BREAK OUT DAY (from l-r): Jason Weisbein (lead guitar/backing vocals), Brandon Wimberly (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Perry Dornbush (drums), Andrew Weisbein (bass/backing vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
With a sound that they describe as a “fairly cohesive blend of late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk, along with modern alternative rock“, influenced by such outfits as Blink-182, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy, New York four-piece Break Out Day are currently taking their home state’s underground music scene by storm.
However, the band are not going to stop there, as they have high ambitions, including taking themselves across the US, and add to an already growing fan base.
At the end of March, the quartet brought out their second EP, ‘Echoes Of The Past’, and they recently spoke to me about its recording process, reaction, as well as their current tour promoting the release, which will culminate in a show in Manhattan later this month.
How did the band form?
Andrew and Jason started the band while in high school and performed at a few school functions with a friend of theirs on drums. Shortly after graduating in 2011, we released a demo EP, entitled ‘Loud Words From Quiet Kids’.
After a string of summer shows in 2012, we were looking for a new drummer, and recruited Perry in the spring of 2013. Before we went into the studio that July, we added a fourth member to be the lead singer and play rhythm guitar.
After we released our first EP in September 2013, entitled ‘The Nights That Made It’, we found ourselves looking for a new singer/guitarist. Perry recruited his friend Brandon, whom he met at Syracuse University, to join as the new member, and he officially joined in November 2016.
The formation of the band wasn’t the easiest or simplest process for us, but we’re happy with the results.
From where did the name Break Out Day originate?
Jason took the term “Break Out” from the All Time Low song ‘Break Out! Break Out!’, and Andrew decided to add the word “Day” after.
What is the band’s songwriting approach?
Each song has been written differently. Sometimes, the music comes before the lyrics, sometimes, the lyrics come before the music, and sometimes, it’s a combination of both. We’ve never been shy about voicing our opinions, so when a new song is finally complete, it truly is a by-product of all of our meticulous efforts.
What inspires the band lyrically?
With the first EP, which came out back in 2013, the lyrics focused primarily on experiences we had while we were in high school and our early college years. Now, five years later, we’re now writing about a lot of post-grad themes: anxiety, depression, and a more introspective analysis of our personal relationships.
At the end of March, you brought out your second EP, ‘Echoes Of The Past’. How was the recording process for that?
All of the tracking for the EP was done courtesy of Shane Stanton, a mutual friend of ours, at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey.
We recorded ‘The Party’s Over’, the one single off the EP, back in April last year, after giving Brandon a chance to add his own flavour to it. That song was released last July, while we were still in the midst of writing and arranging both ‘Deleted Imagery’ and ‘One More Night’.
We went back into the studio in the fall to record those two tracks, along with an acoustic rendition of ‘Too Bad You’re Lying’, the opening track from our debut EP.
Being in the studio as a unit gave us all a unique opportunity to be put under the microscope. As uncomfortable as that can be at times, it’s incredibly beneficial in terms of measuring our growth as musicians, and as people.
And how has the reaction been to the new EP so far?
In the month following the release of the new EP, we’ve received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from family, friends, and fans alike.
It’s always refreshing to wake up to a praiseworthy social media notification or an e-mail from Bandcamp, saying somebody has actually bought your music. It’s an indescribable feeling.
We put a lot of time and work into writing and recording the EP, and hearing such passionate/positive feedback makes it all worth it.
We still have a little less than a month until our official EP release show in Manhattan, with a few other bands made up of our contemporaries from Long Island and New Jersey, so until then, we’ll keep our momentum, moving forward until it’s time for the next phase.
It’s also been cool to hear that each new song has been called a favourite by many people. We’re excited by that, because these new songs are different from one another, as well as showcasing different elements of the band, and it’s nice to hear that they’re all resonating with fans.
The band are currently touring their home state of New York. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?
We love playing live, and we’re excited to be playing our new songs. Every show is different, so we rehearse a lot and make sure we’re the best we can be, and we always have a great time playing on stage.
After the tour has been completed, what are your plans?
We’ll regroup, and most likely start working on new song ideas, while simultaneously planning a summer full of shows.
And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?
All of us want this to be a career, so we’re going to be focused on writing new music and building a following. We’d love to to hit the road at some point in the near future, and put ourselves in a position to grow, because nobody wants to be playing to the floorboards.
‘ECHOES OF THE PAST’, THE SECOND EP FROM BREAK OUT DAY, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC, BANDCAMP, AND THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.breakoutday.com
THE BAND ARE ALSO CURRENTLY TOURING THEIR HOME STATE OF NEW YORK. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
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