Pierce The Veil are a band that have gone from strength to strength in the last few months. Having inked a deal with Fearless records at the start of the year, playing a major stage on the 2012 Vans Warped tour and releasing one of the albums of the year, ‘Collide With The Sky’, things have been good for Pierce The Veil lately.
Having just wrapped up their first near sell-out headlining tour of the UK, the band will be heading out on their biggest club run yet with Sleeping With Sirens and Tonight Alive in the US in the next few weeks. This tour is nearly sold out too. Not bad for four boys from San Diego, huh? Snapshot Symphony caught up with Jaime and Tony at their show in Birmingham to talk Collide With The Sky, tour, and, erm, fan-fics…
Hi guys! Could you introduce yourself, your role in the band and an interesting fact about yourselves?
I’m Tony [Perry] and I play guitar.
I’m Jaime [Preciado] and I play bass, and Tony… I’m trying to find something…
T: You’re kind of good at yo-yo’s!
J: Yeah, I’m kind of good at yo-yo’s and Tony can do a rubix cube in under 2 minutes. Boom!
So this is your first headlining tour in the UK, how has it been so far?
T: It’s been amazing so far! I’ve actually been pretty surprised by all the shows we’ve done, all the kids that have turned up and have been singing along to songs that we’ve only just put out and they already know all the words, it’s been great.
Snapshot Symphony’s Carolina caught up with Tay and Jordan from We Are The In Crowd to talk about Warped tour, their upcoming UK shows with All Time Low, and a lot more!
They also revealed that they’ll begin writing their sophomore record next month. Let us know what you think, and stick with us for more interviews with your favourite bands!
We Are The In Crowd’s Tay Jardine has revealed in a new interview that the band plan to start writing the follow-up to their debut album, ‘Best Intentions’, this September! The quintet are also looking to start recording in January, with a tenative Summer 2013 release, though nothing has been 100% confirmed. For more WATIC news, stick with SSP!
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“I’ve played in bands up until a few years back when my last project finally disbanded. I then had to decide just play “for fun” or to start fresh with a new singer. I didn’t want the new venture to be an extension of the last one, so long story short, I ended up being that singer AND the music behind it” says Evan Donaldson, the sole member of Moura.
Based in California, Evan’s taken quite a D.I.Y approach to the music he makes. Just one look on his Facebook or Bandcamp page and you can see a hardworking guy who just really believes in the music he makes, with the help of some others along the way. With a steadily growing fanbase online, Evan is no less than appreciative of the support he receives – “The reaction has been overwhelming positive. I cannot think of a more satisfying project I have been a part of.”
It’srefreshing in a scene saturated with bands desperate to sign on the dotted line of that all too important record deal, to see projects like Moura making honest, true to heart music come hell or high water. Under his Moura moniker, Evan has just released the ‘Sink’ EP in both the US and abroad. We recently caught up with Evan to talk about how Moura came about, and a ton more questions about this rising act from CA.
Snapshot Symphony’s Yasmin caught up with John and Brian from The Summer Set ahead of their show at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on April 25th! The guys talked about the UK tour, crayons, and a lot more. Let us know what you think, and stick with SSP for more on The Summer Set!
Summer and Fall are coming up, and there’s going to be a ton of tours that we here at Snapshot Symphony want to cover to bring you guys interviews with your favourite acts, as well as reviews and live shots. We’re currently looking for both live and album reviewers, as well as interviewers!
Paradise Fears. Sound familiar? If it doesn’t now, it certainly will by the end of 2012. Hailing from Vermillion in South Dakota, Paradise Fears is a six-piece pop-rock band that is taking the scene by storm. They’ve caught the eye of pop-rock heavyweights like The Ready Set, The Summer Set and All Time Low, all of which Paradise Fears have toured with within the last year. Even before touring with these big names,
Paradise Fears travelled alongside these bands, and many more, on entire tours promoting themselves since forming in 2009. It has to be admired and rewarded, that these six guys from South Dakota are so passionate about what they’re doing, don’t you think? Luckily, 2012 looks set to be huge for Paradise Fears. They’ll be heading out on a mini headlining tour alongside My Girl Friday and more this June to celebrate the release of their new single Sanctuary. You can catch the touching video for Sanctuary here, and find it on iTunes here.
Snapshot Symphony’s Rachel caught up with lead singer Sam Miller to talk about Sanctuary, their upcoming tour, his love for Paradise Fears fans and a ton more.
SSP: Please introduce yourself with your name, and an interesting fact about yourself no-one else knows?
I’m Sam and I don’t sleep in beds. I only like couches.
SSP: You’ll be releasing a new single, Sanctuary, on May 1st – How stoked are you for its release?
SM: Very stoked! We really re-invented the song, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it’s received.
SSP: I heard it’s being re-released to include your speech included in the song during the live shows, where did the inspiration for that speech come from, and to include it in the song?
SM: It was just an idea I had as we were driving to a show once, in the middle of the night. That’s SUCH a long instrumental section, and I kept trying to think of things that I could do for it, and ultimately I decided that I wanted to basically explain the purpose of the song, and what it meant to me. So I took some of the lyrics I had written that didn’t make the song, took some of my favorite lyrics (“When music hits, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley; “Dreamer’s Disease” – The New Radicals) and put them together into what ultimately became a pretty powerful slam poetry section. It feels like preaching a sermon.
The Summer Switch are a quintet straight out of Albany, New York. With Tony Pitkin as vocalist, Eric Rosen on bass, Ryan Wager on drums and Ian Dorset and Ethan Rose on guitars, The Summer Switch are definitely making a name for themselves. They’ve opened for acts like Breathe Carolina and The Ready Set, and have played a ton of house shows around New York to get their name out there. It’s clear The Summer Switch are a band who breathe, eat and sleep music - something slightly rare these days. Rachel caught up with Tony Pitkin to talk plans for 2012, how The Summer Switch came to be The Summer Switch and a ton more!
What inspired you to start up a career in music?
Well if we go all the way back to the beginning back in 5th grade me and my buddies did an air-band (fake guitars and blow up microphones) to “American Idiot” and we had so much fog on stage that we set off the smoke alarm. That was when I had first realized how awesome music was. My first time performing music came after I decided to play a talent show in 8th grade in my middle school. I sang “Hey There Delilah” with my friend Mike on guitar and I forgot basically all of the words, it was great. But from that point forward I just continued to pursue it through the help of my friends and family I’ve gotten to where I am now. I know Ryan started at a very young age playing in a hardcore band with Eric. I know Ethan played Jazz mostly through his high school and grew up addicted to bands like A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong. Ian was really the only one who came out of nowhere. It was sort of like one day he opened his mouth when we were both in our old band and everyone had the same reaction, “You can sing!?!?”