Fan Interview – Ian

1. What band introduced you to this scene?

I would say the band that first got me into this scene would have been Story Of The Year way back in the “Page Avenue” and “In The Wake Of Determination” eras. I was a younger kid who was raised on classic punk and hardcore bands by my mother, so when my brother showed us SOTY she was all for it and they became the first real band I was 100% into. They were also the first band that did screamed vocals that thoroughly enjoyed!

2. Who are your 3 favourite bands?

Narrowing it down to just 3 is always so hard, but I’d have to go with (from #3 to #1) Emery, Protest The Hero, and my all time favourite is La Dispute. (Major shout-out to August Burns Red and Enter Shikari as they help fill out my top 5, lol)

3. What is your favourite song by each band?

  • My favourite song by Emery would have to be ‘Churches And Serial Killers’ from their album ‘In Shallow Seas We Sail’. 
  • It is exceedingly hard to say which Protest The Hero song is my favourite, but maybe the catchiest to me is ‘Yellow Teeth’ off the album ‘Volition’.
  • When it comes to La Dispute, the easy and popular choice is always ‘King Park’ from the Wildlife album.

4. How did you discover your favourite band?

Back in 2013 I was in grade 11 and my dear friend Brynna sent me a link to the song “Such Small Hands/Nobody Not Even The Rain” by La Dispute, saying that I needed to check it out since I loved high-end lyrics in music. From that song I was caught up in the overwhelming amount of rawness and beauty in Jordan Dreyers voice and writing. From there I listened to Damaged Goods and got more hooked until I stumbled upon Bury Your Flame and that’s when it became clear that this was my perfect band. They are one of the major reasons why I got into making music myself.

5. Favourite album ever?

It had to be “Somewhere At The Bottom Between Of The River Vega And Altair” by La Dispute. That album from top to bottom is beyond remarkable. It’s one beautiful story that grows and develops with each song in such an organic way. I distinctly remember listening to the album once a day every day for close to 5 months straight I was so obsessed.

6. What is it that makes you love this scene?

This scene really makes everyone feel like they have a place. Everyone likes similar things and we all just want to find likeness in others. This community also can really support each other in ways you typically see in strangers who either just met online or just met at a concert. I think we’re really lucky to have each other in this weird special way we all do!

7. If it isn’t too personal, what song means the most to you and why?

So the song that has always meant to most to me is “a Letter” by La Dispute. As I’ve said to anyone who wants to get to know me on a personal level, listen to the song. Listen to the song and read the lyrics, from there you will know what I go through every single day and what my inner dialogue is like. I’m not ashamed of it either as through this song I have found that there are many like me, making it all so much easier to cope with. Well, at least on the good days lol.

8. What was your last/next concerts?

The last shows I have been to were August Burns Red in Vancouver Canada on their Constellations Anniversary Tour with Silverstein and Silent Planet. That was so incredible, I’ve seen ABR 3 times now and they really are one of the best live bands in the world, if not the best. I also saw ABR in February in Spokane on their Dangerous Tour with Fit For A King, Miss May I, and Crystal Lake. That show was nuts. Crystal Lake is one of the best bands live. I also saw In Flames in Vancouver on the 17th which was a great show!

9. Most recommended band?

I have 2, the first is Cory Wells. Cory Wells is so beyond talented. The man writes such beautiful songs with truly heart-wrenching lyrics. He deserves to be so much bigger than he is. Check him out, seriously, you won’t be disappointed. The other is the band Ninjaspy. They’re a Ska/Metalcore hybrid from Vancouver and they are insane. This 3 piece band of all brothers make some of the most entertaining music I have ever heard plus they are such a great live show!

10. Favourite thing about our page?

My favourite part about the Punk, Rocks! page is how you highlight up and coming bands. There aren’t enjoy publishers doing that anymore. I remember Alternative Press and Metal Hammer used to do that a lot, but as they grew bigger as a publication they stopped caring about the smaller bands and artists! It’s great to see that people are still trying to shine a light on smaller artists, cause every bit of new eyes makes a difference at that point in a band’s career!

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