**Interviews By Emillie Marvel unless otherwise noted.
|Posted by punk-nation on October 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
Our buds in Friends of Foes last chatted with us in September of 2013, only a few months before the release of their expectation-shattering Chronophobic. Since then, the intrepid quartet have hit the music industry hard, with extensive touring, remarkable music videos and a sound that cannot be replicated. Now, with a brand new single titled "Winter" on the books for October 24th, the band are showing no signs of slowing down. With this much passion, charisma and hard work in their arsenal, the path the band is on can only lead to great things. We caught up with the band, and chatted the new single, the past year of their career and much more. Check it out below!
“Winter” is your first release since your debut album, Chronophobic. How has your band progressed in the past few months?
KEEGAN: We’ve become more mature in our writing process. This time around we've taken longer to make better decisions about where a song should go.
Tell us about the filming experience for the “Winter” music video. What are some standout moments?
TONY: Filming “Winter” was an incredible experience. We had a lot of fun with Morgan throughout the entire process. She has a great sense of humour which is important with us, because we like to goof around. I honestly enjoyed every aspect of filming this video and I think that the footage, and gag reel shows this.
When should we expect your sophomore album? What direction are you looking to head with it?
KEEGAN: I know we’d like to get out new material as soon as possible. We haven’t set any recording dates or anything but possibly next summer if we can muster up enough tracks for an album. Some songs are a bit heavier, and with a bit more drive at times. Other songs are still as playful and light hearted as Chronophobic. We’ve tried plenty of new interesting ways to spice up a song.
Take us through a typical show day for Friends Of Foes.
TONY: If we are on tour, one of us will get the others up and we will slowly gather out gear together, eat some breakfast (or lunch, depending on what time we need to be in the next city) and try to get on the road. There may be a clothing/pillow fight in the process; it really depends on who wakes the group up. Matt or I will usually do the driving to the next city. Once we get there, we like to get food right away and I like to have a beer. We make a point of getting to know some locals and having some fun before the show. Sometimes, we will walk around the city or take some photos. A few tours back, we made a point of heading to every mall we could; not sure why, we didn’t buy very much.
Over the past year, what’s the most valuable thing you learned in the music industry?
KEEGAN: Eat healthy when you play shows on the road. It sounds dumb, but when you’re constantly travelling your body just can’t handle anything else unhealthy accompanied with lack of sleep.
TONY: The most valuable thing that I have learned is always try. Even if you are playing to a venue with literally 10 people in it; play as if there are 1,000 people there. You never know who is watching. Even if no one is watching, you still have a good night so why not?
What does the rest of the year look like for Friends Of Foes?
TONY: For the rest of this year, we have another tour lined up. We are heading to Alberta once again which I am very excited for because we have been consistently playing in Alberta for a while now and we are starting to build a fan base. I don’t believe we have any intentions to record for the next little while, but I am very excited for the work we have been putting into new material as well as continue touring.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
KEEGAN: Be prepared to hear some new material in the upcoming months! We’ve been struggling to keep new songs a secret!
TONY: I would just like to say thank you to my mother and father, my family, my friends, and all my fans for the dedicated support and love. I am very proud of this band and I am proud of the song and video that we made. I am profoundly grateful for the experience.
|Posted by punk-nation on October 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
This is a bittersweet into to write. As stoked as we are to introduce you to the kickass Philly duo John & Brittany, we're equally disappointed to have to break the news that the two will no longer be making music together. With the release of Stories To Be Told this week, and their final show on the books for October 17th, the group have officially called it quits. Luckily, their self-described "nicotine rock and roll" will live on forever in their latest EP, and in the hearts of all those who appreciate rebellious, gritty music with the utmost integrity. When we spoke with John & Brittany, we chatted the EP, the release show and the Philadelphia music scene. Check it out below.
You already have a release show scheduled for the October premiere of Stories To Be Told. What should attendees expect out of the concert? Do you have anything planned yet?
We're trying to make the show a very special experience. Because the EP is called "Stories To Be Told," and each song is kind of like a short story, we're going to have a couple of documentarians going around the audience taking cell phone and flip cam videos and asking them to tell little stories about themselves and we're going to compile a video of everyone's "stories to be told." We also got these custom made candy hearts for our "St. Valentine" single, which will be given away along with a copy of our EP on CD and/or blue vinyl with every ticket sold. We always want each show to be more than just the performance.
