CISCO: It was sort of a spontaneous moment, when we realized how dorky we were. Miguel wrote a song that reminded us of a scene from the video game Zelda. And he mentioned, " Yeah it sort of sounds like that part when you are Fighting The Villain" and then light bulb! We got our band name.
2. How did this band get started?
CISCO: We started as friends in high school, we all played around here and there. We were looking for a vocalist hoping to get a male. But we were introduced to Caitlyn, who was friends with one of our friends. We started from jamming in our garages and playing in attics as kids who weren't cool enough to book a show, even at the smallest of venues. The summer of 2008 we all got our stuff together and realized this is a real thing for us.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Caitlyn: Many. Circa Survive, Pierce the Veil, and Coheed and Cambria to name a few.
MIGUEL: Recently I have been very inspired by anime scores, they are really incredible pieces of art and portray a wide spectrum of emotions that capture the listener.
CISCO: We are very influenced by bands like Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Incubus, Pierce the Veil. Mostly because they are so creative and badass! Love their creativity
D: Cynic, Dream Theater, Tesseract are my main bands. But actually any band influences me. I feel like you can get inspired by anything if you allow yourself to. Most people are close-minded and can't force themselves to listen to what's around them.
W: Circa survive, Periphery, Underoath, I Am Abomination
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Caitlyn: Probably all the ones I said we were influenced by. We feel like we fit most with them, and also Sleeping With Sirens of course.
MIGUEL: Spinal Tap.
CISCO: I would love to tour with Coheed and Cambria and hopefully Claudio would let me pet his hair. In the past I would love to tour with Hall & Oates just because I saw that picture of them shirtless.
D: Cynic! I'm sure most people don't know of them, but they're amazing and my favorite band. Their older stuff is a bit more on the metal side, but their newer stuff has a more poppy, yet progressive/jazzy sound and I feel like we would fit well with them.
WILL: Probably Underoath, they were my main inspiration growing up, and unfortunately Iíll never have the privilege playing a show with them
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Caitlyn: Anything semi healthy and affordable. If we ever have money left over we like to treat ourselves to Dennyís or Outback Steakhouse.
MIGUEL: The best food to eat on tour would probably be steak and lobster, but we canít afford that so I guess it would have to be anything sold at liquor stores .
CISCO: When we are on the road we eat a lot of snap peas. But the burden is the greasy hands that get wiped on the seats of the Van.
D: In n Out! If they have them where we play. Also WinCO! It's like a grocery store chain in certain states. That place is awesome because it's so cheap!
W: Grocery store food because prices are so much better outside of California.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
C: Because we are doing something fresh and new. We want to inspire you with our music, and we are genuine people that started from the ground up.
MIGUEL: We try to give people something new to latch on to, if someone is bored with what theyíre currently listening to, I hope they will give us a chance and hopefully we'll connect with them through our music, and if not, thatís fine, just talk to us anyways, we might be your new bff!
D: Because we offer something different than most bands these days. We're not trying to be another screaming band with breakdowns or pop rock. We have something to offer for everybody, musician or not! Also because we want to show/prove to people that if you really want to do something in life, you can easily do it. Just work hard for it and make sure it happens.
W: Because we have been writing so long and time has made all of us much better and selective songwriters. Caitlyn is very creative and has an adept ability to reach her audience with her voice and lyrics.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
C: Yao Ming. Just so I could see what it was like to be a whopping 7-foot tall Asian man.
M: I would want to switch with SHAQ! cuz Shaq is ballin...
CISCO: I would be Maradona the Argentinean soccer player from 80s minus his cocaine problem. That guy was so wild. I remember watching him as a kid. And I though how fearless he was.
D: Michael Jordan, so I can be in the greatest movie ever made...Space Jam!
W: Probably a long distance runner. I'm not that into sports but I like being fit.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
C: All the little people. SIKE! Haha, everyone who has given support over the years!
