1. Welcome to LivingTheVanLife! For those who may not know you, can you state your name and your role in the band?
– Michael Kepko and I sing for Civil Youth
– Evan Seeberger and I drum.
– Dan Chapman and I play guitar!
2. If your band were to be trapped in The Hunger Games, how would each member attempt to survive and who in the band would live the longest?
–Mike: Hands down Dan would live longest. He’d be able to make a house, security system, and water park out of one stick. Evan would last 2nd longest because he would outsmart people using mind tricks and I’m dead from the start. No point in saving me.
3. You recently released the second single/music video off your upcoming album, Conversations, can you talk a bit about what “Dark Debts” is about?
-Mike: “Dark Debts” is geared toward the visual concept of the whole album. We wanted to personify the conversation that I’m having with myself. Make it more personified so people can relate easier. Definitely one of the more fun songs to play live just because of the heavy synth and drums. We really think this song is going to stick with our fans.
4. How would you say “Dark Debts” compares to the first single, “Belief?”
-Mike: “Dark Debts” is way more hip-hop than “Belief.” Both have heavy riffs, but with “Belief” we wanted to kick you in the face from the start and keep the energy high throughout compared to “Dark Debts” that has distinct dynamic sections as the song progresses.
5. When fans listen to “Dark Debts” for the first time, what should they expect and is there anything that you hope they can take away from it?
-Mike: They should expect that we listen to 2000’s rap and more modern alternative music. I want them to take away that Civil Youth is gangster. Period.
6. If you had to choose one song off the album to show to someone who may be checking out your band for the first time, which song would you pick?
-Mike: I’d probably say “Jaded.” It’s heavy, bouncy, has raps, sings, etc. It has everything we encompass and the chorus is so fun to sing.
7. What was your best memory while writing/recording the album?
-Mike: Beating Tony Hawk from the start. Everything passed on “Pro.” Challenge us.
8. Thank you for doing this interview! Before we go, is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
-Mike: Be brave and embrace the person that you are. There’s no reason to explain yourself to anyone.