Category Archives: Interviews

The Amatory Murder Interview 2

Hodera Q&A

All questions are answered by Matt Smith of Hodera.

1. Introduce yourself and your role in the band.

I’m Matt Smith. I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Hodera.

2. How’d you come up with the name Hodera? What’s it mean to you guys?

I was researching literary symbols one day and I came across an ornamental Ivy leaf called “hedera.” Hedera is the scientific name for Ivy but I didn’t like how it sounded. So I changed the ‘e’ to an ‘o’ and came up with “Hodera”.

3. How did you guys meet and form the band? 

I met Matt C when we started the band Epilogues. When Epilogues ended we formed Hodera. Matt C brought his friend Nick V in and then we found Nick B through an ad we put out.

4. What made you guys go for that Alternative / Indie Rock sound?

I don’t think we’re trying to go for a certain sound. That’s just how I write and how we all play. Our sound is developing and changing as we go.

5. So you just finished up your East Coast & Midwest tour dates…how was that tour for you guys?

It was a lot of fun! We sold out of CD’s and we met a lot of friends!

6. Who are some artists/bands that you draw inspiration from?

I’d say I draw inspiration from musical experimentation and emotions more so than than specific bands. For example, finding a new tuning will inspire me to write a new song, fueled by whatever is currently happening in my life.

7. Now you’ve released “Reset to Default” back in June, what was the hardest song to write/record on the EP…which was the easiest? 

All the writing came pretty easy. The hardest to record was “Tell Me Something I Can Do” because we had to keep the emotion in the song while playing to a click track. And in an emotional song that builds and recedes there tends to be a fluctuation in tempo. The easiest song to record would probably be “She Knows Because She Read It In A Book Once” because it’s a simple and fun song that only has 3 parts to it.

8. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be and why?

Just to have people love our music as much as we do and vibe with us while we’re playing.

9. Where is your favorite place to eat on tour?

Personally, I am not a fan of tour food haha. So I’m the last person in the band who should be taking this question. I eat healthy but have to break my healthy diet on the road. I must say I’m a huge fan of making like coffee mixed drinks at gas stations. I mix 1/3 coffee with all types of hot chocolates, steamers, and anything else in that flavored hot drinks machine. I know the band loves Cookout because we don’t have those in NJ.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say? 

I (Matt Smith) have been thinking of putting down the guitar to explore new instruments for the next album.

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The Lovebirds Q&A

1. Introduce yourself and say your role in the band.

LW: I’m Lindsay White. I write, sing, and play guitar, ukulele, and sometimes drums. I’m usually the one in the skirt.

VM: My name is Veronica May aka V to the May aka no one calls me that. I am the co-leader of the band. I’m the guitar/uke/drum/singer/songwriter.

2. What made you come up with the name “The Lovebirds?”

VM: I claim that I named it right before we were supposed to perform. We were not even quite sure we would be a band but they needed our name so I said, “The Lovebirds.”

LW: We didn’t even have a discussion about it. It just kind of stuck and even though we’re broken up now, it still works because we definitely have a positive “love is all it takes” message in our music.

3. Where’d you find the inspiration to write your songs on your album “Breakup Shmakeup?”

VM: The title says it all. Most of the songs are a chronicling of the process of the breakup. The initial sadness, the confusion, the anger, the peace and acceptance.

LW: For me it was a musical grieving process. Every song I wrote on the album addressed specific emotions I was feeling at the time of going through a breakup. “Boat Train” spoke to that ache you feel right when a breakup happens. “Whiplash” is all about anger and confusion. “Crimson Love” and “Catch the Rain” are about picking up the pieces. “It Lands” is about trusting time’s ability to heal, and so on.

4. What do you hope your fans will take away from this album?

LW: I hope fans will be able to relate to the idea of facing, feeling, and accepting whatever challenging emotions they may be experiencing at any given time. I hope they will remember to be kind to themselves and gracious to others. I hope they might be able to grasp onto the notion that immense growth and perspective often comes from loss.

