Nominee Interview

1. For those who don’t know you, can you state your name and your role in the band?
My name is Chris and I sing for Nominee.

2. If your band were to be trapped in The Hunger Games, how would each member attempt to make it and who in the band would most likely make it to the end?
HOLY. This question. First, I’d like to start off by saying that we saw the last two Hunger Games movies together on their release night.
Okay, so Cameron, our bassist would win, no doubt. He’s outdoorsy, clever and can sleep in any climate. Steve, our guitarist is the first to die. He won’t try anything to win and as soon as Cam makes him run, he gives in and prays for death. Andy is the next to die because he survives off of breakfast tacos and you can’t make those over a fire with no tortillas. I don’t have it in my heart to kill anything so I hide for as long as possible (classic) until Cam finds me. At this point, I try to talk it out. It doesn’t work. Cam then makes a delicious meal with the meat from my body (he’s a hell of a cook) only making him stronger and more powerful. Cam finds Dean and waits for him to fall asleep. END.

3. In three words, how would you describe your music?
Raw, Honest, Emotional? I was leaning towards “Not. Fast. Enough.” But I felt it was time for a more serious answer.

promocrop4. For your latest music video, “Retrospect,” you had fans send in videos, can you talk a bit about the meaning behind the video and the song?
The song itself is about taking a look at your life from a distance and finding a silver lining. Its about looking back on a moment that, at the time, tested your character and beat you down. When you’re in the moment it feels impossible but if you can get through it, maybe you’ll realize it wasn’t as hard as it seemed. Fire can be symbolic of change – an out with the old, in with the new sort of thing. We thought it would be cool to include our friends, families and followers in our attempt to move on from whatever was holding us down. We were so stoked on the videos that we got back. People didn’t hold back.

5. Later this month, you are set to release your EP Drag Me Out, what should fans expect?
If you’ve listened to the two songs that we’ve released from it thus far, “Retrospect” and “Stay,” then you already have a good idea of what you’re in for. The feel and tone of the record are shown in those two songs. There are dynamic parts that might feel darker or lighter, but all in all, the theme remains the same. It sounds negative but has a very positive message. You can get through anything if you don’t try to do it alone.

6. How would you describe the upcoming release?
When we originally started writing the record we weren’t sure what it would sound like. Prior to Drag Me Out, one of us would write a song on our own, demo it out and then the rest of the band would learn it, adding lyrics and melodies on later. For this release we all got into a room together and got the wheels turning. Drag Me Out is an accurate representation of what we sound like. We couldn’t write with more honesty if we tried.

7. If you had to show someone listening to your band for the first time one song off the EP, which song would you choose? Why?
I’d choose “Stay” or “White Water.” Both are relatable and get to the point quickly. It might help anyone like me, with a short attention span, get into and understand the music.

8. Is there a certain moment while either writing or recording the EP that stands out to you?
When we wrote the first few songs together, after months of wondering how it would come out, we felt some weight off our shoulders. Other than that, when we were recording, a band called Odd folks, our friends from Dallas just so happened to be Lancaster, PA where we were doing the record. They came in sang on a bunch of tracks. They were so much fun and I think the parts of the record with them sound so much bigger.

9. Is there anything that you would like to say about your music video or EP that you have not yet said?
We make sure that we find a way to say this in every interview. Mental health is a touchy subject. It’s something that can still make others uncomfortable or ashamed. You don’t have to let something that you can’t control make you feel that way. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us if you connect with the lyrical content in any way. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones, family or friends. Someone out there understands and feels the exact same way you do.

10. Thank you for doing this interview! Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to our readers?
No, but we want to thank you for having enough interest in our little band to do this interview. Our record, Drag Me Out, comes out on 1/26/17 and we really hope you enjoy it.

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