Something You Whisper - 02.24.14

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Something You Whisper - 02.24.14The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Something You Whisper

How did you get your band name?
This is a very popular question, and we are sad to inform you that we do not discuss it more than saying it came up in conversation. (Wes Will Ė Lead Vocals)

How did this band get started?
The band started with high school friends, and then some other guys were picked up from other local bands in Ontario. Basically in 2011 we decided to be a serious band, and started to make it a career rather than a hobby. (Tom McArthur - Drums)

What bands are you influenced by?
We all listen to such a wide variety of music, but what you can hear from our group writing style is a lot of the current bands making noise right now like Memphis may Fire, maybe some Sleeping With Sirens, and some more rocky influences for sure. Itís funny looking at our iPods, I could be listening to The Weeknd, then after that, maybe some Issues. I think we all have a dramatic mix of music. Hopefully these came together to create something unique. (Wes Will)

If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
For me itís I See Stars. When we went to their home town in Detroit to work with them on some of our tracks, we really got to learn a lot, and I think that if we were able to tour with them, we could learn that much more from them. (Brian Shepherd) I think any band we could learn from on tour is valuable, any band that challenges you to improve or shows you something new is the band I would want to tour with. (Austin Palladini Ė Guitar/Vocals)

Best food to eat on tour?
As a band we have the poutine routine! No matter what city we are in, if they have a place to grab some poutine, we will hands down stop there! It's the SYW way! Personally I also like to grab some sushi because it's one of my favourite things to eat. (Kyle Adshade Ė Guitar/Vocals) Yeah, and trying food in different areas, like the giant sushi in Vancouver is the best. (Wes) Seriously though, anything from Chili's, which we need more locations of here in Canada. (Brian)

Why should people listen to your band?
People should listen to our band because we arenít dumbing down the music. I get that there needs to be the hooks and the repetition, but Iím blown away at the amount of music out there with no actual meaning. I think music has the power to heal people, and save lives, and I just hate to see some musicians wasting their opportunity to change lives with invaluable lyrics. Maybe their goal was strictly to make money, so in that case, congratulations for meeting your goals. No one is failing if they are reaching their goals I just have different ones. (Wes)

If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Iíd switch places with Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs, heís on fire right now! (Brian) I would for sure have to be Wayne "the great one" Gretzky (Kyle) Iíd probably wanna switch with Sidney Crosby, be the face of the NHL right now. (Tom) Could we sound anymore Canadian with these hockey players? Iíd probably switch with Micheal Phelps because he was on my Corn Flakes and I donít really know athletes. (Wes)

If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
I think first would be our parents, and then all our fans. Then all the people who have helped push us like our producers, managers, booking agents, etc. (Tom)

If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
If I could change one thing about the music industry...Iím not sure. There are a lot of things I could say, like get rid of free downloading, unless the bands are giving their songs away for free on purpose, but then again, the amount of exposure that some bands get from people stealing their music is enormous. Every bad thing iím thinking of is a two sided argument. I wish people in the music industry, were more honest, and straight forward. I see a lot of scams, and have even fell for a few of them before. I understand the attractiveness of a quick dollar, but some people and businesses are stealing the few dollars that bands are trying to save for something that will help them, to find out they gave their money to a thief. (Wes)

Memorable tour experience?
There are so many insane stories. Either standing at the most eastern point in north america, which is Cape Spear, on one of our Canadian tours, or getting belligerent with our good friends in Set It Off, and Sparks The Rescue in Montreal. There was a club selling $5 pitchers, I wonít give away too much, but if you know us, and you know the guys in the other bands, Iím sure you can imagine our night. (Wes)

What does AP.net mean to you?
Iíve watched so many things from Absolute Punk. Itís a good place to read interviews, see current news and posts about your favorite bands. Iíve seen the heart logo everywhere, and itís really cool that Iím sitting down and doing an interview for it! (Wes)

What is your favorite song to play?
Most of us agree that ď20/20 in the 3rdĒ or ďDead in FictionĒ are our favorite songs to play live. The energy and interaction with the crowd on these songs makes them the most memorable from any live set. (Kyle)

What is your vacation spot of choice?
Well I know most of us like hitting the beach on off days in the summer. So I would guess that tropical destinations would be best. Especially this time of year when we are buried in snow! (Tom)

What music reminds you of your childhood?
ďNever Let You GoĒ by Third Eye Blind reminds me of being picked up from school by my dad. If that song came on, which it usually would, we would sing it as loud as we could. Itís a good memory. Anything by The Doors, Black Sabbath, or Queen triggers childhood memories for me as well. (Wes)

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Teleportation, flying or super speed, all of these would make touring easier. (Tom) Also, they would help you get a job and make money too. (Wes) Flying just seems really peaceful, so Iíd stick with that. (Austin)

Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Vocal warm-ups and stretching/running, important to maintain your body when youíre on the road. (Kyle) I usually for every tour will pick 2-3 songs that I listen to before we go on stage, just as a mental warm-up. (Tom)

What is something that most fans donít know about you?
I hold a few records at the schools I attended for long distance running. I could literally run forever it seemed. Now, if i run up the stairs, Iíd need a beer and a nap. Not actually. I wish I continued running, but itís so boring. My advice is to keep in shape, especially after high school. (Wes) I play dungeons and dragons and have Darth Vader tattooed on my foot because of my unhealthy obsession for Star Wars. (Kyle)

What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think itís a place where your band could flourish?
In Canada, absolutely not. We have an acoustic song I could picture being on there but that's about it! Our radio stations play mainly top 40 music and what not and there's not enough radio shows that play the heavier stuff. In the States however, I think so, just because satellite radio is much more popular there and it gives more variety to specific genres for the listeners! (Kyle)

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend a lot of time cooking. I also like mixing drinks, trying new beers, and drinking some wine with my meals. I like how you can create an experience with a meal, instead of just eating some food. (Wes) Youíll catch me reading comics. I love superhero books, especially Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and The Flash. If Iím not doing that Iím playing Pokemon or Zelda games. (Brian) I like to kick back and relax, watch a good TV show. (Austin) I like to play video games, or watch movies, nothing overly stressful. (Tom) I like going out with friends, grab a beer, play hockey or some pool. But, I also like down time to myself with comics or video games. The one thing that never stops is music though, Iím always getting together with one of the guys to write. (Kyle)

What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I run a design company, where I do album art, t-shirt design, etc. Some of my work can be seen on band merch and art. (Brian) I really donít think I have any hidden talents, it makes me sad that I donít, my hidden talent is killing boredom with semi-productive activities I guess. (Wes) Well when we did an interview in Quebec, they made us try paddle ball to see how bad we would be, but I had a bounce streak for about a minute, I didnít even know I could do it, so I guess you can call me Paddleman or something.(Austin) I think my hidden talent would have to be this band, and how much effort I put into it. I donít do a lot of writing for this band, but I do the majority of the leg work, and Iím really proud of that. (Tom)
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