FYPP Presents: An interview with Still Rings True!
08/15 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
08/16 - Pennington Gap, VA @ Ground Zero
08/17 - Louisvile, KY @ 627 Brandeis
08/18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masqueade
08/19 - Greensboro, NC @ The Somewhere Else Tavern
08/21 - Maryland @ TBA
08/22 - New Jersey @ TBA
08/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ UACA Hall
08/24 - State College, PA @ TBA
08/25 - Rochester, NY @ California Brew Haus
08/26 - Binghamton, NY @ 16 Walnut
08/27 - Watertown, NY @ Velocity Fun Room
Watch Still Rings True play “This Is A Threat” acoustically at a house show!
Still Rings True and Broadside are touring together! Here are the dates:
6/10 Binghamton NY - American Legion Post 1254
6/11 Watertown NY - The Dungeon
6/12 Postdam NY - Postdam Municipal Hall
6/13 Portland ME - Deering Grange
6/14 Burlington VT - 242
6/15 Philadelphia PA - House Show
6/16 Deptford NJ - The Test Tube
6/17 Christiansburg VA - Knights of Colombus
6/18 Apex NC - The Farm
6/19 Myrtle Beach SC - Island Bar and Grille
6/20 Marietta GA - Swayzes
6/21 Southside AL - Andys Music
6/22 Knoxville TN - Longbranch Saloon
6/23 Covington KY - The Mad Hatter
6/24 Indianapolis IN - The Emerson Theater
6/25 North Judson IN - Old NJ Firehouse
6/26 Tinley Park IL - Eiche Turner Hall
6/27 Chesterton IN - House Show
6/28 Kalamazoo MI - Papa Petes
6/29 Royal Oak MI - Club 309
6/30 Tiffin OH - Hedges Boyer Park
7/1 Lewistown PA - United Fire House
7/2 York Haven PA - Boondocks Club
A Fuck Yeah Pop-Punk exclusive interview with Still Rings True!
I recently got in touch with New York pop-punk band Still Rings True to talk about the band and their upcoming full length, Tear Down The Walls. I encourage anyone reading this to check these guys out after reading this. They play a hard hitting mix of melodic hardcore and punk rock with a whole bunch to say.
Kevin Spann for Fuck Yeah Pop Punk - First of all introduce us to everyone in the band and tell us a bit about them.
Josh Still Rings True - My name is Josh Snyder, I sing and play guitar. Leo Lemay plays bass, and Dave Bombard plays drums.
FYPP - How did the band first come together?
Josh SRT - We’ve all been in previous bands in our hometown, and honestly, we just got sick of being in bands with dudes that didn’t want to put in the effort it takes to make it a lifestyle. Too much partying and not enough focus, you know? So when I went to start this band, instead of looking to guys that I’ve played with before, I hit up a couple dudes I didn’t even know at the time, being Dave and eventually Leo. Viola, we were born hahaha.
FYPP - Where did the band’s name from?
Josh STR- We were throwing around a couple different ideas, doing the whole ‘argue over band names’ thing for a while, and then ‘Still Rings True’ came up and we all instantly agreed it was the right one. It’s a phrase that has a certain seriousness to it, and we feel it wraps up really well what we’re trying to say as a band.
FYPP - Tell us about the bands recording history and a little bit about your upcoming full length.
Josh SRT - SRT started in late Feb ‘08, and we self-tracked a couple demo’s and then immediately hit the road. our 3rd show ever in this band was the first day of a 28-day national tour, so we really came out hard. When we got home from that tour, we started writing and eventually recorded a self titled EP, that was our first release. About a year later, we sat down and wrote our first full length, ‘I Wouldn’t Call This Living’, which was self released in Feb ‘10. We toured and did shows on that for a year, and that’s right about the time we hooked up with TTLR and released our most recent EP, ‘Anger Is A Gift’. As of right now, we’re gearing up to drop a new full length with Third Time called ‘Tear Down The Walls’. It’s definitely our most pointed effort so far, in terms of both song writing and lyrically. We really wanted to step it up with what we’re trying to say as a band, really start getting behind it and getting it out there. Also, with ‘Anger’ we really found our sound as a band, so this record is a step further in that direction. Fast, angry, heavy punk rock. We’re diggin it.
FYPP - I see your last EP was titled Anger Is A Gift; that’s a pretty strong statement. Do you care to elaborate on the name?
Josh SRT - That title is really our response to the ‘posi movement’ which was coming up strong in our scene at that point in time. Don’t get me wrong, we’re in no way not about being positive, if anything, we feel that there isn’t anything more positive than what we’re trying to say: ‘there’s something very wrong with the way we live in this world, and we can do something to change that’.. we just feel that a lot of times what happens is that kids these days either refuse to see or just don’t acknowledge whats happening around them in this world. In their communities, in their country, or even in other countries around the world. We’re literally destroying the planet we live on, and in turn ourselves and the generations to come after us. We see punk rock and hardcore as very real opportunities to unite and act on changing some of this shit, first in ourselves and our communities, then on a more broad scale. Anger Is A Gift is really just saying that there’s something honest in being pissed off, something very right about feeling angry at the way things are, about being awake enough to your life and others to be affected that way. Everything is DEFINITELY NOT OK, nor do we feel it’s ok as the youth to just let our lives pass us by.
