Q: How did you form the band?
A: The band formed quite naturally as we all met each other through mutual friends. Patrick and Sam were both really adamant to start a band in high school, and met each other through one of Patrick’s friends that he would jam and write music with after they tried looking for a good drummer. We clicked instantly and became best friends really quick. We went through a couple bassists and finally found Will through another one of Patrick’s friends and now the band is what it is. So it really happened through us just jamming and hanging out as friends.
Q: It’s smart to start your own label, but doesn’t that distract from the music?
A: It definitely takes up most of the day! But we have a really great team behind us as well to help. In this day and age, it’s much easier to be an independent entrepreneur-type in any field than ever before. The bonus to all the extra work is that you get complete control over what you do and put out. You could compare it to you-tubers and Internet entrepreneurs in a way.
Q: What’s the difference between bands who play demo songs and those who make full-length albums?
A: Really what it comes down to is how much effort you put into your work. Some artists have better demos than those with full albums. Now, you can do A LOT just with a laptop and DAW software, to the point that the line between demo and full album is often blurred. Look at Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, their early stuff for the most part was recorded on a laptop in their house. But they put weeks into those songs, and that’s why they were so good. An artist can spend $100,000 and go into a studio expecting everything to just happen for him, and come out with a terrible song. Or, vice versa, they could spend $1000 on a laptop and software, and put hundreds of hours of work into it and come out with something amazing.
Q: Tell me more about “…Yet Here We Are” and the production process.
A: The name has multiple meanings, it can mean whatever you want it to really, but the idea we had in our head was as an answer to any existentialist statement, like “We’re born into this world without any clue why, and we’ll die none the wiser. Yet here we are…”. It also serves to introduce us as it’s our first album, like “American Amnesia – Yet Here We Are!”. The album was recorded after about 150 hours at Legend Studios in Avon CT, where Dave Swanson, the engineer, is a beast at what he does. He’s our favorite and in our opinion the best studio engineer in Connecticut. But again, it was all local stuff and mostly just hard work. No fancy gimmicks or anything.
Q: Was “Questions in the Dark” intentionally mixing hip hop and alternative?
A: Yes, we like a wide variety of music, from ridiculously heavy death metal to really light acoustic Ed Sheeran. So it kind of happens subconsciously. I (Patrick) have a pretty scatterbrained writing style, which usually involves just tying different ideas together that work. So it just happened that this rap part and heavy chorus worked really well together.
Q: Are you influenced by old school acts?
A: Yes, very much so. We love Metallica,Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Tool, etc.
Q: Patrick, why are there not many solos?
A: I don’t know about not having many solos haha, the only songs that don’t have solos on them are “Carillon” and “Questions in the Dark,” really just because they didn’t call for them. The main thing with solos to me is to make sure you’re suiting the song. Some songs are great at 8 minutes with three guitar solos, and some are great at two minutes with just a verse and two choruses.
Q: Would you consider coming to perform in the Middle East?
A: Wherever we have fans in the world, except maybe the Great Mariana Trench, we’re always ready to come play for you guys!