-Interview- Mutiny Abroad (11/6/15)

Mutiny Abroad wants to bring you hope from Long Island, New York.


From: Long Island, NY
Sounds like: Punk/Hardcore

All questions answered by vocalist Branden Gallagher.

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Mutiny Abroad” and is there any meaning behind it?

The way I got started in music was my friends dad found a Yamaha bass at a dump. So my friend gave it to me and said "here, learn how to use this thing. I need a bass player". So I did, and I fell in love. I've been a bass player my whole musical career until Mutiny. Once I got a mic in my hand something incredible happened to me and I fell in love with music all over again. As far as how the name "Mutiny Abroad" came about is probably very similar to how most bands got their names. We would text each other all day saying the most ridiculous stuff and laugh and make fun of each other. Until one night at practice someone said something and that invisible light bulb turned on over us and we have been "Mutiny Abroad" ever since.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your upcoming "Vultures And Vices" EP?

What I would like our listeners to walk away from after listening to "Vultures and Vices" is hopefully the underlying message. Hope. Behind all the pain, all the disappointment and anger there's always hope and good in ourselves and all around us. We just have to be conscious to it. Or, "Damn, that was a kick ass record". that would be ok if they walked away with that too.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

Music for us is therapy. So our live shows are basically counseling sessions for us. It lets us express everything that makes us what we are and get it all out, right there on the stage. With the very serious risk of getting knocked unconscious by a guitar head.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

Picking my favorite song to play is a tough choice. Probably "The Devil Is Just A Lonely Guy Named Stan" would have to be my pick. It was the first song we ever wrote and there is just something about the breakdown that gets me every time.

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

Three bands that I would like to tour with is another tough question. But the first 3 that come to mind would have to be Every Time I Die, Hundredth and The Greenery, who we've actually had the pleasure of playing with. I think a tour with any of those bands would be beyond fun.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Crazy show stories? I mean the typical drunken antics of a punk band and falling off stages of course happens but we played with Madball. That in itself is crazy. We haven't been a band for that long and we got the chance to play with punk/hardcore royalty. That's crazy to me.

7. What’s your take on the current state of hardcore/punk?

My current take on the current state of hardcore/punk is, its coming back and its coming back in a good way. Thank God!

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

The current scene here in Long Island and New York is, an over saturated mess. BUT! True to Long Island and New York reputation, it is overflowing with talent. It also has one of the most welcoming of communities for both fan and band. The hardcore scene, while messy, is absolutely a wonderful family to be apart of.

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

I am torn on the issue of legal/illegal music downloading. As a working musician, every penny counts. Literally, every penny we make counts. Not one cent we make goes into our pockets. It all goes back into the band. Now, as the underpaid slave horse I am for "the man", I'm all about free shit. If you're going to "pirate" a bands music its in my opinion that when that band plays in your area you make sure you go and see them. You make sure you buy their merch. You also make sure to tell that band how much they mean to you.

10. What’s next for Mutiny Abroad?

Now that "Vultures and Vices" is out our next steps are booking shows in our area as well as booking tours. Plus getting back in the room and writing new material.

11. Any shoutouts?

Have to make a huge shout out to our brothers in "Gnashville". One of the best most honest bands on Long Island. They have been there for everything with us. We also have to give a big shout out to our other family members in My Kingdom. Who kill it live by the way. As well as a special shout out to My Kingdom's guitar player Joe Pisani. He has been our sound engineer for every piece of music we have out there. He recorded our "Pine Box" demo as well as totally saving our asses with recording "Vultures And Vices".