The Disconnect is a dynamic, up and coming band from Tallahassee, Florida, and they are more than ready to rock your world. Their debut full length Currents is an electrifying collection of rock anthems that soar into the stratosphere. Throwing a bit of post hardcore into mix, The Disconnect will surely enrapture all types of music aficionados. Here is a recent interview we conducted with front man Andrew Vinson to find out more about their new album, the introspective lyrics, their notable live shows, who the kid is on the album cover, and other topics of interest. Read on as we make a connection with The Disconnect starting now…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Disconnect, and how long the band has been together. Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I’m Andrew and i sing and play guitar for The Disconnect, we are based out off Tallahassee FL, and have been together for little over two years. The music scene here has dwindled a good bit over the last 5 years but there are still a few good bands coming out of Tallahassee such as Stages and Stereos. They have a really good sound and are really up and coming.
Is there any story or concept behind the title Currents?
The concept behind Currents is finding your own path instead of just doing whats easy and expected. Finding where you are supposed to be and fighting for it.
Select two songs from Currents and what inspired the lyrics.
Brawler is one of my favorite tracks off the Record. It’s about letting an emotion fill you and empty you out of everything else. I am a very passionate person so its easy for me to get angry and let all compassion leave me in the moment. But it’s the way I am and it’s something I have to work very hard to keep in check. The chorus is talking about the aftermath of that and the aftermath of bad decisions. Sometimes the hardest person to get to forgive you is yourself.
Another track that has a lot of meaning to me is Monticello Drive. I lived off Monticello Drive about 2 years ago and it was the darkest period of my life so far, I was lost and overwhelmed and had nothing to my name. I felt like I had permanently lost my way in life and that’s kind of what that song’s about in a sense, just trying to find your way home.
Who produced Currents and what was it like working with them?
We worked with Lee Dyess at Earthsound Studios and it was a really good experience. He always has a fresh and insightful perspective on your music and it helps a lot after you have been working on the same songs for a whole year to have someone’s input and direction who has never heard them before.
Who did the cover art for Currents and how much input did you have on it? And is the kid on the cover anyone in the band?
My sister Lindsey Pemperton actually took the cover photo, the boy is Chad’s (our guitar player) little brother. We waded out into the water with him and helped during the shoot and we were all really happy with how it turned out.
What could one expect from a live The Disconnect show?
The Disconnect’s live show is energetic, things almost always get broken at our shows and its a blast, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Any strange or scary stories from the road you could share?
Uhm hmm nothing too strange – just a lot of stupid stuff we have done, like getting lost in cities on foot with dead cell phones and searching for our hotel all night or pissing out the van on the interstate at 70 mph kinda stuff.
If The Disconnect could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Most likely Underoath. We all love that band and have so much respect for them.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Cherry filled donut! because they are the best and theres more than meets the eye to them.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Currents for the first time?
That Rock N Roll is where its at!
What are your plans in the New Year for The Disconnect?
Just trying to book tours and possibly work on an acoustic EP.
Any final words of wisdom?
Final words of wisdom would be to go check out our new record Currents and if you are into local music go support your local scene, buy merch, go out to shows, and keep it alive!
The Disconnect is:
Andrew Vinson – Vocals/Guitar
Nick Dorado – Bass/Vocals
Austin Jiles – Drums
Josh Sapp – Guitar/Vocals
Chad Hemanes – Guitar/Vocals
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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