Audio Impulse got together not that long ago, writing material that lead to it becoming a full-length, now another full-length is a work in progress. The band took some time to give the rundown on how they came together, the process of the new album, and what the future has in-store for them.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Audio Impulse formed back in 2012. Barry and Nate, who both play guitar and do vocals for the band, were front-men in two local bands (Broken Down Sunset and Revenant Tone, respectively) that broke up around the same time. A few weeks later they decided to hang out and jam and found that their conflicting styles of guitar-playing blended pretty well together and ended up writing 6-8 songs together, and quickly discovered they wanted more. They enlisted Pat, our bassist, who they had both known since college. Pat had filled in on bass a few times for both of them during various projects they had been a part of prior to this in addition to playing with bands Barry and Nate had shared the stage with. At this point the only member missing from the line-up was a drummer, and since none of them knew a reliable one, they put up an ad on Craigslist that was answered by me, Freeman. So I guess they still don’t know a reliable drummer, because can you really trust anyone from the internet? Anyway, I was apparently the very first drummer they tried out and the first night I went out to practice July 2012, they welcomed me into the band.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Pat and Nate came up with it, actually. We’re all pretty big nerds and grew up playing a lot of video games, particularly RPG’s. One of our favorites was the classic SNES game, Chrono Trigger. There’s a move in the game called Arc Impulse, which was originally going to be our band name, but when they looked it up someone else had beaten us to the punch. So Pat subbed “arc” for “audio”, I guess because Stereo Impulse just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re based out of Philadelphia, PA. 4 years ago when we started the scene was kind of disconnected and not very uniform or cohesive. There are a lot of different venues to play in Philly, so while it’s always really easy to go somewhere to catch a show, it didn’t mean that you’d always be catching a good one. Cover bands were a lot more prevalent than original music, as well. But after a few of the marquee venue’s ended up closing down, a lot of the local musicians, promoters, and club owners have started taking it upon themselves to build the Philadelphia music community back up. We’ve seen a lot of growth in the community and relationships develop between the local bands that exemplify the ‘brotherly love’ Philly is supposed to be known for.
Local bands we would recommend include Alright Junior, Sweet Eureka, Palaceburn, Behind Deadlines, The Good Mess, Dead:Stop, Sonnder, Siravo, Fell Into Yesterday, Ketosis, Mesmeria, In The Presence of Wolves, Stereotytans, Everlit, Awake at Last, A Better Class of Criminal, Sunblaze Lane, Bong Hits for Jesus, The Moidalizers, Scatterbrain, Resilient, Jay Skull in Spades, and Vilebred…to name a few. And while they aren’t from Philly, we’ve got a few good friends from NY in Midnight Mob, Revel 9, and Craving Strange.
4. How would you describe your style?
Alternative rock with a pop-punk twist. We like to play loud, aggressive, in your face music, but most importantly want everyone to have as much fun listening along as we do playing. And we can keep it all different and unique because none of us ACTUALLY play our instruments properly. We’ve been compared to all kinds of bands, from The Foo Fighters to Good Charlotte, Rise Against to Jimmy Eat World and a whole lot more in between AND outside of that.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
We have 2 studio releases out right now. Our first, full-length CD titled ‘Plug In and Tune Out’ and our most recent EP titled ‘Straight Shot’. The full length was 12 songs and is kind of all over the place stylistically. We’ve got a few songs that are pure rock’n’roll, some angsty and aggressive, a handful on the pop-punkier side, and 2 that have a slower, more melodic tone. The EP consists of 4 songs that each represent the best of all those different elements. I’d like to think that no matter what style of music that you listen to, we’ve got at least one song that appeals to you.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
Just the other week we went through 50+ demo tracks we’ve recorded over the course of the bands inception and have been in the studio recording a handful of the songs that have been developed past the demo stage of writing. We’re hoping to release another full length album sometime in early 2017.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
We just got back from The Extreme Tour mid-September and went to the Dewey Beach Music Conference at the end of September and have a few shows to close out October, but are taking the winter off from gigging to write and record this next album.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
As of right now the only thing immediately in our sights is to put out this new material and see where it takes us. We hooked up with a handful of industry people at Dewey Beach we’re hoping to work with to release, distribute, and promote our upcoming record.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can find us on most of the major social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube), streaming on Reverbnation and Spotify, and both our releases are available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
If you don’t immediately love us (as if) we’ll grow on you. Maybe like mold or moss or something, but definitely grow on you. And that we love to have fun and make every live show a party, and who doesn’t like a good party?