-Interview- Skysleeper (4/9/14)

From: Bangor, PA
Sounds like: Rock

1. How did the band come together and form? Who thought of the name “Skysleeper” and is there any meaning behind it?

The band came together when I found Cory through my younger sister. One day when I was at CVS I met Dave and it pretty much fell together from there. We all just started to jam and that lead on to more serious things. I got the name from my love of both flying and sleep. I later learned that we share our name with an aircraft, making it all the more interesting. Not super symbolic of anything, because we really want people to form their own opinions about what the name means.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from the new "The Year Of The Cicadas" EP?

We want people to take away that our sound is unique. On “The Year Of The Cicadas” all of our songs sound different. We don’t want our originals to sound the same. We want all of them to have their own exclusive sound. We want people to take away that we are a young new band that can provide catchy energetic music that is one of a kind.

3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

We describe our music as sporadic. Everything we play is from hard rock to ballads.

4. What can people expect from your live show? What covers gets the crowd going? What original tracks are your favorite to play?

Our fans and viewers cannot predict anything at our shows. Every show we play is very energetic and it reflects on the audience. With Mick and Dave jumping up and down, me slamming the drums and Dave doing what he is best at, we throw an amazing show at the crowd. Some originals that get the crowd singing along, moving or even moshing are, Stay Together For The Kids (Blink-182), Monument (A Day To Remember), Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked (Cage The Elephant) and many more. We all have our favorite original tracks. I like to play “Stupid Worthless Kid”. Mick’s favorite song to play is “Wild Flight” and Dave really likes “Fired Up” and “Strange One”.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

The three bands that we would love to tour with are Neil Young, Black Sabbath and A Day To Remember.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We don’t have any crazy band stories so far.

7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Rock is DEFINITELY in recovery, with bands like Pearl Jam and The Offspring and Blink-182 still going strong, and new bands like Cage the Elephant being as awesome as they are and having the total throwback sound.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?

Especially around us, people are very supportive of the music scene. Statewide, there's plenty of bands with dreams as big as ours. Every band that plays at shows just do it for the love of music. There isn’t any bashing on other bands. Everyone is their because they love music.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Our take on legal/illegal music downloading is that legally downloading music would be preferred for the artist. A lot of work goes into writing music, recording, and touring. The average listener might not understand how much needs to happen to put songs together or other things if they have never done it before. If you are buying your favorite bands songs that is helping them pay for all the behind the scenes work that goes on in a band and helps them continue their dream. Illegally downloading songs does not compensate the artist but it still gets their music out to the world. There are a lot of bands that say as long as their music gets to their listeners then they are satisfied. We want our music out there either way. If you have the money you should buy the songs from any band.

10. What’s next for Skysleeper?

The next big thing for Skysleeper is just trying to get out and play as much as possible. We are hoping by the end of this summer to have a new album. We are also trying to go on a summer tour.

11. Any shoutouts?

Anyone that has helped us get where we are now, we would like to say thank you! A huge shoutout goes to Aaron Hallett. Aaron helped us record “The Year Of The Cicadas”. We couldn’t be more impressed of how professional he was and how much time he invested with us. He spent many more hours working with our music then he had to. Without him, we wouldn’t be where we are now. We would also like to say thanks to other bands that have supported on our journey and all of our friends and family that come out to all of our shows and provided us with the equipment to play.