These Fast Times are a four piece band from Montreal Canada, formed from the ashes of multiple bad decisions, misspent youth and a unified need to cause a major ruckus these guys are: ‘unoriginal and loving it’.
How would you describe your music?
Well, if you were to hold your ear ever so gently to the sky and hear the trumpets of a 1000 Angel’s bathing in the blood of their enemies… that wouldn’t be us. I guess somewhere between emo/pop-punk/punk-rock.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Ryan and Jeff were in a band prior to These Fast Times called Winslow. After Winslow broke up Jeff called Ryan and we put out an ad in Ferzu, the furries dating site, and we found Thomas (Lead Guitar) and Jason (Bass). It ended up sounding more like our last band because we all know old habits die hard but I wanted to take a more serious approach in terms of writing.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We’ve all grown up listening to Blink 182, The Offspring and other mainstream pop punk bands. Jeff says his biggest influences for writing music now is against me and real friends.
Trying to build a medium in poetic deep rock? I’ll let you know.
What inspires you?
The desire to do this for a living until we’re dead. Seeing people mosh pit and sing along is one of the greatest feelings ever.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We mostly write during practice. Jeff writes lyrics usually at 3am when he’s drunk , exhausted, or sometimes in the bath lol.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Where have you been? It’s a song Jeff wrote for his daughter. As he was absent from her life the first few months when she was born. As for playing it live it just has a very simple bridge that Jeff loves getting the crowd to participate in.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
World tour with any of our favourite artists.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
We’ve reached an on demand point in our history at the touch of a finger you can listen to anything you want. It’s amazing but at the same time makes it even more difficult to cut through the noise. I think what every artist should be focusing on right now is not just pouring their soul into writing but how important marketing has become. You can be the greatest songwriter in the world but if you don’t have the contacts or the coin the right people aren’t going to hear it.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
There are many stories we have that are funny to us but might be boring to others lol. The most recent was when Thomas was pooping naked and an attractive woman barged in. Another was when our van broke down in some dead beat town. We assumed we’d have a boring night of us drinking, but ended up having the best night of our band’s life to date. There was also the time that the band forgot to bring Jason’s bass to a show and he had to run around to find one to play that night. The rest is stuff like us sleeping on the stage of a show we just played, or cramming too many guys into a small hotel room. We’re hoping for better stories to come when we do more tours.
What are your future plans?
We’re currently writing our new record and hopefully start recording in the autumn. We’re also looking into doing a European tour next year.