-Interview- Life On Hold 9/7/08

Life On Hold

Genre: Indie rock akin to The Morning Of or Four Year Strong.
Interviewed on: 9/7/08
From: Billerica, MA


Interview conducted with vocalist Ally.

1. How you guys doin? How did the battle of the bands go the other night?

We're doing great, thanks so for asking! The battle of the bands was fun, we didn't win but it was still a really good experience. It was all MA and CT bands, started with 80, went down to 16, then to 6, so even being in that top 6 meant a lot to us.

2. Having a female on lead vocals (like Eyes Set To Kill and The Morning Of), is there any obstacles the band faces at all?

That's a really awesome question. I think that there is somewhat of a stigma attached to having a band with a girl lead singer. There's no doubt about that in my mind. The problem with that is, that there are a million guys in this scene playing shows together in the same genre and it's not given a second thought but as soon as two bands with a girl are on the same bill the show suddenly is a gimmick. Trust me, I'm no femenist preaching for gender equality, I just feel that there is room for improvement.

3. How has the reaction to the "Element Of Surprise" EP been so far?

The reaction has been great thus far, we just started selling it at shows 2 weeks ago, but we have had it up for full streaming on purevolume. com for about a month now and we have received some really great response to it. There was also a little bit of a write-up on absolutepunk. net about it, which was really cool for us, that was a first for all of us in this band. We were really lucky to have been able to work with Mike Poorman on this EP, he's amazing at what he does.

4. What can people expect from the Life On Hold live show?

FUN!! We love to have a good time and we throw tons of energy into our set. We really love to play and I think that it shows. Ohh and also hugs!! We are a very huggy group of people, so if you hang out with us at a show, you can probably expect a hug.

5. What are some of your influences?

As a band: Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy (Take This To Your Grave is collectively our favorite album), Brand New, Four Year Strong, Mae, and The Hush Sound.

6. If you could tour with three bands who would they be?

Wow, that's a tough one. I'd say Jimmy Eat World is number one on the list, followed by Brand New or The Hush Sound. I'm going to throw our friends Lion of Ido from NY on that list too, because they are one of the most talented bands I've ever encountered and are really cool people.

7. What are your thoughts on illegal music downloading?

I personally am against it, I buy all my music. My bank account would probably look a lot better if I did download music haha. However, I will admit it is a great way for an artist to get music out there.

8. What is your favorite song to play live and why?

Balladeer. From a vocals standpoint, it's a really easy song to sing, but also it showcases the guys voices a lot as well as mine. Every single member of Life on Hold can sing and Balladeer give us a chance to all sing together. We have a lot of fun with that song.

9. What are you currently listening to?

I'm currently listening to a lot of Rilo Kiley (which I always am), Four Year Strong, This Providence, and The Hush Sound.

10. What's next for Life On Hold?

The next couple months we're going to being writing some new music, followed by a tour in January.

11. Any shoutouts?

Yes, I just want to take a second to acknowledge our friends in the band All Hands on Deck. They just recently decided to part ways, we played their last show the other night. They did a lot to help us out when we first started, and have been so supportive to us. Please keep an eye out for any future projects that any of them have going on, you won't be dissapointed!