SOMETHING ELSE (from l-r): Colin McMillen (bass), Alex Dooley (drums), Aidan Hall (vocals/guitar), Landen Gruszewski (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Having started out as an acoustic duo four years ago, Something Else have since developed into a post-pop/indie four-piece who have proven themselves to be very capable of holding their own on the music scene of Columbus, Ohio.
Recently, the emerging collective brought out a self-titled debut EP, and they had a quick chat with me about that, their journey so far, and the plans they have for the future.
How did the band get together?
Something Else formed on our front porch in early 2015 as an escape, which eventually blossomed into much more, creating our own aggressive, emotional, and unapologetic sound.
How did the name Something Else come about?
It came from those long car rides we all had as kids yelling to our parents, “Can we listen to something else?“, and we wanted to be that “Something Else“.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Paying attention to the way we feel about things happening in our lives, and being honest about them. Certain songs are written in a night, while certain parts of songs can take a month.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Primarily self-reflection, and overall observation of our surroundings.
You recently brought out your self-titled debut EP. How was the recording process for that?
Very fun, but very demanding at the same time. We felt like we pushed ourselves to get our songs the best they could be, and with the help of our engineer, Jakob Mooney, we got them there.
And for those who have yet to listen to the EP, what can they expect from it?
It’s very introspective, emotional, and fun.
The band have so far performed live in their home city of Columbus. How is the contemporary music scene there, in your opinion?
Columbus, Ohio, is very much on the rise as a music city, as being within a couple hours drive of major music hubs like Chicago, Nashville, and New York City, we have more than enough access to killer venues and plenty of new connections. Some of our favourite local acts include 90’s Kids, The Forty, Tango Moms, and RADATTACK.
And how is the overall experience, for you all, of playing on stage?
AIDAN HALL (vocals/guitar): No matter the size of the show, it’s always the most fun I’ve ever had.
COLIN McMILLEN (bass): It mostly involves spitting hair out of my mouth, or pushing it out of my face, due to the the massive amount that flies around our heads.
LANDEN GRUSZEWSKI (guitar): It’s hard to look at the crowd when Dooley has his shirt off.
ALEX DOOLEY (drums): Aidan has a pretty nice booty, and I get to look at it a lot.
And finally, what are the band’s plans now the EP has come out?
We currently have plans to bring our songs on tour, and also to record a full-length album.
THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP FROM SOMETHING ELSE IS AVAILABLE NOW.
FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: