Paradise Fears are a 5-piece from South Dakota, US. Having been independently releasing music since 2011 and currently promoting their latest single Who We Were With, Paradise Fears are currently working on their first album to be released with a label. The well received releases they have under their belt and the active and devoted fan base at their side surely makes Paradise Fears a band to keep an eye on in 2015. We caught up with singer Sam Miller to get a closer look at the band.

How would you describe Paradise Fears to those new to the band?

I call it alternative pop. Lyrical, roller-coaster rock, if I’m feeling more fun & cryptic.

You’re heading out on tour supporting Alex & Sierra and Andy Grammer for over a month, how does that extensive touring compare to previous tours you’ve done?

It’s bigger, which is almost always a welcome change, and it’s in a musical world where we haven’t spent much time. Andy’s audience is a pop music audience, cultivated by radio, sustained by live performance & vibe and consistently great music, which we’re excited about, because we think that’s a type of listener that we’ll do well with, and at the very least, we know we’ll get some objective judgements and reactions on our music.

I was lucky enough to catch you in the UK supporting The Summer Set, you were extremely well received by the crowds for the first support band of the night. Do you see yourselves touring outside of the US this year?

Well thank you, I appreciate that, those were some of the coolest crowds we’ve ever had the chance to play for. We don’t have anything on the docket right now, but it’s kind of always a goal for us.

I think that incredible reaction is down to the very strong, devoted fan base that support this band very strongly. That’s an amazing and somewhat rare thing to have. What do you think attracts this devoted fan base to Paradise Fears?

We’ve worked very hard to ensure that everything that we put out is personal, honest, & requires connection — not music to be idly enjoyed, but rather music that asks something of its listener. I think the people that do respond to that respond to it very strongly. We feel very emotionally invested in our community, and I think a lot of them feel the same way.

You create very meaningful and emotional songs with some very bold lyrical content, something which sets this band aside from a lot of bands. Can you explain why you personally think it’s important to have that sort of content in the music scene and what you’re striving to achieve?

Thank you, I appreciate that. I think all things in music have their place, and we’ve always seen ours as being the type of art that encourages its audience to ask questions of themselves, and helps them piece together their answers. Being a human being is pretty difficult, and I think one of the main things that art exists to do is help people understand themselves emotionally.

What’s the process like when you’re writing tunes, do the lyrics always come first, is it a group process? Are you changing things up for your new album?

Usually it starts with an instrumental track idea and vision, either from Cole or Jordan or another producer. Then from there we go on to writing the song over it and contributing each of our unique pieces to the puzzle. I’m usually in charge of lyrics & melodies, but Cole did that for a lot of songs on our upcoming album, so it’ll definitely end up being our most collaborative and, as a result, most inventive yet.

You’re latest single comes in the form of you’re new song Who We Were With. Can you tell me about the meaning behind this song, what inspired it and it’s lyrical content?

It’s written from a point of observation, kind of a convergence of stories I observed that all reached the same conclusion: that human beings confuse contentment & comfort for love, that they desire adoration so desperately that they settle for a lesser kind of love, and that that ultimately unravels in the end. For me, I’m left challenging myself to give more to my relationships, and ask more from them in return.

You’re due to release a new album in 2015, where are you at now with that, what do the plans look like and when can we expect to see new material from that release?

Very, very soon. I don’t know if we have exact dates confirmed, but I know they’re getting very, very close.

If you could tour with any band in the world right now, who would it be and why?

I don’t think there will ever come a time in my life when the answer to this question isn’t Coldplay, because Coldplay.

Finally, what are you listening to a lot of right now that you would recommend to our readers?

Mmm.. a lot of Dawes, the next Walk The Moon album is fantastic, and Drake just keeps putting out jams on jams.