VM: I hope they take away something that makes them think and feel. I hope they are able to personalize and find a deeper understanding of a situation they might be in. I hope they can scream the songs to the top of their lungs or lay down and close their eyes and feel all the feelings with the quiet songs.

5. Who has had the biggest influence on your music and writing style?

LW: Early influences include Bob Dylan and poet Shel Silverstein – that’s how I found out words and the way you use them can really move a person. I find myself influenced now by artists like Milk Carton Kids, First Aid Kit, Haim and countless San Diego artists.

VM: For myself, I think one of the biggest influences is my mother. I watched her play the piano growing up and would harmonize with her. I would try and fail at harmonizing for the first few years. I have a very patient mother. Even though I didn’t see my dad as much growing up, I have seen the way he plays guitar and I do a lot of the same things he does. Maybe it comes down to genetics. Nat King Cole and The Carpenters were other influences.

6. As far as warmups go, what helps you best before you take the stage?

LW: I’m not a huge drinker, but I do enjoy a beer or a whiskey drink before a show. It loosens me up just enough. Other than that, I really appreciate a good sound-check. We don’t always get a legit one, so when we do it feels like Christmas.

VM: If I’m really really nervous I can’t help but say a heartfelt Hail Mary. The Catholic is still in there somewhere. Otherwise I do single-string warmups or scales on the guitar. I stretch my forearms and I fiddle around on the guitar or play drums on my legs.

7. What song do you most like to play at shows?

VM: I would have to say “Whiplash” because I get to beat the crud out of the drums.

LW: I agree – I have a ton of fun playing “Whiplash” – there’s this crazy vocal break where V goes nuts on the drums and I just release every ounce of tension built up inside me. Every time we finish that song, I feel like I just completed the most intense two-minute therapy session. Another favorite would be “UNI” off our second album because it’s the one the audience knows and sings with us!

8. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be and why?

VM: Have my grandma and grandpa come back to life and watch us rock the stage…that or a really genuine agent with a lot of heart, a lot of the connections we want and a lot of money saying they wants us to work with her/him. 

LW: Have you ever seen the end of the movie Wayne’s World? Something like that. I would be wearing a lingerie mini dress and we would be performing a rousing cover of “Ballroom Blitz” in a basement for a cable access show. Various scenarios would include securing legit management, or offers to tour with our favorite bands, or securing a publishing deal. Basically anything that would give us an opportunity to make music for a living without selling our souls to a guy like Benjamin. OK, I’ve taken this too far.

9. Would you rather have a major recording company viewing your show or your biggest inspiration?

VM: Don’t make me answer this.

LW: Oh, the pressure! I think I’m going to be a wimp and say major recording company. I wouldn’t be as nervous if that happened because if they didn’t like us it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But if Bob Dylan sat in the audience and hated our show or checked his text messages the whole time, that would really mess with my mind. That said, there’s an amazing performance of First Aid Kit singing “America” for Paul Simon at a tribute show, and I would LOVE to do something like that if we ever got “big” enough to be invited to such a thing. He would probably hate every minute of a tribute show in his honor…and I would probably poop in my pants if I got to sing in front of him.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

VM: I recently got a pretty bad sunburn but only on the front of my body.

LW: Stay connected with us online at www.thelovebirds.com and FB/TW/YT. We’re always posting something silly and love interacting with our fans/friends!

-Be sure to catch The Lovebirds at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on August 2nd!-

The Venetia Fair Interview

Arc & Stones Q&A

1. Introduce yourself and say your role in the band.

JD: I’m Joey Doino and I’m the drummer.

EB: I’m Eddy Bayes and I’m the Bassist.

BC: I’m Ben Cramer and I’m the lead guitar player.

DP: I’m Dan Pellarin and I am the lead singer.

2. Where’d you come up with the name “Arc & Stones?”

DP: The name is a metaphor for Rock & Roll. It symbolizes the foundations we stand on, the message we’re trying to send, and the energy behind that movement. We are in a way, an old soul meeting a new sound.

