We spoke to ‘This Crooked Home’ who are based out of Long Island, New York, USA! They are composed of;
- Chris Carlson – Vocals
- Nate Rose – Guitar/Vocals
- Derek Sitler – Guitar
- Jon Pascualini- Bass
- Josh Dennis – Drums
1. Who are your top 3 influences?
Our top 3 influences would have to be
- Knuckle Puck
- A Day To Remember
- State Champs
but we’re also heavily influenced by music outside the pop punk realm. Foo Fighters have always had a huge impact on our writing, as they’ve been Chris’ (vocalist) favorite band since he was 14.
2. How did you get your band name?
It actually stemmed from a line from our song “Done with Being Hopeless”. The original line was, “It’s hard to balance when you’re walking crooked lines”, which was later changed to “Walking a thin line”. The idea of a “Crooked Home” really stood out not only with its imagery, but metaphorical meaning; this home may not be perfect, but its imperfections are what make it special.
3. How did you all meet?
Chris knew Derek from a previous band he was in called ‘Failure By Design’. When he was in search for band members, he originally hit up Derek to play bass. Didn’t take long for him to realize that he belonged on guitar (the dude can shred!). Chris and Derek both found Nate through a Facebook group called “Long Island Musicians”. They still needed a bassist and drummer. After trying a few people out, Nate hit up his long time friends Jon and Josh. Having members that have already been friends for so long has definitely been a huge factor in what makes us work so well together.
4. What is your song writing process?
Usually, Chris brings a song to the band with a basic guitar part and vocals. From there, Derek writes his lead guitar parts while Jon and Josh work out the bass and drums. We run through the song over and over until we can get through the whole thing instrumentally. Once Nate feels comfortable with the song on guitar, him and Chris figure out vocal harmonies and backing vocals.
5. What are your plans for a year from now?
Definitely hoping to have new music out by then. We’re currently writing for our next release. We have four songs written so far but we’re still working on more. We aren’t sure how many songs will be on our next release but I think people are definitely going to dig the direction we’re taking!
6. First gig experience?
The first show we played, we had an entirely different lineup. At the time, I (Chris) was not only singing, but playing guitar as well. We didn’t even have a drummer yet so we had our good friend Danny, from the band ‘The Everafter’, fill in for us. We had a different bassist at the time, who actually played and sang backing vocals on the recording of our song “Done with Being Hopeless”. The only members from that lineup still present today are Derek and myself. So I guess you could say Derek and I are the “founding members” of the band.
7. Biggest challenge so far?
I think the biggest challenge we had was keeping a bass player! This band has gone through 4 bassist since we started. Luckily, Jon has been with us for 2 years now, so we think he’s here to stay!
8. Favourite thing about performing?
Definitely connecting with the crowd. When you can get a room of people to jump around together, scream at you, clap their hands, and just have a good time, it’s a pretty amazing feeling.
9. Favourite song to perform live?
Probably “Stuck In A Daydream”. I think it’s safe to say it’s collectively our favorite song in general. It’s just super fun and upbeat and always gets the crowd moving.
10. What inspired your recent songs?
Our debut EP “Distance” was written over a long period of time, during the process of forming the band and securing a stable lineup. I (Chris) was in a strange point in my life. I had just moved out of my childhood home, and struggled to find a sense of stability. This theme is most clearly mentioned in our song “Hold My Own”. The rest of the EP is most closely related to the struggle to continue doing music when life would repeatedly throw us curveballs and slow down our progress which is demonstrated in “Stuck In a Daydream” and “Out of Reach”. “Never Learn”, the final track on the EP is about the toll mental health can put on a relationship. Sometimes things can get ugly, you say things you don’t mean, you become something you don’t want to be and it causes serious damage to those around you.
11. What do you all do when you’re not musically involved?
Nate and Chris are big gamers. He plays a lot of Fortnite on PC and live streams a lot. Chris is a huge Nintendo nerd. Jon and Josh are really into anime. They’re constantly talking about Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. Derek is really into watching Nature documentaries, especially those of the penguin variety.
12. In your opinion, what’s your best song?
I think the best song we’ve released so far is probably “Out of Reach”. It’s just a super catchy, fun song. We have a lot of new songs in the works and I definitely think these new ones will raise the bar for us.
13. Who has the worst dress sense?
I think we all dress pretty nice to be honest, but at practice, there’s been plenty of times where Nate is dressed in a pajamas. To be fair though, we practice at his place, so it’s understandable. But being honest, Nate can look fly as hell when he want’s to!
14. Funniest show story?
One time we had our friend Luke (who sings in the band ‘All Out’) come up and rock the cowbell at the end of our last song! We were like “Luke, we need more cowbell” and he was like “I got you baby!”.
15. Pizza! What topping do you all have?
16. Most annoying member?
That would definitely be Chris. Always to annoys Nate the most. It’s out of love though.
17. Who has the worst tattoo?
Well Jon is the only one with tattoos and we wouldn’t exactly say he has any bad ones.
18. Fast forward and you’re millionaires. What do you do with the money?
What we really all want is for people to hear our music and come out to shows. If we had millions of dollars, we’d probably invest a lot of it recording more songs and touring all over the world.
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