Answered by Ryan Baustert (guitars)
A song that made you want to make music?
Iron Man by Black Sabbath. That song made me want to learn how to play guitar.
Best rider you have had?
We rarely have a rider honored and we are lucky if a promoter includes meals, if I’m being honest.
Craziest moment in the band?
Doing a 6-week tour with Bullet for my Valentine was definitely crazy and surreal. My birthday fell on one of the dates and BFMV pulled me on stage during their set and had me do a handstand while drinking this terrible concoction their TM mixed backstage. It was terrible and awesome at the same time. Haha! There’s a video somewhere.
Deepest lyrics one of your songs features?
“I fight to set my demons free
But I’m trapped between the ghosts and screams
Save me, I beg before you leave
I’m lost and caught inside these dreams
Tell me the way to get me home
I’m tired of drowning on my own”
From “Bury Me Alive”
Easiest song you wrote?
“Awakening.” All of the guitar riffs and structure of the whole song came to me in the shower and I demoed it out for us to finish in an hour or two after that.
Favourite song in your set?
It’s “Cover Your Tracks” and “Obey.” They’re heavy and fun to play.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Dan Marsala from Story of the Year.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
It’s being away from your family for extended periods.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Our other guitarist, Kris, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Jokes you have in the band?
After an unsuccessful harvest, why did the farmer decide to try a career in music? Because he had a ton of sick beets. We love a good dad joke!
Key to writing a song?
Discipline and work ethic.
Longest distance you’ve traveled to play a show?
Montreal, Canada. We’ve toured across Canada several times, and those drives are crazy long!
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
John Feldmann, Josh Gilbert, Grant McFarland, Carson Slovak, and Brandon Paddock. We’ve been fortunate to work with great producers and amazing songwriters over the years.
New bands you’d recommend?
Elwood Stray, Dragged Under, Moodring, and Gold Necklace.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
I Prevail or Papa Roach.
Place you’d most like to tour?
Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Keep doing the thing that lights you up!
Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?
“Strangeworld” refers to the odd state of the world we have all lived through these past few years. Sometimes we can feel like we aren’t on the same planet. It’s a strange world, but through music and art, we can express the emotions we feel and deal with daily.
See us live at?
All tour dates are at ThrowTheFight.com.
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
I don’t. There has never been a better time than now to be an artist and make a living doing what you love. Recording costs are cheaper, and it’s easier than ever for artists to distribute their releases, grow a fanbase, and earn passive income through streaming. None of this was possible in the old model, where you could only break through with the help of a label.
Not really. We stick to what we know sells: hoodies, tees, and music items like vinyl. We sell a lot of drum heads, broken cymbals, and guitar scrims when we have them available, but I wouldn’t consider those items unusual, per se.
Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?
We released an acoustic EP in 2021 called “Inside Out.” That release featured reimagined tracks from our album, “Settle Your Sins.”
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without the fans, there is nothing.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?
One time our singer, Kade, dislocated his shoulder by throwing a guitar pick into the crowd.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Ours unless it’s an emergency.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of the band?