TWO YEAR BREAK (from l-r): George Lilley (drums), Dan Wright (bass), Brad Howard (lead vocals), Charlie Barnard (guitar/vocals), Tony Scibetta (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Early last year, five young lads from London, who all share a passion for pop-punk and emo music, decided to join forces and create an outfit that would effectively show this.
Calling themselves Two Year Break, the band have since made quite an impact with an anthemic sound – which was reflected in positively-received debut single ‘Change My Mind’ – as well as sets at 2018’s Camden Rocks and Tramlines festivals.
With the quintet currently putting together their first EP – due out this summer – they spoke to me about what can be expected from that, the other things the collective have planned for the rest of 2019, and much more.
How did the band form?
There have been many incarnations of the band over the years, however, the Two Year Break that everyone knows and loves now was formed about a year ago!
How did the name Two Year Break come about?
It’s one of those names that means exactly what it says on the tin. The band was on a two-year break, then it wasn’t, and the name just stuck from that point.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We tend to write about things that are personal to us, as collectively, we have all been to some dark places, and the music is a way for us to vent and ultimately heal.
Hopefully, people hear this in our songs, and realise that they aren’t alone with their struggles.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Lyrically, we are inspired by any band that conveys emotion in their storytelling. The range of genres we like between us may actually surprise a lot of people, but the emotion is a common thread between it all.
Last year, you released your debut single, entitled ‘Change My Mind’. How was the recording process for that?
The recording process was really good, we worked with Clint Murphy, who has been our producer for a while now, so we are a well-oiled machine at this point when it comes to recording.
However this was the first time we had recorded with Brad, and it was amazing to see him smash it out of the park.
And how was the reaction to the track?
Overall, there has been a really positive reaction to the track. We are all pretty normal guys, and to see all the nice messages and comments people are sending our way just adds to our drive to push forward and progress with our music.
You’re planning to release a debut EP at some point this year. How is that coming along?
It’s actually almost complete, we are scheduled to go into the studio at some point in the next few months to record the final two tracks, and then all that’s left to do is make some cover art and give it a name, which, at the moment, is ‘Funkytown Madness’!
And what can be expected of that?
It will be a five-track EP that will take whoever listens to it on a journey to the depths of darkness and back out, all with the pop-punk sound that we love. We feel the songs that are on it are our best to date, and we can’t wait to share them with the world.
The band performed at Camden Rocks and the Tramlines festival in Sheffield last year. How were they as experiences?
Camden Rocks is always good fun, the best part hands down is doing what we love (playing our songs), and the fact that there are also loads of other really talented bands on the bill that we can see for free afterwards is always a winner.
Tramlines was an experience as it meant playing away from our home ground, and the stories of the road…. maybe one day, we will share them.
And how is it overall playing live?
Playing live is one of the best feelings in the world, as the energy we give out on stage gets absorbed by the audience, and they throw it back at us twice as powerfully! We’re hugely grateful for anyone who ever comes to see us play, and we give it our all every time.
And finally, EP aside, what else do you have planned for the rest of 2019?
We have big things planned for the rest of 2019. We hope to release a couple more tracks and music videos throughout the year, and really grow our fanbase.
There will be some cool merch available from our store, and plenty of gigs and little surprises sprinkled throughout, and if anyone would like to keep up to date with our movements, they can join our mailing list, and to do that, just visit our website to sign up.
‘CHANGE MY MIND’, THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM TWO YEAR BREAK, IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND THE BAND’S FIRST EP WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.
TWO YEAR BREAK WILL ALSO BE PLAYING AT THIS YEAR’S CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL, FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: