Band Interview:: Tauk
First things first, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!
-Hello everybody, I’m Alric Cater and I play keyboards in the band.
You guys are more of an instrumental band, which is something you don’t often see. Do you think that makes for a different crowd than lyrical-based bands?
-People will always have their preferences when it comes to genre and style. With that in mind, our goal is to maintain a high standard of performance and give our audiences our best effort.
You guys are based out of NY, an area hugely effected by Hurricane Sandy. Being from NJ myself, I fortunately was not effected much, but i do know a few people who sadly no longer have a home to go back to because of the massive destruction it caused. Were any of you directly effected by it?
-We were fortunate that our families and houses were okay.
This Friday you guys are playing a benefit show in order to help out victims of Sandy. Can you tell us a little bit about the show? (Other bands that are playing, a specific goal for the night, etc.?)
-There will be four bands on the night. EfraimEfraim will start off the night at 8pm followed by Ishmael and the Brighton Beat at 9pm and 10pm respectively. Tauk will headline at 11pm. Be sure to come early and check out the all bands on the night. We’re pretty pumped.
You guys mentioned on your website that any of the money raised from the show will be matched by sponsors. How did you manage to team up with All Hands Volunteer and Red Cross?
-We asked around and some friends suggested All Hands Volunteers and we liked their more hands-on approach. It seemed that was the best way to help. Red Cross is an established organization that has also been doing great work in those affected areas and coats were one of the items in demand.
Why do you think it’s so important to give back to a community, especially in times of need like the damage that Sandy has caused to so many people?
-I think helping people is the right thing to do, especially those in need. A lot of people depend on services run by the community and its all always good to help those who are constantly assisting others.
Are you guys planning on doing anything special for Thanksgiving or Black Friday before the show this Saturday?
-We’re going to keep it pretty low key. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, then the couch and repeat as necessary
Check out the band TONIGHT at Spike Hill in Brooklyn, NY. For more info, go to their website: http://www.taukband.com
Interview: William Beckett
We originally had planned to see William Beckett on tour with The Rocket Summer earlier this month, but due to Hurricane Sandy, that show was cancelled. So instead of pictures or videos of that show, we caught up with him via email to ask him questions about his brand new EP and his future plans! Check out the interview below!
It’s been over a year since the split of The Academy Is…, what differences have you noticed between performing/traveling solo vs in a band?
Well, there are less arguments, I’ll tell you that. Ha! When I began playing shows at seventeen and eighteen I would perform solo, so in a lot of way playing solo is very comfortable for me. I’ve made some lifelong friends this year simply by interacting with other bands on the road more often.
You recently were a part if a Hurricane Sandy benefit show. How did it go and how was the turnout?
It was a greet experience to be able to help out, even in the smallest way. What was crazy about it was that night a blizzard swept through the area, so a lot of people on twitter and Facebook were stuck at home in the area and couldn’t make it out. We made the best of it though, playing over 2 hours, switching off songs with The Classic Crime, and we ended up raising over 1k.
Interview With :: Westland.
Please introduce yourselves and tell us what you do in the band!
Aaron Bonus- singer/guitar, Matt Perreault- Lead guitar, Nicholas Karidoyanes- bassist, Alex Wagner- guitar, Cody Wagner- Drummer
You recently announced that your new EP, Intimacy Without Intricacy, will be released on January 8th of 2013. What can fans expect to hear on this EP?
A large range of different moods and sounds, that we have grown into over the last couple years. All with very meaningful message.
You also revealed the artwork of the new EP. How did the title come about?
I heard it once in a movie. I have been wanting to use it for years. It is very true to the life style of a touring musician, you are never around long enough to have a real relationship.
Westland has a pretty impressive tour history including 2 consecutive years playing the Vans Warped tour. If Westland could create a dream tour, who would be on it and what would it be called?
hmm. The shins, neutral milk hotel, weezer ( only blue album and pinkerton), the pixies and I would call it The “read a book” tour
On the bands Facebook page, you posted about having fans participate in a contest of sorts in order to receive 3 unreleased Westland songs. Were these old or new songs and what were the fans reactions to them?
These were all new tracks. We allowed fans to preview if they entered the contest. We had a very good response, which makes us very excited to released them publicly
You guys posted about a music video in the works and to be released within the next month. Can you give us any information on that? Which song the video is for? Concept of the video? Etc.?
The music video is for “Steady Now” premiums exclusively on purevolume Nov 16th. And will be out everywhere the 19th. The video is a performance piece with a masked guy roaming around us creating destructive elements. is it real? is it in my head? you will have to wait for the release ha
On top of playing Warped Tour and Hot Topic in-store performances, you guys have also followed multiple tours in order to promote your own music. What is one thing that you have learned from going out and making interactions with the fans?
That people really care about supporting growing bands. We have had some amazing encounters and I want to thank everyone who has ever supported us.
What is your favorite song off the new EP and why?
I enjoy “bleed” the most. Its not your typical cut and dry song. its for sure a journey that takes you to a lot of places. if you comment to its length of 4 mins im sure it will grow on you :)
Can we expect to see an upcoming Westland tour this winter?
We are currently working on becoming a support act for a few national tours this spring.
Anything else you’d like to add or say to the fans?
Just thank you guys so much for everything, you are amazing. And if you dont know us, then please check us at www.facebook.com/westlandmusic
All questions answered by singer, Aaron Bonus.
Band Interview: We Start Party’s
Band Name: We Start Partys
Location: Bristol - England
Members: Ben - Vox / Guitar, Matt - Drums / Vox, Dave - Vox / Bass
Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!
We Start Partys consists of 3 members, Matt Jenkinson on Drums, Dave Sully on Vocals and Bass and Ben Hawthorne on Guitar and Vocals!
Where did the name We Start Partys come from?
We came up with it one day while just sitting down together. We wanted something fun, and summed up the sound we were pushing for, so the idea “We Start Partys” came up. it was a bold statement to make too, but figured it would push us to make sure our live shows are one big party! :D
You guys have been a band for about 3 years now. Can you tell us how We Start Partys formed and came to be what it is today?
Interview: Cory McCoy
I recently interviewed a good friend of mine and the mastermind behind I Want To Help You Band, Cory McCoy. You can read his interview below where Cory tells us how IWTHYB started, what it has to offer, and what we should expect to be seeing next!
Where did the idea of I Want To Help Your Band (IWTHYB) come from?
I Want To Help Your Band was kind of always there. I have always had the idea in one form or fashion. My first real attempt at IWTHYB would have to be the clothing company I ran for about a year and a half called Indie Out Loud. What I’m doing now is actually what that company was intended to be. The lack of experience and my young age didn’t allow the company to grow in the right way though so it fell apart rather quickly. IWTHYB has just always been what I have been aiming for and now I have it.
For those that haven’t checked out your site before, what does IWTHYB have to offer for musicians and bands alike?
We are setting our service up to aid bands in every aspect of their musical careers. We essentially want to be able to be there for musicians during every key stage of their development.
Band Interview: Starship Romance
Chase Martinez of Starship Romance took some time out to answer some questions for us!
According to the Starship Romance Trailer you did with Yamo Films, you said that you’ve been playing music since you were a teenager. What led you into picking up an instrument in the first place?
Chase: Well my dad was a guitar player, and singer ever since I could remember so I always had a musical background of some sort. My first instrument was actually a drum set when I was like 3, so I’ve always loved the drums! When I was like 11 or so I got my first bass and kind of played that. Most of my playing then consisted of me jumping around in my bedroom slapping the bass to butt rock! hahaha I eventually learned how to play just listening to cds and learning covers…and somewhere along the line I got better I guess. haha
Band Interview: The Jealous Sea
Band Name: The Jealous Sea
Location: Boston, MA
Members: Mathew David (Vocals/Guitar), Tom Linnane (Bass/Vocals)
All questions answered my Mathew.
First things first, how did you come up with the name The Jealous Sea?
On the drive home, we’d joke about the kid you used to see, and his jealousy” It’s a misheard Fall Out Boy lyric from “Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today”. I thought it sounded cool, so I took it. Thanks, Pete Wentz.
You guys played both dates of the So Last Summer Festival with a handful of amazing bands. How were the shows and who were you most excited to see?
Day 1 was awesome! All of the Hey Monday guys were awesome, and Cassadee was a total sweetheart. We’ve played with Stereo two or three times before, so it’s always cool to see them and their crew again, and the Sparks guys, we played a sold-out show in CT with them the night before, so it was great to be able to play another show with them the next day. Day 2 got rained out which totally sucks but we’re playing with The Cab in Providence, RI on November 28th, so grab your tickets and come out to that show.
You’ve shared the stage with bands like Hey Monday, Valencia, and The Maine. If you could collaborate with any band that you’ve played with - or would one day want to play with - who would it be?
Below is our entire list of interviews. Please check them out! If you’d like to do an interview to help promote your band, contact us with your inquiry! :)
- Darling Parade.
- We Start Party’s.
- Cory McCoy.
- Starship Romance.
- City Lights.
- My New York Summer.
- A Clever Con.
- For The Foxes.
- The Jealous Sea.
- The Dead Famous.
- Time Will Tell Interview. Daily Questions.
- Carsalette Interview. Daily Questions.
- Me vs Gravity Interview. Daily Questions.
- The Real.
- The Social Part 1. Part 2.
- Seth & Zakk Interview. Daily Questions.
- The Honesty 1st interview. 2nd interview. Daily Questions
- Say It Back!
- Runner Runner.
- Floral Terrace.
- Jimmy Robbins.
- The Life I Lead.
- The All Ways.
- Sweet Hollow Drive.
- Sing Me Insomnia.
Band Interview: The Real
Band Name: The Real
Location: Orlando, FL
Members: Evan, Felipe, Wade, Carson, Sean
On your facebook page, you guys state that “The word ‘real’ is defined as not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory. That is our mission, to never lose sight of what our core values are and above all, write the music we want to write.” It’s some pretty inspiring stuff! How did you guys come to agree on that name for the band - or who came up with it?
Well we actually got the name from a band we all liked called “Nevertheless” they have a song titled “The Real”, it just seems to fit the statement we’d like to convey with our music.
How would you describe your sound to someone that has never heard of The Real before?
A really intense roller coaster they breaks off the track and right when you are about to hit the concrete you wake up to breakfast in bed.