Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, we all have played in bands before this. Ben and Joe used to play in (and founded) Emmure. Mitch and Chris both used to play in Currents. And I have played in a few bands but the most notable are Satellites On Parade, and Bet On Black.
How is it that you started playing music? Music has always been a passion for all of us. When we found each other it was no question that this was what we were going to do.
Have you had other previous members? We had another bass player, Anthony, who we all love. He made the decision to go for his Masters and had to drop out of the band.
Did you make music even when you were young? Absolutely. Some of my earliest memories are of me sitting down at my grandma's piano for hours. I didn't know what I was doing but I knew I loved it. I've been playing anything I can get my hands on since.
Where are you from? We are all from the Eastern Coast of the United States. I am from Northern Virginia. Ben, Joe, Mitch, and Chris are all from Connecticut.
What year did the band form? The band formed in late 2016
What's your style of genre? Our genre is forever changing but we like to think of ourselves as a New Wave Hard-Rock band, but our EP 41 fits very well into the Post-Hardcore genre
What inspires you? Each other. And Coffee. Lots of Coffee.
How often and where do you reherse? We reherse as much as humanly possible in a studio down the street from Ben's.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Not really. This is it for us.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? No we have Trevor from Artery Global and we couldn't be happier.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? If the right deal came our way we would take it.
What made you decide to make this music? This is the only music that feels right to us and we love making it.
What are your songs about? Our song meanings vary from personal stories about our pasts, to an open letter to our generation. We talk about the inner and outer struggles of humanity. Every song has a very self empowering message
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Ben and Joe come up with the drums and guitar. Mitch will add his lead or have some ideas about the composition. Then Ben and I will write the lyrics and melodies.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music, always.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Either Ben's house or my house.
Have you done any covers live? No, but Mitch and I are a walking jukebox for old 90's pop hits.
What language do you sing in? English.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We play our ep from front to back live. Its the same set every time.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are playing on the northeastern leg of the Vans Warped Tour this summer. After that we are going to play wherever we can.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have an online store that has been up since a week or two after we announced the band. We have multiple t-shirt designs and a few packages that include the EP to choose from.
Where can people buy your merchandise? online at www.lakeshoreofficial.com/merch or at a show.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? The only constant is change. It was the direction the industry was inevitably going to go towards but I think I will always be a fan of a physical CD. I still have CD's from when I was a kid, and they will always mean more to me than a digitally downloaded album on my phone. Its less convenient, but more real.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Its tough because while your music may be reaching more people, it tends to make less money. Which in turn makes it hard to be a fully committed, touring band. But I think its still a new thing and the industry hasn't figured out how to go about it in the right way. Hopefully in time we will see bands making what they deserve to make.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I personally always enjoyed reading my favorite bands interviews. I've also always wanted to travel to Sweden so if this helps us get there I will be more than happy.
Do you have any role models or idols? I'm a huge fan of Dave Grohl and everything hes ever done. He's from the same area as I am and I have always looked up to him.
Why do you think that they exist? Because they are damn good at what they do.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I think its a little bit of both. We all absolutely love The Eagles, but we all have our favorite bands that are still active like Circa Survive, Korn, The Foo Fighters etc.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Distance. Me living 6 1/2 hours away from the band doesn't make it easy.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never give up. I know it sounds corny but its the truth. Persistence is key.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Oh its not hard, my body tends to do it on its own every time we play.
Do you have any new material? We have lots of new and old material that hasn't been used yet. There is much, much more you are going to see from us in the future. This is just the beginning.
What are your web sites? https://www.lakeshoreofficial.com
How can people reach you?
You can reach us through our facebook, email, twitter or instagram. All of which can be found on our website
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/41Lakeshore/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/41lakeshore
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lakeshoreofficial/
What are your plans for the future? We're going to keep putting out music and touring. We have a lot planned for the next few months so keep an eye out!