Pentimento - 08.09.11

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Pentimento - 08.09.11The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:



1. How did you get your band name?
“Pentimento” as described in its definition is the process that a painting goes through once it has been painted over on a canvass, and then begins to bleed through and show itself through the secondary painting. Vinny, our bass player, came up with the idea to use it as a band name after reading that on his syllabus for a college course he was in at the time. He brought it up to the rest of us and it totally stuck. Once we learned more about what it meant and discussed what it meant to us, we decided on using Pentimento.

2. How did this band get started?
In July of 2010, the four of us had a conversation about where we were at in our lives from a musical stand point. I think we were all feeling stifled or stagnate. None of us had anything going on that we were excited about. From that frustration came the logic behind Pentimento. We try to maintain a strong work ethic and stay motivated because we learned from the things we hated about other bands we were in. During conversations with each other, we’d bring up all the things we didn’t like or hated dealing with while working on other projects, which caused us to quickly realize that all we needed to do was BE the change we wanted to see. We’ve all been in bands since we were 13 or 14 years old, and we’ve all dealt with a lot of bullshit in that time. But now that we’re able to communicate, stay focused, and share a willingness to work and push the band forward, I can say that those things are what actually started Pentimento. I am fortunate enough to have come across other like-minded people who are as interested and invested in it as the others involved. That isn’t something I ever experienced in past projects. We started the band because we were ready for something better. Something more. Something that felt right and felt worth it. We all knew that it was going to take a lot of time, money, and effort, but we wanted that. We wanted to give it a real shot and see where it put us. The attributes at the root of Pentimento are the same things that keep Pentimento going. It’s part of what makes it fun. We love it for a million reasons, but those are the things that we have to look to as the reason Pentimento was put together.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
My honest answer would be that we’re influenced by a billion different artists. There’s so much out there to appreciate about music in all genres that it makes it really tough to pinpoint exactly what our influences are. I draw a lot from bands like Strike Anywhere, AFI, Converge, among other things that acted as my corner stone in punk-rock. But if I have to chose which bands influence us most as a whole, I’d say Small Brown Bike, Hot Water Music, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, Face to Face, Lifetime, Taking Back Sunday, and the list goes on and on…

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Oh man…ANY bands?! Like dream tour type stuff? Okay…so it’d be a stadium tour, except we’d only allow like 200 people into each show, and the rest of the stadium would be filled with balloons and whipped cream. Janis Joplin takes the stage as the opener and belts out a bunch of rad tunes. Everyone then realizes that even though she’s an old hippy, she’s actually punk as fuck, so she’s automatically cool and everyone in the crowd is +30 punk points. Then Jerry (vocals/guitar) and Lance (guitar) have their old band Come The Dawn drop down from the ceiling. We all mosh, and then AFI goes on. But AFI waits until I am done sweating, which takes about 2 hours. They proceed to play every record, front to back, until they get to Decemberunderground. They then reveal that Decemberunderground was actually a joke, and everyone laughs merrily until tears form in their eyes. Then they unzip their AFI suits to revel that somehow, they’re actually Hot Water Music. They play everything. Then Alkaline Trio comes on, and everyone tells them to shut up so they go home. How embarrassing. Pentimento comes on and we play okay I guess. Then to close the show, Prince and Mariah Carey do a duet set of all their hit singles and my pants get extremely tight for some reason.

5. Best food to eat on tour?
Whatever’s free.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
Well, I would hope people would want to listen to our band because we’re doing everything we can to make honest music. It really does come from our hearts. I’m not going to sit here and babble about our passion for music or for the band, and blah blah blah…because in reality, there shouldn’t be a question about one’s passion for playing music. If you’re not passionate about it, then there’s no reason for you to be doing it. It goes without saying that we love what we do beyond explanation. Of course we’re passionate about it. When it comes to Pentimento, what you see is what you get. There’s no frills, or gimmicks. I realize that we’re not reinventing the wheel with the music that we’re playing. But we are trying as hard as possible to make a name for ourselves and add our small footprint in the sand of punk and hardcore because of what it’s done for us; as musicians and as human beings. The opportunity to share our music with other people is something that I wouldn’t ever take for granted. Again, I would just hope that people who have yet to hear us could somehow pick up on that and be willing to give us a chance.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
That’s an easy one. Darrel Talley. He was a powerquarterforward for our hometown team back in the day. A little known fact about Darrel was that he actually couldn’t ice skate. Despite facing that adversity, he managed to become one of the greatest players in Buffalo Dolphins history. I remember one game in particular in 1995. I was sitting with my father, watching the game in our living room. I was about 4 years old, and I remember I had on my Alabama Redskins sweater. They were my favorite team…until I saw Darrel Talley take the field. The way he passed the ball, and ran around, and blue 42ed…wow. That just blew me away. Thanks to Mr. Talley, we beat the Oakland Eugene’s 134 to 6! It was an incredible game. I’m sure you can tell by my response reading like a 4th grader doing a mad-lib that I give 0 fucks about sports, and I wouldn’t want to trade places with any athletes because they make me want to die. Unless it’s Anna Kournikova. In that case, I’d switch places with her so I could look in a mirror all day.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Satan. My parents. The wonderful people that support us. That’s probably about it.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
That’s a great question. I could be way off, but this is just through my window…It seems as though things in the business have begun this sort of resurgence, where people and bands alike have begun to separate the real from the fabricated entities within the industry. Major labels don’t seem to hold the water they once did. Smaller, independent labels are paving the way for bands to trust in the industry by being more about the bands than the money. More often than not, we talk to bands who are working hard to push records, and tour, and expose themselves (in an appropriate way) to people who say that they feel very at home with their labels, and talk about how much support they receive on the business end of things. Panic Records is a great example of all this, and I’m not just saying that because we’re lucky enough to call Panic our home. Timm (owner, founder, CEO, custodian) signs bands based solely on loving their music, and nothing more. Panic is extremely diverse, and there’s a great sense of community with all the bands on Panic that gives us an incredible feeling. It makes it feel like we made the right move when signing with Panic. Of course, we’ve heard a lot of stories from a lot of sources about certain labels that don’t hold up their end of the bargain. But in reality, I don’t think there’s anything I could, or would change about the music industry. It is what it is, and it’s up to bands and up to the labels to use their brains and create a world where labels and bands can exist comfortably with trust in one another. It’s up to everyone collectively to ensure fairness, which would create more ways for bands to sustain themselves, and ways to make sure the people who support those bands aren’t left high and dry when doing things like ordering records, merch, etc.

