Boy Meets Machine - 07.11.12

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Boy Meets Machine - 07.11.12Boy Meets Machine is a "progressive pop" band from Long Branch, NJ and while they haven't become a name you would recognize yet, the 4 piece crafts songs similar to that of site darling Circa Survive. Thanks to the guys for taking some time out of their schedule to answer some songs.

1. Introduce yourself and your role in the band.

Christian: lead guitar, backup vox, strength coach
Joel: Vocals, bass, production
Mike: guitar, swag
Joe: drums, gumption

2. You guys moved from Alabama to New Jersey. How nervous were you and what were some of the biggest changes you had to deal with?

Actually, only half the band moved up here. Joe and Christian were already rooted in New Jersey while Mike and Joel made the pilgrimage. It's going to take a while getting used to the northern winter but the surplus of opportunity afforded by the move made the decision all the easier.

3. War Horn shows a diverse range in your musical skills. How do you classify yourselves with all of the different influences that you have?
Obviously this is a daunting question since we genre jump to such a great extent. Even though we are a progressive band and draw from a wide range of musical styles we always put strong emphasis on harmonic and rhythmic content all while crafting what we hope is a memorable song with or without the frills. We've affectionately coined our brand of music, PROP... progressive-pop baby!

4. In conjunction with question #3, are you ever worried about targeting a fanbase with your diversity in sound?

Not really. We feel that if there is a strong groove and a catchy melody present, someone is going to latch on. It's important to preserve integrity and if we tried to cater to a certain fanbase our music would come off as contrived.

5. A few years ago, you got significant interest from acclaimed producer John Feldman. Just interacting and talking with him, what did you learn?

Feldman expressed interested in working with us but his fee ended up being too pricey to afford. This however forced us to hone our production chops, thus rendering War Horn an entirely DIY operation.

6. Is there anything on the record that an average listener might not pick up unless listening intently that you'd like them to listen to closely?

There are indeed several hidden goodies scattered throughout War Horn and we hope our fans do listen intently.

7. It seems to me there is a lot of technical aspects to your music including time changes and difficult parts to songs along with a lot of layered tracks. How do you plan to pull them off?

Lots of practice! We faithfully reproduce as much as humanly possible live. We also run a backing track that has certain layers and parts on it. These parts are mostly textures such as guitar overdubs and vocal harmonies. There are only four of us so when there is a section with a bunch of overlaying parts we rely on the backing track to accurately fill out the sound. All of the extremely hard technical parts are performed to a T.

8. Is there any unreleased material that we can expect after the record drops?

We have a ton of material that we're sorting through now. It's definitely not out of the realm of possibilities.

9. What are your plans for the rest of 2012?

Our plan is to hit the road and introduce our music to as many fans in as many different areas as possible.

10. Anything else to say?

Alligators is angry cause they gots all them teeth and no toothbrush!
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