How did you get your initial start in music?
Eric and I had been jamming on two guitars since we were in our early teens. We always wanted to start a band but only did so after college. We found a local bass player and a drummer and played our first gig at The Delancey in NYC to a total of 2 people: the bartender and the sound guy. It was pretty funny because we played Metallica’s 8 minute epic “Orion” to an empty room. We had a blast.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To help bring back great rock music and great music in general. To hopefully one day change the industry and make it better. There’s a lot of cookie-cutter garbage in mainstream music today and the standards have hit an all time low. It’s not just bad music, it’s a degradation to society. If we can somehow help in changing that then that would be the ultimate aim.
How long have you been writing your own music?
Probably since the high school days, however I think the last two years have been the most the most lucrative time for us song writing wise.
Who are your top three influences and why?
It’s so hard to narrow it down to three but I think Metallica would be a big one. Those guys are the reason we formed a band in the first place. A lot of our hard stuff is inspired by them, especially the songs from our previous EP, Broken Virgo. They were the band who gave us big dreams.
Another band that heavily influenced us is Muse. They just blew our minds completely when we first heard their music. Our music is so eclectic and falls into many genres. We never knew if it was possible to proceed like that. Muse sort of gave us the go ahead because their music ranges from hard rock to soft ballads to opera to electronic and much, much more. They also inspired us to get way more creative with our sound and how we approach our live performance. They are the reason we decided to try it out as a three piece band.
The 3rd band would be Nirvana. They really show how important it is to stay true to the music and that’s always what we’ve been about. It’s also their attitude and energy that really inspires us. Nirvana’s music has definitely hit the rebellious side of us, the side doesn’t always follow the rules. Speaking of not following the rules, the 4th band would be Pink Floyd. The guitar solo is a big component of our music and is largely due to David Gilmour. He is my biggest inspiration as a guitar player. He made me fall in love with melodic guitar solos and inspired the way I write and play them. Pink Floyd was actually one of the first bands I listened to growing up. Their music just completely put me in a state of magic. It hugged me. I didn’t know music could do that at the time.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
It’s a perfect representation of who we are as a band. I really think all 5 songs could have been released as singles on their own. We are just incredibly proud of the quality of songs and have been blessed to work with a great producer/ sound engineer (Mike Wuerth) and a great studio in NYC called Threshold Studios.
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
We are based out of Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. The NYC music scene is very diverse. I think there definitely is a good underground rock scene going on for sure. Our last show was at Gramercy Theatre and we absolutely loved it! It’s a big venue with an amazing sound. Another favorite of ours is Mercury Lounge in the lower east side. We play there quite a lot.
Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
-There’s another three piece band called Courtesy Tier who we’ve shared a few bills with. They’ve got some cool tunes and are very down to earth. Fans of the Black Keys would really like them I feel. There’s also another good band called L Train. They’re led by an awesome female singer named Crystalla who was on American Idol.
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