Scott, IVM: Give me a rundown of who’s-who in the band.
Sean plays guitar and loves backing up our trailer. Matt M plays synth and is very talented at acquiring free food. Nick plays guitar and is 17 years old. Ryan plays drums and can harmonize any melody. I sing and I am obsessed with programming music.
What’s the history of the band. How did everybody meet.
Sean and I met in elementary school through ccd at our church. We started making music in middle school solely because we thought it would be cool to start a band. By college we were playing metal and touring frequently. At that time Ryan was playing drums and Matt M was actually merching for us on tour. After months of listening to Eurodance in the van we decided we would all be a lot happier playing so we dropped off tour and wrote what we are now playing. A year ago we were still metal, a lot has changed.
What’s the story behind the band’s name?
Truthfully, on sparknotes.com and then there were none was between the books Aerosmith and As I Lay Dying. To me, the answer was clear.
Christian band, Christians in a band, or other?
We are not all Christians, we also want to reach out to everyone regardless of their beliefs. However, we are not a band to just make music, we are really going to push for social change and help all we can along the way.
How would you describe the band’s style of music?
Eurodance mixed with rock. Cascada meets Alkaline Trio.
What are some of the band’s influences?
Basshunter, Cascada, Alkaline Trio and Saves The Days “Through Being Cool”.
What are some of the band’s inspirations?
We are really inspired by volunteer organizations that are working super hard to make things better. We have met some amazing people on tour that do things like; build homeless shelters, promote vegetarianism, raise money for cancer, etc.
Let us in on a stand-out moment where you just thought, “Thank you, God.”
When Obama was elected president.
Fill us in on the direction that you believe God is taking you as a band.
I think we’ve been given a great opportunity to work with tooth and nail and each day we have new things to conquer.
Share your heart for a moment. Why do you do what you do?
I love music, I love creating art, I love when others enjoy our music and I enjoy meeting new interesting people.
What do you hope a listener comes away with after listening to your cd?
I hope listeners really feel like they hearing something new and fresh, I hope they take the music as something fun, but can find meaning in my words.
What were the best and worst venues you’ve played? And why?
Best venue was Club Satyricon in Portland, Oregon on the millionaires tour bc of best sound and extremely sold out. The worst was ATTWN headlining Hesser College in Manchester, New Hampshire on school spirit day. Three people eating hotdogs while hating our loud music. Oh… and our power went out bc of a cotton candy machine.
What was the most encouraging and/or humbling thing(s) to happen at a live show?
The most encouraging show moment was Poughkeepsie, New York at the chance. We were playing with death metal bands so we were pretty anxious, but kids ended up loving the show and new all the words, it was amazing.
In what ways do you feel that the band has grown and matured since it’s formation?
I think we finally get it. We know that it’s not about money, merch. and trying to impress, it’s about writing music that YOU enjoy and hopefully others do too. It’s about enjoying every day.
If you could say one thing to a young person struggling with purpose and direction in life, what would it be?
I would say find something that you can be passionate about. Mine is writing music, living the cruelty free lifestyle and meeting new people. I would hope someone struggling with direction could reach out to someone and make a difference.
Any last comments you would like to leave the readers with
Spicy sweet chili Doritos, Morning Star riblets, seitan, Oreo cookies, anything Boca, broccoli, peanut butter and lentel soup are all vegan!
And Then There Were None “Who Speaks For Planet Earth?” releases February 24, 2009.