XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Our New album “Crashing Down” just released October 12th. It is released through Pavement Since Halloween 2014, Todd and I, Eric Sheffield joined 2015, Lance Debord Joined Entertainment and Sony records. We also have a video out “Millennial” on YouTube, another completed to release near January, and working on more. We will be touring Early next year, announcement coming soon.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
2017, and Scott “Scooter” Moore 2018. Note that we all had played in other bands previously Todd Lance and Scott together previously in a few bands. When Lance joined us, in 2017 that’s when we really started as a band in the same direction -Jarrod Evans
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
I was literally born into drumming, my father and grandfather were both drummers. Being able to play my role in the band, and to share the experiences with the other guys is incredible. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. -Eric Sheffield
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Background…self taught guitar age 12 in neighborhood basement band, later learned to read sheet music to play in a church, which led to keyboards and drums..never stopped learning from others, but no formal education- Lance Debord
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Image.. hard to say… I think its like that person you know that always says exactly what they’re thinking, without a filter -Lance Debord
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
To go as far as we can together, wait did that sound right? -Jarrod Evans
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Writing songs -Lance Debord
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
In “Freight Train Coming” you will find yourself that person who has been pushed around and ready to stand up for yourself. In “Scream” the person who don’t have time for silly notions. In “Miss Misery”, the guy who has martyred himself for the woman of his dreams. In “Millennial”, you feel all so familiar with being raised by the TV and disconnection with society while your parents scream at each other obsessively. “It Follows” is about how all the creepy and odd things are there that you find in your own personality and how it screws with your perception of normal. “FU&YM2” is about break ups and also the importance in-laws can play, I mean are you ever really good enough? “Down” Is about being real with what you say others should be, and how we should spin less of a complicated rule set for others than we do ourselves. ( We all hide our skeletons so to speak ) “Whiskey Baby” was about the parallels of living responsible verses just letting go, I referred to myself as the town drunk in a roundabout way. “Church of Prophecy” is about the way people are taken advantage by gullibility, hence the profound references to silly things. And last but not least “Crashing Down” here we find the reference to depression, loss, and hard times. In the second verse the lyrics “A faded face in my memories, as I wait it’s all I see” At this part not only was I thinking of how some people we lost we can’t remember what their face looks like, but also preemptively wondering how it would be sitting in a waiting room in the future.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
That I bring out the best of each song that I can regardless of what instrument I am playing -Scott “Scooter” Moore
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Everything from members being hospitalized while on tour, the whole band being crammed in the back of a police cruiser, being completely robbed of all our gear.. van and trailer included. It’s always crazy on the road. But I’d say the best stories are yet to come. Stay tuned. -Eric Sheffield
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
A female fan wanting to cut me and herself and suck blood from each other.
-Scott “Scooter” Moore
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Very much so, it hasn’t been the easiest journey for any of us. Everyone is being very supportive without them we may have not have worked so hard. Personally without my family telling me to not give up and keep doing what I love I don’t know what I would have done. – Jarrod Evans
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Practice, practice and practice some more… Never practice enough. Work hard, set up your stage as best and fast as you can, and don’t be lazy. Be as professional as you can, your actions sets the stage of what you become know as, so act professional, and work hard. Do what you can do best, not what your favorite is. Record yourself, listen to it, fix any mistakes. Then practice some more. -Jarrod Evans
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Miss Misery , Crashing Down , COP. -Scott “Scooter” Moore
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Inspiring band..this tells my age..acdc back in black.1st album ever bought…i brought it home and played on the family stereo…i absolutely loved it, it was also the first album confiscated by mom..lol -Lance Debord
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Tour…Tool/ANTHRAX/PRETTY RECKLESS..they are my playlist bands and never let me down-Lance Debord
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
I’ve reached a lot of personal goals in my music endeavors, things I would have never imagined possible. Honestly for me to still be doing this every day and still loving it just as much as I did in the beginning is a great accomplishment to me.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I’m really into video production and building drums. So, definitely one of the two or both. -Eric Sheffield
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Marshall Amps/Cabs , Epiphone Les Paul Special. -Scott “Scooter” Moore
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
It’s getting exciting to see real musicians working hard moving forward and making things happen as opposed to so much computer generated material out there . Real rewards and appreciation for all of the blood, sweat and tears paid over the years honing there craft. –Scott “Scooter” Moore
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I’m ocd as hell, seriously in every way.. I’m cursed with it. So yeah there’s that.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Check our Album “Crashing Down” on “Itunes”, “Amazon”, “Spotify” and many more places… Look for us on the radio, online, TV, and Magazines. Check out our Video and we will be releasing more soon. ( Next Video in or around January ) We are Below 7.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Very welcome, thank you, and keep the scene alive! -Jarrod Evans
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