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Unlikely Candidates get a boost in the charts with ‘Novocaine’

The Unlikely Candidates will perform at Launchpad on Monday, Feb. 24.

Life for Kyle Morris consists of a lot of running around.

This time not only on stage.

The vocalist for alternative rock band The Unlikely Candidates travels to have writing sessions — often filling every last second of his time with music.

“It’s not a huge problem, it’s just busier than I’ve ever been,” he explains during a recent phone interview. “We’re writing a bunch of songs and getting our second single lined up.”

The Unlikely Candidates is having a “moment” in music. The band’s single “Novocaine” is at No. 3 on alternative radio. It also has over 14 million views on YouTube and has over 24 million worldwide streams.

The band’s tour is seeing them head to Albuquerque for a show on Monday, Feb. 24, at Launchpad. They will also play a show in Roswell on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Morris says the tour is going to be one of the more intense tours.

At 60 shows in 84 days, he’s anticipating being a little tired.

“I’ve never had to prepare for something this intense,” he says. “We are hitting places we’ve never been before and it’s running the gamut. I’m trying to stay as healthy as possible. I’m eating better and working out more. Being more strategic with my time.”

The band is also celebrating its 10th year and it’s been quite a journey. From being signed and then dropped by a major label, creating songs that they weren’t proud of to being resigned and creating music they love, each member has battled it out.

That’s why the success of “Novocaine” is welcomed and Morris says an album should be coming by the end of the year.

He says the songs are ready, recording time needs to be scheduled.

“It’s been a busy time for all of us,” he says.

Morris and the band never imagined “Novocaine” having this type of success.

“I just try to keep my head down and moving forward,” he says of the success. “I’m never expecting anything to happen. When it does, it’s just incredible. We’re enjoying it and thinking about the next move.”

For the tour, Morris and crew have developed a set list that encompasses the band’s 10 years.

“I’ve decided to do an A and B set,” he says. “We usually just have a smattering of the new and old stuff. This set will be distinct in the older stuff being played first then leading the way to the new stuff.”

Morris does enjoy busting out the older tunes for nostalgia.

“I like playing the old songs because you get a little bit of that person back,” he says. “It’s pretty amazing.”

The Unlikely Candidates haven’t performed in Albuquerque since 2013 and Morris is looking forward to coming back.

“Albuquerque has always been a fun place for us,” he says. “We will have some fun with some new material.”

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