What was the biggest lesson you learned while working on the EP?
That's a tough one. It was a fairly contentious atmosphere in the studio, but the takeaway was to give every idea a chance, because some of the craziest thoughts ended up being some of the coolest moments on the EP. Prime example is the outro of the song "Hank The Hound Dog." We wanted it to exemplify the main characters "descent into madness" so we had all kinds of cacophonous sounds, especially a completely atonal piano part.
What are the greatest contrasts between Stories To Be Told and your debut full length, Start Sinning?
Where "Start Sinning" was the starting point of us really discovering our sound, the new EP is a development of that sound. The full length was deliberately primitive, and I think we became much more comfortable with adding new sonic elements for "Stories" while still keeping it raw sounding.
The Philadelphia music scene is one of the boldest in the nation. How has its influence impacted you as a musician?
It's impacted us tremendously. Not only the music history in the city, dating back to some of the earliest rock 'n roll records, but we feel like we are a part of a very tightknit and diverse music community. Not many of the bands in Philadelphia are doing quite what we do, yet we've been accepted and been given so much support. The scene is not dictated by a specific sound but by the spirit of the musicians that happen to be inhabiting Philly at this point in time. It's a very good time to be a musician here.
Tell us about your fondest music memory.
Fondest music memory would definitely have to be our experience volunteering for Musicians On Call, which is a nonprofit organization that brings live music to the bedsides of seriously ill patients in hospitals all over the country. Many of these patients are terminal. We had the opportunity to perform for so many people whose spirit in the face of adversity was so inspiring. The title track of the EP comes from this experience.
What’s next for your career?
Absolutely no idea. We've never been "five-year plan" people. We'll just have to see.
|Posted by punk-nation on October 8, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
John Samaras is forthwith known as alternative’s loveliest son. Take one listen to his music and you’ll feel that shining through in every beautiful acoustic-led note. Straight off the back of his introspective sophomore effort, The Bell Jar, he’s already looking onto a third album—if that doesn’t prove his sheer passion for what he does, we don’t know what will. Here is a man who wants to make music purely because he is in love with it, a rare and refreshing trait which will see his melodic blend of folk and indie becoming the soundtrack to keep you warm at night. We caught up with Samaras over the summer to talk The Bell Jar, influences, and more!
So you mentioned you have a new album coming out soon.
Yeah, it’s completed. I just have to get the artwork all finished and worked out.
What should fans expect from it?
More experimentation, different sounds. There’ll be fifteen songs, so it’ll have some variety I guess.
So why did you get into music in the first place? Was there like a certain moment?
When I was a junior in high school, I started a band. Played with them for about three years, then that band broke up. After that, I wanted to keep playing music but it was hard to get a band together, so I just decided to do solo.
What’s your favorite song you’ve ever written?
Good question. Thinking it’s “Grand Mal.”
Alright, why’s that?
I just liked how it turned out in the end. The style, all the parts and everything.
What album has had the most influence on you as a person?
I guess any of The Beatles’ albums. The White Album is big. Revolver.
I think that definitely shows through in your music too, you can hear that influence.
Yeah, hopefully it’s not too much, but I definitely don’t mind the similarities. It just comes out because that’s the stuff that I like.
What’s next? What do you got coming up?
I started recording another EP, just like a small... like abandoned songs that never really went anywhere. Also, I have a band in the works right now. I have a singer and a bassist, now we’re just looking for a drummer. And then hopefully start playing shows and stuff regularly.
What’s the sound gonna be for [this new band]?
Kind of Nirvana-y, a little bit of Beatles, a little bit of your Elliot Smith. Stuff like that.
Bio; Alex Bear
Interview; Emillie Marvel
|Posted by punk-nation on September 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Are you ready for The Funeral Portrait? The Atlanta, GA rock band are storming the music industry with a fresh perspective and fearless demeanor. Theatrical rock is their young expertise, and they're making a go at bringing it to the masses by means of tours with the industries leading acts, and a kickass debut EP titled For The Dearly Departed. The sky's truly the limit for a band with this much audacity, and we'll be watching to see where they go from here. Until then, you can get to know the five guys that compose the band below!
