Pop-punks Anytime Soon have a lot of plans scheduled for this new decade! Vocalist Mitch Evans took some time to answer a couple of questions for us. Learn more about the band’s upcoming plans for 2020 below!
Hello, Anytime Soon! Thanks for taking time to answer a couple of questions for us. Would you mind introducing your band to our readers?
Hi we’re Anytime Soon, we’re a pop punk band from Scranton, PA.
How would you describe the pop punk scene in Scranton, PA?
It’s fantastic. The Scranton music scene has spawned numerous talented acts in the past 20 or so years but for me pop punk has always been a subculture with a loyal fanbase. It (pop punk) can lean towards the metalcore side like older A Day to Remember or towards the pop side like All Time Low.
It gives the you something to mosh to but supplies a catchy chorus that you can sing along to. But there are a bunch of good pop punk bands locally, The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Send Request, The Maguas, Garden View, Stay Loud, and Mohantango to name a few.
You guys are currently recording a new EP. Can you tell us more about this upcoming release?
So, in November 2018, we released our first EP, Pandora Songs, and we were anxious to have our own music out. Since then we’ve gone through some lineup changes but we’ve had more time to explore the songwriting and studio process. I feel like all the songs on the EP sounded similar which isn’t a bad thing at all, but we definitely tried new things in the studio this time around.
We’re working with a new producer and have experimented with different recording and production techniques we haven’t used before. We’ve recorded some heavy songs, some poppy stuff, some acoustic stuff, there will be a feature on one song. And we even did a joke song in the spirit of blink 182. They all won’t make the new album, but there will be a new single within the next month or two. That’s all I can say without giving too much away.
How’s your usual writing process?
For me, (Mitch), I have to have a good idea, I’m always typing notes and clever pairings of words on my phone. Once I get a general idea and framework I’ll put them over a chord progression, usually on my acoustic guitar and keep cracking away on the lyrics until I have a song. Lastly comes guitar leads and any fancy bass stuffy I want to add. Then, I’ll take that to the studio and see where we’re at. We’ll add more guitar and vocal layers and any effects we see fit.
This time around we programmed MIDI drums as a placeholder then let Jordan (our drummer) work his magic then record percussion. That’s about it. I like sitting on a mix for a couple weeks to listen to it, see if i’d like to re-record anything or make any final changes. Patience is key haha.
What’s the story behind the overall EP and where did you find your inspiration?
I don’t know if I can tell you an overall story but I can tell you the differences between this EP and the last. Some of the songs on the Pandora Songs EP had been written for years, only took that long to record with a band and put them together officially. I feel like there was a lot of angst involved. These new songs explore themes other than old girlfriends and binge drinking, not like there’s anything wrong with that though haha.
You also have a single ready for early 2020. What type of music can we expect?
It’s something that will please old and new fans. This song was only about 60% done when we went to the studio but I really enjoy how it turned out. I don’t have an exact release date yet as it’s being mixed and mastered but stay tuned to our socials I’m expecting within the next month or two.
The last words are for you. If you have a message to convey, here’s your chance!
We’ve made a bunch of great friends over the past couple years and had amazing opportunities and they keep getting better. I Just want to thank everyone that has stuck with us through thick and thin, and that none of it would be possible without the support of our fans. We’re doing our best to keep supplying pop punk in the 2020’s.
Thanks for your time!
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