Sunday, January 27, 2008

Interview: Pasiflora


Bass player, Evan, gives us the lowdown on this Indie band from Madison, Wisconsin, who everyone should give a listen too.
This is a band that has played shows with the likes of Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Graduate, Monty are I, Action Action, and more; A full-length album is set to be released in the next couple months; and something about a pet tiger!
How do you know if you’ll like something or even love something if you don’t try it out? So I expect everyone to do just that… right after you read this interview, of course, though!

1. Who is this and what do you do in the band?

This is Evan. I play bass in Pasiflora and sing occasionally...I also creep people out :-)

2. Will you give us a brief history of the band?

Our band has been through a lot in the past year. We officially started in October of 2006. Devin, Tyler and our former guitarist Justin were in a band called Painting in France, Zeb and I were in a band called Off the Deep End and our former bassist Jonny was in a band called A Distant Yesterday. I used to be the lead singer and we had three guitar players...ridiculous. We all decided to come together and start making some music. I think we didn't really have a distinct sound and for a while and a lot of us were unhappy. So we ended up breaking up in the summer of 2007 after the start of our tour with Trophy Scars. We spent the majority of July and August 2007 just thinking about what we wanted to do with our music. We eventually decided on a few important things like what our sound should be. We added a new vocalist named Ryan and I moved to playing bass, making us a five-piece. Right now we are working on recording, and plan to release, our first full-length album "The Syllabic Rhythm".

3. Your full-length album will be coming out soon. When is the release date and what do you have to say about the songs on the album and the recording process?

We are hoping to have it out by February 22nd, but release dates tend to get pushed back a bit. Sometime in February or March. It'll be available via iTunes and so look for it! I can tell you that the songs are going to be hard for some people to swallow. We are trying to do everything in our power to not sound like anything else and so far we've had a really positive response. I guess you need to approach us with an open mind because that's the way we've been writing our music. As far as the recording process goes, it's been a really good time. We are recording with our friend Tim Payne at the studio he built (Standing Water Studios) in Madison. It gives us a chance to take things slow, and believe me we have been taking it SLOW, and find a good comfort level.

4. What are your future plans for the band?

We want to release our full-length and start touring. We've gotten in touch with some really awesome people in the last year that are going to try and help us out.

5. Some bands like to discuss the meaning behind songs, and others do not. Which one do you prefer and why?

When you hear our album there will be a recurring theme throughout it that deals with this very question. I think if someone wanted to know the meaning of a song, we'd probably tell them. But I think it's more fun if you come to your own conclusion and feel your own way about a song. We aren't subversively trying to offend anyone, so don't worry about that, but we have some "deep" meanings in our songs...shit might make your brain explode.

6. If you had to choose one band whose success you'd love to have, who would it be and why?

Um, I'm not really sure. I can't speak for everyone but I've always felt that I wanted my band to have a degree of success that doesn't mimic another bands...if that makes sense. I'd be fine with being able to live comfortably off the success of my band, but it's more important to me that when people hear Pasiflora they know it's Pasiflora and not something else...

7. Finally, if you could wish on a real shooting star, what would you wish for?

Not speaking for everyone in our band but I would fucking love a giant pet tiger to ride around on...

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