Tell us about For The Dearly Departed. What new ideas and sounds should we be listening for?
Juergie Landstrom: For The Dearly Departed is a short concept album revolving around a single character who endures the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. The first song is the event that triggers the process, and the following songs represent each of the five stages. I'm not going to tell anyone how to listen to our music, but it helps to keep this concept in mind to understand the product as a whole. As far as new sounds or ideas to listen for, we enjoyed writing more "call and response" vocal parts to utilize the dual vocalist dynamic. We also worked very hard to organize the momentum of each song and the EP as a whole, so that the songs accurately represented the emotions that coincide with the five stages of grief.
What’s your favorite lyric from the album?
Lee Jennings: I'd rather bury you alive
Than bear the burden that you keep
'Cause you're a poison in my veins
I'll never say surrender.
Chris King: My iron heart has turned to rust and in the end it has one home between these crooked broken bones.
Steve Danzey: I've been through hell, and now I'm waiting on high water, to help me choose, to sink or swim, to beg for air just like you once did.
Landstrom: I'm feeling better I swear.
AJ Pekarek: Tangerine walls and Celestion halls scream like hell and the neighbors can tell.
When and how did your life in the music industry start?
Jennings: I started running sound at a local venue when I was 14 years old. I didn't care much about school. All I wanted to do was play in my band and run shows for the rest of my life.
Landstrom: What sparked my love for punk music was my first show, when my dad took me to see Gang Of Four in a packed out bar.
King: Started doing music when I was 14 in a local band.
Pekarek: I still don't understand the music industry, I guess it finally hit me when we were at Dave and Busters and I was signing my contract on an air hockey table.
What album has been the most influential on your life?
Jennings: For me it would have to be My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. I remember going to MediaPlay the day it was released, and then rushing home to blast it from my bedroom for the next 10 years straight! The crazy amount of teenage angst and sass on that record changed the way I see music forever.
Landstrom: Tubelord - Our First American Friends. This record got me through some of the hardest times in my life, and greatly influenced the way I write music.
Danzey: Opeth - Watershed. For me this album not only changed the way I thought of music, but my approach to writing itself. When I heard it at first, I was like "Wow, they can write songs that might start with sheer intensity, but then seamlessly transition into moments of emotion and beauty." To me that's what music is all about.
Pekarek: When I first heard Introducing by Foxy Shazam, it changed my entire outlook on music, and opened me up to a whole world of exciting music and genuine, interesting people.
King: Doppelgänger by The Fall of Troy is the most influential album on my life.
Tell us about the most surreal moment of your career thus far.
I think it would have to be when the guys at Revival took us out for pizza on the last day of tracking out new EP in Raleigh. Right after we were finished eating they said, "So we want to sign your band." The way they told us was so nonchalantly and we all just looked at each other and freaked out!
Vinyl, CD or digital?
We all love having physical copies of CD's! When we have some downtime (and a few extra bucks) we always try and go to a used CD store to get some new jams for the van ride.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We want to thank everyone that's given us all of this amazing support so far in this new adventure! We are truly grateful.
|Posted by punk-nation on September 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Canadian pop punks Gob are a band every pop punk band you can think of will name as an inspiration. Bouncing their way around the scene since 1993 with a total of seven albums, they’ve earned JUNO nominations, had huge hits with the likes of “I Hear You Calling” and “Give Up The Grudge,” and drawn a huge following by touring relentlessly worldwide. Their first full release since 2007, Apt 13 takes Gob’s trademark kickass punk rock to a whole new level of awesome upbeat anthems. What more could you want from a band? Check out our interview where we talked the new record, growing up on the Vancouver music scene, DIY spirit, and more!
Apt. 13 is your first full length release in seven years. What’s changed in the band since then? What new elements/ideas are being brought to the table?
Not much has changed in the band really, aside from a new bass player but he's been in the band for 5 years already. There are a lot of new elements brought to the songs on this record, its a pretty eclectic mix of songs. I just wrote whatever I felt and brought a bunch of songs to the band then we picked our favorites. i had been playing piano a lot so there wound up being piano on a bunch of songs, not like ballads, more like 70's punk, kinda like Bowie, Ziggy Stardust era.
