TDL: What do you guys do as a band to try and break the boundaries in the music industry?
DS: Just recently, we recorded our album with David Bendeth (Paramore, Underoath). It was our fourth record; it’s kind of easy to get stuck in a rut and a routine. You have a formula and it works, and you start just writing the same things. We wanted to go with David to push the envelope a little bit, to challenge us outside of our comfort zone. I think this next record of ours really does push the envelope. I think a lot of it has to do with David just knowing how hard he can push us to do what we need to do to make this record great.
TDL: What influences do you guys pull from as a band/individually and bring to the table?
DS: That’s what’s interesting about my band; we all listen to very different things. There are a few bands that we all agree on that we were influenced by growing up. We were all definitely big Underoath fans. They were a huge influence on us when we were first starting. Individually, Kyle listens to BBM (DME)? , and that’s pretty much all he listens to. I like a lot of hardcore. Josh is all over the place. He likes Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. Eric listens to like Mass Metal, the craziest, most fast death metal ever. And Louis is just really chill like Indie rock, girl singing kind of thing. He’s a hippy. It all comes together somehow and we make music. I don’t know how it does, but it does.
TDL: Watching your live videos you guys appear to be right at home while on stage. Tell me about some of the energy that happens while on stage.
DS: You’re definitely right. That is when we are in our element the most. Our management always laughs because we get on stage and we just go nuts. Whenever they have to film us doing something, or turn the cameras on everyone just gets so quiet. We are all just really focused, and we know what we have to do. We just want to put on a show. If you wanted to listen to our music you could just listen to the record. When you come to see us live, you come to see a show, a performance. So we really do put everything we can into our live sets.
We Are Going To Make It Something Memorable For Everybody
TDL: What are some of your favorite bands that you have been on tour with?
DS: Oh, Wow. We have so many friends. We love touring with The Color Morale. They are definitely probably our brother band. We tour with them as often as we can. We are all very close. The six of us get along with the five of them completely. I love all those guys (Definitely one of our favorite bands to tour with).
TDL: Have you guys ever been to Alaska?
DS: No. We have been trying to go there forever. We have played in all 48 continental states. We have been really dying to go to Alaska.
TDL: If you have any free time, what do you plan on doing while in Alaska?
DS: I’m not sure what time we are getting in, but I don’t care. I’m gonna do as much exploring as I can. That’s how I am. No matter where we go different, I’m really into going and getting lost and experiencing the culture. I want to hang out with the locals, trying whatever food we need to try, drink whatever I need to drink. I’m really looking forward to going to some new territories.
TDL: What can Alaska expect from you guys on June 17th?
DS: It’s going to be our first time playing there, so we are going in with a sense that we have a lot to prove. No one has ever seen us so it will be a first impression. We are going to make it something memorable for everybody.
TDL: What do you guys want to see from the Alaskan crowd next month?
DS: We are bringing the energy; I have very high hopes that Alaska is going to bring it right back. I think it’s going to be an all-around great show. I’ve heard that shows there are awesome. We’ve been really looking forward for the chance to come up there and play.