FROM: BOSTON | FOR FANS OF: A DAY TO REMEMBER, FOUR YEAR STRONG
Hailing from one of the most iconic places in the world for both hardcore and punk – Boston – up and coming trio A Crash Republic have been described as a product of the environment and yet they still manage to bring something different to the table. Infectious choruses and BIG, sunshine filled guitars, the band take their influences from all over the place and blend it into an upbeat, satisfying mix that’s getting listeners hooked.
DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE TO TRY EVEN HARDER NOT TO BE PIGEONHOLED INTO HARDCORE AND POP PUNK AND THE PREVIOUS SOUNDS OF BANDS IN THIS GENRE HAILING FROM BOSTON?
Andrew (Vocals/Guitar): “I feel no pressure to try to sound (or in this case, not sound) any certain way. I just try to make the music that makes me happy. Most of my influences aren’t Boston based at all.”
Nick (Vocals): “Not at all actually. My goal in the band is often to write music and lyrics that stand out. Andrew’s natural tendency is to make it interesting and unique (adding a lot of heavier/metal influence and interesting guitar work). Same goes for Steve. So naturally we feel no pressure to sound a certain way because the whole thing is already eclectic in nature. We’re influenced by some of the stuff that goes on outside of the city and in the rest of Massachusetts (Four Year Strong, A Loss For Words, Transit) and general east coast pop punk. A lot of our BIG influences (The Green Day’s & Blink-182’s) are based out of the sunnier west coast which is where a lot of the poppier songwriting comes from. A lot of inspiration for lyrics came from experiences in cities like New York and Boston though.”
WHAT HAVE BEEN BOTH SOME LOCAL AND NON LOCAL INFLUENCES ON THIS BAND?
Nick (Vocals): “There are honestly too many to name. But put into terms of specific albums that inspired this first batch of songs were Green Day’s American Idiot, My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, and Say Anything’s …Is A Real Boy. Andrew’s pretty influenced by Green Day as well, and also by a broad range of metal. We both kind of got inspired to care about/do pop punk because of American Idiot to be completely honest which is the most cliche thing you could say but it’s somewhat true.”
WHEN IT CAME TO THE TITLE OF YOUR RECORD, SWEET APATHY SEEMS TO HAVE A DARK TINGE TO IT, WHAT INSPIRED THIS?
Nick (Vocals): “I wrote the song “Sweet Apathy” itself when I was about 18 in high school and I was really into the dark “nihilistic” aesthetic/approach to dealing with problems. That mindset also defines the state of mind for the main character throughout the narrative of this first “Act” of the three part concept album. It’s basically an ode to pledging to Apathy and Nihilism while embracing counterculture.”
YOU ACTUALLY MENTIONED THAT YOU WERE ‘REPRESENTING POP PUNK AND UNITY’ ON THIS NEW RECORD. WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THIS?
Nick (Vocals): “The motto is “Unity Through Counterculture” which is something not just inspired by punk music but also by Beat culture and works such as Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Its less political and a little more freeing in terms of giving oneself permission to pursue art for art’s sake and not let the media or other people’s opinions influence how you value or view your own artistic expression.”
DO YOU FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT FOR NOT JUST AMONGST THE BANDS / PROMOTERS ECT, BUT ALSO WITH MUSIC FANS THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A STRONG SENSE OF UNITY TO MAKE FOR A STRONG LOCAL SCENE?
Nick (Vocals): That’s definitely the whole point. There is nothing quite like a united music scene. I can’t really attest to that as much as some other people because I never really was part of a local scene growing up to be honest, but the unity that I feel from the people that I do know is definitely a special kind of kinship.
SINCE YOUR RECORDS RELEASE IN FEBRUARY YOU’RE PICKING UP A LOT OF TRACTION AND GOOD FEEDBACK FROM BOTH THE MUSIC PRESS AND MUSIC FANS THEMSELVES. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO REALISE THAT MUSIC YOU MADE IS HAVING THIS KIND OF IMPACT ON PEOPLE?
Andrew (Vocals/Guitar): “Incredibly surreal, I’m just happy that the songs were released and I can listen to them on spotify within my playlists.”
Nick (Vocals): “It’s pretty ridiculous. A lot of these songs existed in the form of HORRIBLE demos for years and years (the bareboned songs/lyrics were written between 2009-2013) so to have them finally out and have people being like “Yo man, Sweet Apathy SLAPS” I’m kind of like “I KNEW THEY WOULD DIG THAT ONE!!!” which is a day I never thought would come to be honest.”
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR MOMENTS THAT YOU CAN RECALL WHEN WATCHING ANOTHER LIVE BAND / LISTENING TO A RECORD AND THINKING, ‘YEAH MUSIC IS WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE’?
Andrew (Vocals/Guitar): “When I was young I’d watch my father perform with his cover band. It was my first inspiration to become a performer.”
Nick (Vocals): “Every time I go to Warped Tour I kind of evaluate my position in life regarding my music goals and ask myself if I’m doing everything I can to get music out there. Lately I’ve been feeling pretty good about it but that’s definitely one of the moments that inspired and continues to inspire me the most.”
WHAT’S THE ACTUAL GOAL FOR A CRASH REPUBLIC?
Nick (Vocals): “To inspire. To create art that provokes thought or reinforces it. To help people realize that having an existential crisis is what drives us towards the light.”
FINALLY IT SEEMS THE BAND IS PICKING UP A HELL OF A LOT OF TRACTION, WHAT’S KEEPING YOU GUYS HUMBLE?
Nick (Vocals): “We’ve definitely gotten a little bit of recognition but to be completely honest we have so much more work to do that we recognize that we can’t get too ahead of ourselves or we will probably lose our minds and it will stop being fun. At which point one of the major foundations behind the project is lost to the machine. The machine sucks. Don’t trust the machine.”
Andrew (Vocals/Guitar): “Mountains of student loan debt. It’s no joke.”