3. Where do you find the inspiration to write your songs?

JD: They’re very spur of the moment. Someone comes in with an idea or is playing something before we start rehearsing and we all kinda join in, throw some ideas around and before we know it, we have a new song.

EB:  Its exciting as we have so many unfinished ideas that I know we want to get too, yet every-time we get together we always seem to add a new one, I guess we can never have too many.

BC: Fleetwood Mac.

DP: It’s finding the precise connection between the person who presents the idea and the ideas everyone else formulates around it. We try and take an open mind into every idea, which adds to the uniqueness of our sound. We all have different musical backgrounds, so the culmination of all those mental atmospheres coming into one sound, creates a very different character for each song, but a cohesive and signature sound to each one as well.

4. What’s your favorite song to play at shows?

JD: I love playing “Wanted.” It’s got a fun groove in the verses and really wails in the chorus’.

 DP: I’m gonna have to say “Walkin’ In.” It puts me into an element that I find so much joy in.

EB: I always say “Sweet and Vicious,” makes me bob my head.

BC: “Sweet & Vicious.”

5. What state or country would you like to play in that you haven’t before?

JD: I’d love to go play in England. I’ve never been and I think it’d be a blast.

DP: I would love to play in Australia.

BC: California.

6. What’s the hardest part about touring and being out on the road?

JD: Eating healthy. There’s fast food everywhere so finding food that’s good for you is a little tough.

DP: Understanding that there are far worse things you could be doing than being in a van for 17+ hours at a time.

7. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be?

EB: Gaining the ability to fly mid song and just floating around for no apparent reason.

DP: Get a second to drink some damn water!

8. How do you go about choosing what songs to put on your setlist?

EB: Usually in rehearsal we stumble upon a natural flow for our songs, then we get to talking about the set list its pretty much already built itself. We just debate a few changes, sometimes a heated one, and then we are good to go.

9. If you had to marry another band, who would it be and why?

EB: Fleetwood Mac and I think the reasons are obvious.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

BC: Fleetwood Mac

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At Our Expense Interview

One Days Notice Q&A

 

Jesea Lee (guitarist/backing vocals) from One Days Notice

1. Where did you draw inspiration for When Dinosaurs Get Drunk?

The album is really a collection of fun party songs with a little of serious subject matter occasionally, which is basically how our lives are. We got a lot of inspiration from just living our lives to the absolute fullest.

2. What do you think the latest album says about the band?

It says exactly what we are all about. Fun, catchy songs about boozin and girls.

3. Why did you choose to name the album When Dinosaurs Get Drunk?

It’s actually a reference to an old Simpsons episode (check it out here). Again, we wanted the title to represent a good time and nothing is having a better time than a drunk dinosaur.

4. What band(s) do you dream of touring with and why?

Some old skool punk bands would be awesome. Some bands that could really hang with us. I think the tour that’s happening soon with The Offspring, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and The Vandals would be amazing.

5. What did you have in mind writing “Coming Home?”

Our vocalist Chris Bassitt used to split his time between living in America and Ireland, so the lyrics are definitely autobiographical.

6. When did you all realize you had a talent for what you do in the band?

I started playing when I was 12. I tried singing first and everyone told me I sucked so I switched to guitar. Then I got older and realized you’re allowed to suck at singing, so I started doing that again.

7. What kind of feedback have you gotten from your families? 

Our families have been absolutely incredible throughout our careers. They really support what we do (probably because they know we’d be really bad at normal jobs).

8. Drink of choice?

Keystone Light 4 lyfe.

9. What other hobbies do you guys have besides drinking and peeing on stuff (Found here)? 

Golfing, working out, going to concerts, deep frying the crap out of everything.

10. What do you have in store for the future of the band?

We are currently writing a new album that is gonna be even punkier and drunkier than the last. We also plan to do some light touring this summer.

Also, be sure to check out their newest lyric video for their song “Call the Cops”

 

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Buried In Verona Interview

Architects UK Interview 2

I the Mighty Interview