The Offer: Pure Sonic Exhilaration

The Offer is a dynamic rock / post hardcore band based out of Florida who recently unleashed an album on Eulogy Recordings.  Entitled 33 Days, the disc is jammed packed with hard hitting tunes and introspective lyrics. The Offer has played Warped Tour and is always on the road making new fans and friends along the way with their intensive live shows.  Pure sonic exhilaration is what one will find when discovering The Offer’s kaleidoscopeof sound.  Here is an interview we conducted with lead vocalist Nathan Simmons to find out more about their recent album, life on tour, a magical mystical rainbow story, and other topics of interest.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Offer, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Nathan Simmons. I am the lead vocalist of The Offer. I also take on the lyrical duties, along with our bassist, Martin Trejo.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re kind of from all over the place, but we tend to claim Panama City, FL, as our home base. Panama City is an interesting place to try to be creative, because there just aren’t that many outlets for it. The number of music venues has really dwindled over the years. That has been both a curse and a blessing, because it has really rallied people together recently. The scene here is very tight-knit. Not a lot of room for elitism. We all want to keep the scene alive.

As far as bands in our region that jump to mind, I would love to give a shout-out to our boys in Scars And Stripes and Denouncer. It’s always fun to play with those guys.

Is there any overall story or concept behind the album title 33 Days?
About a year and a half ago, the band ended up parting ways with their original vocalist and there was a period of about 33 days where they were really kind of taking stock of where they were in life and there was some speculation that the band may break up. I was personally a big fan of the band and had played some of the same shows as them in another band. They remembered me and called me up to audition for them and the rest, as they say, is history! Or will be.

Select two songs from 33 Days and what inspired the lyrical content?
My two favorite songs on the album are probably “The Loudest Sound” and “Out of Breath.” Those two probably come from the most personal place for me.

The Loudest Sound” came from feeling like I was failing someone that means a lot to me. And not wanting that person to feel like they didn’t belong on this world. I never want to make a negative impact on anyone. It’s my rallying cry to myself. A plea to have faith in me and to know that I can be better than I am.

Out of Breath” is very much a collaboration between Martin and I, lyrically. From my standpoint, the song is about wanting to leave a mark in your short time on earth. It’s about not wanting to have any regrets, recognizing your faults, and hoping there is enough time to change things. There are also a few little references to various science fiction shows, something that I enjoy sneaking into our songs now and then.

Who produced 33 Days and what was it like working with them?
The album was recorded and mixed by Worth Weaver and John Harrell at Red Room Recording in North Carolina. I would highly recommend checking them out. We had a limited amount of time (the record was recorded in 10 days) and they were fantastic about keeping things moving along and getting the performances they wanted out of us. It was nice to work with guys that I could tell were on the same page as us and weren’t afraid to give us notes and their own input into the songs. It was a great experience!

Has The Offer ever played in Los Angeles or The OC and if so, how did the shows go?
We have not, but we would absolutely love to! Hit us up, people!

What could one expect from a live The Offer show?
We really take the “show” aspect of it into account. We love to get out there with a ton of energy and involve the crowd. One of the best feelings in the world is to have an audience singing along with one of your own songs. When you see us up there and we’re smiling and laughing and jumping on top of each other, that is all 100 percent genuine. We love what we do and we want nothing more than to share that love and excitement with our audience.

Any strange or scary stories from the road or from a live show you could share?
One of the best memories I have from being on the road is us literally driving THROUGH a rainbow. It was a magical moment. We were making our way to a show and we were worried about our van and getting to the show on time and we had issues with our equipment and all the zillion other things that bands tend to stress over…and all of a sudden, our drummer points out this giant rainbow on the horizon. And he says, “I think it’s touching down around this next turn.”

We’re all thinking there’s no way, but lo and behold, we go around the bend and there is this huge rainbow striking the pavement in front of us. And it was like going into warp drive on Star Trek, man. We all braced ourselves and yelled at the top of our lungs as we passed through it. It was hilarious and is still one of my favorite moments from being on the road.

How did you wind up signing to Eulogy Recordings?
Before I joined the band, they self-released an EP and played Warped Tour in 2011. They attracted the attention of John Wylie of Eulogy Recordings and they started talking back and forth about the possibility of signing. I joined the band very soon afterwards. Good timing on my part!

If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, what band would it that be and why?
That’s a loaded question, because we all have such diverse music tastes. Personally, I’d love to open for Say Anything or Stone Temple Pilots. They’re two of my all-time favorite bands and I think it would be amazing to share the stage with them. I already got to have my little fan-girl moment a few months back opening for Foxy Shazam (name drop!). Those guys were incredible.

If the music of The Offer was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
We would be a delicious jelly donut…DISGUISED as a glazed donut. People never know what to expect when we take the stage. We kind of look like a normal group of guys…and then we unleash our delicious sonic filling on them.

That may be entirely absurd, but it’s the answer I’m sticking with.

What’s up in this New Year for The Offer?
We are currently planning our spring tour dates. Playing plenty of dates in the south and then hopefully working our way up north! We’re booked pretty solid for the next month or so and that is a very comfortable feeling.

Any final words of wisdom?
Keep on keepin’ on. Seriously. Any time you feel like everything’s falling apart, dust yourself off and keep going. Life is full of surprises and I’ve learned that the good tends to outweigh the bad if you’re doing what you love.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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