FYPP - From the first listen of your music, it’s easy to see the band has a lot to say. What’s the main point you want people to take away from your music?
Josh SRT - It isn’t so much a single point that we’re trying to get people to take from our music as it is the idea that we desperately need to wake up. Wake up from the consumer coma we’ve been raised in, wake up from the mediocrity we’ve grown to accept in our lives, whether it’s our scene, our relationships, our jobs, whatever the case may be. Obviously, we come at it from more of a hardline standpoint, but it’s not the only way to take it. If a kid listens to our band, and it leads him to start questioning things in his life, or it inspires him to look further into something that we’ve said in a song, I feel like we’ve accomplished something. Way too many bands these days, especially in the punk rock/hardcore communities, just don’t have shit to say. They’re literally saying nothing at all. Substance abuse, girlfriend, party, everything’s ok, blah blah blah. None of it holds real weight at the end of the day, if anything, it’s doing more harm than good. If kids are into your band, and they’re coming out and paying to see you play, buying your merch, supporting your ability to live such an awesome life, the least you can do is give them something real to chew on, you know what I’m saying?
FYPP - You guys are on Third Time Lucky Rekords, why don’t you tell us how that got together?
Josh SRT - We met Ryan Alden (one of the owners) through doing a couple shows in the Harrisburg PA area. One thing led to another, we started talking more frequently, and then here we are today! We’re extremely happy to be with TTLR, they’re very smart dudes, very progressive, and VERY into what we’re into, which is definitely a good thing! They feel the same dissatisfaction we feel with the scene, the world, all of it. Very in tune with what we’re doing, and they’ve really thrown themselves behind this band 100%. We really couldn’t have it any better, love those dudes.
FYPP - Who are some of the bands biggest influences?
Josh SRT - Honestly, we all listen to pretty different shit in terms of day to day. But when it comes to things that push us in terms of songwriting and whatnot, we’re all HUGE fans of Propagandhi, Comeback Kid, Have Heart, and NOFX. Those are definitely bands that we listen to the most, touring all over rocking that shit has a way of setting some high standards musically you know?
FYPP - How would you describe the bands sound to someone who hasn’t heard of your band yet?
Josh SRT - I personally prefer to call it ‘melodic hardcore’ or just ‘punk rock’. No band really likes to label their music, but the one ‘label’ we try to stay away from the most is ‘pop punk’. It’s just almost become a dirty word to us hahaha.It used to mean and describe something different, but these days, it’s been pretty watered down. I think we carry more of the ideals of hardcore, we’re aggressive in our music, lyrics, playing it live, the whole thing. We’re just an aggressive band, we feel urgency in what we’re doing and saying, and it definitely causes us to gravitate towards and identify more with the hardcore community that’s for sure.
FYPP - Personally, I hate to see a still unresponsive crowd at a show. What kind of crowd participation do you most like to see? Circle pits, moshing, grabbing the mic, stage dives?
Josh SRT - Honestly, just seeing kids show up is fucking awesome in it’s own. To know that kids are coming out, paying to get into shows, and supporting bands is really what it’s all about. But of course, there’s nothing better than ripping your set and watching kids fly all over the room screaming your words back at you. Literally no better feeling in the world. It’s the reason every band does what they do, for that reaction, that response. It’s a beautiful thing dude. But yeah, i hear you, it does become a bummer sometimes when kids just don’t seem to feel bands enough to go wild, but it’s all relative really. If kids are into you enough, they’ll react. If not, keep pushing. I love pile on’s, kids scrambling over eachother for the mic, stage dives, all of it. That energy is insane man, and it just gets us super pumped up, we feed off the crowd and vice versa.
FYPP - What can the fans expect to see from you guys in the next year?
Josh SRT - Shitloads of touring, tons of shows, this new full length that’s about to come out, you know the deal. Doin’ work baby, staying out there, grinding hard. We just sincerely love doing what we’re doing, saying what we’re saying, it’s all we want out of this life. We really like to release new music too, so I’m sure we’ll get that itch and start writing again here very soon…
FYPP - Finally I like to end things on a light note, you guys seem like a pretty political band. Who do you think is the biggest idiot that’s talking about running for president in 2012?
Josh SRT - HAHA what a question… who’s the biggest idiot huh? I mean, I guess I should start by saying they’re ALL idiots, but if I had to single someone out, I’d say any of the many ‘TEA PARTY’ degenerates we’re seeing hawked all over FOX news and shit. I mean seriously, where do they find these people? But hey, that’s america for you, society of spectacle. It all boils down to a bumper sticker I saw once that I’ll remember for the rest of my life: ‘If voting actually changed anything, it’d be illegal’.
FYPP - Haha, awesome answer man. Thanks so much for doing this interview.
Still Rings True tour update!