XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Mike: We’ve got a new single coming out entitled, “My Limited French”, which we’ve just finished recording a few months ago. Check it out on all major streaming services on July 24th! Our second album, “Once More Without Feeling” will be released sometime in the fall too.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Mike: The current lineup of the band has been active since 2017, which was when I first met Vlad and found out that he was looking for a bassist. The band had existed back in the early 2000s, but broke up around 2009 and hadn’t been active since.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Mike: My first motivation being in a band was to find a much needed distraction from the boredom of high school. I didn’t really know any other students there who shared a similar interested in the type of music that I loved, which was at the time (and still is) punk. I’d made one friend there who loved Green Day, and he needed a bassist for his to complete his band. I bought the cheapest bass, joined up and haven’t stopped playing since.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Mike: I was 18 when I joined my first band and couldn’t be bothered with lessons. Tried learning my favorite songs by ear and from tabs on the internet. I haven’t found a valid reason to stop playing since.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Mike: We’re a mostly upbeat band, so hopefully we’re conveying something positive with our music. Sunshine and lollipops, perhaps?
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Mike: Play as much as we can, and be heard by as many people as possible, and then world domination. MWUAHAHAHAHA!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Mike: I’m sure at least half or all of my bandmates will disagree with me, but I’m all about playing live. I just love the buzz I get when playing music with my bandmates on stage in front of a crowd
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Mike: All lyrics come from our singer, Vlad. I mentioned that we have a few love songs earlier, so that may be the predominant theme by numbers so far.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Mike: Enjoying what I do, having fun playing the songs that I play and not wanting to strangle anyone who I play with.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Mike: Yes. My family and friends have always been supportive. I see a lot of them at our hometown shows and I couldn’t ask for more.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Mike: Always tune your instrument!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Mike: “Only You”, “Sick Inside” and our upcoming single, “My Limited French”.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Mike: Hearing The Beatles when I was 4 made me love music and in a way that passion for music manifested into what I do today when I play.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Mike: Joy Division, Green Day and The Beatles.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Mike: Our upcoming album, since I feel that it is our best work to date.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Mike: I’d probably take a crack at either becoming an accountant or some Social Media personality talking about comic books.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Mike: I like to use my trusty Ernie Ball Stingray bass and my Fender Bassman 800 amp.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Mike: It’s in need of a bigger rock presence overall.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Mike: I still listen to CDs.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Mike: Stay safe!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Thank you for the interview.
Vlad: vocals & guitar
Mark: lead guitar
Mike: bass & backup vocals