1. How did you get your band name? We decided that we should only settle for the kind of band name that begs for the question of origination, despite the fact that it could be completely devoid of meaning or symbolism. A name that bears repeating simply because it’s uncommon, and kind of fun to say.
2. How did this band get started? Jimi and I knew each other from high school, but didn’t really get to know each other well until we started playing in a band together after college. Finding Jason was just dumb luck. He replied to our Bassist Wanted ad on Craigslist. The three of us were all part of a band that didn’t have the legs to really last, and it eventually came to an end. But we still wanted to play together, so we just completely started over and formed a new band, Skytown Riot. We didn’t meet Cody until 2011, when he happened to be at one of our shows. Several months later we found ourselves one member short, and in lieu of searching for a lead guitar replacement we brought Cody in on keys. Best. Decision. Ever.
3. What bands are you influenced by? I couldn't name a singular entity that Skytown Riot is, as a whole, influenced by the most. I think because of our varied backgrounds our collective sound is pretty unique. I personally look up to other local bands such as Oh No Fiasco who are blowing up right now. We've been able to watch them grow and really get out there; we hope to follow suit very soon.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? There was a tour a couple of years ago that would’ve been amazing to be a part of. Cage The Elephant with Biffy Clyro. A few of us saw them when they came through our home town and to this day it is one of the best shows we’ve seen. Safe to say we’d like to tour with bands that will make us better at what we do.
5. Best food to eat on tour? Sandwiches - unless of course somebody is buying us steaks or something!
6. Why should people listen to your band? We’ll make you feel something. Maybe something as simple as your fingers tapping the steering wheel to a catchy rhythm. Maybe a feeling of exhilaration from discovering a favorite new breed of rock music. There’s definitely something for everyone on our new EP, and we’re proud to say it!
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with? Stephen Gostkowski. Hands down. Who wouldn’t want to be an NFL kicker? Best job in the league! Did we mention he’s our bass player’s cousin?
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank? Is it too cheesy to thank your mother these days? After all, without our parents pushing us into music to begin with we wouldn’t be doing this.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be? It’s certainly one of the strangest and more diverse industries out there. Great question, but despite how challenging it can be there’s not a thing that should change right now. We’re JUST now starting to figure it out!
10. Memorable tour experience? We played in Birmingham, AL one night and experienced a drive-by egging. That was a first.
11. What does AP.net mean to you? Discovery. Intrigue. Ear-candy!
12. What is your favorite song to play? Toss up between "Soul Or System," "Runaway Princess," and "The Afterglow." Really we’re having a great time playing every song in our set right now!
13. What is your vacation spot of choice? Any warm beach.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood? Billy Joel. My mom used to blast River Of Dreams while we did chores around the house. There was also a lot of Kenny G and Michael Bolton in the mix. Thankfully my dad introduced me to Chicago, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Pink Floyd.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why? Flight. Gas ain’t cheap anymore.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals? We’re a team, so we always bring it in for a huddle and make sure we’re all on the same wavelength.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you? I’m the slowest eater ever. It’s a problem when we’re in a hurry on the road.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? We have a couple of songs that are certainly fit for radio. But we don’t have high expectations for major radio airplay in the near future.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time? As a band we like to toss around a football, play FIFA on the Xbox, and (shocking I’m sure) write music.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have? Jimi and Jason can both cook extremely well. Van has been known to take good pictures, and Cody can build just about anything.