Carry Me Home are bringing pop punk back to its glory days. Heavily influenced by likes of Blink-182, Sum 41, Simple Plan and New Found Glory, their classic take on the genre is beginning to turn some heads. Composed of ex-members of prominent Australian heavy bands like The Red Shore and Confession, the Melbourne five-piece are hard at work preparing material for their debut release, ‘Get Wet’. Frontman Dan Brown recently spoke to Kill Your Stereo about the band, their album and their upcoming tour with Heroes For Hire and Luca Brasi.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your role in Carry Me Home?
My name is Dan Brown and I’m the vocalist for a punk rock band, ‘Carry Me Home’.
How does a group of Australian hardcore alumni come to form a pop punk band?
We’ve all had the idea for a long time now to start something like this band. Growing up on punk and hardcore music, we all have toured with each other at some point in hardcore bands… We figured why not focus on the punk side of things too!
Just to clarify, the name comes from Blink-182, right?
Sure does! We aren’t creative enough to make up an original name that we all liked haha, so we just picked a lyric from a band we love.
The announcement of the band’s existence alongside your first tour came as a surprise to many people. What made you decide to introduce the band in this way?
It’s not something we totally planned out, we just got lucky I think. We took Heroes For Hire out on tour in another band some of us were doing when they were starting out so we kinda just called in a favour.
How would you describe the band’s sound and influences?
We really wanted to keep within the veins of punk rock circa ’99. I like a lot of current pop punk bands but I think there is something missing when compared to a lot of the older stuff like Sum 41, Simple Plan, Blink 182 and New Found Glory. I think those bands have stood the test of time for that very reason.
Things are already moving fast for you guys with the announcement of your first release, ‘Get Wet’. What can you tell us about the album?
Yeah, things are moving fast but we wouldn’t want it any other way. The album consists of 11 songs and we are currently talking to a few labels to figure out a release date. My favourite thing about doing the album was shooting the artwork… And you’ll see why once it’s out! Haha.
The track ‘Oxanafest’ features a guest appearance from Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid. How did this collaboration happen?
I’ve known Andrew for a long time now and he was in town (Melbourne) with his band Sights And Sounds. He needed somewhere to record some other guest vocals for The Ghost Inside so he came over and I just asked him to sing a bit on our track as well.
You guys will be making your tour debut with Heroes For Hire and Luca Brasi in July. What are you most excited about getting out on the road?
Good friends and totally new experiences. Doing a new band is like a breath of fresh air so we are all super positive about it.
What can people expect from your live show?
In a word, idiocy… Haha, we basically just have fun on stage and I try not to sound like an idiot between playing songs (safe to say it doesn’t work).
Michael Crafter has been quite vocal about what transpired with Confession. What is your perspective on what happened?
I’ve never been one to dwell on the past. So I guess what happened, happened and I’m over it now.
Now that you and Shane are no longer with Confession, will Carry Me home become a full-time project?
Yes, this is our full-time band. It’s great to be behind the wheel of something we really enjoy doing.
What does the rest of 2012 hold for the band?
We plan to release our album ‘Get Wet’, work on playing shows and just seeing what the future brings for us. Everything so far has been great and hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
Are there any comments you’d like to finish on?
Come check us out this June and July on tour with Heroes For Hire. Dates are on our page www.facebook.com/carrymehomeofficial.