The Plot In You is a metal band from Findlay, OH and their wonderful vocalist Landon took the time to answer some questions for me over email. He actually gave me some answers I've never gotten before on questions I frequently ask, and had a lot to say about their music. We're just going to let him do the talking, as he is the focus of the entire thing. Without further adue, we will say thank you to Landon for answering our questions, and now we will get into this.
1. First, would you like to introduce yourself and explain what you do in the band?
My name is Landon and I'm the vocalist for the band.
2.. Next month you're going to be releasing Happiness Is Self Destruction, what song are you most excited for fans to hear?
It's hard to pick one but one that I'm definitely interested to see how fans take it is called Better Vibes.
3. Name something you listen to that nobody would ever expect.
I like pop music a lot, been jamming The Weekend really hard lately.
4. What are the best and worst parts of touring for you?
It's obviously great to play your music for people that appreciate it. Making new friendships, seeing new places. It's hard to be away from people I love and my dogs. Being cooped up in a van every day gets daunting as well.
5. Speaking of touring, do you have any tour stories you would like to share?
All the best ones are stories I don't think are safe to make public. We broke down in Texas once and I had to ride in the back of a U-haul from Texas to Ohio in the middle of winter and then laid in bed for a whole week after. It was awesome.
6. If you were asked to describe your music in one word, what word would you choose?
7. Out of all your songs, which are your favorites and least favorites?
I hate a lot of our old material. We're all really burnt out on playing First Born songs. I still love playing anything off CYWYCB and any new song is refreshing and exciting to play live. I love playing Troll off our last record and My Old Ways is fun and challenging live.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time, when you're not playing music?
Hang out with my dogs, when I'm home I produce bands and write music. So when I'm not doing anything music related I'm usually just relaxing with my lady and the dogs.
9. How did you get into music in the first place?
My dad is a very talented musician so music has always kinda been in the family.
10. Is there anything you would like to add before we go? Promotions, advice, whatever you would like.
Buy our record when it comes out!
Their album Happiness Is Self Destruction comes out on October 16, and you can pre-order it now through MerchNow! While you're at it, we recommend you follow them onFacebook and Twitter.
Run 2 Cover is a pop rock band from Phoenix, AZ that we were highly impressed with! On September 14, the entire band took the time to do an interview over email with me. They're kind of like a mix between Blink 182 and The Summer Set, and had plenty to say. Enough with the introduction, let's just get into it.
1. Hello! Would you care to introduce yourself and explain what you do in the band?
Hello, my name is Christian and I play the bass and sing lead vocals.
My name is Colin, I play guitar and sing backup vocals.
I'm Brandon and I play the drums and sing backup vocals.
2. What (or who) inspired you to get into music?
Brandon: My stepdad is a drummer and he had a kit setup in our house. So at about 10 or 11 years old I started playing around on it and really liked it. Christian (my older brother) decided to start playing bass guitar and we entered our school's talent show. Colin, who had already been our friend for years prior, watched us play the talent show. After that, we all wanted to form a band together and so that's when Colin decided to start playing guitar.
3. Name something you listen to nobody would ever expect?
Colin: We all pretty much listen to the same music, which is just about everything like metal, rap, rock, pop, etc.
Brandon: Yeah I mean pop music is definitely our favorite genre but that doesn't mean we're against heavier types of music. I love stuff from Bring Me the Horizon all the way to John Mayer.
4. What would be your dream concert lineup be? (To take part in or see, that's up to you)
Brandon: My dream lineup would be Thirty Seconds to Mars, One Direction, Walk the Moon, The 1975 and so many more. And I would definitely want to take part in it.
Christian: I'd want to take part in a lineup featuring MGMT, Passion Pit, One Direction and way too many more to choose from.
Colin: One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Walk the Moon, Maroon 5 would all be really cool.
5. How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before?
Christian: Feel good, catchy pop songs! Besides I'm the One, that's our ballad/sad song and we get messages all the time from girls that say that song made them cry. So if you don't feel like crying, avoid that one haha.
6. Your album, Lovesick was produced by Matt Good of DRUGS, what was it like working with him on your record?
Colin: Being in the studio with Matt is one of our favorite things as a band. We all get each other and Matt always understands where we want the direction of a song to go. We also have a lot of fun together so I think that definitely helps our song writing process. We owe a lot to him.
Brandon: Matt is honestly one of the most talented people you will ever meet.
7. You're about to embark on a tour that's going to take you through the end of October, what songs are you most excited to play live?
Christian: It's always a blast playing any of our original songs live but we all really enjoy playing Back to Basics.
8. As a band you have made some YouTube videos just for fun, such as the Bean Boozled challenge. Are you big fans of YouTube? If so, are there any YouTubers you happen to be a fan of?
Brandon: YouTube is one of our favorite things. We would definitely upload a lot more it's just hard sometimes to find the time and getting ideas for videos. My favorite YouTuber is definitely PewDiePie. I've been watching his videos for a very long time now.
9. When you're not playing music, what do you do?
Christian: We pretty much all do the same things haha. We like to sleep, watch YouTube videos, play video games, or find other things to do for the band.
10. Is there anything you would like to add before we go?
Colin: Our debut album Lovesick is available for purchase now on iTunes! Also, please feel free to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Hope to see you at a show sometime soon!
