With all that's going on in the music scene both right here in NJ and across the country in the mainstream, we like to keep you connected to the great gems of the underground reminding you that we're down, but not out of this fight.
The loss of a few good venues this year will surely be hard to recover from in 2014, but hopefully our local groups will be ready to tally up the scores and head back into local venues performing for all you amazing fans and patrons.
One such band from Cliffside Park sat down with us recently to talk about their future endeavors, the status of the underground scene, and the music that they've so far been able to produce.
With their latest EP, ...and the devil will come to you with an Irish accent, telling you he loves you. in my opinion, a raving success, and great representation of what you can do with a dash of innovation and a trust in what works for you musically, Paste is a can't-miss group with attitude to match.
Examiner: Who is Paste? How did you guys find each other?
Nick : We're from Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The band started initially with me (Nick) and GG just playing together occasionally and producing some skeletons for what later became our ep. We asked Kevin to join once we fully decided to start a project.
Examiner: What kind of music do you guys play?
Nick: We play a mixture of punk, experimental, and what a lot of people refer to as "emo".
Examiner: How long have you been together?
Nick: We have been a band for approximately 10 months.
Examiner: What kind of challenges have you faced playing locally?
Nick: We haven't really had too many problems playing local shows. The bands we've been playing with are extremely supportive and constantly getting us on shows that we were not initially invited to play. We've been able to play at actual musical venues in the neighboring areas, as well as in basements of houses in various towns.
Examiner: Have you toured at all in your career?
Nick: We have not setup or participated in any tours yet. We hope to setup a small east coast tour in the near future.
Examiner: Have you considered switching genres to something that sells easier like pop-punk or folk?
Nick: Our style of music is already sort of pop-influenced in some aspects, but that isn't because we started a band solely for the purpose of acquiring fame. I think that altering your style specifically for the sake of expanding your fan base is probably the most pathetic thing that a band or artist could do.
Examiner: How do you guys feel about the growing pop-folk- hipster scene in the music industry?
Nick: We're all fans of folk music to an extent and it's nice to see folk music reach the forefront of popular music again. However, I don't think the term "hipster" should really apply to any style of music. I think people just associate the word hipster with a style that's not the mainstream, which is completely the opposite of a popular movement.
Examiner: Do you guys feel like you still will be going strong in a few years as a lot of local bands either reconfigure or drop off after a long run without scoring a deal.
Nick: I think we'll still be going strong because we're three really good friends who love playing music together. I don't think there's any foreseeable reasons for us to give that up.
Examiner: What’s the biggest challenge being a band in the underground today.
Nick: I don't think we're experiencing that many challenges for an unsigned local band. All we hope to do is record music and play shows. We don't really focus on popularity or much of anything outside of playing and creating music for whoever enjoys our sound. We've played a decent amount of shows and recorded an ep in less than a year, so I think it's safe to say that it's going as well as we've ever hoped it would.
Examiner: So where will you guys think you’ll be playing in the near future? Is there any recordings fans should keep a close eye out for in the coming months?
Nick: We have an EP our now that's available for free on our bandcamp site (pastemusic.bandcamp.com). We're in the process of writing two new songs for a split EP with a band called County Drop. GG also recorded a solo-acoustic song that was on Too Far Gone Record's fall compilation album. Our Facebook and Tumblr pages include all of our updates and upcoming shows. Facebook: facebook.com/pastemusic. Tumblr: pastemusic.tumblr.com
According to a less-than-recent Facebook update by the band, no more shows will be booked by the group for the time being due to undisclosed reasons. With only a subtle word that they may return in January to record new material, the band that just barely got in the door this year is proclaimed by their words, "done."
Hopefully this won't be the last we see of the boys, but if you're dead set on keeping them around, give them a shout on their Facebook page, and let them know what their music means to you.