One of the latest signings to the Victory Records roster of talent, Meridian is sure to captivate fans of A Day To Remember and We Came As Romans. Featuring wondrously infectious, yet hard hitting songs, their debut album The Awful Truth is sure to garner Meridian a good deal attention. With members between the ages of 17-21, there is a good deal of passion and conviction to be found within this dynamic collective. Here is an interview we recently conducted with singer / guitarist Christian Evanko to find more about this band on the rise ready to break it out in a big and glorious way. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Meridian, and how long the band has been together.
Hi, my name is Christian Evanko and I sing and play guitar in Meridian. We’ve been a band for a little over two years now.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based out of Poughkeepsie, New York. Thankfully we come from a thriving and supportive local scene that for years has housed amazing bands such as Just Surrender, Matchbook Romance and We Are The In Crowd.
How did you wind up signing to Victory Records?
It really came out of nowhere. Our manager Nicole had texted us all one day to check our emails and when we did, we couldn’t believe what we saw. We were all super stoked to see that one of our favorite labels had reached out to us and showed interest. We then met with one of the reps from the label at our local Panera. That meeting went really well. One thing led to another, and now we are part of Victory Records.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Awful Truth?
We summed this up to a quote: “No matter how hard you try, the awful truth is that you will never win.”
Select two songs from The Awful Truth and what inspired the lyrics.
The song I personally hold closest is track 9 “Wait For Me‘. We’ve all seen far too many people we know, in some cases even close friends, struggle with substances. Last year, we lost a friend because of this and it’s something I will try my best to never let happen again. If you see someone in need, reach out to them. Although it might be difficult, you cannot give up on that person because you might be all they have.
Our song “Waves” is inspired by the experiences and events one undertakes throughout high school. Now being 2 years graduated, looking back I realize how impressionable and naive one can be at that age. It’s a song about letting go of that time and moving on to better yourself.
Who did the artwork for The Awful Truth and how much input did you have on it?
Sam Kaufman. We had the wilting flower idea in our heads for quite some time and we knew that Sam was a really cool artist. We sent him the image we had in our heads and we got back the same image that we envisioned. It was perfect.
With much of Meridian being so young, how supportive have your parents of the band and going on tour?
Our parents could not be any more excited and supportive of our decisions to be in a full time touring band. My parents are always coming to every local show and have let us practice in my garage for years. Without the support we have from our families, we honestly might not be where we are today.
What could one expect from a live Meridian show in 2014 and beyond?
A high energy passion filled performance. There are no gimmicks, no smoke and mirrors, just 5 kids plugging in their instruments and playing. We love what we do and we try to convey that every time we step on stage.
Has Meridian ever played here in the Los Angeles / OC or plan to do so in future days?
We have not been able to get out to the West Coast yet, but trust me when I say as soon as we can, we will.
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
The first day of this year, after driving about 24 hours overnight, we broke down an hour away from our destination. Seeing as it was New Years Day, no one was opened or could help us. Being 5 young kids stranded miles and miles away from home, it was a very intense experience, especially being stuck in a hotel for 7 days. We were grateful that we were able to stay in a hotel, but bummed that we missed the rest of the tour. I think the part that really killed us was not being able to play the shows we all had been looking forward to and taken off of work for months and months in advance. But as the old adage goes “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I’d have to go with AC/DC. My parents did a great job of bringing me up on the classics and they have been my all time favorite band. Ever since I heard Angus Young play guitar from when I was little, I knew that was something I needed to do with my life.
If the music of Meridian was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
I would have to say a jelly donut. The melodic singing aspect would be the jelly oozing out softly from the middle, while the heavier, more hardcore sections are the casing of the donut, sprinkled with a fast punk feel, provided by the drumming and guitars. All parts are needed to make that delicious donut.
What’s up next for Meridian?
Endless touring in support of our debut album The Awful Truth. We want nothing more than to hit the road full force.
Any final words of wisdom?
Be sure to check out our debut album The Awful Truth now available through Victory Records. We hope to see you on the road as we wrap up 2014 and head into the new year!
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Hope to see your band here in the Los Angeles area soon!
Thank you for having us!
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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