10. Memorable tour experience?
While I think I speak for everyone in Pentimento on every tour experience being memorable, I’d have to say that our very first outing was certainly something I’ll never forget. We did a quick weekend run, and got surprised by some friends from back home who decided to follow along and support us while we were out. It was an incredible feeling to know that they’d do something like that. I don’t think there’s ever going to be a way for us to thank them enough. I’ll always cherish that memory.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
I’ve been following AP for a long time, and to be involved to this extent is incredible. Seeing my silly band’s name on the site has been really cool. The things AP’s done for Pentimento prior to this interview have really helped raise awareness and spread the word about our music, so I really appreciate the opportunity to do this interview. AP has been the source for things I give a shit about for years, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.

12. What is your favorite song to play?
"Words With Friends." Something about that song just “gets” me. I love playing it.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Our van.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
They’re by no means my favorite band or anything…but I’d have to answer with Green Day. Before my teenage years, and before I really started diving into the world of punk music, Green Day was there. I remember bringing a boom-box onto the front porch of my parents’ house and blasting their records over and over, as late as my parents would let me. When I first started playing drums, I remember my best friend Jake (who played bass) set up our stuff in my backyard, and played Green Day songs…horribly. That was probably why the cops showed up. Also, at my first band’s first show (unfortunately for everyone watching) we “covered” “Brain Stew.” It was…fun. Their earlier records will always have a place in my heart.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Just recently, I’ve developed this thing where I need to put 3 sticks in my stick holder attached to my high-hat stand, and pick two more sticks of my stick back (the most beat up ones I have) and place them on top of my snare drum. I have no idea why, but it makes me feel secure.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Me, personally? I will freestyle battle anyone, anywhere, any time. As far as Pentimento goes? Everything’s pretty much out in the open already. I guess the fact that we avidly watch Yo Gabba Gabba probably isn’t common knowledge, though.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
College radio is worth it, in my opinion. There’s a lot of great radio stations in our hometown and in a lot of other places that are doing great things to promote up-and-coming bands, or local artists, which is a great tool. As far as popular stations go, they’ve got their place in the world. There’s definitely been a few times where I’ve come across something I really liked when listening to the radio, so I can’t say it’s all bad. Pop music is pop music for a reason , and I’m not going to wrestle with that. Not everyone that likes that stuff can be wrong. It’s good music to someone, and that’s not something I’m able to argue. We’ve been fortunate enough to have our music played on some local stations, some college stations across America, and just yesterday learned that we were featured on Newport City Radio in the UK, which was really exciting. It’s always awesome to have our stuff played on the air, but as far as major stations go…that’s not what we’re in this for, and I don’t think we have much of an appeal for that sort of thing. Sure, the more people that hear us, the better…but we’d rather put our faith in things like touring to spread the word, rather than be played on the radio.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I work a lot, and write a lot. My spare time is usually spent hanging out with the people I care about and eating chicken wings. That’s usually what I have to look forward to when I’m not playing music or touring. I keep busy, but it’s simple, and I like it that way.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Not sure I have any at all to be honest, so hidden ones are even harder to come by. I can’t dance, or do that weird roll thing with my stomach. Can’t make that water drop noise by flicking my cheek. Can’t solve a Rubik’s cube at all, let alone in any impressive amount of time. I used to think I was good at yo-yoing until I saw every kid from Japan ever use one. I’m pretty short, so I can’t dunk. I suck at video games. I’m not good at cooking unless you like your dinners to consist of ice cubes and cereal. But lately, I’ve been trying to develop my kissing skills. I still need a lot of practice, so if you’re a cute girl, and you happen to be at one of our shows, please help me out. I’m on a mission to be the best kisser in the whole universe.
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02:50 PM on 08/16/11
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Love this band.
03:13 PM on 08/16/11
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Legit Dudes....expect big things from their upcoming full length and give their current release "Wrecked" a proper spin.
03:53 PM on 08/16/11
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Great and hilarious interview. Love this band
05:01 PM on 08/16/11
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i want a freestyle battle...well i'd probably lose but i mean i'm half black so maybe that swag will kick in...

but really, they put out one of my favorite records of this year :)
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