Well, I don't even have to plug any of the social media because Colin was on top of that! If you want to catch them at a show, they will be on tour with One Eyed Doll and Stitched Up Heart September 18 through October 30! For more information, please see their official website. Also be on the look out for a review of their debut album, Lovesick here on Immortal Music very soon.
Speaking The Kings is a post hardcore rock band from Orange County, California. We recently heard from Mike Entin, the band's guitarist. See what he had to say about the band's name, Taylor Swift, their music and more.
1. How did you get your band name?
Speaking The King’s is actually taken from the movie Inglourious Basterds. One night a few of us were watching the movie and there was a scene when a British soldier is in an underground bar in Germany and impersonating a German soldier. The dialogue throughout the whole scene is in German with and there is a moment that the British soldier slips up and gives away his true identity. Knowing his certain fate, he switches to english and says, “Well if this is it ol’ boy, you don’t mind if I go out speaking the king’s?” In the movie, he was referring to the king’s english but it struck a chord in all of us. It was a moment of clarity that he realized that whatever happened he didn’t care about failing or death. He accepted his fate and puled out all the stops. That’s how we feel as a band, if we are going to do this, it’s going to be with every ounce of blood and give it everything from start to finish.
2. Outside of music, what do you like to do?
I like to mess around with graphic arts, which I actually have done the artwork for both our EP and Carousel. It’s a fun way to get the creativity flowing and depicting what I see/feel when I listen to our music. Other than that I love going to shows and checking out new music in the local scene. I am a massive sports fan as well. One of my favorite pastimes is going to sporting events as much as i can.
3. Name something you listen to that nobody would ever expect.
I listen to almost every genre there is. If I shuffled my whole iPod, it’s very possible that it could go from Bob Marley, to Dimmu Borgir, to The Police, to Slayer. If you want me to be COMPLETELY honest and confess, I do enjoy listening to Taylor Swift. I think any musician can appreciate what she has built and the music she puts out. You can’t deny a catchy song when you hear one, just embrace it!
4. How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it before?
This is one of the toughest questions we get as a band. It’s tough because we have a little something for everyone. If you want some heavy breakdowns, we have that. If you want a catchy chorus, we have that. We wrote this music with a post hardcore/pop punk influence but we really wanted to exploit Bobby’s amazing voice. That being said, every song has the potential to get stuck in your head and next thing you know, you’ll be humming it all week. It still has that post hardcore undertones to the music but with a mixture of rock influence.
5. What would your dream concert be? (To be part of or see, that is up to you.)
Growing up I listened to everything, from Slayer to Otis Redding. That being said one festival that I would love to play is Reading/Leeds. It was be such an honor to play that festival because the lineup is so diverse but still relevant to all of your fans. You could be watching Pierce The Veil, then Panic! At The Disco, then Parkway Drive, then Mumford & Sons. It’s such a diverse lineup every year and it’s always a massive turnout so playing that would be nothing short of a dream come true.
6. Out of all your music, what songs are your favorites and why?
One of my personal favorites is “Choke” on Carousel. It will be the second single from the upcoming full length. The reason I love that song so music is that it’s different from anything we have written. Musically it’s a more rock based song that is just so much fun to play. I can’t help from singing along while on stage and strumming away to each massive chorus. Lyrically that song really hits home because it’s about overcoming negativity and people telling you that you can’t do something. Being in the music industry is a tough one and there are so many people that try to stop you and chop you down for following your dreams. The song is about using that negativity as fuel to push you to that next level to achieve your dreams.
7. What's one of your favorite memories so far as a musician.
One of my favorite memories as a musician was playing Self Help fest two years ago. The lineup was BEYOND stacked that year and included A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Memphis May Fire, Beartooth and more. We were lucky enough to earn the opening spot on the main stage, as well as being the only local act on the bill. We got to sound check to an open parking lot that could hold about 15,000 people on a stage that ADTR was going to be closing the night with. The feeling was surreal but felt very comfortable. We played to about 2,000 since we were the first on the bill but it was amazing to meet and talk to so many new fans. The compliments and stories they would share with us were so amazing. It’s definitely a goal to play the upcoming Self Help so keep your eyes out for that!
8. How did you get into music in the first place?
I have always grew up on music. We would always listen to music in the car or wherever we were at, ranging from oldies to pop like Ace of Base (yes, I just referenced Ace of Base). Once I hit middle school I made a life long friend, Mike Hammer, and would always go over to his house to hang. His older brother listened to a lot of death metal and black metal so I picked up on that and expanded from there. I remember amazing nights just eating pizza and watching the Dimmu Borgir DVD, now we are label mates with them which always trips me out. His brother was in drumline in high school and convinced us that we should join, I had never played an instrument prior to trying out. Ever since then I couldn’t put an instrument down. While in drumline, another friend showed me how to play Slayer’s “Raining Blood” on an acoustic guitar and that was the moment I committed to playing guitar.
9. Anything you would like to add before we go?
We just want to thank you for taking the time and reaching out to us! Not only would we like to thank you but we also want to thank everyone who gives CAROUSEL a chance. The album is an emotional rollercoaster and has something for everyone so please give it a listen! Keep an eye out for Speaking The King’s hitting the road early 2016, nothing is confirmed but we have some awesome things in the works.
Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Myspace, and their official website.
These are interview that I myself have done. They have not been found anywhere, they have not been done for me. They are my work.