I recently got the opportunity to interview London based politically-charged Electro Goth Punk band ‘Calling All Astronauts’about their recent album ‘Anti-Social Network’ and ask them a few questions about their music style and influences.
Your latest album ‘Anti-Social Network’ was released last month, do you think that this could be the album that grabs people’s attention?
“We live in hope, we believe we’ve made a great album, but let’s be honest, we are a DIY band, we are very lucky to get so much support from both radio and blogs, but we don’t have any marketing budget whatsoever. So if it is embraced by the mainstream, it will just be luck”
Who or what has influenced your music the most?
“We take influence from everywhere, I always say every piece of music you ever listen to influences you in some way. We do as a band take a lot of influences from late 70’s and 80’s alternative acts, but then we try and make it sound more modern, hopefully we manage it!”
Do you have one word that you use to describe your music?
I see you played Kendal Calling in 2013, how was that?
“It was really awesome! I looked out and I could see who books the festival watching us. I looked to my left and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans was stood at the side of the stage watching us too. We had a great day, though the drive from London was a long one!”
You have very strong political views, do you think music is a great platform to get your views across to people?
“Definitely! I wouldn’t say I’m political as much as socio-political, I have no real allegiance to any of our current political parties, I’m more concerned with social injustice, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia being eradicated from society. If by people listening to my lyrics, I can make them consider what is going on, I think I’m winning. We live in a society, in which more people seem to care if a reality star gets her figure back following childbirth, than care that children are dying in Africa due to lack of clean drinking water, how can that be right?”
If you could work with any band or artist, who would it be?
“J would like to guest on a KISS record, Paul would love to work with Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and David would love to co-produce with Skrillex”
I mentioned Kendal Calling earlier, are you playing any festivals or shows this year?
“We hope to, although it’s now getting a bit late to get onto the bill this summer. We have started working on the new live set incorporating lots of the new album, and reprogramming some of our debut album as well”
What do you have planned for the next year or so? New album or single maybe?
Our next single “Time to Fight Back” is out at the start of June, it will also include a version of the Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. There will also be several more singles and remixes over the next 12 months and we have also started writing the next album!”
Thank you so much to Calling All Astronauts for giving me the opportunity to interview them, I really appreciate it!
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Chin Up, Kid are a pop punk band from Indianapolis who formed in 2013. I recently got the chance to interview them, I’ve been a fan of Chin Up, Kid for a few years so it was an honor. I discovered them through my obsession with A Day To Remember a few years a go.
They released their latest album ‘The Way You Live Is Common’ last month.
I interviewed the band and got to know them a little better….
Firstly, introduce yourselves! Who’s in the band and who plays what?
Ben is the vocalist, Cheyenne is the rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist, Michael is the lead guitarist, Will is the bassist/backing vocalist and Davey is the drummer/backing vocalist.
What is the meaning/ how did you come up with the band name?
Chin Up, Kid came about because we wanted to write positive and influential music for people.
When did you form?
We formed March 3, 2013.
You released your 2016 album ‘The Way You Live Is Common’ (which is an awesome album by the way!) for free for a short time. I think that’s a pretty cool thing to do for your fans, what was the reasoning behind it?
We spent over a year perfecting this album and just wanted to give it away to make up for that wait. We just want our music in as many hands as we can get them in.
Do you have any plans for the next album yet?
We have talked about writing a new album but at this point we just want to play out and get some touring under our belt.
Who or what has influenced your music the most?
We have many influences individually. As a band though we have the same influence in pop punk bands such as New Found Glory and Sum 41.
I think you guys are going to get very big very quickly, who would you love to tour with?
We would love to tour with so many! Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, State Champs. New Found Glory, the list goes on!
If you could work with a band/artist on a record, who would it be?
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, we are currently in the warped tour contest with hopes of winning to record with him.
Are you playing any shows or festivals soon?
Our next show is our last hometown show for awhile. It’s April 15th at The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN.
What do you have planned for the next year or so?
Tour, tour and more tour! with a couple of music videos thrown in there.
Do you guys have any plans to come to the UK?
As of now we don’t but that would be really sweet! We would totally come there!
Where can people check out your music?
We are on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp and more!
Thank you so much to Chin Up, Kid for giving me the opportunity to interview them, it was awesome and I wish the guys all the luck in the world. Please check out their album The Way You Live Is Common.
You can also find Chin Up, Kid here..