New Jersey pop punk band Settle For Less have just recently released their great new EP "Greetings" through Either/Or Records, and just finished up a run of dates with label mates Homelife. The band’s guitarist Nick answered a few questions for us.
Start off by stating your name, what you play in Settle For Less and your favourite movie of all time?
My name is Nick and I play guitar. I really don’t have a favourite movie but I guess you could say Home Alone 2.
The band might still be relatively unknown in Australia at the moment, so can you give us a brief run down of the history of the band for those who are unfamiliar with you?
We have been playing for a few years, messed around with a few styles until we realized what was really “us.” We just want to play music we grew up on and that we liked, not what is “cool” at the time.
Who are some bands that have had a major influence over the band’s sound?
We all have our own influences but we all agree on bands like Lifetime, Saves the Day, and Nirvana.
How would you describe the band’s sound to someone who has never heard the band before?
Umm fast, emotional punk rock?
The band’s new EP “Greetings” is out now, what was the writing and recording process like for that EP?
It was cool, we wrote/recorded the songs in the order that they are on the cd so I think it shows how we grew with each song and how we are still progressing.
“Greetings” was recorded at Skylight Studios with Vince Ratti (The Wonder Years, Balance and Composure, August Burns Red), what was it like recording the EP was Vince?
It was really great. Vince is the nicest guy and is very talented.
How has the EP been received so far?
We haven’t got any reviews back yet, but a lot of kids are saying they love it, which is awesome.
Either/Or Records released the EP, how did you come to end up working with them?
I was talking to Cj from All We Are, (who was on e/or at the time) about getting us shows and stuff in Baltimore and he just said he would pass our stuff on to Rob. He loved it and then we went from there.
You just finished up a run of dates with Homelife in late June, how were those shows for the band?
All of the shows were really fun and we sold a lot of merch so I guess you could say it was good for us. Homelife is an amazing band; if you haven’t listened to them you’re missing out.
Has the band been writing any new material as of late?
We have a new song that’s almost finished and that we will hopefully play on the dates with Trainwrecker and then we have a few song ideas in the works.
When do you think we could expect to see a full-length being released?
We haven’t really talked about it but maybe next summer
The band is planning on heading out on a few dates in late July to early August with label mates Trainwrecker, what are you looking forward to the most about these shows?
I’m excited to see Trainwrecker play everyday haha and just travelling
Are any of you playing in any other bands at the moment other than Settle For Less?
I have other projects I’m working on and Alex has his acoustic project. I know some of us want to make a hardcore band too.
What is the best show you’ve played so far this year? And the best show you’ve attended this year?
The best show we played was in Connecticut on tour with Homelife. It was in a packed garage and it was so hot and sweaty. That was really fun. The best show I attended this year was probably the Balance And Composure/Tigers Jaw split release show in PA. So many great bands.
Do you have any goals that you would like to achieve with the band?
Never really thought about it but I guess it would be cool to leave the country.
Do you think being from New Jersey has had much of an influence on the band?
Not really, but it does get us pissed off because it sucks here.
If you could tour with any three bands, past or present, who would you chose and why?
This is tough. Maybe Lifetime and /or Kid Dynamite, Nirvana and Brand New; just awesome bands that I love.
What is your favourite pop punk release of all time?
I don’t really have a favourite pop punk release but I guess I’ll say The Movielife – This Time Next Year or Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon.
Who are some bands that we should be checking out?
Homelife, Trainwrecker, Neighborhoods, Maker, Fake Estate and our friend John’s acoustic act http://www.myspace.com/johnnygermisdeadnj
What is your favourite and least favourite thing about being in a band?
I love playing shows and recording but I hate not having money.
When do you think we could expect to see Settle For Less make it to Australia to play some shows for us?
Not sure but I’d love to come.
What are the band’s plans for the rest of 2010?
Just going to take advantage of the rest of summer and write/record new songs and possibly a winter release.
Thanks for doing the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Thanks Tom! You’re the Man!