In late 2010, The Epilogues were poised for a national takeover. After their single “Hunting Season” made its way into power rotation on Denver’s premier alt rock radio station, Channel 93.3 KTCL, it spent multiple months on the station’s “8 Most Wanted” list, including over two months at the #1 spot. The music video attracted 100,000 + hits on YouTube. With all of their newfound attention, the band was soon courted by several top management and booking agencies. The momentum continued when a subsidiary of the second largest recording company in the world flew the band to New York to play a private show. In August of 2011, the band and label began constructing a very large record deal for their entire catalog. They were to receive ample money and resources for touring that most bands never glimpse in their entire careers. In the meantime, the Epilogues went dark, holding off on all releases until the deal was finalized.
Unfortunately, the Epilogues’ story echoes those of other modern-day bands who, in the music industry of yesteryear, would’ve skyrocketed to dizzying success. With the acquisition of a new CEO at the major label, cutbacks wreaked havoc on funding and distribution. In November of 2011, the doors were closed on the subsidiary. The Epilogues were left reeling from a year wasted prepping for a would-be release on the now-defunct label. With their lucrative prospects a thing of the past, and their momentum slowed to a standstill, the band was soon forced to part ways with both their booking and management.
While many bands might become disheartened after such an intimate glimpse of quick success, The Epilogues took it as a sign to take control of their burgeoning career. They went back to work in the studio, with new material that embraced the disappointment and darkness of the previous year. The momentum began to roll as the band opened 2012 with a supporting stint on AWOLnation’s sold-out US tour. As 2012 progressed, The Epilogues continued to play multiple sold-out headliners, released another hauntingly beautiful music video for their single, “The Fallout,” which debuted at #1 most commented, #3 most shared video on MTV.com, and played a continuous stream of esteemed festivals (such as The Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles) alongside bands like Motley Crue, Cold War Kids, The Airborne Toxic Event, Bush, and more.
Cinematics, the album that was slated for release over a year ago, finally debuted on November 6, 2012. Written and recorded over the span of three years, Cinematics is an honest reflection of the band’s experiences, encapsulating both the height of success and the dark days that followed.
“I wanted to present a collection of songs that were completely honest and unguarded,” says front man Chris Heckman. “I opened up in these songs in a way that I haven't done before and, while lyrically theses songs dwell in misery and regret, I found a great deal of solace in writing them. I like to think that people can find their comforts through a variety of methods; depression just happens to be one of mine.”
Eschewing the majors this time around, the Epilogues released Cinematics on a homegrown record label that’s as devoted to the community of Denver as they are: Greater Than Collective, a branch of the beloved Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete’s.
While Cinematics is about loss, it’s also an album about empowerment. It’s about the Epilogues—and Chris Heckman (vocals/guitar), Nate Hammond (keys), Jason Hoke (drums), and Jeff Swoboda (bass)—starting over on their own terms; it’s about working with people they trust over those with the most money; it’s about the new music industry.
Chris Heckman - Vocals/ Guitar/ Synth
Nate Hammond - Piano/Synth
Jeff Swoboda - Bass / Synth
Jason Hoke - Drums
- The EpiloguesMusician, 2004 - present