The Boston-Based Punk-Emo Band, WAVE BREAK, Discuss Their Brand New EP, ‘Armory’ and More!
Posted On 31 Aug 2018
Get to know the Boston-based pop punk/emo band Wave Break! On August 17th, they released their debut EP, “Armory.”
Since forming, they have opened for artists such as Oh, Weatherly (Hopeless Records) and Centerfolds (CI Records), been featured on the Undiscovered Sound, and featured in many press articles and Spotify playlists.
To support the EP release, they are currently touring the Northeast (6 dates) to support it.
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Learn more about Wave Break in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Wave Break: Hey! Answering these questions at night so probably going to sleep after haha.
All Access Music is currently compiling a list of our artists favorite songs this summer so what is YOUR song of the summer?
Wave Break: Probably “Criminal” by State Champs!
How has 2018 been treating you all? What is one musical goal that you have had for this year?
Wave Break: It’s been incredible, we’ve seen so much growth in a short amount of time. The biggest goal we had for this year was to finally set up some form of tour, and we actually accomplished that! We play the next three dates this weekend.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Has anything surprised you about this ride so far?
Wave Break: Well, we all met on Craigslist so we were all considering being in a group together pretty much since we all met. We’ve essentially known since the first time we all jammed together. The main thing we’ve been surprised about is how hard it is to set up a tour!
How did you come up with your name? Was it easy to come up with one that you all could agree on? What other names were you possibly considering?
Wave Break: We were throwing around words and phrases for a few weeks and one phrase led to another and we got Wave Break. It was the first one that really stuck because it has meaning to us and is memorable. We were also at one point seriously considering “Secrets in Mirrors,” which is the name to a song we love by Spitalfield. But we decided it wasn’t as memorable as we wanted and also that we wanted it to be something that came from us rather than someone else.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group?
Wave Break: Being in Boston has definitely helped amp up the punk aspect. There’s definitely a present punk scene here and we took a few notes from it and made the songs way more energetic.
What it was like releasing your debut EP, “Armory”? Did anything surprise you about the overall process of putting it together?
Wave Break: There weren’t many surprises because Kelly had recorded solo EPs in the past and knew the process well. For the rest of us, we were surprised by the level of attention to detail that was necessary while recording. We’d tune our guitars after each and every take, and keep trying until it was literally perfect.
Can you talk about the inspiration behind some of the songs on this EP?
Wave Break: Sure! Flight Syndrome was actually written about Kelly’s experience in the band she was in briefly before Wave Break, and it turned into an anti-sexism track. Circles was just written about internal conflicts that we all have from time to time when we doubt our abilities, but from an optimistic perspective. Plaster City and If You Were Awake were written about disputes with people who were victims of their own insecurities. Pretty much all of these songs were written in one way or another about real-world encounters with other people, or internal conflicts.
What was it like shooting the music video the EP’s second single “Plaster City”? How creatively involved were you with making it?
Wave Break: It was a lot of fun! We did the whole thing in a matter of about just 4 hours. We were entirely creatively involved – Kelly was behind the entire concept of the video, and Alex even helped edit the video after we filmed it. We can’t wait to film another video.
How excited are you to be heading out on your tour to support “Armory”? Where all are you headed to?
Wave Break: We are so excited! We just played the EP release in Boston which was totally nuts, and next we’re hitting up CT, NH, RI, NJ and Brooklyn.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Wave Break: We absolutely love both for different reasons – but there’s nothing quite like hearing a new song you wrote come to life for the first time in the studio.
How do you think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? What would you say is the most challenging part about it?
Wave Break: We continue to do this because it gives us an outlet to escape from the real world, and also because it’s just really fun. The most challenging parts about it are the financial aspect, and also actually getting people out to shows and buying merch.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period? Or do you think it doesn’t? Would you say that other musicians are making music that has been influenced by this climate?
Wave Break: Our song Deadlock talks about how polarized today’s political climate is; how both sides of the political spectrum are so extreme that literally no one can compromise on anything or acknowledge good ideas from either side. It talks about how politicians these days mainly are in it only for themselves and how no positive changes can be made due to this extreme climate. We definitely see other musicians writing political music too – it’s difficult not to with everything that’s going on.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
Wave Break: We’ve all been influenced by 2000’s punk/alternative bands and artists like Blink-182, Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday… the list goes on and on. We’d love to one day work with any of them or even Jenna McDougall or Lynn Gunn, or Mark Rose of Spitalfield or Jason Vena of Acceptance.
If you guys were all going to be stranded on a deserted island, what musical item would you want to take with you and why?
Wave Break: Probably acoustic guitars and bongos! Can’t be relying on electricity on a deserted island.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
Wave Break: We hope that we can show people that they can accomplish anything or get through difficult times with a little perseverance. All of our songs talk about getting past difficult experiences with people or overcoming self-doubt.
Where can our readers connect with you today?
Wave Break: We’re everywhere online! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and also on our website wavebreakband.com. We hope to see you there 🙂
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