Point Taken Discuss New Music, Old Music, and the In-Between!

Alternative, grunge, noisy emo adults called POINT TAKEN have an EP, an upcoming single with a debut album as well. This trio band gets together to discuss this content, the pandemic, and what's up next for them.

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

Evan: The three of us have been very close friends for many years. We’ve always had an avid interest in music and worked in several different groups and bands throughout the years. In 2019 after all of our separate creative projects collapsed around the same time, the thought finally occurred to us that we had never made music together as a group. What started off as a few impromptu jam sessions to keep our itchy fingers at bay, quickly turned into regular meetings. We soon came to realize that we worked incredibly well together. Due to our shared knowledge, we have been able to take on the role of musician, producer & engineer. The combination of talent, skills and our relationship created an opportunity we felt we couldn’t pass up. From that point forward, we became Point Taken!

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

Jacob: Evan was the one who originally came up with the band's name. We had been going back and forth between ideas for a while until he said it in passing and it just stuck. We initially loved the attitude that came with the words ‘Point Taken’, it's got a sense of hostile acceptance about 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?

Jared: We're based out of Limerick, a small, working-class city in the Mid-West of Ireland. We're lucky to have a thriving music scene that helps put us on the map, with national standard hip-hop artists like Denise Chaila and one of the country's largest free Metal festivals 'The Siege of Limerick'. Other local bands we'd recommend include Protobaby (Alt), Slung From a Tree (Metal), and War Of Attrition (Metal).

4. How would you describe your style?

Evan: Our sound is if the Emo kid you knew from school was raised in a house full of contemporary Jazz musicians.

Jared: Halfway between Alt, Math-Rock, and Post Hard-core.

Jacob: Think of noisy, apathetic Grunge.

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

Jacob: So far we have released one E.P. called ‘The Static Windup’. They can expect a heavy, driving drum sound with effected guitars and structured, three-part harmonies led by a dramatic vocal sound. We have a new single right around the corner called “Lullaby for Leeches” and our new album is leaning in a much heavier direction than our debut E.P.

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

Evan: So much! We’ve been steadily writing and recording material for the past 2 years, where possible. Our new single, 'Lullaby for Leeches', comes out on 24th February and is the first single off of our upcoming album, which we plan to release in stages. Due to the pandemic, recording has become quite difficult. However, you should expect a steady stream of releases from us over the coming months.

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

Jared: Because of the Irish response to the Pandemic, live shows and tours aren't allowed under current restrictions. Every bar, club and venue in the country has been closed for months. We're working to put a tour together for our next album as soon as venues are open again, which will hopefully be sometime in the Autumn. If not then some virtual gigs are definitely on the cards for us.

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

Jared: We're currently working on a fifteen track album to be released later this year. Hopefully when it launches restrictions will have eased enough to allow us get our music out to our fans through some live shows. We'd love to tour around the UK and one of our biggest goals is to collaborate with some local acts through our independent record label 'Bare Marsh Records'.

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

Evan: You can find our music on Spotify, Apple Music & Bandcamp. All of our merch can be found on Bandcamp also, which is the best place to keep up with new releases as they arrive.

Bandcamp: https://pointtaken.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7HxHhhE8fw1leQ2n4rOMpa?si=MXSEAQ_yR_6jV8JxY3bnqg

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ie/artist/point-taken/1476318481

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

Jacob: We want the listener to take the emotionality from the piece to allow them to feel something authentic. It doesn't bother us if people don’t remember the lyrics or the names of the band members once they can reflect on the track and remember a sense of emotion they experienced while hearing the music for the first time. The aim of our music is to connect with our audience so we can all share the stories we experience through our lives: whether that be loneliness, self-doubt, anger, joy or love. We want our audience to be able to share those feelings through our music.

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