Drop The Act Plans to Go as Far as Possible

Pop punk go getters, Drop The Act, have their debut full-length "Le'ts Plan A Robbery!" out now with further plans on releasing music videos, playing shows and going on tour! More plans ahead with new material and so much more to come! The entire band took the time to discuss their time together with what they look forward too in the future.

1. What type of band are you?

We are a Pop Punk/Alternative band. We like to have fun on stage and interact with the crowd. We always have a good time and want our fans to as well.

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

It all started with Jacob, Josh, and Adam Alfano while they were in high school. Jacob knew Adam from gym class and they would talk about music from time to time but never really hung out. This was mainly because Jacob one day asked Adam what the easiest note was to play, and without skipping a beat Adam said, "Open" and laughed at him. One day Jacob and Josh heard drums coming from a house on their paper route and at the time they were looking for a drummer. After a few months, Jacob and Josh (mostly Josh) got enough courage and knocked on the door. To their surprise, it was Adam. Ever since then, Adam has been our drummer and good friend. Adam met Matt through his girlfriend. Adam and Matt decided to start a side project called Let’s Plan A Robbery. The side band turned more serious once Jacob, Josh, and Adam left their previous band to join.  We met Adam Kaminski at both our old bands’ first show. We always talked about music and had a good time. We didn't consider having Adam in our band until we parted ways with our good friend and former bassist, Chaz. The rest is history.

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 are from New Castle, Pennsylvania, which is about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. We are very lucky to have such a supporting music scene in New Castle. Though the scene isn’t as active with shows as it once was, the shows in town always have great crowds. There are also around 3-4 venues to play from locally. Some local bands we would suggest you to check out are Tuesday’s Too Late, Highland Rose, Captain Crunch Kids, and You Promised.

4. What is the story behind the name, Drop The Act, if there is one to tell?

Picking a name for the band was not going good; we could not seem to agree on anything we were coming up with until at practice one day, Adam’s girlfriend was doodling on a paper. She was drawing the track names of an AudioStrobeLight CD (great band, check them out). One song was entitled, “Drop The Act.” As soon as we saw that on the paper we knew we found our name. It sounded so perfect to us and was exactly what we were looking for.

5. Who are your musical influences?

We have a very broad music influence throughout the band and all of listen to different types of music. Jacob and Josh's main influences are Coheed and Cambria, New Found Glory, Breaking Benjamin, Vertical Horizon, and so many others. Adam Kaminski’s main musical influences are blink-182, The Plot In You, Slipknot and Saves The Day. Matt Priscilla’s main influences are Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low and Alex DeLeon from The Cab. And finally Adam Alfano’s influences include The Wonder Years, The Beatles, Keith Moon and Travis Barker.

6. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover)?

We find ourselves writing a lot about our emotions and how we feel about the world around us. Throughout the writing and recording process of “Let’s Plan A Robbery!” the five of us have had our own personal ups and downs. These personal experiences are what we bring to the basement when we write and influence our song meanings. We touch on breaking up, finding the girl of your dreams, being friend zoned, hope, standing up for yourself, late night depression, life, and much more throughout the album.

7. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

We all collectively write our own songs. Usually when someone has a song idea they bring it to the basement and we jam the song a bit, throw some ideas around, and work on them. Then we all go home and play the song by ourselves to see if we can come up with other ideas. We then think of possible lead work or rhythm parts that could spice it up, and then we bring our ideas back to the basement and repeat the process until we are happy with the results. It is a long and fun process that we enjoy, and we always have a blast.

8. You have your new release "Let's Plan A Robbery", what can people expect from it?

You can expect a variety of different sounds and genre types in this album, since we all have diverse musical backgrounds, we all added touches of what genres influence us the most. When it comes to quality and production, it definitely out shines our last release. Our fans that have been there from the beginning can also expect to see some old tracks redone as well.    

9. If you had to pick one song off "Let's Plan A Robbery", to show someone to introduce them to your music, which would you pick?

This is a hard one, we feel it is a toss up between the songs: The Only Reason I Hold On, Stay Close, or Drunk In January. They each have their own feel that can stir up certain emotions regarding hope, love, and love lost.

10. Why did you see "Drunk in January," "Friendzoned," and "Truth in Conquences" to be a suitable singles and video choices off "Let's Plan A Robbery"? Can we expect to see more single and video choices off this release?

We choose those songs because we feel they stick out the most and people can easily relate to them. Actually at the moment we are discussing that!

11. Why did you see taking the DIY approach to releasing your tunes, the best option? Do you hope to get signed to a label or prefer this approach?

We decided that it would be the best way to engage our fans at the moment and start to gain more ground. Eventually we do hope to be signed in the future, but at the moment we are working with what we got!

12. Did you guys have any leftovers from this release that will be used for future releases or have you gone forth and already written material for future purposes?

We had one song that we had nearly finished but we felt wasn't really what we were going for on this album. Still not sure if we will ever record it or even practice it again. We have not starting writing any new material yet. We have been so caught up in advertising LPAR and getting the finishing touches done with this album that we haven’t even put much thought into new material. However, we are working on some songs we plan to release as individual tracks in the very near future.

13. How about shows and touring, what do you have in-store?

Right now we are planning our tour for our release, "Let's Plan A Robbery". We plan to go as far out as possible for this release.

14. What do you guys have planned for the future?

We have a lot planned for our future. Our debut full-length album “Let’s Plan A Robbery!” is out on iTunes and Google Play. We recently finished the filming for our second music video for “Drunk In January” which is set to be released late May. We are in the works of a summer tour across America, so keep posted for those dates, rumor has it it’s going to get extreme at this shows. We are currently working on a cover song that will hopefully surprise and satisfy our fans. Also, we will be getting new merch soon, so keep checking DropTheAct.com for all the latest DTA announcements and news.

15. Anything else you'd like to add or would want to say?

We want to thank everyone that has supported us and that it has not gone unnoticed. We are very thankful for all the help we received. We are able to have these great experiences because of all of you. You can definitely expect to see a lot of things coming from us.

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