What's in the name? I know who Pretty Boy is, but why him?
Danon Saylor, Vocals: I’m glad you asked. A lot of people get the wrong idea from our name. The worst was when some people told us that they thought it was promoting violence against homosexuals. The name means the absolute opposite. “A Bullet For Pretty Boy” is the name of a classic movie that is about Pretty Boy Floyd. Though the movie doesn’t follow history exactly, we still found the story compelling. In the movie, Pretty Boy commits some vengeful acts of violence, which lead to murder. After this his life spirals out of control when he starts robbing banks and running from the police. Eventually he is shot several times and killed. Pretty Boy had just married and had his whole life in front of him. If he would have just controlled his anger and forgiven the man he murdered, he could have lived a long, happy life.
We know that our fans most likely won’t be robbing banks, but violence has been a problem in our music scene since the beginning. I mean we love to see people move around, mosh, or hardcore dance, but it is really upsetting to see guys in there just to get a cheap shot on some unassuming person trying to enjoy the show. I have even seen grown guys kick girls in the stomach and we just find that ridiculous. A lot of bands, not all, with screaming or breakdowns will promote this kind of behavior, but we absolutely do not. For this reason, we really wanted to set ourselves apart with our name.
How did you come up with the idea to combine hardcore with ambient?
Chris Johnston, Guitar: We all listen to a wide variety of music and have influences that differ pretty greatly from one another. We just really loved how the two styles are so different, but once they were put together in a certain way could sound great together.
You are now signed. What does that mean to you?
Derrick Sechrist, Guitar: Yes, we recently got signed by Artery Recordings/Razor and Tie. This means we will be able to record and release a full-length album all over the USA! We are all very excited about it and expect great things to come from it.
How long have each of you been playing? How did you get started playing that instrument?
Chris: I have been playing guitar for about six years. My little sister got an electric flying “V” guitar for Christmas one year. I started messing around with it and looked up songs to play on the internet. I still teach myself by using resources on the internet like youtube.com.
Taylor Kimball, Drums: I got my first drum set when I was about 10 years old and I would occasionally "take a hit" at it. Then I started getting more serious when I was about 13 when I joined my first band. I've been playing ever since.
Danon: I was in a cover band at around 16, covering radio rock songs and the guitarist and I wanted to be in a more aggressive style of music. So I kinda just started trying out screaming in my car and one day got a band together with some friends. That's pretty much it for me.
Joshua Modisette, Keys: I started playing keys in church on my worship team. I self taught myself to play keys and now I play not only for the band, but on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights at church.
Derrick: I got my first guitar when I was ten and taught myself for a few years. When I was 13 I started playing for my church youth band and have pretty much played everyday since.
What are you passionate about?
Joshua: Our main objective as a band is spreading the love that God has given us through sacrificing His son to die for our sins. Without this love, we wouldn't be the people or the band we are. God has truly blessed us individually, and as a group, and the least we could do is to try to spread that love to as many people as possible.
Why do you think you work well together as a band?
Chris: We are all really good friends and spend a lot of time together. One thing that helps us “click” is that we all get along. If you hate your band mates, your band is just not going to last very long and you are going to be miserable for as long as the band does last. I mean you have to be with that group of people in the tiny space of the van or venue for almost all 24 hours of each day on tour.
Musically I think we all click because of our different takes on the music. One person may have an idea that is totally different from the other person, but once put together it becomes something all together different. That is how, I feel, our music stays original.
What is your craziest tour story?
Taylor: We stopped at an empty gas station to fill up in Missouri at 2 in the morning and some 70 year old women was on the side of the building with her pants all the way down going to the bathroom.
What could you not live without or would feel incomplete if you didn't have it?
Everyone: We could not live without dollar menus!
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