.How did the band meet?
It’s funny cause I(Mason) have known Kennedy since we were 15. We talked about forming some sort of metalcore band back in 2012, and then lost touch for a while. Joey and Ken have been best friends for years, and Mike and I have been close for just as long. One day Ken made an Instagram post looking for members for a ‘Dark Ballroom Jazz’ project lmao. It’s hilarious because that idea lasted maybe 4 weeks tops till we were like hey maybe screaming would be fun. I hit him up, we reconnected, and I met Joey after walking by him at school a dozen times complimenting each other on our The Story So Far gear lol. We started out and the first song we wrote was with another guitar player; and he was really good but he was a classic rock guy. So we wrote this first song and when we went to record it we said to ourselves, “this sounds like the eagles?” And then he never showed up to record so it’s just been the core 4 of us since. (Plus Reese hes our new guitar player, now it’s 5).
What is the band's favorite song to play live?
Our favorite song to play live is Runaway no doubt. No matter what ‘vibe’ our band fits, that song is just always the one that creates the best energy. That song is so dynamic it’s just a ton of fun. It’s total cold water to hot water. I think fans might like Lockwood the most. That song has always been the fan favorite. It always invokes the most emotion. So maybe that, because we really feed off the vibe of the crowd a lot, but who doesn’t yanno? I’ve seen some bands that can just do the same thing no matter what the energy is, and I give those bands credit. That’s not us, we’re like sponges. We feed off of everybody else.
The Space Between Words comes out August 14th. It’ll be our 2nd release. I can’t think of much to say about it honestly at this point, because we’re just so jacked over it. It just feels great to be able to put out something you’re this confident in yanno?
What is one cause that the band is passionate about?
The NCAAP Legal Defense Fund is a cause we’ve really had our eyes on as of late. We and our fans encourage everyone to look in to this organization and the work they do to fight racial inequality through the legal system. We’ve always been rewarded the ability to ignore these things, because we’ve come from privilege. It’s time us and others like us with platforms no matter how big or small recognize this, and use this privilege for productivity to build a more sensitive, fair society.
Anything you would like our followers to know?
To be honest, it’s been really hard at times to have our all focus on music, for various reasons since March. Especially not being able to tour/play shows, it’s just a lost slice of what makes us so passionate about this stuff. Sometimes it can be so damn hard to keep up with stuff, because we feel like our industry is crumbling around us. With that being said, our fans have made all of this trouble feel worth it. All the stress, sadness, and tears is worth it when you get to talk to people that care so much about our weird band. I can’t stress this enough, the people that have been graceful and kind enough to give their time and energy into this band, you make EVERYTHING worth it. You’re what drives us. When I’m overcome with sadness, talking to people about this music is instantly what turns it around. It’s hard to say this without sounding cliche. We’re corny as hell, and we’re owning up to it lol. The Space Between Words, August 14th. This record goes out to all of you.
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