Audio Impulse is an alternative rock band that writes hard driving riffs, melodic bass lines, solid face-melting drums, and soul shattering lyrics accompanied by complex vocal harmonies. A down to earth groove and a pure love for rock and roll, this band is an ode to all of those rock greats that came before them. Not only does the music bring you back to the glory days of rock, but it adds the next chapter. Each song is a journey into the minds and hearts of four musicians who do what they do for no other reason than the pure love of the music. Crank the volume as loud as you can and blast off into a frenzy of fast paced energy that will shatter your soul and cleanse you of the everyday troubles that plague us all.
How would you describe your music?
Alternative rock with a pop-punk twist. We like to play loud, aggressive, in your face music, but most importantly want everyone to have as much fun listening along as we do playing. And we can keep it all different and unique because none of us ACTUALLY play our instruments properly. We’ve been compared to all kinds of bands, from The Foo Fighters to Good Charlotte, Rise Against to Jimmy Eat World and a whole lot more in between AND outside of that.
Tell us about the history of the band?
Audio Impulse formed back in 2012. Barry and Nate, who both play guitar and do vocals for the band, were front-men in two local bands (Broken Down Sunset and Revenant Tone, respectively) that broke up around the same time. A few weeks later they decided to hang out and jam and found that their conflicting styles of guitar-playing blended pretty well together and ended up writing 6-8 songs together, and quickly discovered they wanted more. They enlisted Pat, our bassist, who they had both known since college. Pat had filled in on bass a few times for both of them during various projects they had been a part of prior to this in addition to playing with bands Barry and Nate had shared the stage with. At this point the only member missing from the line-up was a drummer, and since none of them knew a reliable one, they put up an ad on Craigslist that was answered by me, Freeman. So I guess they still don’t know a reliable drummer haha. Anyway, I was apparently the very first drummer they tried out and the first night I went out to practice July 2012, they welcomed me into the band.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Mutually we’re all huge fans of The Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl. He’s just one of the coolest, most down to earth musicians despite being a modern-day rock god in a time where there aren’t really too many of those anymore. My favorite bands are The Wonder Years, Taking Back Sunday, and Rise Against; I think Tim McIlrath of RA is probably the best lyricist on the planet. Pat’s favorite band is Thrice, and his non-guilty pleasure is Tegan and Sara. Nate is a huge fan of 311 and Jimmy Eat World, and Barry is in love with Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins, and got into music air-guitaring to Black Sabbath.
What inspires you?
Pretty much all of the songs and lyrics are inspired by life in general. There’s always a personal meaning behind everything that we write and we try to imbue them with our own life experiences. Family, relationships, and the day-to-day struggles that we all face as human beings. The idea that music can help others to not feel like they’re alone or that someone else is going through the same things.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Most of the writing we do happens in our practice space which is why we decided to shoot our first music video and title track of our EP, ‘Straight Shot’ there. We don’t like to go into the studio if we aren’t well prepared and versed in the material we’re bringing in to record.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Barry would say that they’re all his favorite. “They’re like my children, I can’t pick just one.” As the drummer though, my favorites are ‘The Breakaway’, ‘Airy’, ‘For the Road’, and ‘Parlor Tricks’. There are a lot of cool beats and fills that I play that are really enjoyable to play out in front of a live crowd. One of our newest songs we haven’t released yet called ‘Goodbye in July’ is one we play out a lot because the whole band really enjoys it, and it has by far some of my favorite drum segments in the chorus.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I’m obviously biased, but opening for Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday, or The Wonder Years would make my life complete, and those are also bands I feel we would complement pretty well genre wise, and they always play and tour with bands I’m a fan of. I’d also love to open for Silverstein, they consistently put on some of the best live performances I’ve ever seen and are almost always on the road. I’ve seen them by accident as many times as I’ve bought tickets for their shows because they jump on bills constantly.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is in a real weird flux state right now. Streaming and radio-friendly singles have kind of taken over the full-length market and I’m not really a huge fan. I still love buying CD’s and hearing the way the artist arranges the tracks from start to finish, that to me is almost as much of an art as the actual process of writing the songs themselves, and as a band we’re hoping to break that mold.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We just came back from being a part of The Extreme Tour and while on the road, we discovered our bassist Pat consistently makes ‘Tim Allen noises’ during his day to day life. You know, the grunts and huh?’s that Tim Allen makes, specifically in “Home Improvement”. One of the places we stayed on tour had a bathroom with 2 showers next to one another, and while I was showering I heard Pat go into the other and start the water. It must’ve been chilly and startled Patrick, because I was immediately greeted with a “huh?” from the other side when he got in.
What are your future plans?
After October we’re taking the rest of the winter off from gigging to write and record another full-length album. We have about 8 songs that are unreleased that we’ve played out, and over 50 demo’s we’ve recorded in our practice space that are in varying stages of the writing process. We’re sifting through those to develop maybe 6-10 more and see which ones work best and will hopefully be putting out a 12 track LP sometime in early 2017. We hooked up with a handful of industry people at the Dewey Beach Music Conference and we’re hoping to work with them to release, distribute, and promote our upcoming record.