The Interrogation Discusses Origins, Whereabouts and Music!


Pop punk, easycore, emo band THE INTERROGATION was formed barely in 2019, but since they have had quite the origin story, and being based out of Canada they have a lot to discuss. The band discuses much including their music content and other plans for the year.


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

The Interrogation was formed in Vancouver Canada in the summer of 2019.  I (Thom Turner guitarist/band leader) was going through a great deal of grief following the death of my mother the previous December.  I sought solace as I have always done, in songwriting.  What came out is our new EP that features our new single “Summer Love (In Hell)”.  After having put together 4 songs that dealt with love and loss, anger and confusion, I sent out the demos to my good friend and recording engineer Kevin Billingslea (https://kevinbillingslea.com/) to see if it was worth pursuing.  He came back in a big positive way and so The Interrogation was alive!

I am a 20 year veteran of the music scene.  Touring all over my home country of the USA I eventually scored a gig with Freya, which featured the legendary Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis/Path of Resitance)!  A dream 10 years ensued.  Tours and two albums, the latest one “Grim” featured Dirk Verburen of Megadeth/Soilwork fame.  Needless to say recording and touring is in my blood.  So, when it came to putting a band together I was lucky to have so many great people/players to go with.  I immediately asked my long time friend Nik Eason to play drums.  He and I grew up together in Oswego NY and his chops are WORLD CLASS.  From there we filled out with Ridge Bernosky on guitar, A.J. Pisczcz on Bass and James Kang for live Vocals. 

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

This is a great question.  When I was first starting out in music I was completely addicted to two things,  Coheed and Cambria and Large scale concept albums by bands like Dream Theater, Armor for Sleep, Spocks Beard, Pink Floyd etc.  All of this music had story telling at its core.  Above all that is what I like in songwriting.  So at 19 I began to write a 3 album 30 song concept record called The Interrogation. 

It centered around the confusion and hyper emotionality I was going through at that age.  An unrequited love story between a homeless boy and the very normal person he was hopelessly in love with.  The naeme The Interrogation came about because the story was told from the point of view of the boy being interrogated about the events that cover the story of the album. 

When these new songs came about I realized they shared a lot of the same themes.  I felt as helpless and confused as I did then but now in my thirties and about real like tragedy.  Just as then I HAD to make this music so what better a name than The Interrogation. 

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

I am based out of  Vancouver Canada while the rest of my band is in the USA some on the west coast some on the east.  It is a truly modern layout of a band.  I write tunes and we share them around and by the end, finished product.  Now, that we are in Covid and the boarder is closed it makes things interesting to be sure but, nothing can stop us making music!  The scene here in Vancouver is interesting.  I grew up in the hardcore scene in New England.  I could have played a show every night of the week all over the states.  Tiny scenes of all ages venues all strung together was the way.  Here in Canada the markets are stretched out all across the country.  Things are very far apart and here in Vancouver there are so many bands but almost no venues for all ages or really any original music of the rock variety.  Still so many locals here in Vancouver like Altona,  The Hallowed Catharsis and The Noodle Boys are making really fresh, varied and interesting music.  Obviously with the current health crisis performances are a long way off but we cannot wait to join the fray up here in Vancouver.

4. How would you describe your style?
 
We would definitely fall into the pop punk/ easycore/ emo crowd.  A lot of our inspiration comes from bands like Coheed, A Day to Remember, Armor for Sleep, Four Year Strong, pretty much anything that was ever on the warped tour stage but, also bands with heavy riffs and big clean choruses.

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

We have released two singles, first “Kick It Off” which is a humanistic call to arms in a time of great struggle.  Our newest single “Summer Love (In Hell)” released July 31st is a big summer rock song for people who hate summer.  Our music is all about deeply emotional lyrics, crunchy riffs and big sing along choruses.  That’s what we like and want to share with everyone.

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

September 25th our full EP entitled "Posters On My Wall" will be released on all platforms!

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

Obviously with the health crisis performances are definitely on hold.  That said we are working with The Wavelink Agency for booking as soon as it becomes a possibility.  We are aiming at all the Americas,  US, Canada and Mexico!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
 
We are already writing for our next EP which we hope to be out sometime in 2021!  We want to finally get out and play and hang out with the people.  In a time when we are all so isolated and fearful The Interrogation wants to help bridge some gaps and let people have fun!

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

Well here are some links!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/3PwkXFgpIBtMuFcFQCeeiq?si=lKS4IABTRi6gAWp-xbS8gw

Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/summer-love-in-hell-single/1522169406

Bandcamp: https://theinterrogation.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theinterrogationband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theinterrogation/

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

I want them to remember that we as people can grow and still be able to respect and remember who we were when we were younger.  We can have fun with our friends and stage dive while eating pizza as well as deal with incredibly heavy emotional situations that life will give us.  It is the blending of the sour and the sweet that makes life vibrant. Thank you for allowing me to do this interview!

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