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10th Annual Pop/Rock Album Nominee
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Record Label: n/a
Home Base: Boston, MA
Genre: Mix of Rock and Pop
Category Entered: Pop/Rock Album
Work Submitted: For The Broken
Influences: Boys Like Girls, We The Kings, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy
What’s the meaning of your band name? It was recommended to us by a friend in high school, and it stuck. The name to us stands for the fact that we’re always looking forward to another goal, the next step in our careers. We’re very determined and passionate guys and I think our name represents that well.
Describe your nominated work: It’s a heartfelt album with songs based on our own personal experiences growing up and going through relationships and heartbreak. It’s music people can really relate to, and we think that’s why our fans really gravitate to the songs.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? We really put our heart and soul into making the album, and we’re really proud of it and all the opportunities it’s opened up to us. We want to help get our music out there and hopefully give more people the opportunity to enjoy it.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? We have a lot of near-barbershop quartet harmonies, Ooh’s and Aah’s which are pretty cool if you listen closely. There’s some awesome synth as well if you listen really closely. Not to mention some crazy tremolo and delayed guitar.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? We had most of the songs already written and ready to record for the studio, but we still wrote while we were there, which at times was stressful because of deadlines, etc.
Did fans help you fund this project? Well, indirectly they did, but we individually helped chip in to pay for the whole recording cost as well.
Who’s sitting in your audience? Some awesome people. Our fans are energetic and dedicated and we couldn’t ask for anything more.
What makes your fans unique? They’re very energetic and exciting. They are some of the most dedicated people we know! Without our fans we would’ve never been able to make music, which is something we all love.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote? Possibly “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy. We love covering the song live because it has so much energy to it and we can really get into the beat. It’s a great song to pump up ourselves as well as the crowd.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? We listen to some rap, like Eminem, and some hardcore as well, like Of Mice and Men.
What is your dream show lineup? Opening for any of the bands we’re influenced by. We’d love to get on a tour like Warped Tour or Bamboozle, that’s a dream of ours.
What are your guilty pleasures on the road? Taco Bell and McDonalds! We’ve been trying to eat healthier lately though, opting for the salads instead of a Big Mac.
Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? We’ve had some major technical difficulties while on tour, especially with synthesizer samples.
Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Nothing really in particular. We try to keep calm and relaxed right before we go on, and it helps the nerves dissipate.
Should music be free? It should be up to the artist. Most people can find music for free online anyways, but most new artists could use the money and may even be surviving off it.
How has digital affected your career? It’s made us very aware of our online fan-base.
Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? Sadly, I think it’s going to be digital no matter how we try to avoid it. On the positive side, hopefully it may turn towards digital albums instead of singles.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is… in a different age than it used to be. It’s now dominated by the internet, and because of that concerts have become more important since physical album sales have dropped off.