"So, Burn My House Down" comes from the second release by The Afro Nips, Died At The Right Time out 4.8.14
When stuff like this happens I get really stoked. @thoughts_in_reverse #Plagues featured on #iTunes. @brianmagee @thekorysofar @_nickpan @jonpagemofo @babby_scott
We’ll be releasing an EP for Thoughts In Reverse this summer. Until then check out their latest track Plagues.
Syracuse, NY is home to not only to an undefeated college basketball team and legendary Dinosauar BBQ, but also up-and-coming pop-rock outfit Safe. The four-piece got their start once front man Josh Coy decided take bits & pieces of his former musical projects and combine them into a new solid band. Safe’s bright, energetic rock has earned them shows with Balance & Composure, Fireworks, Loose Planes, and Transit. You can pick up the band’s debut full length, Cinematic Ocean, on vinyl through Aux Records or digitally through Bandcamp.
For Fans Of: Saves the Day, Tigers Jaw, Anarbor
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Josh Coy (myself) - Guitar and Vocals
Bryan Schlenker - Drums
Jeff French - Guitar
Jay Trovato - Bass
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We are all originally from the Syracuse, NY, area. Bryan & I currently live in the Syracuse area while Jeff & Jay both live in Brooklyn, NY.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
After my previous full time band, Long Since Forgotten, split up in 2007, I had been writing songs for a few years between 2008-2011 in various other bands. I had basically collected a bunch of material I had written for those projects and some tunes that didn’t quite fit in and just kind of went from there. Bryan called me up one day and said he heard I had been working on new stuff and needed someone to help put it all together and Safe was born. I basically brought the material I thought went well together and we practiced and pieced the rest of the songs together in Bryan’s attic throughout 2011 and 2012. Around that time I also moved to New Jersey and was looking to finish the full a line up and start playing shows. I spent time in previous bands with Jeff and Jay and knew they were living not far from me in the city so I hit them up and the live band was born.
How have you grown since you started?
There hasn’t been too much time for that yet with this band. We still want people to hear our record and play these songs for more people, then see what happens from there.
What sets you apart from other bands?
I’m not too sure. I think we are just pretty regular dudes with jobs. I think most bands get together and play a bunch of local hometown shows before hitting the road but we played our first shows as a band in Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit on a tour with Fireworks. Those guys are some of the best dudes and we are grateful for them.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Getting to hang out with some of my best friends and play songs. It’s a great break from everyday life and regular jobs.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
I have so many random influences that always somehow make their way on to records I am a part of. Of the top of my head bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Gin Blossoms, Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Hey Mercedes, Hum, and Nada Surf get a tip of the hat from me.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
Just completing the first record was an accomplishment. So many things had to happen for it to get finished. We have already had the chance to play shows with a handful of great bands like Fireworks, Balance & Composure, and Transit. Shortly after, we self-released our record on iTunes a label in Japan picked it up for distribution there. Our friend Ulf at Aux Records just released Cinematic Ocean on vinyl here in the states, which is the first time any of my bands’ recordings have been in that format. All in all, I’m pretty sure we’ve played less than fifteen shows total, so I’m pretty happy so far.
First show of our tour with Loose Planes! Detroit @ The Garden Bowl FREE!!!
Yesterday we started shooting for our music video for our song “Lloyd Dobbler” This is a shot of John Raftery filming Eric Yevak (who did our record art). Thanks so much guys. We have a few more things to shoot and we will post the result! Keep checking back!
Grab your copy of I Don’t Wanna Die over at Noisetrade for free.
Back in 2007 we released a live solo record with Mike from ABQ and The Afro Nips called Mistakes Adn All. As you can see, retailers really thought we just messed up the title.