The latest signing to Tragic Hero Records is We Are Defiance!, a Central Florida band founded by Brian Calzini – formerly of Paddock Park. Already touring across the country with I Am Ghost and label mates This Romantic Tragedy, the band is wasting no time in getting the word out to the masses. Here is a brief interview we conducted with We Are Defiance! just prior to their heading out on the road…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in We Are Defiance! And how long the band has been together.
My name is Brian Calzini I do vocals for the band and we’ve been together almost 2 years now.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
Well me and another member live in Ocala and a few others live in Tampa so I guess you could say we’re based out of Central Florida. Florida’s music scene here is awesome, I love playing Florida. The saying “There’s no place like home.” is true.
The big new is you’ve been signed to Tragic Hero Records. How did that come about?
Well we had been to a few different labels that had interest in us for a while. We looked at our options and Tragic Hero really stepped up and gave us exactly what we were looking for in a label. We honestly couldn’t be happier with the decision we made.
How soon until the new CD comes out and do you have a working title for it?
The record will be hitting stores and Itunes later this year and as for a title we’re still bouncing around some ideas. We have a few solid ones we’re happy with so far.
How did Tom Denney of A Day To Remember become involved with the recording process?
Tom has been a really good friend of mine for years now and since he left A Day To Remember to pursue recording/ producing it seemed only right we would go with him to do our record. Also he lives 10 minutes from me so it’s nice not having to be away from home to record our record.
Tell me about your new song To The Moon and where you came up with the idea for the lyrics?
To The Moon is basically about anyone who doubts our band and what we’re capable of. With any band in the scene nowadays, if there’s any sorta buzz for a band, there’s a pack of haters that come along with it. We wanted to make a song saying this is what we love doing and nothing can stop us.
Tell me a bit about Only Memories, such as what inspired the lyrics and what made you guys decide to do a softer song?
Only Memories was written by our other vocalist Jason. He went through a bad break up and wrote a song about it. I had been through a similar situation with a relationship myself so when I heard it I instantly could relate and knew others would as well.
What is the most embarrassing song you have on your IPOD and what is it doing there?
I think its more embarrassing that I don’t own an Ipod haha So if anyone wants to bring me one on tour and fill it with a bunch of rad new music feel free.
What could one expect from a live We Are Defiance! Show?
A fun and energetic performance. We love what we do and it shows when we play.
What other bands have you guys been in prior to We Are Defiance!?
I started and was the vocalist of Paddock Park (Eulogy Records). As soon as I left that band I started We Are Defiance.
Do you have any messages for people reading this who might want to check out your music?
Make sure to check out our single on Itunes July 6th and keep an eye out for our full length this year. We love our fans and wouldn’t be anywhere without them.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton – Photo by Zach Ramsey)
We Are Defiance! on Myspace