A song that made you want to make music?
A lot of System of a Down and Beatles songs display a “no limits” approach to songwriting that I’ve always found appealing. So maybe songs like Chop Suey and I am the Walrus.
Best rider you have had?
Honestly anytime there’s water provided I’m happy. We played at Hershey stadium and got full catering though, which was really nice of course.
Craziest moment in the band?
Well recently we were playing a show at a venue in Harrisburg called XL Live and the power went out right after our second song. We just did sing-alongs with the crowd then for an hour until management eventually called the show. Really fun actually and a show we’ll always remember.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Most of our songs deal with pretty personal/introspective topics. One that comes to mind right now is from our song TRL – “Do you remember when our lives were young? How the summer nights felt so long. Those TRL parties always looked so fun. By the time we grew up those days were gone. And as a child so full of life I’d never guess that one day I’d consider suicide. Wake up. Wake up. Our lives are young.”
Easiest song you wrote?
I remember the song Saudade from our album Alive coming to me pretty quickly.
Favourite song in your set?
Always love playing Go Ahead, which we’ve been saving for last lately. Also enjoy The Simulation a lot. That’s a good jump song and has a really heavy bridge. Clever II is fun too and I typically go so hard I borderline blackout during it.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Gerard Way, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, Meg Myers, Robert Smith..there are a lot of artists we’d love the opportunity to collaborate with.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
I feel like right now is the weirdest and most overwhelming time to be a creative person. The hardest part lately is the social media element and keeping up with being active on the different platforms without letting it interfere with the most important part, the artistry.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Dylan (drums) used to wear a onesie at every single show.
Jokes you have in the band?
We’ve accumulated a lot. We used to make up stories for the meaning of our band name (sometimes we still do)..one of them being that it was a reference to either the movie The Patriot or Biodome.
Key to writing a song?
Let the emotion of what you’re writing about be the top priority and driving force for all creative decisions.
Longest distance you’ve traveled to play a show?
We did a one-off at a venue in Columbus recently, which is about 6.5 hours away from us.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Aurora is always her weird authentic self without compromise, and I love/admire that. There are a lot of artists who inspire me in different ways though.
New band you’d recommend?
Destroy Boys, Turnstile. Neither of them are actually new, but they’ve gained a lot of much-deserved momentum recently.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
My Chemical Romance
Place you’d most like to tour?
Across the U.S. and Europe
Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” -J.B.S. Haldane
Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?
‘Go Ahead’ is part of the lyrics in the chorus. “Go Ahead and dig my grave real deep and I’ll always find my out.” It feels like a challenge posed to the negative voice in my head..a revolt.
See us live at?
I’m not sure when this will be released, but we will be playing at LoveDraft’s in Mechanicsburg, Pa on 9/18 with Icon For Hire, The Funeral Portrait, Conquer Divide, and Burden of Guilt. And this show isn’t announced yet at the time of me writing this (shhh), but we will be playing with Small Town Titans and Lyndhurst at Mickey’s Black Box in Lititz, Pa (which is actually a spot where a lot of major acts like Justin Bieber and Beyonce go to rehearse before heading out on tour) on 11/25.
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Hmmmm..I definitely enjoy the older production style. I like hearing the nuances and imperfections in a vocal especially, as opposed to the track being pitch-corrected. It’s much more emotional when it’s left imperfect. It also used to be that if you were bad at singing or playing an instrument..then you were just bad until you put the effort in to get better at your craft. Now you can create the perception of skill via technological crutches, garner some buzz on tiktok, and be one of the biggest artists in the world..all the while possessing a level of musical and creative ability that would have you working in a cubicle in the 60’s. Which you know, hey get that bag..but I don’t believe the emotional content of that music will resonate as much or as deeply. There’s a balancing act to be done when it comes to the technology available and to what extent it’s used, because it can be an asset to creativity, but it can also be the thing that drains the soul from a song.
Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?
I’d love to do a compilation album of stripped down versions of our songs with piano/strings.
What do your fans mean to you?
The whole purpose of sharing the work is the hope that it will find its way to anyone who may need it..the way we have needed certain music as a therapy in our own lives. To know that some people connect with what we are doing and support us means everything.
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band injuries?
I threw my guitar up in the air and it landed on Dylan’s head at a gig. He didn’t need any medical attention, but yeah that was bad haha and I pretty consistently tear my fingers open from strumming too hard
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Dylan forgot something or one of our cars broke down (we both have always had old cars)
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?