Unsigned & Unleashed just got the chance to speak with the east coast punk rockers in Save Face. Here’s what happened:
New England, and the rest of the north east is so saturated with good punk and pop punk bands. Why do you think that is?
I think historically New England has generally had healthy local music scenes, and obviously the contemporary pop-punk wave has been huge within the past few years. Quality recording and means of promoting one’s music has become more accessible than ever, which allows for more and more kids to take their music to the next level. I think it’s easy to stay inspired when you see such young bands get such national success in such a quick amount of time, especially when your local scene is strong and encouraging to new artists.
How has that shaped your taste as young musicians?
I think it’s shaped our taste in that it’s helped us decide what we don’t want to sound like. Especially with our latest release, we really sought to differ ourselves from all the other bands in our nearby scenes. We wanted to put out an EP that pulled from all the different genres and bands we listen to, while at the same time avoid having the new material sound like a jumbled mass of different sounds thrown together. And I think we were really satisfied with the end result.
What’s your band’s spirit animal?
Our guitar player, Shane.
What has been your best show to date?
I think if we had to pick one, we’d have to say our release show we had back in March for our newest EP.
This is tricky, because a lot of times one of us might feel awesome about a show while one or two of us might leave our set thinking they played poorly. Personally, I felt I had a really bad performance at one of shows on tour, yet it was still one of the most fun shows of the tour at the same time. We had one show in particular that sticks out actually, at The Grange in Howell. It was an outdoor show, and it seemed like a lot was going wrong that day. We had troubles with the PA at the beginning of the show, and I remember in particular that everyone had felt really crappy about their performances after our set. We had trouble hearing ourselves (one of the major difficulties of outdoor shows), and it was one of the only shows we played where we didn’t practice the day before.
Name an artist you like that your fans wouldn’t expect you to.
I think a lot of us like Lorde. We also are all into progressive metal. Periphery is a pretty popular band among all five of us.
How’s the tour with North Runner, your label-mates on Mayflower Collective? Your two bands compliment each other well!
The tour was incredible! It was both our first times out on the road, and it was the time of our lives. Booking it was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was definitely worth the time and patience. It was a natural step for us to take so I’m glad we were able to make it happen this summer. A huge thanks to everyone was apart of it and helped make it happen.
What else do you want our readers to know?
All of our music (and North Runner’s) is free to download on BandCamp, and physical copies (Vinyl, CDs, Cassettes) are available online and at shows. Come out to a show near you to see what we’re all about, and send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book us. Thanks!