What did you learn about yourself and/or the band while creating this album?
We made a semi-conscious decision to make this record less metal than our previous record- Muertos Vivos. We still love Muertos but we wanted to get back to the punk/rock sound of our older records.
If you were to guess which song from Apt. 13 will become the fan favorite, which would you think it’d be?
Hard to say which song would be the fan favorite, depends on your taste but I would put my money on Walking Alone- for hardcore punk fans, New York- for the pop punkers, Radio Hell- for rockers, Standing there for the indie fans.
Tell us about the music scene you grew up in.
We had a pretty tight knit scene in Vancouver when we started gob. The main players were us, dbs, Sparkmarker, BNU and an all girl band called Ten Days Late. We all played together a lot and put on our own all ages shows, the scene was awesome while it lasted and spawned a ton of other bands but eventually everyone scattered, all the other bands broke up and we wound up with BNU's drummer.
We survived because we toured like maniacs and built up an international following.
How has it changed in the twenty one years Gob has existed?
The music industry is completely different when we first started. We've done it all really, from releasing our own records to being on major labels. It doesn't really affect us though, we run our band how we want to.
What is the most important thing a band just entering the industry should know?
I think every band starting should embrace a DIY spirit. No one is going to give you anything, you have to go out and get it. Plus, the rewards are sweeter if you've worked hard for them.
Aside from Apt. 13, what does the future hold for Gob?
We have a cross Canada tour coming up this fall, after that international tours and much more will follow. Check out www.gobband.com for tour dates and details. Thanks!
Bio; Alex Bear
Interview; Emillie Marvel
|Posted by punk-nation on September 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Ryan Colt Levy : I like to think it all comes from a place of positivity, even if lyrically something comes off "dark" or frustrated. It's such a cathartic experience being able to put your honest feelings, however clear or abstract into motion. Our song ideas always cater to moods more than a definitive, predisposed design. More often than not, it will come from a scene in my head, or state of mind that we'll try to frame and set a tone of feeling. Lyrically, it's similar in that I can have lines come to me at random that link together later on to create an overall image or vibe instead of telling a direct story. I like the idea that things can shape-shift over time.
The latest member added to ranks of BRAEVES is Nick LaFalce. How did this come about?
Nick LaFalce: I had been playing around the city in various bands and in various capacities when I finally decided I wanted to start my own group. Not expecting much, I took out an ad on Craigslist, which was a trip in itself. So after a nice "range" of responses, I came upon Derek's. His note immediately stood out, as it was in English, relevant to my post, and didn't direct me to any overly-animated MySpace pages. Most importantly, he cited a lot of similar influences (Local Natives, The Beatles, Deathcab), sent me a track the three of them had recorded, ending the email with "What the worst that can happen?"...In hindsight, this was Craigslist so there were a lot of bad things that could have happened, but against my better judgment I met up with them anyway, and here I am.
Your debut EP, Drifting by Design, is set to be released on September 9th. With such an important milestone in sight, let’s get retrospective. Thinking back on the past few years, what are the most monumental moments that brought you to this accomplishment?
Levy: In the days of Myspace, as another band, we completely assembled a national tour on our own. From booking shows and bands out of state, to creating every flyer and sending them out while we were in our living room in NY. We lined up dates from NY to California and back for a two month stretch without any plan of sleeping arrangement. It was the most surreal, chaotic, beautiful, insanely incredible experience, and it proved that this was the life for us.
Derek Tramont: In late 2012 myself, Ryan and Tim (Tommy) decided to record a something together. We didn’t really know how many songs we wanted to record or what kind of record we wanted to put out, but we did know we had to do figure something out, quickly. So after tons of sushi talks and The Wire marathons we decided to tackle a song we’ve been kicking around entitled “Moon Island.” The thing of it was, the song is over seven and half minutes long and we had a even crazier idea to record this monster live to tape. So we called up our friend Mike Kirsch who had a makeshift studio in his basement and even though it was cold and smelled like most concrete basements do…we nailed the final version in a couple of takes and mixed it on the analog board while the song was playing. It was definitely a cathartic and memorable experience to say the least, and essentially kick started what we’re doing today.
