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Kendall Schmidt talks Heffron Drive’s new Acoustic album “Happy Mistakes Unplugged”!

"Happy Mistakes: Unplugged" Little teaser for the awesome video you will see soon :) I can't wait!! #HappyMistakesUnplugged

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting for more information on Heffron Drive‘s upcoming acoustic album. Well, take a deep breath, PopCrushers, because we got all of the details on Happy Mistakes Unplugged — straight from Kendall Schmidt himself! From which tracks are included to where it was recorded to the very, very special guest vocalist, Kendall gave us all of the info on the project. And, because he’s super awesome, he even shared an exclusive teaser, which you can view in the video on our Instagram!

I’m really excited for this album!
Thank you! I’m excited about it too. A lot of very passionate and loving work was put into it, so I’m happy that it’s coming out. It was a lot of fun to make.

How did the idea for an acoustic album come about?
It’s always been something that you think about, at least in the music that I grew up listening to. I listened to a lot of pop-punk bands — honestly, I’ll even venture to say emo bands — and oftentimes they would make acoustic records for their otherwise more intense songs, and I always thought it was kind of cool. My music is far less emo than the stuff that I listened to, but it’s still the same thing. I always kind of thought it would be cool to do acoustic renditions of everything. Plus, honestly, I play acoustically all the time because it costs money to get a band moving around places. A lot you’ll just be playing acoustic.

Do you have an official name for the album?
Happy Mistakes Unplugged. I was saying Happy Mistakes Acoustic for a while, but the album artwork, you will find out later, lends itself to being “unplugged.”

Is Happy Mistakes Unplugged the same songs as the original album, just acoustic?
You’re exactly right. The deluxe record of Happy Mistakes had 16 songs, the regular one had 11, but one of them was a minute-and-a-half interlude kind of thing. So we pretty much copied the regular record, which was 11 songs, and we didn’t do the interlude because it was kind of a weird synth-y kind of thing. We didn’t do an acoustic version of that. It’s 10 songs and it’s in the same order that the actual album is, and they’re each a little different. There’s a surprise guest on one of the songs, which I’m really anticipating that everyone — I mean, everyone that knows about it [is excited] and I think there’s a lot of other people who will be excited too.

“Unplugged” reminds me of early-2000s acoustic albums.
That was me growing up in music … You’re 26, I’m 24 … Two years is not that much, so we were listening to the exact same content. I used to listen to all that unplugged stuff. When AOL Sessions used to be at their biggest, you know? That was always cool. I used to love that. It’s sort of a nostalgic thing for me to release an acoustic record, but I think I don’t really see a reason not to do it for every big record you put out full-length because you end up playing acoustically a lot … You might as well let the people hear what they want to hear.

Did you ever listen to the Punk Goes Acoustic compilation albums?
Yes, absolutely. Those are the ones I was talking about … One of my favorite songs in general is “Cute Without the E” by Taking Back Sunday and their unplugged version — maybe they have more than one — but at least the one I have on my phone and I’ve had for a long time, it’s honestly, it’s weird because they kind of sound awful at parts, but that’s sort of what makes it so great. They sound like they really don’t care and it was recorded maybe in a hotel room. That’s one of my favorites of all time, that one.
“It’s sort of a nostalgic thing for me to release an acoustic record, but I don’t see a reason not to do it for every big record you put out.”

Did you record your unplugged album in any cool places?
Actually, I did it in my home studio. TOLBooth Records is my record label and this is the studio that I built to do everything. It’s the first body of work that was 100 percent completed in-house. That’s honestly why I’m super stoked for it. Another reason, because it was a huge amount of actual work to do, and it was something that I wanted to take on myself as a producer. Obviously, Dustin [Belt] was a huge part of the recording process, but it’s something that I really wanted to take full responsibility on. It turned out really cool.It’s kind of ironic because my favorite kind of music, at least stuff that I just lean toward, usually has some kind of electronic content or is upbeat in some way. Whenever I play people my acoustic stuff, they’re always like, “I love that so much more!” And I’m like, [laughs] “Alright, cool. Well, I’m glad the acoustic versions of the huge versions I spent so much time on are what people actually enjoy.” I think it’s kind of interesting.

I think it’s a huge compliment in a way. You’re not hiding behind really great production, but you sound great when it’s just you and a guitar.
Thank you. Besides one part on one song, on “Had to Be Panama,” besides this one small part, the entire album is just one lead vocal. No layering of anything. It’s just all of the vocals you hear, it’s just one lead vocal throughout the whole song. It’s something I wanted to try. In actual pop production of music, of course you layer vocals and stuff like that. Lots of people have different techniques about it, but I just wanted to use as few tracks as possible for it, so we just kept it to one — besides the guest vocal. I’m excited because it’s very unexpected. Especially since the person who did it is kind of a mysterious person. I’m very excited about it.

Do you have a favorite song to perform acoustically?
I was doing some live session stuff recently, so I got to perform five of them tons of times. Tons of takes. I got really familiar with quite a few of them and I think of those, the ones I’ve played the most — “Art of Moving On” is a song I really like performing acoustically because I really get into the vocals. Not for every guitarist, but some guitar parts are really hard to sing and play at the same time. When there’s a song where I get to kind of take a break and do a regular strum pattern and I can kind of focus on the vocals, I really appreciate it. That’s “Art of Moving On,” so I really enjoy doing that one.

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Pandora Internet Radio premieres Heffron Drive’s Happy Mistakes Album!

