Breaking Out with In Alcatraz 1962

Based out of the Northern Virginia area, In Alcatraz 1962 has been making their way across the country, unleashing their liberating brand of metallic hardcore to the masses at large.  One recent stop included a show at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park, opening for This Romantic Tragedy and From Atlantis.  Their debut full length The Drive has just been issued via Standby Records, and it’s a dynamic effort well worth checking into.  Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the members of In Alcatraz 1962 to find out more about this band on the rise, more than ready to break out into the big leagues.  The jail break commences now…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in In Alcatraz 1962 and how long the band has been together.
I’m Josh, and play drums in IA62. I first formed the band in September, 2005.

Where is In Alcatraz 1962 based out of and what is the music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re based out of Northern Virginia. The scene we have here is strong. There’s such a diversity in music styles and everyone appreciates and supports each other. A few bands that stick out around us are our good friends in Let’s Be Honest, This Time It’s War, and Definite.

Is there any story or significance behind the band name?
Yeah there’s a meaning behind our name. Alcatraz was said to be an inescapable prison, but what happened? A few guys escaped in 1962. We just know that no matter what anyone says, you can overcome and succeed at anything if you work hard.

How did you wind up signing with Standby Records?
Our Manager at the time helped us out with signing with Standby. We needed a label that had the same work ethic as us. We put everything we have towards the band, and Standby works hard to put everything into their bands as well.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Drive?
The Drive can have a few different meanings, but that’s up to the listener to decide how they want to digest it. Overall a person needs the drive to succeed at their goals in life and keep a positive mindset towards everything. Even when things seem impossible, you need to keep your head up and keep going.

Please select two songs from The Drive and what inspired the lyrical content?
Still Strong, and Winter Sun are two of my favorite songs on The Drive. I can’t speak for our vocalist so here are some quotes from the songs. Still Strong: “Dealt the worst, coming out first“. “Positive mentality, overcoming what’s before me. Patience dwindling but I must stay strong, I’m still strong. Given the worst, overcome “. Winter Sun: “Only you need the drive“. “Find love in your sky. Find peace realize. Only you can find the colors that differ you from any other“.

Who did the cover art for The Drive and how much input did you have on it?
Aaron Marsh from Forefathers Group did the artwork for The Drive. We had 100% of the input. Aaron did a perfect job, and we think it really sets the mood for the album.

What could one expect from a live In Alcatraz 1962 show?
HIGH ENERGY! We put 110% into our live show. Emotion and passion for the music is what counts. We make our show hit hard and leave a lasting impression on our audience.

How did your tour with From Atlantis and This Romantic Tragedy go and what were some of the highlights?
This tour was awesome. It was our first FULL U.S. run and we had a blast. Everyone on the tour was easy to get along with and fun to be around. That’s one of the important things when you have to see the same people every day for a month and a half straight, haha.

Do you have any unusual or scary stories from the road you could share?
Most of the scary things happen when we’re driving. Not sure if this is unusual, but a few tours ago a deer ran into our van. It was SO LOUD! WE didn’t hit it, IT hit us. haha I guess it came running out of the woods with an agenda to hit the side of our van..

Luckily we haven’t been in any accidents. Just driving through certain parts of the country are pretty intimidating. For example driving through Canada, in the mountains, in the Winter, is pretty frightening with a van, and trailer behind you slipping on the ice. Other than that, we haven’t encountered too many scary moments besides battling very bad weather trying to get to the next show.

If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Is there such thing as an everything donut, like there are everything bagels? If so, that’s what I think we would be. Our music has a few different tastes to it, and appeals to a wide variety of people.

What’s up next for In Alcatraz 1962?
We’re going to try to stay on the road as much as possible. We have a couple U.S. runs coming up within the months, and back to tour Canada in early 2013. We’re also always writing new material to get ready for the next full length!

Any final words of wisdom?
Everyone feel free to talk to us via Facebook, Twitter, etc.. We reply to everyone personally. The Drive is available on iTunes and hard copies will be available on inalcatraz1962.bigcartel.com shortly. We want to thank everyone who has helped and supported IA62 in the journey thus far.

In Alcatraz 1962 is:
Jamie Bruce – Vocals
Danny Lapetina – Guitar
Jonathon Pentz- Bass
Josh Zupovitz – Drums

(Interview and Live Photos by Kenneth Morton)

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