Saturday, December 4, 2010

November's Unsigned Band of the Month: By Summer's End

A sense of refreshing taste. A sense of interesting exposition. A Sense Of Change. That's new EP title by indie/alternative band, By Summer's End. Let me tell you one thing, these guys deserve the spot of November's Unsigned Band of the Month. Why? Because their something unique. When Nathan Riddle, their lead guitarist contacted me, I had never heard of By Summer's End. Now that I have, I'm glad to say I'm a fan of the band.

Hailing from Concord, North Carolina, the band began originally began in 2007 to play the members 8th grade dance. (Side note: Good lord 8th grade feels like an eternity ago). By Summer's End decided to keep it going. Through a few member changes a long the way, were left with some of the best of the unsigned alternative industry. The current lineup is pretty recent. Some of the members just joined as of August 2010, but don't let that steer you away from taking a listen. The band put together one hell of an EP that would make you think they've been playing together for quite some time. Members Nathan Riddle (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Alyssa Nelson (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Matthew Ensley (Bass/Vocals), and TJ Hurley (Drums & Percussion) talked with me about their band so that you guys could find out more about them. Without further a due, here is the November Unsigned Band of the Month, By Summer's End! 

Me: What gives you inspiration?

BSE: A huge part of our writing incorporates change. Lyrically, our songs are generally about change, whether it be wanting change, looking back on change, and so on. We see it as something that is in all aspects of life, so we embrace it. We're also inspired by challenges. Our music definitely reflects that. We challenge ourselves to make what we are doing better each time, and we like to go against the grain. We want our inspirations to shine so bright that it inspires the listener.

Me: How do you get pumped up for a show?

BSE: We always get together and hang out during the day of the show. We run through the set, work out the kinks, but make sure we have fun with it. We also watch a lot of Family Guy. Things like that ease our nerves and helps us focus on what needs to get done, rather than what can go wrong. 

Me: Where did you get the name By Summer's End?

BSE: We were going through a sort of segue during the time and we needed a new name. Nathan had posted a blog about being something completely new and fresh, with new material shows, and the whole shebang by summer's end. TJ read the blog and liked the way that phrase sounded as a name, and it kind of represented what we were trying to do. Unfortunately, being the perfectionists (or procrastinators) we are, we're just now finishing up our transformation. We wanted to make sure what we had was something special, and we didn't want to put a due date on it.

Me: How would you describe the way you are feeling during a live performance?

BSE: It's hard to put in words that feeling. It's just so unparalleled. That rush of nerves, anxiety, excitement, joy, adrenalin... it's just so overwhelming. We LOVE it. It's so incredible playing in front of people who came out to listen to what you have to offer, and be open to it. We take advantage of this and we make a show what it's truly meant to be, a performance. That feeling is simply nothing short of amazing.

Me: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that food be?

BSE: Nathan- Pasta!
Mathew- Cajun Fillet Biscuit from Bojangles
TJ- McGangBang (for those of you who don't know what this is, you're probably quite confused so click here.)

Me: What is the best concert you have been to in the past year?

BSE: Nathan-Blink-182
TJ- Avenged Sevenfold

Me: Any shout-outs?

BSE: All of our families, significant others, friends, and fans! Thanks so much!

There you have it! My pick for Unsigned Band of the Month! If you want to take a listen to By Summer's End check out some of their links I have posted below! The entire EP A Sense Of Change is amazingly well put together. What's so great about it is that it takes influences from so many genres of music. Blues, Indie, pop/punk and more all form together to make one huge, badass alternative mash of music. Make sure to check these guys out, and keep an eye on them. I have a feeling this won't be the last time you hear the name By Summer's End!

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