Here’s our brand new interview with the rock band Another Distraction. Learn more about their forthcoming EP and new single below!
Hello guys. Hope you’re doing great! Could you please introduce your band to our readers? Hi everyone! We are Another Distraction, an alternative rock band from the good old U. S. of A., more specifically from New Jersey. We’ve been playing since 2009 and we’re just about to release our second EP, entitled “Fragments”.
How did you put this band together? Well, we started off playing covers in order to transform them into hardcore songs, and that didn’t exactly work out. It was really kind of a joke and, after a while, we ended up developing a sound and writing originals.
Could you please tell us more about your forthcoming EP “Fragments”? This EP is very special to us. It’s a testament to the solidarity of the band. Basically, we were going through a difficult period after we released the first EP. A band member left, we had equipment stolen from our studio and, subsequently, had to find a new practice space. Things were falling apart and, if we wanted to continue, we’d have to pick up the pieces and kick it into high gear. So, after searching, we found ourselves a new bassist, got a new rehearsal space and started piecing things back together (hence the title Fragments). After we had enough material, we set up a crowd fundraiser to record the EP and raised close to $5,000. We were so excited to get back into the studio and are beyond proud of the final product.
How would you describe your song writing process for this new record? After finally sorting everything out, writing new music became our main priority. With our newly acquired bass player, the whole experience felt fresh and exciting. Things flowed pretty seamlessly, especially between the bass and drums. A lot of the time, we would just jam on something until we heard a riff stand out and then build around it. Overall, it was a cathartic writing experience and we can’t wait get out and perform these songs for our fans.
What about the recording process? Any funny story from the studio? We loved laying down tracks at Nada Recording with John Naclerio. This was the second time we had worked with him; he’s just super easy to work with and we walk in knowing that he’s going to exceed our expectations. That being said, the process can still be really stressful. You have a certain amount of time to get everything done and, if not, it ends up being costly. As is life, we ran into a snag. Our singer had some health issues the week before we were scheduled to record and, as a result, he ended up having to record his parts about a month after the rest of the band had finished the recording process. Good times! On a lighter note, our bass player, Kevin, and John really hit it off because he couldn’t shut up while he was recording his parts. Thanks Kevin!
What do you hope your fans will take from this new EP? We truly hope that people will get a sense of how much we’ve grown and matured as a band. We also hope that the music connects to them on a personal level and they can relate to the lyrics. As fans, we know what we want to hear when we listen to other bands, so if we can move people the way we’re moved, then we know we’ve succeeded.
You released, in August, your single ‘Here’s That Song I Promised (10 Years Too Late)’. How has the response to it been so far? The response has been awesome so far. We’re an independent band with very little resources, so capturing the audience we want can be a challenge, but like I said, so far the response has been positive and it’s extremely satisfying.
What’s the story behind this song? Our singer actually started writing this song a little over 10 years ago. At the time, Chris’s girlfriend (now ex) asked him to write her an emo love song, which is how it started. Then, about 2 years later, they broke up and he stopped working on it because it reminded him of painful memories. Then, as time went on, he revisited the song again and it took on a new form. It became a song about their failed relationship, and he realized how completing this song might actually be a way of setting himself free from her once and for all. Ironically, he finally fulfilled his promise to her and she got that emo song she wanted, albeit ten years too late.
Which of the new songs are you most excited for people to hear? Any particular reason? We were most excited for people to hear “Here’s That Song I Promised (10 Years Too Late)”, which is why we selected it as our single. We just had such a clear vision for the song and actually got goose bumps from the vocal performances from both Chris and our amazing guest vocalist Sarah Lynn Anderson, lead singer of Aurin.
And to finish… Apart from the release of your upcoming EP, what’s up next for your band? We’re gonna be so famous! Haha, no – we actually want to promote the EP by playing as many shows as possible and, hopefully, find our way onto a festival tour. Aside from that, we’re going to get working on our first full length album, so stay tuned!