1. How did you get your band name?
We are named after the Jam's final single. It's also somewhat of a mission statement.
2. How did this band get started?
Back in January of 2009, Steve and Ian's former band more or less fell apart, and Beat Surrender was born out of an undying love of English bands and power pop.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
For starters, our cornerstones are the Jam, the Clash, the Pretenders, and Tom Petty. See if you can find anything else in our sound.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Sandinista era Clash. You ever hear the bootlegs? What a show...
Early to mid-70s Stones. The band never topped these few years.
If our friends' bands Stalemate (from Rhode Island) and Forest Henderson (from Boston) were still together, that would have been a tour and a half. We're honored to have played with them in the past.
But, for active bands we'd love to tour with, there's the Young Leaves, the BFs, Matt Demello (formerly of Stalemate), Hostage Calm, and John Powhida International Airport. All of them are from southern New England, like us.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
We tend to eat crappy fast food in our travels. It's not recommended.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
We're made by people, not machines. We give it our all but aren't exclusive or catered towards any specific scene. We don't preach to converted choirs in the basements of vegan anarchists or any of that. We'll play for anyone who wants to experience live music and wants to feel lifted out of whatever rut they may feel themselves in. We write songs that aspire to be universal while still being personal. And if all you do is listen to our band, you're only getting half the story.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Our sports consultant has said, "Right now you are rookie Reggie Lewis (formerly of the Boston Celtics), showing promise when you get playing time, yet still hasn't broken out as a star yet. On the other hand, Reggie Lewis ended up dying before his time. Hmm..."
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Paul Weller, for not killing us after taking his song's name.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
We're out to kill banality.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Steve almost broke his neck rolling around on the floor at a battle of the bands. It was hilarious to look at and he ended up okay. We also won that night.
The night we played Harper's Ferry in Boston (R.I.P.), Dana almost annihilated Steve's head with his bass when he was smashing it to bits. Hell of a close shave.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
A good opportunity to ingratiate ourselves in an active musical community.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
We really love to play our new song "Meet the Parents." Sometimes we get overly excited to play covers though too, in which case we like playing Iron Maiden's "Prowler."
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Vacation? What's that?
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
We all grew up with different music getting in our ears, whether it was the sound of the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, the Doors, Nirvana, Green Day, Beethoven... John and Dana grew up with a lot of ska, particularly Catch-22. Like most people our age, we had a lot of variety in what we heard as kids and teenagers. Variety is healthy. Musical variety is a necessity.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
We'd form like Voltron and save the world from corporate rock.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
We all wash up and get dressed for our best instead of just rolling out of bed like we don't give a fuck. Proper attire and cleanliness are important, even if we sweat it out later and lose a shirt or two on stage.
Ian tries to listen to the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" before we play. Steve gets his knee brace on and tends to triple check his gear. Dana and John might indulge in a couple drinks before hitting the rhythm section.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Most fans don't know much about us. John's a math teacher.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
The radio is a tough place to get to. Even signed bands often don't get on the radio. Would we flourish there? Maybe. It's hard to say. You have to think: Pink Floyd's "Money" is a staple of classic rock radio, even though it's in 7/8 time and is far beyond the old standard 2 minutes 30 seconds for a single. By the same token, you have Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon dominating the airwaves now. Could we flourish? Maybe. Why not give us a shot?
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
We like playing dominoes.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
The good kind?