M: Probably the same as everyone else, God, family, friends, FANS! Without the fans, you wouldnít be anything.
CISCO: I would thank the fans, thank my family and friends. And ask Kanye West to come onstage to tell me why I don't deserve this award.
D: I would thank my mom first; she has done a lot for me and has always supported me. I'd also thank everyone who I came across in life that supported me, as well as the people who were/are against me because they can push me just as much as the people who support me. AND most importantly, our fans! Without them we are nothing.
W: Iíd stand up there and list every person that believed in me.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
C: It would be that artists get a tad bit more credit than they do. Unless we're talking about Beyonce. She's doing alright. Hahaha.
M: I'd change the mindset of making money to making something beautiful.
CISCO: I would change the lack of diversity we have. I feel like I'm seeing the same bands over and over again.
D: I'd change the fact that everyone tries to play it safe. I feel like because of how the music industry is about playing it safe and constantly putting out the same music that sells, a lot of bands/artists are too scared to express themselves. Even though people should always express themselves freely and not think about who/what will like what they do. It's almost like the music industry sets evolution back a few years. A fad comes out and every band follows for about 5+ years until one or a few bands try to do something different and it sticks to people's ears. Imagine if every artist was doing something unique! There would be tons of new ideas just flowing around!
W: More opportunity for talented unsigned bands
10. Memorable tour experience?
C: We have had many memorable tour experiences; every tour there is something new. One would be going to Table Rock in Idaho. It is beautiful. It's pretty much on a cliff and it looks out onto all the lights in Boise Idaho.
M: Running over a dead dear hahah and then having all the blood and guts and fur splattered all over the van and trailer. RIP deer.
CISCO: Oh man I think the time Danny needed to be rushed to emergency room for his gallbladder. We were coming from Idaho to Nevada. And Danny was puking everywhere. So we were driving in the desert, and had to drive like 70 something miles to the closest hospital. After we got him there he played an amazing show that same night at Knitting Factory in Reno. Poor guy was a total trooper.
D: Getting diagnosed with gallstones. We were coming from Oregon, going to Idaho and I got this terrible pain under my right rib cage that felt like a cramp. We had to stop about 5 times just so I could puke. The pain just kept getting worse and worse and finally we found some random hospital in who knows where Oregon and that's where they did an ultrasound and told me I had gallstones. As soon as I got out, we finished our driving to Idaho and I had to play 2 more shows until the end of the tour. It was tough but I manned it out and it was worth it!
W: My favorite thing about tour is arriving at a place Iíve never seen before. that is the feeling that keeps me playing music
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
C: AbsolutePunk.net. In other words, FREAKING AMAZING AWESOMENESS.
CISCO: To me it means. Hey here is a source of new music. Check out these amazing bands who need you. And we are providing them here for you.
D: Pure awesomeness!
W: It's the best source of new music and detailed reviews
12. What is your favorite song to play?
C: All of our new songs are fun to play! You should be hearing some of them soon on a brand new EP this fall/winter!
M: Probably Hidden, cuz itís easy to go nutty while I play it.
CISCO: I love playing Hidden and The Great Charlatan because I feel like I turn super Sian when chorus come in. I go balls out! To the point I say to myself if my neck breaks... Eff it! It was worth it!
D: Our new stuff that's not released yet >:)
W: Typically itís the newest song I write or learn. right now our new material is pretty fun
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
C: Hawaii or Europe.
M: We donít really go on vacation, but I would imagine Hawaii is pretty sweet.
CISCO: TOUR the open road with my best friends
D: I've been to South America, but I was too young to appreciate it, so I would love to go back now and see everything I missed. Also Italy! I'd love to go there.
W: Santa Cruz
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
C: Anything from the '90s!
M: Definitely Michael Jackson, and any intro song from Nickelodeon cartoons from the 90s.
CISCO: Mostly Disco and Old R&B because my father loved it so much.
