The Greater the Risk - 10.31.11

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The Greater the Risk - 10.31.11The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

The Greater the Risk


1. How did you get your band name?
The name is very meaningful for all of us. 4 out of 5 of us have college degrees but have chosen to make music our life for the unforeseen future. We’re taking a risk at putting off real life to do something that we really want to do and truly makes us happy.

2. How did this band get started?
This is the brainchild of our lead guitarist Ashley Drewes. She was sitting on a bunch of songs, didn’t know what she wanted to do, or what she wanted to do with the songs. She chose to start making this her life and rounded up 4 others to help her get started. Through several lineup changes and about a year of work to get off the ground, TGTR is ready to share their passion for music with anyone who will lend an ear.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
We all have vastly different musical tastes and influences. Some of us were born and raised listening to their parents’ records, others were classically trained or played marching band in high school. Though we don’t share tastes in very similar bands, our love for music is definitely present. Some bands that influence our sound however, would have to be Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, and The Dangerous Summer - not just for their incredible music but also their outstanding work ethic.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Wow, such a tough question because we love sooo many different types of music. I’ll just list a few. Saves The Day and Midtown would definitely be up there as they were staples in our love for early music. I’m sure a few of us would go classic and say Fleetwood Mac or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, others would say Kings of Leon or Modest Mouse. Tough, tough question…

5. Best food to eat on tour?
This one is NOT tough. We’re actually touring in the best part of the year because of the fact this scrumptious dish will be available the whole time we’re out. Wawa’s turkey bowls or shorties are God’s gift to man and will be devoured often while we’re out there. Ashley will of course have her staple of Chipotle burritos and one pound bag of gummy bears with her at all times throughout.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
Our diverse taste in music shows in the creation of our own. It’s passionate, heartfelt, and of course as with most pop/rock music, it will make you move. Our new disc, Say What You Never Said, is a piece that deals with issues of miscommunication through relationships, something that everyone can relate to.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Well, only two of us follow sports, so it would have to be between Blake and Nathan. We would want to be either Steve Young or Doug Williams. Both NFL quarterbacks.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
We would thank Chipotle and Haribo gummy bears. We would also thank our moms and dads.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
We would change the fact that most bands sell their souls for big industry record deals now-a-days. It’s painful to watch one of your favorite bands be hindered by a label and release a less-than-quality record. The more leeway and creativity bands have, the more diverse music will become. The more diverse the music, the more young people will become engaged in such a great piece of artistic expression.

10. Memorable tour experience?
We played shows in North Jersey and Long Island, NY on back to back nights in May. After the Jersey show a group of kids asked us if we wanted to go to "The Bees" with them. We didn’t know what they were talking about the first night, so we asked. "It’s Applebees, and you gotta go for the late night apps," they said. The funny thing was the next night, 5 hours away, a different group of kids at the Long Island show asked us if we wanted to go to "The Bees" with them. We were so confused at what was happening. Is Applebees really popular in the north?

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
We discover a lot of new music on absolutepunk. Our favorite part about the site is how many album streams for new records they have on the site. It’s a great way for bands such as us to get our sound out there. Ask most bands, they’ll agree, they don’t care how their music gets into people’s hands. If they buy it, rip it, stream it, it doesn’t matter. AP.net is helping bands do that every day.

12. What is your favorite song to play?
We love to play the first track off our new disc, it’s called "Friends or Foes." It’s very upbeat and always gets the crowd involved.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
We would all love to be on the West Coast, somewhere sunny and warm. Three of us were born and raised out there, while the other two haven’t done all that much traveling yet. It would be great for our music to take us out there, as the scene especially in Southern California is always prevalent.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Anytime I hear the eponymous Fleetwood Mac album that introduced Buckingham and Nicks to the lineup, it brings me back to when I would sit on my dad’s lap and listen to his vinyl collection.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Invisibility. Flight and X-ray vision are nice, but invisibility has so many uses.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
This past year we had a very important ritual right before we would start playing. We would gather in front of the drum set and do the cheer from the movie The Mighty Ducks. "Quack, Quack, Quack" etc. It would get us in a great mood and get us pumped up and ready to play.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
4 out of 5 of us have college degrees. Though we got started late in the game, we feel we can take it as far as we want.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
I don’t think a lot of us listen to radio, if that tells you something. Most of the stations will play the same playlist 4-5 times a day with the same garbled alternative or country rock. It’s a little disappointing to turn the radio on and hear Justin Bieber 12 times a day.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
What little spare time we have is filled with video games, exercising, and eating tacos/burritos. We’re kind of boring folks ☺

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Nathan, our bassist, can replicate a bicycle horn perfectly with his mouth. Ashley can eat a Chipotle burrito everyday and not get sick of it. Derek is an oil-change extraordinare, Blake is a walking encyclopedia of classic rock, and Dan is a secret agent. No really, he works for the government, and no one knows what he does, not even his own mother!
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