WAIVER. take on the A-Z Challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Today its the turn of Nick Valero of WAIVER. to tell us all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music?

27 by Title Fight

Best rider you’ve had?

When we played Gramercy Theatre they had drinks and some food backstage, but it definitely wasn’t like “WAIVER.’s Rider” haha

Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

We’ve had a few but probably when our bass player dislocated his shoulder right before our set on tour once. He went to the hospital and got it all situated, then came right back and played the full set.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“Every day I try to find a space in the light, cause in time I’m just saving face” (Song: Right Here)

Easiest song you wrote?

All the songs on Eyes Wide Open EP were fairly easy to write. It was such a natural process for these songs it felt like they wrote themselves almost.

Favourite song in your set?

Id say it’s two songs back to back. Cortland St. into Burnout

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

WAIVER. X KISS because that’s iconic

Hardest thing about being in a band?

One of the hardest things about being in a band is honestly not comparing yourself. It’s easy to look at what other people are doing and question yourself, but you gotta be authentic and stay true to yourself no matter what. We all started playing music for fun because we love it and we should never lose sight of that and do this for any other reason.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Out of the 5 members in this band (Nick, Joey, Dan, Devon, Dylan), Nick and Joey are brothers and Devon and Dylan are twin brothers.

Jokes you have in the band?

THE WOIRM. We’re convinced Devon has a tapeworm that makes half of his decisions for him, leading him to eat excessive amounts of food and drink way too much beer, but the WOIRM wants what the WOIRM wants. Like Chipotle mac and cheese for breakfast at 9am on tour.

Key to writing a song?

Having the 5 of us in the room together working on it from scratch, usually starting with a guitar riff idea and taking it from there. It’s a very organic process for us. But we hash out new songs from start to finish together at practice and that’s seems to be the recipe for our sound.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

About 4 hours, looking to make it longer than that this summer as we got some more touring plans in the works.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

For me personally seeing The Story So far back in the early 2010s was one of the most inspiring things for me as a young kid getting into music.

New band you’d recommend?

Moss Tongue from Massachusetts. We toured with them last summer and their music is actually insanely good and underrated. Plus they’re the coolest people on Earth.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

There’s a bunch of bands across many genres we’d love to open for, but to open for The Story So Far would be a full circle moment for sure, considering them to be a big inspiration for the start of this band.

Place you’d most like to tour?

Literally everywhere haha, it would be sick to do a full US tour eventually. Obviously going to Europe would be sick too.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“As soon as you give it all up, you can have it all.”

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

We named the EP Eyes Wide Open because the record is a journey of self reflection and self discovery. Opening our eyes to new possibilities and understandings.

See us live at?

4/1- 89 North w Patent Pending and Eternal Boy (Long Island)

4/15- Amityville Music Hall w Tiny Moving Parts (Long Island)

4/22- Amityville Music Hall Cancer Benefit Show (Long Island)

5/12- The Kingsland w Sunday Morning (Brooklyn)

5/13- Cafe 9 w Sunday Morning (Connecticut)

5/27- The Fire (Philly)

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

It’s tough to say. Music is forever changing and I think it’s important to evolve with the times and be open. We’re seeing a huge resurgence of pop punk/emo/hardcore music and it’s super exciting to see that right now. There are so many new bands doing sick shit and so many insane shows happening that I can’t say the “old days” were necessarily better. I think in each time period of music there’s been something special there in its own way that you can’t compare.

Unusual merchandise?

We have foam fingers haha.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your song

We have a few songs that we want to do a live recording of, plus some we would like to make an acoustic version of and vice versa.

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything. Anyone who rocks with our music and this band we are beyond grateful for and thank immensely. We really don’t see anyone as a fan tho, we’re a family in WAIVER. whether it’s within the band or the people that like our music and come to shows.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Dylan needed to get an x-ray when he dislocated his shoulder before that set we mentioned earlier. Going forward after that he was in physical therapy for a bit too.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

1000 percent because of Devon and Dylan haha. Specifically if it had to come down to one person, we’d have to give this one to Dylan haha.

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

We’re like that family of gorillas you see at the zoo for sure haha.

AltCorner Staff

April 6, 2023

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