After an inspiring visit from Hot Chelle Rae, stress pushes the judges to the breaking point when they’re forced to settle on a band name no one seems to like:
A new single and a new look mark 2014 thus far for the pop-rock outfit Hot Chelle Rae. The band believes “Don’t Say Goodnight” will be the single that buoys its third studio LP. Meanwhile that album will be recorded without bassist Ian Keaggy, who left the band on amicable terms.
“I don’t think he was cut out for the road,” lead singer Ryan Follese told “The Ralphie Show.” “He loves playing music and he’s very passionate about art but I mean, we’ve been touring for two-and-a-half, three years.”
People change with the times. For Keaggy, that meant buying a house and settling down with a steady girlfriend.
“We’re ready to amp it up, where as he was ready to kind of tone it down,” Follese continued. “It all ended on good terms.”
Guitarist Nash Overstreet chimed in that the guys are all still close. It was simply just a matter of some people adjust better to life on the road than others. For HCR, most of their summer in 2013 was spent traveling with Justin Bieber’s “Believe Tour.”
“He was actually really, really nice to us,” Follese said. “He watched our show a couple times from side stage, which we thought was really cool. He even said songs that he liked in our set, which was really cool. It meant he actually did watch it.”
Overstreet went as far as to defend the beleaguered pop star.
“I went out to enough clubs during that tour to give eyewitness to the fact that like, ‘Oh, that club where he spit on the guy? That never happened!’” the guitarist said. “I was right there.”
With Follese’s brother Jamie still in the mix, HCR plans to stay a trio for now. The lead singer says the band has friends who can step in on bass once a tour pops up. No such plans were in place prior to the release of the new single.
“It’s got kind of, more of a classic like, soaring melody in the chorus, which is kind of a new thing for us,” described Follese of “Don’t Say Goodnight.” The song’s hook does sound like it could be related to something performed by the band fun. “But it’s got like this harder, almost rap-y verses which are really, really fun.”
Ever wonder how your favorite celebs celebrate Valentine’s Day? HC caught up with Nash Overstreet and brothers Ryan and Jamie Follesé, better known as Hot Chelle Rae to grill the pop rock trio about love, ladies, and Valentine’s Days past and present. Turns out these cuties are as romantic as they are talented; their answers had us swooning – scroll down to find out why!
HC: What’s your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day date?
Nash: Whatever can impress the girl I’m taking out. Whether it’s remembering something she mentioned wanting to do, or doing something that takes more effort than expected. But half the time, it’s singles appreciation day, so just avoid restaurants full of reservations.
Ryan: Cooking in is always the best to me. Everyone tries to go out on Valentine’s and it is always so crowded. It’s romantic to just be alone with someone.
Jamie: Being with the girl I love.
HC: What was your best or most memorable Valentine’s Day ever?
Nash: The one where I forgot I would need a reservation. It didn’t go well.
Jamie: Never been with a girl on Valentine’s Day, actually.
HC: What is the first thing you notice in a girl?
Nash: Face. She can have the best body on earth, but if her face isn’t my type…no thanks.
Ryan: First thing I notice in a girl is the vibe she is putting off. If it feels good to be around someone, I am always curious why.
HC: Tips for the single girl on Valentine’s Day?
Nash: I’ve never been a girl. Any answer I give would end in tragedy.
Ryan: Don’t get down on yourself. If you have single friends hang out and just know one day you will have a Valentine.
Jamie: Don’t be sad! Best is yet to come!
HC: Be honest, have you ever serenaded a girl?
Nash: Only via recorded video. It was replied to with an, “I just started seeing someone.” So I wrote, “Wrong person. Sorry.” (Not really).
Ryan: Lol it’s sort of my job, right??
HC: What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a girl?
Nash: Wouldn’t you like to be the one to find out!?
Ryan: Most romantic thing….hmmm. If I’m with a girl I always not only try to get my significant other something nice, but also try and get something for their momma. It’s a nice gesture and scores a lot of points.
Jamie: Traveled across the country to meet someone.
On Thursday, March 6, 107.5 The River will host its annual STAR PARTY, a charity concert sponsored by H&R Block featuring GRAMMY Award-winning talent Colbie Caillat, Hot Chelle Rae and A Great Big World LIVE at Anthem in downtown Nashville. All proceeds benefit Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville, an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased HERE. Tickets are $45 for General Admission, $65 for VIP and $125 for the VIP package including artist meet-and-greet passes. 107.5 The River and MOC will also be auctioning off a VIP Experience, which includes premier side-stage seating for one winner and ten friends, in addition to a meet-and-greet with Caillat, Hot Chelle Rae and A Great Big World.
February 8, 2014: Hot Chelle Rae is interviewed by Saturday Night Online in New York City:
Jamie Follesé, Nash Overstreet and Ryan Follesé of Hot Chelle Rae visit Midday host Niko in the 92.3 Studio in New York City on February 10, 2014
Photos: E.J. Judge/CBS Digital
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Tennessee pop-rock trio Hot Chelle Rae just released “Don’t Say Goodnight,” the anthemic, romantic new single from their forthcoming third album. So what better time to catch up with the heartthrobs, whose debut album was titled “Lovesick Electric,” about the music and musicians they crush on themselves?
Don’t say goodnight. Instead, come celebrate Valentine’s Day with Ryan Follesé, Nash Overstreet, and Jamie Follesé as they take our Valentine-themed “POPsessions” questionnaire.
Who was your first musical crush?
Jamie Follesé: Britney Spears
What song was playing during your first kiss?
Nash Overstreet: You think I was worried about the song?
What is the best makeout song of all time?
Nash: Anything by Frank Sinatra
What’s the best breakup song ever?
Nash: “99 Problems,” Jay Z
What song would you want playing during your first wedding dance?
Nash: “All You Need Is Love” (like in “Love Actually”)
What love song makes you cry?
Ryan Follesé: “When Doves Cry” (because I’m secretly a dove)
What is your fave album to listen to on a lonely Valentine’s Day?
Ryan: Never had one
Does the idea of a couple making out to your music flatter you, or just freak you out?
Nash: Flattered, for sure.
What’s the sexiest music video of all time?
Nash: “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Britney Spears
Who’s the coolest couple in music?
Jamie: Jay Z and Beyoncé
What’s the most romantic moment in movie history?
Jamie: Climax of “The Notebook”
What romantic movie role do you wish you could play?
Ryan: Mr. Smith
Who is your favorite fairytale princess?
What is the most romantic city to visit?
Ryan: Nice, France
Describe your ideal Valentine’s Day date.
Ryan: A trip to Nice
Flowers or chocolates?
Do you watch/hate-watch “The Bachelor”?
Nash: Guilty pleasure.
Overall, are you pro- or anti-Valentine’s Day?
If someone did that “Say Anything” boombox thing outside your window, would you be into it, or call the police?
Nash: Depends on who it was!
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