Tell us about the very first BRAEVES show.
Tramont: Ryan and I have been playing together for many years and have played hundreds of shows together, but we only became BRAEVES about a 2 years ago. The first show that we played together was at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn and it went over incredibly well. We got an amazing response from the crowd and the venue itself has awesome acoustics, so it sounded great. We even played our first cover, a somewhat edgier version of the The Beatles “Come Together” and all of our friends and fans seemed to love it - it couldn’t have went over any better. All in all it proved to be the perfect stepping stone for us as a band to figure out where we needed to go and what we needed to change.
Where does the band go from here?
Tramont: We are just about ready to release our Debut EP 'Drifting by Design’ set for September 9th and we have a ton of shows planned in the Brooklyn/NYC area. We will be at Cameo Gallery on Sept. 13th for our Release show and Baby’s all Right with Snowmine on Oct. 12th. We’re looking forward to playing at various clubs around here for the coming months before we take to the road for some regional touring. It’s important we play for our fans in our hometown first and create something here, something that people will hold on to.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for taking the time to have us on here, we deeply appreciate it. Be sure to check out our newly launched website at www.braeves.com.
|Posted by punk-nation on September 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
With roots in Virginia, and a career based in Los Angeles, A Bad Think is offering up music with an eclectic, spacey theme to those who are ready for songs that have more substance. Their latest release, Sleep, is a twelve song collection that gives the sound of a song the spotlight it deserves. Which means you should be ready to dive in and fully immerse yourself in each and every track. Before you enter the world created on Sleep, get to know Michael Marquart, the man behind A Bad Think, a little better with our interview. Check it out above!
|Posted by punk-nation on September 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Wanna bring out your inner grunge? The Kut, an all-girl trio based out of London, provide a catchy sound that's impossible not to bob your head to. These basement rockers have just released their new EP, Make Up, which is comprised of five incredibly laid-back tunes. We had the pleasure of asking them a few questions about life in their band and what they see themselves doing in the future. Check it out below!
How did the three of you meet and decide to form a band?
To be honest, the band had been going for a while in a less serious form for 5 years before we got together in this line up. Things weren't going where I wanted them to, my friends were in the band back then, but they didn't have the dream to be long term musicians. I decided to go solo, but it lasted for about a week! The band was already going and we had songs and releases.. It was a waste to not take it up a notch. I knew Ali from playing gigs and she was already in a band called The Courtesy Kill, who were female fronted. We'd been in touch for a while meaning to go hang out and going to each others shows, so we decided to jam and see what happened. We'd know Fidan, our then drummer for ages, and Ali and Fidan knew each other already too. It's a pretty incestuous scene in London sometimes. The first thing we ever did was a music video! Not the most usual thing to do, especially when the track wasn't even recorded! We did it to a demo version and then recorded the track. After a few rehearsals and messy nights out we knew we were onto something. That was about 5 years ago and a big turning point in terms of our focus on music.
Have you guys ever played covers or stayed strictly an original band?
We've always played originals but you can sometimes catch us playing a bit of Nirvana or the Distillers on the odd occasion.
What has been your most memorable performance so far? Anything crazy happen fan or stage wise?
One of the funnest gigs we've done this year was in Bristol. In terms of the crowd we had a mental time. It wasn't until after though, that we saw how much fun was going on in the crowd. It was all caught on a phone and we uploaded the video to YouTube. If you watch the crowd and ignore the band part, it's a bit fun.
What was the first gig you played together and would you say it was a success?
Wow, I guess that would have to be our home coming gig at Barfly after our UK Love Hate Vampire Shotgun System Circus tour back in 2011. It was that moment we realised how much support we had and it was amazing to see all our fans, friends and family out there to meet us when we got back home. It was like putting it all into perspective and realising we had a home to go back to as well.
You say that you're inspired by bands such as Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Placebo, and Nirvana. How did you come across these bands? Did you listen to them as you were growing up or found these artists later in life?
