1. How did you get your band name?
A long time ago (two summers past) in a Taco Bell not so far away
(about five minutes time if you’re doing the speed limit, so let’s say
about three minutes down the road), three guys with visions of an
intense rock band session fresh on their mind decided they would start
their very own rock band. Chris Scruggs, who had no musical experience
whatsoever, Michael Walsh, a trumpet player of seven years and Paul
Rossetti, (that’s me!) who had four years of bass guitar gigging under
his belt had hit that monumental moment in their lives where they found
themselves undoubtedly destined for the limelight. The next thirty
minutes were then consumed by hopeful attempts of The Perfect Band
“I want it to be a contradiction! Most of rock is based on those.” “Yea,
but so is all of Katy Perry’s music.” “Well at least she’s on the
radio!” “Shut up…” “Well our last names start with S, W and R, How
about Sun Rise West?” “…I almost really like that a whole lot.” “HOW
ABOUT SUN SET EAST?!?”
And it was so.
2. How did this band get started?
A year later, Chris Scruggs still had no musical experience whatsoever,
Michael Walsh had bought himself a Gibson SG and Paul Rossetti found
himself playing his sister’s Fender Telecaster and an old Casio
Keyboard his dad bought him when he was ten. The date was July 28th,
2008 and The Warped Tour was in Atlanta. Michael Walsh, Paul Rossetti
and high school friend Jeff Heaton (who at the time, had no musical
experience either) were just getting back from the event, still gawking
over their new found discovery of Jet Lag Gemini when Paul had the
genius idea to force Jeff to play his bass guitar. I mean, playing bass
in a pop punk band is only so hard, right?
Sure enough, two weeks later, with the assistance of Paul’s macbook
Raymond on drums, Sun Set East was nearly a complete band. Michael
Walsh on vox/guitar, Jeff Heaton on bass and Paul Rossetti on
3. What bands are you influenced by?
We play pop punk. So your obvious answers include the following: blink
182, Sum 41, New Found Glory.
However, some other influences beyond what we consider the core of pop
punk include The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, We The Kings, Yellowcard and
anything else in my Top 25 Most Played on iTunes.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would it be
Wouldn’t it be lovely to be the opening act on the blink 182 reunion
tour? Yea, we think so too. It wouldn’t matter who else was on the
tour at that point.
5. If you were a furry, what animal would you be? Why that animal?
For legal reasons, we are not available to discuss the matter at this
time. Thank you for understanding.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
Well if you listen to us, then you just might find a new band to add to
your “keep an eye on these guys” list. You provide the ears and support
and we’ll provide the catchy sing-able choruses and amazing(ly
7. If you were chosen to be in Guitar Hero/Rock Band, what song would
you want in the game? How hard do you think it would be to five-star on
That one song on that one album we never put out a few years back. Yea,
it’s that b-side with the oboe solo during the bridge. If you’re a true
fan, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That one would work
pretty well for rock band.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Chuck Norris, all the people I probably should thank, and of course,
mommy and daddy.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would
Unless I get my M.B.A., so that I’ll be educated enough to actually
answer this question, I’ll just leave it to the manager to do his job.
10. Memorable tour experience?
This past summer, I had another one of my absolutely brilliant ideas…
to break into the high school cafeteria during band camp to play for
200 plus people during lunch break. We ended up doing exactly that,
playing for an hour, with surprisingly no resistance by the band
directors who actually proceeded to thank us afterwards for the free
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
AP.net is where I get a) most of my news about all of my favorite bands
b) most of my laughs from the sheer ridiculousness generated in the
12. What is your favorite song to play?
At the end of every practice, it has become a tradition to ‘close’ the
session. We do that by playing Dammit by blink 182 as fast as we can
manage to palm mute. I think our record is somewhere around 39001.62
beats per minute. Whatever the number is, it’s my favorite song AND my
favorite song to play.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
If you go through the Lincoln Tunnel and past the sea of twirly, swirly
gumdrops, you’ll find yourself in the seven levels of the Candy Cane
Forest. The third level is my favorite personally. The dining
opportunities are absolutely kosher and the spa resort is a must. Walsh
prefers the sixth level though, it’s a nudist colony.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
I have three definitions of childhood music. The first was the phase
when all I listened to my dad’s favorite radio station, which was Z93’s
classic rock before it became DaveFM. Then there was the dreaded
NSYNC/Blue (Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die) era. Finally, there was the year that
I discovered Goldfinger from the tracklist of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
(the original) and listened to Goldfinger and only Goldfinger for an
entire year. Hang Ups was my favorite. Then I was introduced to Sum 41.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
I would donate any super power abilities that may ever be bestowed upon
me to the Make People Nicer fund that supports the abolition/correction
of douchebags and bitches.
16. Do you feel that your band has "made it"?
Not one bit. We have very large aspirations and will be continuing to
pursue them for years to come. We haven’t arrived just yet, but we’re
setting the foundations for a successful career and plan to be around
for a long time once we’ve broken into the industry. Any help on that
last part would be greatly appreciated.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I am the sole member of a parody-ambient-electronica-influenced-death-metal-band called XChronic
DistortionX. This was originally a side project of a 13 member parody
death metal band called Necrotic Disgorgement that once headlined the
Masquerade in Atlanta.
18. What's your favorite holiday?
Valentine’s Day. I can’t help but be a hopeless romantic. I blame We
The Kings. They write such beautiful love songs.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Write music. Play music. Talk music. Be stupid.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?