A River Runs Thru It Talks of Emotional Energy with Music Creativity!


Emo alternatives A RIVER RUNS THRU IT formed just a couple of years ago, releasing a couple of singles to their namesake. Coming aside from those singles, will be the band's debut full-length album, with the band being active as possible with playing shows and touring across the North West for starters come the summer! The band goes on to talk more about their music, energy and aggression towards the creativity behind all of it.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

A River Runs Thru it started about two years ago. It consists of Milan Garcia-guitars, Joey Smith (my brother)- Guitars, Cody Pederson- Bass, and Michael Smith (myself) - vocals. We used to have a drummer (Nathan Haines) but he had to leave due to other things going on his life unfortunately. Currently we have Kayleigh Schutte of Subtle Moments filling in for drums and Anthony Vesco of Hibernator recorded the drums for our new single "I've Got A Bad Feeling". Milan, Joey, and I had always been close childhood friends growing up. We all shared a strong common interest that drove the bond we've made together and that was music naturally. Milan and joey went to high school with Cody Pederson and the three grew close over the years so i met Cody through those two. Cody had actually never even played bass before he joined the band but he picked it up so fast we had to keep him. I mean really it's a pretty simple history with the band; we all grew up together, and we always dreamed of creating something special together. So one day we were like fuck it let's jam some shit until something we like comes out.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The band is actually named after the movie "A River Runs Through It". the movie is about two brothers growing up in Missourian, MT and the film just shows all the ups and downs those two brothers went through as they progressed through the trials of life into adulthood. Our band is based out of Montana so that movie has a special place in our hearts which led to the decision to name the project after 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?

Our band is based out of Butte, MT. The music scene here definitely has its ups and downs but the local bands that we share this scene with are like family to us. We all help each other out and it’s really a blessing to have other bands to work with that are so supportive of each other. I think people should definitely check out some of these bands! I would recommend taking a look at:

Subtle Moments
Hibernator
Shellshock lullaby

All of us have worked with these groups over the years and it really has been amazing.

4. How would you describe your style?

Oh man this question always gets us for sure. We really dip our hands in quite a few different genres. It's kind of a mixture of post-hardcore, hardcore, pop-punk, and emo. We have so many different bands that have given us inspiration over the years like Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Underoath, The Wonder Years, Everytime I Die, and Brand New. Plus so many more I'm not thinking of at the moment.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

So far we have released two singles: "Cody" and "I've Got A Bad Feeling". As far as what to expect, We always write about the different problems we face in life. we want to give people something they can relate to. If a song we write helps someone out of that tough time then we feel the job has been
done. Expect songs that people can have fun and relate to from a group of friends that just enjoy playing those songs.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently writing a full 8-10 song album that will be recorded in the coming months with Kevin Newland. So we will have a lot more releases being prepared soon. I think a lot of people will enjoy these songs we all have really put our hearts into this writing process.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We plan to stay as active as possible. We will be doing some touring in the North West this summer and we are always looking for new places to play and are willing to jump on any show anyone is willing to have us on.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We just plan to stay as active as possible. there have been times where it seems like we just are not doing a lot and as a band you should always be looking at your next move or it just doesn't go anywhere. We want to reach out and play as much as we can in the coming years. As long as we can get out there and connect with new people and progress together as a group things will fall into place.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We are on a lot of streaming sites such as Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Bandcamp, and Reverbnation. and we will be launching our website for web orders on merch ASAP. You will be able to find the website posted on all of our social media accounts.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Just remember that we put work into each song with as much love and care for the listener as possible. These songs belong to the listener. Without them we could never hope to achieve a thing. Thanks for listening and I hope these songs end up meaning as much to you as they do to us.

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