Yeah we've always loved these bands, I guess they have always been on the scene and maybe we are late comers to some of them. I remember hearing White Pony for the first time by Deftones and not really thinking much of them, but they are my favourite band now. Probably one of the best albums of all time!
Would you ever consider adding another member to the band or are you content with a trio?
That's a tough one, I wouldn't mind maybe gigging with another guitarist one time, but mainly because it's a bit restrictive sometimes having to be stuck in front of a microphone when really you want to be hanging of some scaffolding. I've got a wireless guitar pack now though so it's not so bad.
How did you react when you heard that Criminal Records wanted to work with you guys?
Ooh, very direct - well in that case, we are involved with the label. I always have been and have helped sign up and promote other bands, so it was more a case of being, oh right, let's get some stuff going with Criminal, and focus on our band for a bit instead of putting it all on back-burner and promoting other bands without an iota of focus on The Kut.
What was the farthest you've ever traveled to play a gig?
We haven't been too far really - it's a shame! Right now it stands at Isle of Wight or Scotland. Hoping we can set that right next year.
Do you think you'll try to expand to U.S. audiences or stick to building a following in the UK?
We'd love too. We've been chatting to a couple of booking agents and seeing what we can arrange. I've just been out to the US doing a music video and I know the girls would love it. Me and Ali love road trips, so that kind of thing is just fun for us, and to get some shows in and tour at the same time would be epic!
Do you have any advice for underground bands looking to make it in the big time?
I'd say don't try to fit a mould. There's already plenty of bands out there that sound like X or Y. Be true to yourself and believe in what you are doing. Don't be blinkered though, and listen to everyone around you and their advice, because it's important. The industry is incredibly tough for new bands right now. It might not be what you want to hear but someone needs to say it. It's difficult, but you can do it if you try! The walk of 10,000 miles started with one footstep!
What's next for The Kut?
We were back in the studio yesterday, so that's going to be exciting to finish up the new tracks. We are planning a new EP and a release in October, so it's all go. We've got a few gigs coming up as well and hoping to get a London show in ASAP, because it's something we haven't done this year! In October we are playing in Leicester on Friday 10th at The Shed, then we play a Halloween Special at Lincoln Imp in Scunthorpe on 31st October. We can't wait for that one.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for the interview. I'd just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who is and has been supporting us, this year and the years previous! We love our TEAM RAZORS. It means a lot to us and sometimes that like or comment on social media is the only thing that keeps us focused through some of the more difficult times. Big love to you all.
Interview & Bio; Lynzi Hayes
|Posted by punk-nation on September 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Some bands have integrity right from the beginning, and so is the case with Pennsylvania's The Sixties. Debuting in 2012 with an impressive three song EP, the band set the tone for what's to be a great career. The recent release of the truly remarkable There It Isn't is only more proof of the band's extreme potential. What's to happen from here, we're not sure - but with a band showing this much promise, it's gotta be good. Check out our interview with The Sixties on the new album, their happiest memories from their career and more!
Tell us about There It Isn’t. How would you describe the overall feel of the album?
I'd say the overall feel of the album is one that addresses feelings of discomfort and unsettlement. As if you've been in an ambiguous funk or stressed out stage in your life for the past however many years, and you're just tired of feeling that way and want to do something about it. So, it has elements of “coming of age,” “paradigm shifts in self-justification,” and “taking a proactive approach in addressing your own life struggles.”
The lyrical content dives a bit more precisely into the psychological intricacies of falling into that funk, as well as becoming aware of the fact that you are the only who is able, and responsible, for pulling yourself out of it. Some are fictional, some are from our own experiences, but we feel that the collection is relatable to everyone in one way or another.
The instrumentation on the album identifies most with a release of pent up aggression in a positive (or at the least, not negative) manner, without trying to over-think what you’re doing. Over-thinking is part of the reason that causes the overall feeling of angst and unhappiness. So, the songs are straight-forward, high energy, and in your face.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned since the formation of the band?
COMMUNICATION AND PLANNING! Things get exponentially more difficult to do, the more schedules you try to coordinate.
What underground bands are you listening to that you think everyone should know about?
Each one of us could probably give you a completely different list of who we are currently into right now. But there are two bands that come to my mind that are really getting goin' in Philadelphia. They are Commonwealth Choir and Mo Lowda and The Humble.
