The latest signing from Rise Records is My Ticket Home, a young band from the thriving Columbus, Ohio music scene. Bringing a good deal of passion and enthusiasm to the table, My Ticket Home is sure is gain a good deal attention with fans all across the nation. Their debut EP for Rise will be entitled The Opportunity To Be, produced and recorded by the one and only Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack! fame. Playing music for the genuine love and passion of their craft, My Ticket Home is ready for the opportunity to take their live show on the road. Here is an interview we conducted with vocalist Nick Giumenti to find out more about a collective we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the months to come…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in My Ticket Home, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Nick Giumenti and I do vocals in MTH. The band has been together since our junior year of high school in 08. We all grew up together but I would say that the band wasn’t actually formed until about 2 years ago.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Any local bands you cound recommend?
The band is based out of Westerville, OH but we would consider ourselves more a part of the Columbus music scene. We are very fortunate to have a strong scene to learn from with so many talented bands that are a part of it. It can get a little over-saturated, dramatic at times and since so many bands make up the scene people don’t want to be seen as fans anymore. But we really can’t complain and feel very lucky to have a solid scene like Columbus.
How did you wind up being signed to Rise Records?
We got in contact with dudes at Rise through our friends in Attack Attack!. As we recorded better and newer songs we would shop them and they were super encouraging and interested, and they told us they wanted to hear our CD when it was finished. Once we had the final mixes of most of the songs we sent them over and they wanted to work out a deal. So we talked everything through and just recently announced on Friday the 24th.
Where did you get the title for your upcoming EP The Opportunity To Be? Is there any story behind it?
My brother, Marshal (drummer), came up with it. He said it was sparked up by that scene in “Evan Almighty” where God tells the wife that He doesn’t answer prayers by giving people what they pray for, but instead gives them the opportunity to make their prayers come true.
Please pick two My Ticket Home songs and what inspired you to write the lyrics.
“In Regret” was written about a girl that was in my life. “Half Hearted” was written about our former guitarist Nick Salemi who quit the band. Both of those songs aren’t the best reflections of my relationships with those people because I’m actually great friends with Nick S and the girl, but the experiences inspired those lyrics none the less.
How did Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack! become involved with the recording process? Maybe they could take your band on tour with them in the future?
Caleb actually recorded the first song we did with him because he and Sean (guitarist/singer) were really bored and Caleb was trying to get more experienced as a recording studio. That song eventually became “Surroundings” but was never intended to be song for our band. As far as touring with AA! we would all love to. Every time we play a show with them always a very fun community atmosphere so I can’t imagine how great a tour would be.
What could one expect from a live My Ticket Home show?
Lots of energy and fun. We try to be as passionate as possible on stage and try to create an atmosphere were everyone can enjoy themselves. Our goal is to create a memorable experience that’s more than just a crowd watching a band but more of a community of people who all love one thing, and that is the passion of live music.
Would you consider My Ticket Home to be a Christian band at all?
We don’t label our band as a Christian band because our band isn’t strictly focused on our faith. But as individuals we each have a very active and strong faith in God and we definitely view the band as an avenue to express that, but our band is just about music.
With so many metalcore bands on the market today, what do you think has made My Ticket Home stand out from the rest?
Well our goal is make simple, easy to listen to hardcore music that is passionate and straight-forward. We arent a band that tries to focus on technical ability or skill, and that’s not to say that we don’t like that kind of music, it’s just not our style as a band. But I’d like to think our band does a good job of blending catchy melody and song structure, with the intensity and passion of hardcore music. We don’t focus on trying to be heavy as much as intense and emotional, cause that’s what was appealing to us about hardcore music from the beginning. We don’t think of ourselves as outstandingly unique or special or anything but I’d like to think that we came close to accomplishing our goal. Whether we actually did or not is up to the listeners!
Has My Ticket Home ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
No not yet, we havent gotten the chance to tour yet but when the CD comes out in November there will be tons of touring and we will for certain be playing on the west coast and hopefully LA.
If you could be a donut, what kind would you be and why?
I don’t remember what they are called but the kind with the chocolate icing and the cream filling inside because those are my favorite.
If there was one thing you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music, what would it be?
My personal goal would be if a listener could personally identify in anyway with the songs and if they could share in the passion and love we tried to put in to our music.
Any final words of wisdom?
Enjoy where you’re at in life, enjoy the people you’re with, and if you share our love for music then listen to whatever you like no matter what anyone thinks. Music is for the listeners, not critics.
My Ticket Home consists of Nick Giumenti on vocals, Luke Fletcher on bass, Sean Mackowski on guitar, Eli Ford on guitar, and Marshal Giumenti on drums.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
My Ticket Home on Myspace
Read an all new interview with Nick Giumenti of My Ticket Home from February 2012 here.