1. How did you get your band name?
Our band name comes from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," in which a group of people are stuck within a prison in the form of a cave, but are unable to recognize their incarceration. They think the cave itself is reality, when in fact there's a whole world outside the cave. Plato used the story to illustrate how difficult it can be to get through to ignorant people, and wanted to show that it is a responsibility of those with knowledge to teach it to others, no matter how difficult that may be.
Our bass player, Stefan, says the name has a more personal meaning to him. When you're trapped in a bad situation and struggling to find something new and inspiring for yourself, it can be a lot like trying to get out of a cave - trying to find that light at the end of a long tunnel. Once you reach that light, its always important to remember the cave - remember those hard times you went through and how you got out of them. No matter your cave, there's always a light to be found somewhere.
2. How did this band get started?
The band started in Summer of 2012 when Dillon (vocals/guitar) and myself (Evan, drums) decided we were bored of not being in a band and wanted to get one going again. We had played in a band together a few years prior and thought it would be fun to give it another go. I don't think either of us anticipated taking it as seriously as we have.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Each of us has our own unique influences, but a few bands stand out as collectively influential and appreciated. Among them are Manchester Orchestra, Jimmy Eat World, Kings Of Leon, The Early November, The Dear Hunter, Circa Survive, and a few others. While we like to have some sonic elements in common with these bands, its always been super important to us to have our own sound as well, and that's something we'll always keep in mind while writing our own material.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Hmmm.. if we could tour with any band... I'm tempted to say Led Zeppelin in the 70's because that'd be awesome. I'd love to watch my whole band get drunk under the table by John Bonham. But nowadays I think we would all love to tour with Kings Of Leon. Not only are they a huge band with awesome music, but we love their rock n roll attitude. I'm confident that would be an unbelievable experience. But honestly we would love to tour with any band that's willing to have us along.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Well, sometimes we hit a crossroads between "best" food and "cheapest" food on tour. There's just no way we can afford steak dinners every night on the road, so pretty much our best tour food is whatever leaves us enough money to fill up the gas tank the next day.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
It's hard to say that people "should" listen to us, because who the hell are we to tell you what to do with your time. I can, however, say that if you listen to our new record 'In Satori', you will recognize pretty quickly the gargantuan amount of work that went into it. A lot of bands these days seem to write songs in-studio with a producer and kind of hope for the best, but our album is the result of some 20 songs that were written, torn apart, re-written, scrapped, combined, finished, un-finished, and rewritten again. No song came easily to us and each is the result of a very calculated songwriting process. Having said that, I still hope when you listen to all that effort it will still come off as effortlessly cool. Haha.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Tiger Woods. Travel the world, play golf every day in gorgeous weather, and make millions of dollars for minimal effort. Those are the only reasons. No others... Get your mind out of the gutter.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Family and friends, of course, but most importantly we'd have to thank each other. It takes a special group of people to deal with each other day in and day out for so long and not freak out and try to stab somebody. The best bands tend to get along to some extent.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is a tough beast. Super complex and difficult to crack, but if the object is to reach the greatest number of people possible with the greatest number of good tunes, then it could be much worse. The current setup does a good job of giving people what they want to hear, so maybe the problem is that most people want to hear bad music.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Still preparing for our first big tour. As of yet it's all been regional shows and weekend trips.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
We've been scanning the homepage of AP.net for reviews, interviews, release dates, and tour stops for years now. AP is an incredible online resource for staying connected to some of the best indie and underground artists out there who are otherwise difficult to find. To have content on the site means a lot to us.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
Favorite one of our songs? Hmm, probably "To The Solipsist" off our latest record, "In Satori". The song is a 5 and a half minute epic with tons of different movements, rhythms, and feels. When we play it right, it can really electrify a room and that's always an awesome thing to experience.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
We're from Michigan, so probably somewhere warm with a beach or two. We're not too picky.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Early childhood? Well, my parents were products of the seventies so probably Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, etc. Also the theme song from Rocket Power. We are riders, on a mission...
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
How 'bout the power... to move you?
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Well, lots of things if they've never come and talked to us. Find us after a show - we love talking to people and meeting new faces. We're also very funny sometimes... not all the time, though.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Alternative radio, sure! Pop radio seems to be pretty saturated with solo artists and bands with huge budgets from labels, and honestly we don't know if that's even something we'd want to be a part of. We'd be much happier finding a solid rotation on alternative stations, gaining a nice fan base, and not being millionaires. Call us old fashioned that way.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
When we're not making epic tunes, we love getting outside to play a little golf now and again. Also bowling, drinking, basketball, and yelling at the TV during playoff hockey are all popular activities for us.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Not a whole lot of hidden talent from me (Evan, drums), but Stefan is a firefighter and widely-known "cougarslayer". That takes some serious guts, and he's got em.
I can, however, say that if you listen to our new record 'In Satori', you will recognize pretty quickly the gargantuan amount of 000-007 examcollection work that went into it. A lot of bands these days seem to write songs in-studio with a producer and kind of hope for the best, but our album is the result of some 20 songs that were written, torn apart, re-written, scrapped, combined, finished, un-finished, and rewritten again. No song came easily to us and each is the result of a very 000-007 calculated songwriting process. Having said that, I still hope when you listen to all that effort it will still come off as effortlessly cool. Haha.
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