What are your musical influences?
“While every band naturally has a list of musical influences, it's important for us to point out that what we pull from doesn't have to be musical, while still materializing within the music we make. Anything that involves a human being creating something...absolutely anything...can influence you, and inspire you. Regardless of the medium you chose as an outlet. Our outlet is music. Mike will almost always list certain stand-up comedians ahead of musicians when asked about influences. That said, there are obviously musical influences. There needs to be. For that we would definitely nod to bands like Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan & Sara, Blink, and Saves The Day. That is a decent sampling of the bands that got us going musically.”
What can fans or new listeners expect from the new album?
“We really see this as the first true Avalon Landing album. Based on our previous release people have come to conclusions about us and our sound that we believe will be shattered with "Reside". Our previous album was a collection of old material and demos, which is exactly what the name "Demos, Dead Ends & Do Overs" implied. Listeners new and old can leave "Reside" feeling like they finally got to know us. There's a lot of narratives on this album that really maps out where we came from, how we got to where we are now, and where we plan to go from here. It's all there, in some form.”
How long did the writing and recording processes take for the new album?
“Pre-production started the last week in October of 2012, just about one year ago today. Actual tracking occurred in the first few months of 2013 with all the post-production being wrapped up in the past few months. When you tack on the writing process it's been about two years in the making.”
What do you think sets you apart from other bands?
“We've always felt that our strength could be our vocals, and we try to highlight that on this album. There are so many bands out there, and it's easier than ever for bands to record and release albums. While that's mostly a great thing for both the bands and listeners, it does create a complete over-saturation of just about everything. It makes it now harder than ever for a band to break through and get a listener's attention. Strong song writing and strong vocals are perhaps two things that bands don't think about, as strange at that may sound, but that's where we put our focus.”
‘Reside’ is a very emotive and open album, was this always the intention ?
“There was no "intention" going in to this album. Beyond just knowing that we wanted to write songs. What you hear is simply what was inside of us and there was no way of knowing what the outcome would be. I'd say we're all pretty emotional, open people so there will always be those element in what we create.”
Describe the band in three words
“Honest, Melodic, Energetic”
Where do you realistically and hope to see yourselves in 5 to 10 years’ time?
“Still making music. Does any band say anything different? We want the band to be as big as it can be, and reach as many people as possible. If I'm still answering questions about Avalon Landing in five or ten years then that would mean we probably did something right along the way. That's all you can ask for. There's no blueprint for success in what we do, and no clear model of what "success" means. You really do have to make it up as you go along and all you can hope for is the privilege to continue doing it.”
Do you prefer the writing and recording process or the shows and touring?
“That very well may be different for every member of the band. Ultimately it comes down to a healthy dose of both. When you're playing a ton of shows you get the itch to start writing and record more songs, but then when you're in a studio working on an album you want to get on stage and play. Both elements fulfil different desires inside each musician.”
What does the future hold for Avalon Landing?
“Immediately it's all about getting our album to as many people as possible. We just completed our first tour and with that being a success we're anxious to get back out on the road. We want to do weekend trips to cities in the southwest and also get to as much of the country as possible. Obviously there's a lot of logistical and financial concerns that arise the further you get from home, but we'll solve those problems and get out there somehow. When it comes to the music we're already talking about how to expand on "Reside". There's a lot of still untapped material inside us that we look forward to exploring and while "Reside" perhaps shatters what people gathered from our previous release, it's now our job to evolve further and continue to re-define ourselves on future releases. Bottom line, it's about growth and staying true to who we are both as a group and as individuals.”
Be sure to check out the review of their new album here http://www.shoutitloudreviews.com/index.php/music-news/item/238-avalon-landing-reside-album-review . And keep up with the band by liking them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/avalonlanding and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/avalonlanding .