2FAR2JUMP (from l-r): Alistair Hynes (vocals), Rupert Barker (guitar), Aaron Mann (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Hailing from Surrey, three-piece 2far2jump specialise in creating a pop-punk sound that is unique, but at the same time, also draws influence from a variety of contemporary rock outfits.
The band have already made waves on the British underground scene, and with their debut EP having just been released, they are hopeful of breaking through into the mainstream this year.
On the eve of the EP’s release, I posed the questions, to vocalist Alistair Hynes, that the trio’s growing fan base are eager to know the answers to.
How did the band get together initially?
Aaron and Rupert used to play covers together, they decided they wanted to create a serious band and advertised for a singer, which is when I joined.
How did the name 2far2jump come about?
Our guitarist Rupert came up with the name and he really liked it, everyone else liked it enough to go with it, so we just went with it.
In your own words, how would you describe your sound?
A mix of big sounding electronic hooks, pop rock build ups and sing-a-long choruses. It’s pretty exciting live.
What are the band’s musical influences?
Quite a mix really. 90’s and 00’s pop punk/emo bands. To name some current bands, we listen to a lot of, I’d say, Linkin Park, Real Friends, The Hunna, The 1975 and Trophy Eyes.
Personally, I’m quite into stuff like The Prodigy, Eminem, The Weekend too, a proper mix of pop and rock! (laughs)
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
One of us comes up with a musical idea, and we then build on it. I usually always add lyrics last, but in some cases, it’s the first foundation of a song. One thing leads to another and inspires the next thing to be added to it and the way it flows.
Your debut EP, ‘First Attempts At Everything’, has just been released. How was it recording it?
Fun, tiring, ecstatic, sapping, inspiring, a real mix to be honest. The whole thing has been really enjoyable overall though!
And what can the listeners expect from it?
The sound of a band’s first attempt at something that means everything to us in some way. It’s not perfect but that’s okay. Did i just write a cool lyric? (laughs) I’m such a tit! Seriously though, there’s some cool songs on there, and we hope that people will dig it!
How is it for the band playing live and touring?
I think, for all of us, it’s our favourite part of being in a band.
What have you got lined up in the near future?
We have plans for a UK tour later this year, but I can’t say much else at this stage. We’ll promote and advertise it like crazy once it’s all confirmed though, so I’m sure you’ll know about it!
What is the band’s long-term aim?
To keep improving, step by step, to get bigger, and build a fan base of people who are emotionally invested in us and our journey. Also, to connect with people who get something from listening to our songs and coming to our shows and reading interviews like this or watching our videos. We also aim to give people something that makes them smile that they can take to their friends and bond over, and that’s a beautiful thing.
‘FIRST ATTEMPTS AT EVERYTHING’, THE DEBUT EP FROM 2FAR2JUMP, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD.