How would you describe your music?
Our sound is a mix between the glory days of 2000’s era pop punk mixed with today’s modernization of the the genre. We focus on writing catchy, easy to sing along to songs, and riffs that make you want to air guitar and air drum along. We have 2 complimentary singers that help drive our music, and approach songwriting in a way of all the greats of our time. Our music is the soundtrack of what you listen to while skateboarding with your best friends on a warm summer night while drinking an extra large swamp water slurpee before talking on MSN Messenger to a girl you have a crush on.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Count Me In as an entity has been around for many years, with our singer/bassist Alex and singer/guitarist Jason being the original members of that. Myself, David (guitar) and Ryan our drummer have played in a few other popular bands in a different heavier genre called Shreddy Krueger and Secret and Whisper. Jason and I have been friends since we were 5 years old, and Alex since we were in high school. I always loved the songs they were writing and there was one in particular I really wanted to produce and rewrite. After a few years of drunkenly talking about how we should jam that song out at Jasons annual Halloween party, we finally got together and did it after Shreddy Krueger was taking a break. The chemistry was there and we loved the new arrangement of the song… next thing you know we had written a 12 song record of bangers and kind of “re-formed” the band, keeping the same name, but making it a new beast.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We are all pop punk kids through and through, regardless of the music and bands we have played in in the past. This is the music that made every single one of us start playing an instrument. Our main influences thought would be in the realm of blink-182, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Zebrahead, Fenix TX, The Story So Far, Green Day, Eternal Boy, Houston Calls… the list could go on for way longer than this interview! My personal heroes that got me going were Mark Hoppus, Jim Adkins, and Wes Borland for their song writing and creativity.
What inspires you?
Honestly… just making quality songs. Being able to write something that someone can sing along to, and something that makes someone want to start playing an instrument. To inspire another era of young musicians to take this genre to the next level and keep it true to its roots.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
100% in the studio. I actually have a nice big 3 room studio as a second building in my house, all soundproof and treated so we can make noise 24/7. That’s the space for demos, jamming, exploration, recording… rerecording… and recording over and over again until the song is correct. It takes SO much time to write a good song, we want the focus to be on that, and not being pulled in a million directions.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Very good question! She’s Your Problem Now is SUCH a fun song to play. We actually haven’t played Live since the album came out, so it’s all based on previous jamming and writing! We are from Kelowna Canada, and shortly after we recorded the album pursued a job and moved to Reykjavik Iceland for a while! I’ll be heading back home and joining the other boys for some shows, that we can really answer this correctly. My gut is telling me that Thawed is going to be the most fun, or My Paradise.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We’d go back in time for the Pop Disaster Tour in 2002! What a beautiful time in music. Nowadays, something fun with blink, bring Yellowcard out of retirement, add Eternal Boy onto it, and go to Japan and play a massive arena.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a freaky place and is changing damn near daily. My experiences through every band and every tour and album release cycle have been so different; every couple of years you can’t even recognize it. Even releasing this album recently was completely different to the other 5 records that I’ve released in the past 8 years with my other projects… all on different labels to different audiences of varying size. Streaming is beautiful, from my consumer view especially. I sincerely miss going to the cd store on release day to buy a handful of new albums… my wallet is happy though. For being a band, it is so easy and convenient to get a quality recording, release it, and to get peoples ears listening for cheaper than ever… but with that comes an over saturated market where it doesn’t matter how good you or your songs are half the time, especially when it comes to performing live. Realistically though, the life in the industry is at an all time high.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Since we haven’t toured with Count Me In yet, we have nothing funny! As us just being a band, recording and writing and being dudes, one of the memorable moments was last summer in 2017 when Jason was announcing the gender of his baby. Alex and I were in the studio recording the demo for My Paradise and it was going great. We were on fire and wanted to show Jason and our friends at the party afterwards the new song… but needed to have bass recorded. He lives like 3 minutes down the road from my house, and we had like 7 minutes to get there, but still have 2 minutes of bass to track. Alex and I are just screaming, I laid down a mean ass bass track, did the quickest export possible to upload to our google drive, and we ran to the car a million miles an hour. We were going about 400km/h down the road with a minute to spare, listening to the song at full blast, and the FB Live stream of the reveal started happening. As that begins, Alex drifts his crappy little white golf around the corner right into Jasons driveway, music still screaming, us screaming, and missing the gender reveal by about 15 seconds. The entire party goes silent and stares at us. And then we gave them all shit for not waiting cause they knew we were on the way! Then we let the party commence. Come to thing of it… we’re kind of shitty friends!
What are your future plans?
Continue the promotion of this record to get it to as many ears as possible, and while we’re doing that, write, write, write, write, write. We have a bucket of new ideas to start crafting into new jams, and since i’m in Iceland, using the power of the interwebs to send thing backs and forth. Maybe we’ll even record the new album in Iceland, it’s about to get dark 24/7 and there’s not much else to do!