When you think back on all the shows you’ve played in your career, which memory makes you happiest?
We opened for The Wonder Years Greatest Generation album release tour for the show in Philadelphia. They were playing 4 shows in 4 days, spanning the entire country. Being able to witness the amount of production that goes into something like that was quite amazing. Also, those guys are longtime friends of ours, so to be able to see someone you know achieving that level of, not only success, but proficiency and professionalism... it helps reinforce your confidence and your ability to believe that anything is achievable.
Are there any other music styles you’d like to incorporate into your band in the future?
There most certainly are, but I can't say which ones... We kind of have a "why not?" attitude towards incorporating anything new. We love to just hang out and jam, so if we get an idea that sounds more like "this" or "that", we try to always explore it a little bit. I feel that is how any great bands gets to be so great, always trying to cultivate and improve their sound. Whether it be adding a Sitar to a track, or playing a solo with a violin bow, as long as you're trying something new, that's what makes this whole parade go 'round.
What’s next for The Sixties?
We are now just focused on spreading our music outside of our local area of Philadelphia. We're trying to build up a circuit to start running around in and keep expanding on it... and continuing writing new music, of course.
Catch The Sixties live show this fall!
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A Mouth Full Of Matches are a band who are dying to get their name out there. And with their latest EP, Smoke Signals, the Manchester, UK quintet are all set to broadcast their fusion of dark alternative rock. Produced by Grammy nominated Matt Hyde, Smoke Signals is a testament to the UK rock scene, so don’t miss out on one hell of a party. With a sound bigger than their ambition, the band have already toured extensively across the UK, and are using their passion and drive to shoot for the stars. We caught up with them to talk promotion strategies, the new EP and more. Check it out below!
The title of your forthcoming EP, Smoke Signals, is in acknowledgment of the difficulty of being heard in the music scene. What are some strategies you’ve used to make your band more noticeable?
Getting noticed is quite difficult, but there are still plenty of tools around that we've used as much as we can. As facebook is currently the main player in social media and promotion, we've focused our self promotion on there, doing what we can to connect with as many users as possible to promote the EP, upcoming shows, etc. We've also made our impression on other sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Reverbnation, streaming on soundcloud, having our tracks on iTunes, Spotify. Whatever corner of the internet we can put ourselves in, we will!
Explain the overall vibe of the EP. What moods and ideas are expressed?
We experimented quite a bit with this EP. We didn't want one specific mood from start to finish, as we believe every record should have the feeling of a 'journey' to it so the user has felt the ups and down from beginning to end, which a lot more reflective of life. The main theme is of youth, passion, living and enjoying life and the various experiences that get thrown at you throughout life.
Your band is named after a poem about chasing dreams and living life as an adventure. That being said, what’s the greatest escapade you’ve ever been a part of?
So far it would probably have to be doing this band. Together we're travelling to shows, writing and recording music, having the time of our lives doing it all and hoping to push it so much further and make it much much bigger of an adventure. It's the getting up on stage playing our music to a crowd that really has the feeling of adventure and excitement.
Tell us about the most surreal moment you’ve had in your career so far.
Probably recording this EP with Grammy Nominated Matt Hyde who has worked with big names such as Bullet for my Valentine, Slipknot, Funeral for a Friend, Machine Head. Working with someone who has worked with such big bands makes the dream feel like its coming all that more alive.
What’s a typical show day like for A Mouth Full Of Matches?
We do what we can to make every show a big event. We'll rehearse upto the last minute, and have everything ready to launch during soundcheck. On stage we put all our passion and energy into our performance, as we want it to be a full on show, not just getting up and playing. Sometimes we'll leave ourselves quite exhausted afterwards though!
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We want to thank everyone thats given us amazing support so far! We are truly grateful. And to everyone that hasnt seen us live yet... we will see you on the road!
Aside from Smoke Signals, what’s next for the band?
We've got a number of shows booked throughout September in support of the EP, then a few more throughout the year. We'll be looking at getting another tour booked and we're looking forward to seeing all the other bands we'll be playing with and all the people who turn up to the shows!
Bio; Alex Bear
Interview; Emillie Marvel