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Pandora Internet Radio is premiering Heffron Drive’s new album, Happy Mistakes! Be one of the first people to hear it now!


PopCrush Exclusive: First look at Heffron Drive’s “Passing Time” lyrics!

We’re counting down until Heffron Drive release their debut album, ‘Happy Mistakes.’ (Seriously, is it Sept. 9 yet?!) While we patiently wait for the full-length project to drop, the band sent us the lyrics to one of the album’s tracks, ‘Passing Time.’
Our first reaction? Wow, there is some serious emotion packed into these words! We can only imagine once the music and vocals have been added in that this will truly be a showstopper. And, really, what better song title could suit our album countdown than ‘Passing Time’?
Check out the lyrics to Heffron Drive’s ‘Passing Time’ below!
you took my heart-shaped hourglass and turned it over, over. the
further that i’m falling back, you bring me closer, closer. cause i
lost my way inside the truth, watching moments slipping through
my hands kept getting emptier each day. you lit the match, shook
me awake. the fire grew, you fanned the flames. it burned until the
walls let in the light, we’re all passing time, looking for the
rush that makes us feel alive. living through the moments,
trapped inside a lie. i need you here tonight. show me there’s
more to life and we’re not passing time.
you took the armor on my chest and tore it open, open. you saw
my heart inside the mess, said it’s not broken, broken. cause i lost
my way inside the truth, watching moments slipping through my
hands kept getting emptier each day. you lit the match, shook me
awake. the fire grew, you fanned the flames. it burned until the
walls let in the light. we’re all passing time, looking for the rush
that makes us feel alive, living through the moments, trapped
inside a lie. i need you here tonight. show me there’s more to
life. and we’re not passing time.

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J-14 Exclusive: First look at Heffron Drive’s “Division of the Heart”!

Ever since we heard that Big Time Rush’s Kendall Schmidt was focusing his efforts on Heffron Drive, we’ve been so excited to see what the band has next! While we still have to wait until September 9th before we can listen to their debut album Happy Mistakes, we EXCLUSIVELY have the lyrics to one of their new songs, “Division of the Heart.”

It sounds like a real heartbreaker — we wonder who pushed them to write it. They sound completely broken up about being apart from this particular girl.

Check out the lyrics below, and let us know what you think the song will sound like!

DIVISION OF THE HEART

I can’t sleep without the lights on, it’s like I’m broken when you’re
gone. I’ve been holding on for so long. every second here without
you feels like the division of the heart. I’ve been holding on for so long.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
I keep trying to recreate you, but all my visions turn to dust.
cause there ain’t nothing like the real thing. every minute getting closer
feels like a minute lost in time. I swear I can hear you calling.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.

oooh, oooh, coming home to me.
every second here without you feels like division of the heart,
I’ve been holding on for so long.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
tonight you’re coming home, coming home, coming home to me.
coming home to me.

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Teen.com reveals the lyrics to Heffron Drive’s Nicotine!

When word spread that we were interviewing Kendall Schmidt, the @teen Twitter blew up with questions for the 23-year-old singer about Big Time Rush, Heffron Drive, his new album and, probably most excitedly, “Nicotine.”
Dedicated Kendall fans insisted on getting the details on the fifth song from Heffron Drive’s Happy Mistakes album tracklist, so we couldn’t help but oblige. BUT, before we fill you in on all the details about the tune, as well as more exclusive tidbits, here are the lyrics for “Nicotine.” (FYI, since so many people asked, it has nothing to do with cigarettes.)

“Nicotine”
Figuring out it’s habitual
I hear you calling my name at night
Picking you up’s like a ritual
Breathing you in it clears my mind
You often make me feel like I wanna fly
I travel the whole world, but I keep you nearby
Letting you go is impossible, only you can help me to unwind
I’m not giving up for nothing, no
They tell me I’m dead if I don’t leave you alone
Like nicotine
We’ve got nothing but potential now
Try but I can’t put you down on my own
Like nicotine
Drowning myself in your chemicals
Feeling my heart intoxify
Lighting you up was so casual
Now I’m craving you all the time
(You’re so addicting, you’re so addicting)
Addicted to everything you represent
And when I’m feeling strung out, you’re my supplement
Telling myself that I’m functional
But you have a high I can’t deny
(You’re so addicting, you’re so addicting)
I’m not giving up for nothing, no
They tell me I’m dead if I don’t leave you alone
Like nicotine
We’ve got nothing but potential now
Try but I can’t put you down on my own
Like nicotine

Stay tuned for more Kendall Schmidt goodies on Teen.com next week!

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Happy Mistakes Album Cover + Tracklisting Revealed!


Standard version:
1. ‘Happy Mistakes’
2. ‘Parallel’
3. ‘Division of the Heart’
4. ‘Had to Be Panama’
5. ‘Nicotine’
6. ‘Interlude’
7. ‘Art of Moving On’
8. ‘Passing Time’
9. ‘Could You Be Home’
10. ‘That’s What Makes You Mine’
11. ‘Everything Has Changed’

Deluxe version includes:
12. ‘One Track Mind’
13. ‘Not Alone’
14. ‘Love Defined’
15.’ Parallel’ (MACK & Jet Set Vega Remix)
16. ‘Could You Be Home’ (RAS Remix)

The album is due out September 9th 2014!
You can preorder the album on iTunes using the following links:
preorder standard edition | preorder deluxe edition