Pop punk is alive and thriving on the East Coast, thanks to bands like 3PM unleashing vibrantly infectious songs that remain spinning in your head for ages. Fans of bands such as Blink 182, New Found Glory and Yellowcard have a date with sonic destiny when discovering the blissful melodies of 3PM. Presenting it all with a grand DIY state of mind, 3PM recently issued their second collection of tunes entitled Slow Me Down. Produced by none other than esteemed producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low / Senses Fail), Slow Me Down is sure to gain 3PM a good deal of admiration well beyond their Baltimore hometown. Here is an interview we conducted with 3PM to find out more about this dynamic band on the rise, ready to bring the rocking fast lane into your part of the world…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in 3PM, and how long the band has been together.
Brennan- Voclas, Bass
We’ve been together for about two years now…
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like that? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re from Baltimore, MD and the pop punk scene is actually pretty good. We’re fairly new to the scene and we’ve already met a ton of great bands and every weekend there is an awesome pop punk show going on. Other bands like The Heavyweights, The Old Line, A Place in Time, and Something More are some great local pop punk bands.
Is there any story or concept behind the Slow Me Down title of the new album?
In the past two years we’ve come a long way and we’re always dealing with being in school and being in a band at the same time. It’s a lot to handle and sometimes it gets pretty stressful. It’s nice to take some time and just slow down, although we don’t have spare time very often!
What was it like working with producer Paul Leavitt and what did he contribute to the overall recording process?
Paul is a very decorated producer and it was really cool to work with him. He has a great studio with great equipment, but the best part of working with him is that he has an amazing ear for music and really knows how to make a song the best it can be. Doing production with Paul is mainly what separates this album from our first one, “Change of Plans.”
What could one expect from a live 3PM show?
We always do our best to put on a fun, energetic, live show and get the crowd involved because when the crowd has fun, the show is successful.
If 3PM could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Blink 182! They’re our heroes and the reason why at least two of us got into music in the first place.
Has 3PM ever wanted to do an all acoustic show or album/EP?
Well we have done an all-acoustic show, when we opened up for All Time Low actually. It went great, but I don’t think we want to do an acoustic album though we’ve definitely talked about writing at least one acoustic song. We do our best worked fully amped up!
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
Well at a recent show in Hagerstown, we had to stop halfway through the show and turn off the electricity and take cover because there was a tornado…that’s kind of scary
If the music of 3PM was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Boston cream, because it’s full of rich creamy goodness
What’s up next for 3PM?
We’re about to practice!
Any final words of wisdom?
Well we aren’t very wise…we’re in a band
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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