-Interview- Final Call (2/7/18)

Final Call talks about the development of their sound, the current state of Pop Punk and much more.


From: Long Island, NY
Sounds like: Pop Punk

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

All four members of Final Call have had an intense love of rock and roll since birth. Pat Carroll started singing at the age of four after being introduced to artists like Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, and James Taylor by his parents. After discovering Green Day at the age of ten, he started playing guitar and never looked back. Greg began learning guitar at the age of 11 as a result of his love for bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. When Pat and Greg met in their freshman year of high school, they began jamming to Green Day songs and from then on, were able to expand their musical tastes across the spectrum of alternative rock. After realizing they would like a full band to play in their high school’s variety show, they recruited close friends Evan Brandow and Josh Roiland to play drums and bass guitar respectively. Neither of them had any experience with their respective instruments, but were able to learn for the sake of the band and rock the show. Since Final Call was formed, all four members have expanded their musical taste to love all alternative rock music, specifically pop punk, more than anything in the world. The name “Final Call” came from the members’ involvement in cross country and track and field. Since they met each other on the track team, they wanted to make the name something related to track. “Final Call” is what the referee calls before each race begins.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Mainly, we want our music to bring people together in the spirit of rock and roll. In the current world state of division and hatred, we want people to be able to sing and dance and play music together, no matter how different they may be. Rock and roll always has and still can portray a message in a catchy and beautiful way.

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

Our music style can be summarized as pop punk with influences coming from across the spectrum of rock and roll, as well as our own personal tweaks and contributions. Our main influences are Green Day, Blink-182, Yellowcard, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, State Champs, Neck Deep, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, My Chemical Romance, and the Beatles.

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

The top three bands we would love to tour with would be Green Day, Blink-182, and the Beatles.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

Our three desert island albums would be American Idiot, Enema of the State, and Ocean Avenue.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Pop Punk?

Fortunately, pop punk is on the rise again. Bands like State Champs and Neck Deep have been huge influences on us and opening the door to bringing rock back to the mainstream. However, unfortunately our generation is very content with pop, rap, and EDM. We are hoping that we can be part of the movement to bring rock back into the spotlight, where it deserves to be.

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

In terms of pop punk, the current scene is pretty much restricted to local venues, warped tour, and every once in a while, stadiums when bands like Green Day come to New York. Radio, television, and large venues in New York are currently concentrated on pop, rap, and EDM music.

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

We think that most people have done their fair share of illegal music downloading. When it comes to big artists that can afford to lose the money, it’s not as big of a deal. However, when supporting local, smaller artists, we feel it’s very important to show your support by purchasing their music.

9. What’s next for Final Call?

We are looking forward to recording another full EP in the summer of 2018 as well as using every opportunity we get to put on some lively, energetic performances.

10. Any shoutouts?

We would like to thank our friends and family for their support, our fans from around the world who give us the inspiration to keep making music, and our musical influences for giving us the courage to start in the first place.