XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Sarah: We just dropped a brand new music video for our single, “Pause Rewind Repeat.” With the video release, we have also launched a Kickstarter to help with the production of our new upcoming record, “Serotonin” to be released Summer, 2019 through TLG/Ingrooves Music. https://www.kickstarter.com/
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Andrew: We have had our current lineup since 2017, but I have been playing under the name “Aurin” since 2010.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Andrew: I always wanted to make music. I used to listen to records with my dad as a young child and knew that I wanted to put out a record someday.
Sarah: I loved listening to rock music (and music in general) since a young age, and always had a passion and interest in creating songs. In high school, I started singing for some rock and metal bands and have always had a passion for it ever since.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Andrew: I have been playing music ever since I was around 6. I started playing piano and eventually moved onto guitar and any other instrument I could get my hands on.
Sarah: I have been in chorus and choirs throughout the years, and have also taken vocal lessons. I have also been the vocalist in a number of bands since I was a teenager.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Sarah: I like to think that we represent the underdogs out there, and we want to reach out to people through our music. I also like to think we can show people that women rock. There are so many strong and talented women out there that I hope we can help encourage to go out and create what they love!
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Sarah: Really, we want to continue playing and recording songs for as long as we possibly can. We want to continue playing with the bands that we love, spread the love of music, and help keep the rock scene alive.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Sarah: They are both very different things. I feel like writing and recording is a process in connecting with ourselves, and with each other as a band. Playing live is more about connecting with other people, outside of our circle. They are both equally important to us.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Andrew: We like to talk about our innermost demons in our records. Nothing is too personal in that respect. Writing is also how I have worked through some of the hardest times in my life. A lot of our lyrical content involves themes such as depression, suicide, addiction, apathy & empathy, moving on, etc…
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Sarah: Challenging myself, trying new things, and just trying to become a better version of myself. I think it is also a personal goal.
Andrew: The experience of it all. Talking to people who feel the same way you do and finding listeners who can empathize with what you are trying to say.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Andrew: Not really outrageous, but we’ve done some interesting things like drink moonshine out of a UHAUL truck in a back alleyway with one of our friend’s bands out in Kansas. Never had homemade moonshine before that. It’s delicious (and doesn’t taste like store-bought moonshine), yet really kicks you in the ass.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Sarah: This isn’t really a strange one, but someone asked us to sign their nice leather jacket. We did of course, but I can’t help but think we ruined the jacket.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Andrew: I hope so. At least my family hasn’t called me a failure as of yet. Time will tell I guess. Check back later. Haha.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Andrew: Write music that you love. It doesn’t matter what other people have to say. There is no specific path or no perfect sound. As long as you love it and are happy doing it, the rest shouldn’t matter.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Sarah: One of my favorites to perform live is the song “Stained” because it has kind of a dark/ grunge vibe to it, that’s a little different from most of our other songs.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Andrew: That’s a loaded question, hah. If I had to name a band similar in genre I would say Staind. If I had to name a singular artist it would be Sarah McLachlan. If it was classic rock it would be The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, & Pink Floyd. All these artists bring up different memories and emotions in me, for all different kinds of reasons, that I will always cherish.
Sarah: There are so many! The big names that come to mind that inspired me as a teenager are Alice in Chains, Lacuna Coil, Kittie, Arch Enemy, Nirvana, No Doubt.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Sarah: I would love to play with Porcupine Tree and Placebo, although I don’t necessarily think we would fit on that bill.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Andrew: That we’re still going strong after all these years and are about to release our third record.
Sarah: Just the fact that we are still here and continuing to grow and create music, despite the struggles we have been through to keep it going.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Sarah: I would probably go back to school to become a pharmacist or makeup artist, haha.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Andrew: I have always been a “plug and play” kind of guy. I never did anything too fancy. I didn’t even start using a wireless setup until a couple of years back. But, I typically play my Gibson guitars, my vast array of pedals, and my Marshall JVM410H/1960A setup. I’ve had that head and loved it dearly for over a decade. BUT, I have to admit I just bought a Kemper to start using live. SORRY TUBE ENTHUSIASTS!!!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Sarah: I really think that people need to start coming out to more shows again and being involved in their music scene. I think with the age of the internet and streaming, there has been a decline of people coming out to live music events. While the internet is amazing at making music accessible to everyone, it doesn’t beat the experience of seeing live music.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Sarah: I have Asthma.
Andrew: I am actually left-handed, though I play instruments righty.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Andrew: Keep an eye out for “Serotonin” this summer. I really can’t wait for all of you to hear it as there are some songs on this album that literally mean the world to me. – Andrew
Sarah: Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting us and to those that believe in our music, and what we are doing! You are really the heart of this all! I promise you will be seeing more of us!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Sarah Anderson Wayne – Vocals
Andrew Wayne – Guitar/Vocals
Lisa Toniolo – Bass
Linda Media – Drums