D: I grew up around a lot of oldies/disco music when I was a kid, so that stuff brings back memories. Also early 90s stuff. I still remember getting Green Day's Dookie album, and listening to all the Metallica records at that time.
W: Brand New, TBS
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
C: Telepathy. Muahahah. So I can read your mind and communicate with you without talking.
M: I would want to be able to breathe under water and be able to travel to the deepest part of the ocean, just so I can see whatís down there, and I'll definitely bring a flashlight
CISCO: Probably Super Sian from DBZ just pretty much you are super badass and kick anybody's ass.
D: To be invisible! That way I could always get away whenever I want without anyone knowing :P
W: I would like to control time. That would be pretty cool.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
C: I always stretch, try to eat light and do vocal warm ups.
M: I don't think we have any YET, but I'm sure we will
CISCO: Before we go on tour or play a show we practice our rule of three. The first day you practice you suck, the second day you suck way worse, the third day you are good to go. And After that you are ready to go play your shows
D: I usually just warm up my body by doing jumping jacks and some light stretching. After that I'll just go through some sticking patterns or rudiments to warm up my hands and then I'll do the same for my feet.
W: Yes...the third show is always the best in a series of shows
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
C: That I'm short! Everyone thinks I'm like this huge giant or something. Sorry everyone! I am only 5'2" if I don't slouch.
M: We donít have any lives, we donít party or anything crazy, we donít do much besides play in and work for the band most of our friends are our fans.
CISCO: I don't think they know how lucky we are to have them in our lives. Seriously having them is the best thing in our days.
D: That I like to cook. Oh and that Iím probably the coolest person they'll ever come across in their entire life. Yep.
W: I'm pretty transparent. but Iím colorblind and my night vision is horrible so I never drive on tour at night
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
C: I think radio is really good for artists like Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. We are definitely radio friendly, but I feel like the majority of the listeners like something they can dance to.
M: I think the radio is redundant; they mostly play stuff that everyone has heard already and for the most part they just keep pumping the same songs over and over and over by the same artists, you rarely see a station, taking risks on new artists, or pushing the limit to what type of music is acceptable on the radio, granted you do have some stations that are doing this, but overall itís all the same.
CISCO: Well to be honest the radio's not the place it used to be. Radio is a place where bands could flourish but now it's gotten harder to get on shows. There are thousands of bands who are out there doing their thing and nobody plays them on the radio.
D: I feel like the music on the radio now is unfortunately just getting worse and worse. We have gotten and get airplay but overall I feel like our music is a little too different for radio. If we kept the instrumentations a little simpler then maybe, yea, but that won't be happening.
W: Our music appeals to the tech savvy late teenager. if Pandora counts- then yes. If not, no
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
C: I love to adventure outdoors. I LOVE being outside. And if I am inside I love watching movies, or netflix.
M: Play the GAYMES! Counter-Strike, League of Legends, hopefully the new South Park game thatís going to be coming out
CISCO: During my spare time we mostly hang out with each other. Watch movies, anime, and play Smash Brothers
D: Play drums (I need to make more time for that!), watch movies (but not by myself, for some reason I don't like watching movies by myself) and just hang out with friends.
W: I like killing zombies
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
C: I love making things. Soap, candles, lotions, pictures, paintings and FOOD.
M: I can snap my finger on my right hand only.
CISCO: I can curse a lot without even noticing.
D: I do lyric videos for bands. At one time we were looking for someone to do ours, but found maybe one or two people and they were charging a ridiculous amount. I hopped on that there Google and Youtube and just did a bunch of studying and was able to make ours for "Desiderium" Ever since then I've been doing a lot of motion design work and it's been really fun. I also like to cook/barbecue a lot. Whenever I'm home I always experiment with whatever I have and just try and throw things together.
W: At one point I learned every single Red Hot Chili Pepper bass line. Not sure how many I remember now though
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