Well, we kinda started out as a joke band in a basement. A few of us went out to see Title Fight and Bayside and after the show went to a Denny's. Our drummer Jeff was showing us these YouTube videos of some old dude Frank L. Sharp who does these county park walk through videos all throughout Georgia. We thought they were really funny. So jokingly he said we should name our band after him, and someone else yelled out FLS, and we kinda just went with it. We can all agree that FLS is an awful name for a band, so we came up with Forever Losing Sleep and made the transition to that.
2. How did this band get started?
Me and our old keyboard player met through a mutual friend at a Comeback Kid show and talked about starting a pop punk band. We kinda just started as a bunch of dudes in a basement, which is the way I feel most bands start.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
We all come from some pretty different musical backgrounds, but I'd say as a band we're definitely influenced by bands like American Football, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touche Amore, a lot of 90s emo and screamo bands too.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
I know a bunch of us love Alkaline Trio, so as weird of a show it would be, it'd be sweet to get to tour and watch one of our favorite bands every night. It'd be cool to go out with a lot of the newer bands too like Title Fight, Transit, Pianos, just bands we enjoy listening to.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
A few of us are vegans and vegetarians so we try to stick to places where all of us can eat together, so we usually just eat a lot of Chipotle and Subway. And if we're in the south we go to Willy's for burritos, best burrito place ever.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
We might not be the best band, or have lots of records out, but we put everything we have emotionally into these songs we write, and do our best to make music that means something to us. In some way or form, you'll be able to relate to a song we wrote.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
This is rough, none of us are huge sports fans. I'd probably be Hulk Hogan, best stache.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Probably the same people everyone else would thank. My mom, friends, fans, and Taylor Swift. I love Taylor Swift.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I think it really sucks that a lot of bands are really stuck up and think they're a lot cooler than they are. Being in a band isn't a competition and it really sucks that a lot of bands don't stick around after their sets or want to talk and help exchange out of state shows. I also think pre sales are not okay. Being in a band is expensive enough, and to have to sell 30 or 40 tickets for every show a younger band plays is ridiculous, although a lot of us have gone though it.
10. Memorable tour experience?
We got to stay in like a casino hotel once with our friends in Bellwether and the room we had was insane. We had a hot tub and a giant television, it was definitely much better than sleeping in the van. Our entire tour with On My Honor was memorable, they took us out on our first full east coast tour and we'll never forget that.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
I've found out about a bunch of smaller bands through AP and I got to watch them grow, which is pretty cool.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
We really love playing the self titled track off of our new EP that we'll be recording in June with Jesse Cannon entitled "Forever Losing Sleep."
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Anywhere with a lake, we'll be there.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Bands like New Found Glory, Fallout Boy, Blink 182, Sum 41.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
I'd probably want to be able to fly. It'd make getting to band practice a lot quicker. Or being able to talk to cats, because I just have a cat obsession.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Surprisingly no, we usually just try to set up all of our gear before we go on. No body likes that band that takes 15 minutes to set up.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Honestly don't know, we usually tweet about everything we like from our band twitter. So our love for Taylor Swift is definitely known. We also watch chick flicks together, and enjoy them.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
We definitely don't have a sound that would fit in well with the radio. Most kids these days just want basic music that doesn't take much processing. We write about a lot deeper things than being in the club with our shades on.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A few of us skate or bmx, write music, eat cool food, go to shows, just typical things you'd expect dudes in bands to do.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I'm really good at making funny dances, but I guess that wouldn't really be hidden, considering I dance everywhere. We write really dumb rap songs though, and surprisingly they usually come out a lot better than most other rap.