FROM: YORKSHIRE | FOR FANS OF: SUM 41, BLINK 182
Whilst we can celebrate that pop punk is a genre that keeps moving forward, sometimes to build the future we must learn from the past, and that’s exactly what Yorkshire’s Elastic Waste is doing. With huge hooks, and more fun and energy than any other band emerging onto the scene, we sit down with the three piece to chat just why sometimes you don’t have to take everything so seriously…
“I don’t think we could ever just stand on stage and play without trying to make each other laugh or smile.”
FIRST AND FOREMOST YOU COME UNDER THE SOUND OF POP PUNK. HOWEVER, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TRUE POP PUNK IS?
Matt (Drums): Pop punk doesn’t take itself too seriously and can be very light-hearted. However, there is generally a message or a story to tell.
Lewis (Vocals, Guitar): Pop- punk for me is energy, jumping, 4 chords and fun.
WHETHER IT WAS OUR SHOOT OR THE WAY YOU PRESENT THE BAND ONSTAGE THERE’S ALWAYS AN ELEMENT OF FUN. WHAT INSPIRES THIS?
Jason (Vocals, Bass): We are inspired by the bands that came before us and motivated us to pick up our instruments. Bands such as; Blink 182 and Green Day etc. We try to make every show different and always try to make it fun for the people watching.
Lewis: We also try to make it fun for ourselves. Whether it’s trying to put each other off whilst we are playing, or laughing when Jason slipped on stage and smashed his head against his bass amp. We have a lot of fun.
DO YOU FEEL SOMETIMES MUSIC CAN BE RUINED BECAUSE PEOPLE TAKE MUSIC TOO SERIOUSLY?
Matt: Music can never be ruined as each band is different. Everybody has a voice and every band has something to say. It’s about trying to get a balance between enjoying yourselves and making music that reaches everybody.
Jason: Yeah, Some of our favourite bands are serious bands but we want to look back at ourselves and show that we are enjoying what we do and not staring seriously down a camera lens.
Lewis: We have a lot of fun but we also take our music very seriously.
ON THE FLIP SIDE HOW DO YOU FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN TAKING ELASTIC WASTE SERIOUSLY AND ALSO ENJOYING IT / REMEMBERING TO HAVE FUN?
Jason: We take our music very seriously and we want to show people our songs. However, it would be nice to look back at ourselves in 10 years time and say, “Yeah, that was a blast.” I don’t think we could ever just stand on stage and play without trying to make each other laugh or smile.
“It’s obviously heavily linked to the passion for what we are doing.”
AS A BAND YOU’RE ALL SLIGHTLY OLDER THAN THE REST OF THE BANDS IN THE SCENE. DO YOU FEEL THIS MAKES YOU GUYS WISER TO HOW ALL OF THIS MUSIC STUFF WORKS?
Matt: Well… I just turned 24 on Wednesday I’m neither old nor wise haha.
Jason: Oh wow- I didn’t realise we looked that old.. I certainly don’t feel it! We did start later than some other bands, however I do feel this is to our advantage. We know collectively what we like; both in terms of musically and how we want to work within the industry overall. I believe this could be linked to us having more life experience, which as a result we can incorporate into our music and how we work with others.
YOU’RE A BAND THAT IS CONSISTENTLY PLAYING LIVE. DO YOU FEEL, ESPECIALLY IN A TIME WHERE MUSIC IS SO ACCESSIBLE THANKS TO STREAMING AND THAT TRACKS CAN BE HEAVILY EDITED IN THE STUDIO, THAT NOW MORE THAN EVER IT’S BETTER TO BE A ‘LIVE BAND’?
Lewis: It’s a very difficult time to be in a band and trying to ‘make it’. I think there is definitely a gap widening between established bands playing live and local bands playing live. It seems local venues are getting fewer and fewer by the year. it’s extremely tough. I think the market has changed and other platforms are having to be explored. Social media is huge.
AT THE SAME TIME HOW DO YOU FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN BEING BOTH GOOD ON RECORD AS WELL AS LIVE?
Jason: For me it’s genuinely a case of always putting my all into our music and what we do. It’s obviously heavily linked to the passion for what we are doing. Personally, that’s both the music and also ensuring that everyone there is having a good time and a laugh with us. I know even when we have recorded, we have always tried to ensure that this comes across to those listening. We want both live and recordings to come across as being dynamic and friendly- whilst still enjoying what we are doing.
ARE THERE ANY BANDS THAT ACTUALLY INFLUENCE THE LIVE ELEMENT OF ‘ELASTIC WASTE’?
Lewis: There are loads of bands who influence us live and we all like to go and watch live bands. We have been to countless festivals and live shows and we try to take different aspects of each one. My goal is to end up in a giant hamster ball like Jeremy from ‘A Day To Remember’, and run across the crowd.
FINALLY, WHAT DO THE NEXT 12 MONTHS HOLD FOR ELASTIC WASTE?
Lewis: The next 12 months are exciting. We are releasing our new EP ‘This Is The End Of Living In The Shadows Of Our Friends‘ I can’t wait for you to hear it. Our latest single ‘Paralysed’ is on YouTube right now.
Jason: We will also be embarking on our first European Tour which will see us playing in France, Germany and finishing up in Bulgaria.