Picture Perfect: Breaking Out of Jersey

pictureperfect2014_1_385x278Picture Perfect create their own brand of American punk rock, filled with reflective observations and life lessons experienced the hard way. Alternating between super infectious pop punk (such as Off The Grid and Voodoo) and introspective acoustic pieces (Dead Days and Decompose), their debut full-lengther Rose is a highly emotional, cathartic collection of tunes that music fans of all ages will surely appreciate.  The album is being released through Mutant League Records, and its destined to break these talented musicians out of their home state of New Jersey in a big and glorious way!  Here is a recent interview we conducted with Picture Perfect to find out more about this exciting band on the rise and their insightful new album.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Picture Perfect, and how long the band has been together.
Well, we started back in 2011 but the line up has changed around quiet a few times. We’re a five piece now and we’ve reached the point were we feel confident in the current members.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Compared to most of the country our music scene is pretty good! It has its ups and downs of course. New Jersey has a large hardcore scene which has definitely influenced a lot of pop punk bands as well. So there are plenty of great bands from this area but we’d definitely recommend listening to our friends Losing Streak and another band we’ve played a bunch with called Ampersand.

How did you wind up signing with Mutant League Records?
Well, we started writing new material and we wanted to make sure that our next album would be released under the right label. So we did some searching and we came across Mutant League, a label that we all were familiar with. We got in contact with them and right away we knew they were the guys to work with! They work hard and so do we.

PicturePerfectRoseIs there any story or concept behind the CD title Rose?
Absolutely! When we sat down and realized that it was time to write a full length, we wanted to find a topic that hit common ground between us. This release deals with everything from our reflection on society to simply getting older, topics that our audience can relate to. The last line of the album is “Wither like a rose” that is specifically where we got the album title from.

What inspired the lyrics to your single Voodoo?
Voodoo is about how everyone tells me things will get better, but no matter what they say, I’ll always be stuck in a rut. “Happiness is only a loan cause every time it comes, it goes.” -Pete

Select any other Picture Perfect song and what inspired the lyrics.
Well, our song Everyone and Everything that we released a video for back in September, is very in depth as far as lyrics go. that song was written right after our line up change and it dealt with a lot of frustrating topics. It was the first song we wrote together as a new band and it marks change in all of our lives.

What could one expect from a live Picture Perfect show?
A lot of cursing, profanity, rowdiness, good crowd reaction, and possibly a dildo or two. Someone brought an inflatable sex doll to a show recently so that was cool! but over all we try our best to put on a show.

Has Picture Perfect ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
We’re actually going to be in that area on our Spring tour! its our first full us tour so were really excited.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Picture Perfect show?
Well, growing up and playing shows in Jersey and around the Tri-state area means were used to playing some bad neighborhoods as well as getting in weird encounters but we’ve never ran into anything too crazy. Actually I think one of the old members was held at gun point during a set but hey that’s just tour.

Has Picture Perfect ever played Warped Tour, and if so, what was the experience like?
No, but we’d love to!

If Picture Perfect could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
There’s so many bands we’d love to play with! Any of the bigger pop punk or hardcore bands that are around now would be ideal. of course we would have loved to open for Blink or Sum 41 back in the day!

Your vocalist Pete Zengerle also has a solo album out. How does this music differ from Picture Perfect?
Well this recent album is a collaboration between us all. There are bits and pieces of each of us involved in the writing. Pete’s solo album is a perfect representation of his writing style and capabilities. Its really great work, definitely check it out! -Sterling

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing the music of Picture Perfect for the first time?
Its the sum of our hard work and its reflective of each one of us. We hope you hear the same message we tried our best to portray!

What’s up next for Picture Perfect?
Full US tour as well as a new album along with several new music videos and MUCH more!

Any final words of wisdom?
If you come to our shows watch out for flying dildos and a merch guy in a pig suit. Oh and Warped Tour put us on your line up!

Picture Perfect is:
Pete Zengerle
Sterling Drake
Bill Cardella
Montana Voegtlin
Carl Schulz

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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