In their own words, A River Runs Thru It is a “post-hardcore, Emo, Hardcore punk” band. They are also independent, which means they’re in complete control of what the band plays. Judging from the two songs they have released; they are off to a good start.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, Senses fail, to more modern bands like Foxing, Basement, and Title Fight.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I find myself listening to a lot of psych rock bands, like “King Gizzard And The Lizzard Wizard” or the “Oh Sees” to Grunge punk bands like the “Wytches”
- What’s next for the band?
We are planning on recording an EP called “Living Under The Weather” Over this past winter we’ve been working and writing multiple songs and developing our sound.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
I would say in both ways its easier and harder, there’s a lot of in and outs of steaming platforms that you need to learn and use, finding playlists, followed, etc. But the accessibility of being able to listen and have music at any moment I would personally say trumps most of the flaws over physical music.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Of course, writers like Peter Bakowski, Terence McKenna, and Norman Maclean. There writing inspires stories to be told through music.
- Can you describe your sound?
Our sound consists of energetic and aggressive compositions with a mix of emotional melodic notes and vocals. We take elements from early post-hardcore and emo and mix them with sounds of Modern pop punk.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
- Arron West & The Roaring Twenties. They are an Emo/Folk band fronted by Dan Campbell. “Soupy” from The Wonder Years, He just released a new album called “Routine Maintenance” I highly recommended them.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Well I’ve always known I wanted to play music since I was young, me and the guitarist (Joey Smith) would listen to Van Halen and watch the Tenacious D movie in elementary school and I think that was the start of it, then after high school we started taking our music seriously and really mastering our craft, we have had lots of ups and downs but here we are today going strong!
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Lyrics are left mainly between me and Michael Smith (Singer). We think of an idea of what the song is about or trying to say, then we come up with lyrics and melodies tell we find something that fits!
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me By Brand New
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Silverstein. They have been one of my musical idols since I was a teenager. I’ve always dreamed about playing a show with them, and I will keep pushing towards that dream.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
Well I’m not an expert in the subject, I do think singles are a good way of gaining an
audience for you music, an album is kind of an investment of time and most people don’t
have time or patience to listen to an entire album or ep by any band they have never heard
before. So I’m retrospect single are a good gateway to influence people to take the time to give the rest of your music a chance