our A&R had vouched for us. He gave us a shot. He said, ’if you guys aren’t going to do anything, let them go.’ We got off the label and we were able to independent. We eventually signed with Another Century and we were handed off to Sony/RED. We released the EP last year with Another Century, then we were able release this new EP with Sony/RED.”
So, how is the band different than they were now? The straightforward way to put it is that they’re more grown up. Frontman Kyle Morris puts the mistakes they make bluntly.
“The consensus for us now is that we’re more professional,” said Morris. “When we first started we thought we were pretty hot shit. We drank too much, and we thought we wanted to live our little rockstar lifestyle at the time. Then, we figured out if we wanted to do this we realized that we had to write and work how we were supposed to. At the end of the day, it’s a job.”