"PASSIONATE & UNFORGETTABLE" GAS MASK MAGAZINE
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From an assortment of locations across the US, indie-pop enthused 19 Miles Per Hour released their new single, ‘CONTRADICTIONS’ September 2022. With the goal to unite using music, the quartet centralizes upon the notion that melodies have the power to make us feel like we are not alone in this world. Culturally relevant lyricism coupled with catchy yet passionate rhetoric, 19 Miles Per Hour hope to bring further awareness to conversations surrounding mental health.
Mikey started writing ‘CONTRADICTIONS’ one day after he was inspired by the lead piano riff. He felt like he needed to write this song about the crazy world we live in and how we all say we want the world to change, but yet we don't prove it with actions. The chorus says "Cause we can, but we won't. And we should, but we don't. And yet everybody's blaming each other." Touching upon the hypocrisy of the human race, the track notes how as a society, we often say it’s sad to see the evil coupled with the bad disasters that happen daily around the world; people exclaim we want to change it… but yet, we don't do anything. 19 Miles Per Hour further recognise that we need to work together - regardless of our beliefs and values.
“‘CONTRADICTIONS’ is our cry for help. It's our cry for love and togetherness. We want this song to inspire people to be the best version of themselves and to show love and acceptance towards everyone and anyone they come into contact with” 19 Miles Per Hour
The group captured Utah when they won Provo's 2019 Battle of the Bands, BYU - after only a week of practice with an entirely fresh lineup. Following their release ‘Ruined Reputations’, 19 Miles Per Hour succeeded themselves when they were voted "Favorite Overall Artist'' 2021 at the Local Utah Music Awards, and named "Best Band" in the Daily Herald's "Best Of 2021" magazine. Accumulating a sizable following, the band won runner-up in All-Star Battle of the Bands 2020, Provo.
Taking up instruments at a young age, the members developed their tastes early on, helping them channel this when coping with hard times. Namely, Mikey suffered from Depression and Anxiety, using jam sessions with brother Danny (who is also in the band) to help treat them. Founding the band, the duo continued to echo their passion with new members and line-ups; friend Brady Ellsworth (original lead guitarist) and Noah Lefgren (original bass). After highschool, Mikey went on to serve a mission with his church - this experience proved challenging on one’s physical and mental health. The struggles resulted in his return and this journey proved a fundamental contribution to the passionate integrity you can hear in 19 Miles Per Hour’s music. They began circulating in local grassroots scenes across Utah, performing at a plethora of venues and events like Battle of the Bands. 19MPH’s live shows now consists of founders Danny (Lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Mikey (Lead vocals, drums) Iacopucci, Ben Iba (bass), and Ethan Jenkins (Lead guitar). Similar artists include The Killers, The Backseat Lovers, Ben Rector, and Mayday Parade.
“THEIR MUSIC IS NOT CONFINED TO ROCK.” UTAH STATESMAN