The summer of 2011 was certainly an exciting one for the Fresno based Sounds & Sciences. First they won a coveted spot on the Ernie Ball Stage at Warped Tour Fresno, kicking off the event with a standout performance. Then they spent a few weeks on the road, touring across the country spreading the word about their band. Sounds & Science’s debut EP The Sapling is about to be re-released on Intercept Records, complete with bonus tracks. Possessing a good deal of promise and ambition as well as solid musical goods, we decided to check in with Sounds & Scienes for further study. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Sounds & Sciences, and how long the band has been together
Hey guys, I’m Justin and I am the vocalist of Sounds & Sciences. We have been a band for three years now.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based out of central California. The scene here, for the most part is pretty narrow-minded. If your band doesn’t sound like every other band out there the majority of the people won’t like you. That’s why we are incredibly grateful for the listeners and friends of our band in our area.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title The Sapling?
Lyrically I was too young of a lyricist to fully understand what I was doing. We rushed the first 5 songs when we were in the studio and I have never been satisfied with how the vocals came out. We titled the EP The Sapling because we felt it was the perfect representation of who we were as a band at the time. A sapling is a young tree, and those were our first five songs.
Please select two songs from The Sapling and what inspired the lyrics.
“The Ballot or the Bullet” was inspired by a line our original vocalist, (Daniel Quintero) had written before leaving the band. “Take me to that time and place, where I can see you and feel your face.” After he left, I moved from second guitar to vocalist and finished this, and the rest of the songs.
“Fancy Me Dead” our latest single, which is going to be featured on The Sapling re-release, is about being trapped in purgatory. Andy and I sat down together trying to figure out what lyrically would fit with the music itself and that’s what we came up with.
What was the experience like playing the Warped Tour this year?
Warped tour has been stressful every time we have played, but is so much fun. It really pushes us to reach for the next level.
How did your recent tour go and what were some of the highlights?
Our tour this summer went great. We had a lot of fun and met so many awesome people. Sneaking into hotels, sleeping in a truck while its raining and over 100 degrees outside, and playing with some of the best local bands in the country.
Any strange or unusual happening while out on the tour?
Plenty of strange things happened that I can’t share, but the first night we stayed in a hotel, we entered the room and noticed it smelled like crap. We all took a shower before realizing that there was no water in the toilet and someone had pooped in it anyways. We couldn’t call the front desk because we didn’t want them to think we did it. So we slept through the smell and did use the toilet.
How did you become involved with Intercept Records?
Frankie Velasco, the owner of Intercept Records is also the owner of Scenix Science Studios, the studio where we recorded The Sapling EP and our two singles. After we recorded A Fever Called Living he reached out to us with the idea and we decided that it was what was best for both us, and him to work together.
Have you ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We have played in the area a few times; Long Beach twice, (Queen Mary and some dinky club) and Anaheim once (the Chain Reaction) but we will be playing around the area a lot more soon.
What could one expect from a live Sounds & Sciences show?
Something different and a good time hopefully. A chance to meet us and be our friend!
What’s up next for the band – any more touring?
The Sapling will be re-released October 25th and we will be doing a west coast tour this December with our friends The Day I Ate the Moon and Silent Planet. Once we get back from the tour we will begin tracking some new music!
Any final words of wisdom?
Check out The Sapling re-release October 25th and stay tuned for more new music and tour dates in your area! Thank you.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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