The Boston punk & hardcore scene has been known for over two decades for producing such renowned acts as Slapshot, The Hope Conspiracy, The Receiving End of Sirens, Give Up the Ghost, Cave In and Converge. Therefore I Am, Boston's latest hometown heroes, have been making a name for themselves since 2004. The band has self-released 3 EPs and embarked on over 7 U.S. tours - and shows no sign of slowing down.
Impressed by their level of commitment and initiative, the band - Alex Correia, vocals; Brian Marquis, vocals & guitar; Travis Alexander, guitar; James Creighton, bass; Chris Fernandes, drums - was signed to Equal Vision Records in August 2008. "EVR's past and current roster boasts bands that have fought the same battles that we face today, being thrown between multiple genres. Growing up with many of those bands and seeing their success, and more importantly their impact, in underground and popular music is what gives us the reassurance that we're working with the right team," explained Marquis.
Therefore I Am recently wrapped up recording their debut full length with ex-Hot Rod Circuit drummer and producer, Michael Poorman (Piebald, Tsunami Bomb, Paulson) at Strangeways Recording studio in Providence, RI. The album will be mixed by Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Thrice, Hot Water Music) at Salad Days in Baltimore, MD. The song writing process is truly a collaborative effort, with each member bringing their own tastes and influences (such as At The Drive-In, Saves The Day, Glassjaw) to the table. "It's nice to know we're not all fans of the same music," affirmed Correia. "We always have a ton of ideas flowing out and they all somehow merge into one sound."
Therefore I Am's plans for 2009 are already shaping up to include a lot of time on the road, including this summer's Vans Warped Tour. With seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm, it's hard to imagine them doing anything else. "We truly love what we do and each other and that is the foundation of this band," says Marquis. "As long as we have that, it's all up from here."