Interviews: Race To Neptune

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Rock band Race To Neptune from USA. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?      

Brian Maier: I had a major shoulder surgery and was prescribed 12 Percocet a day for 6 weeks.  Those first few days were strange and it somehow came to me around then.     

2. Why did you want to play this genre?      

Matt Peterson: I don't think we set out to necessarily fit a particular genre. When we write, we write for the song, for the art, and that makes it different every time.     

Matt McNear: Rock music has always just spoken to me more than any other style. I think it's because it's capable of bringing in so many different genres and still sounding good. And the energy is just unmatchable in any other genre. I haven't seen too many bluegrass shows that end with shattered guitars or fireworks.   

Brian M: I can’t exactly say we stick to one genre or try to. I think what we play still falls under indie/alt/art rock but that is so vague and we have the freedom and ability to play whatever we like.     
3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?      

Matt P: I responded to Brian's CL ad looking for a drummer after I had moved to Fort Collins, CO. I was stoked to find out he wasn't a 45 year old burnout with a receding hairline and a PornHub subscription.     

Matt M: I personally did not. Like Matt, I responded via CL. I did come across Race to Naptunes music several months before the opportunity to join them arose however. The Oh Contraire album, which I was not personally apart of making, really peaked my interest when I first heard it long before I found out they needed a bass player. Six months ago I was just trying to see these guys in concert. Now I'm playing with them. So I think that's pretty cool coincidence.  

Brian M: I did not, I miraculously met both Matt and Matt through CL. I met Zach at a local bar when he came up our table trying to sneakily steal our drinks until we started talking about music. He came over the next day and we have not stopped playing since.        

4. Each band member favourite band?      

Matt P: The Beatles     

Matt M: Foo Fighters  

Brian M: The Beatles        

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?      

Matt P: That's always a hard question but I'd say that music or art that anyone creates is a direct result of their surroundings and the why is often a more important question. One of my favorite Charles Bukowski poems is "So you want to be a writer?" It's opening lines are "If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. Unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it." He goes on to write "unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don’t do it." I think that translates to all artistic mediums. The creation and the desire to make music is something I feel like I have to do because I would go crazy not. If that's the case for anyone making art, never stop.     

Matt M: jamming with others. I have a hard time just sitting down alone and coming up with something I think is cool. I think it might stem from how analytical I approach everything so I tend to be hard on myself. But when I'm jamming with others or right after I go home from say jamming with these guys for practice is usually when I crank out my best ideas. I really need to feed off of others energy to create my own. And these guys offer me plenty of that.   

Brian M: Almost anything can hit a note inside you to inspire a song, whether it’s a book, a conversation, a mood, an event, etc.  and of course other music. I play and write mainly on acoustic and transfer it over to electric later on because I like to establish the base. It’s nice to be able to play most of our songs on electric and unplugged.        

6. Where was your last gig?      

Brian M: I believe our last gig was at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver. I remember because I thought I lost my notebook I had for years with songs in it. I recently just found it and I was so thrilled!     

7. Where would you like to perform?      

Matt P: The Mishawaka would be so sweet. It's this really intimate outdoor venue up the Poudre Canyon in the Rocky Mountains, right along a river, and its maybe 45 minutes from where we all live.     

Matt M: Ditto, on the Mish. Went to a concert there recently. Love that place. I think Washingtons in Fort Collins would be cool too though because it is brand new and looks awesome! It's also used to be an old bar before they renovated it to a venue. And I use to hang there a lot. So lots of good memories of that place.   

Brian M: Red Rocks or Glastonbury           

8. Whom would you like to perform with?      

Matt P: I think opening for the Foo Fighters would be so fucking cool.     

Matt M: Yep. Foo Fighters.  Or Wolfmother.     

Brian M: WEEN or Smashing Pumpkins        

9. Whom not?      

Matt P: Any pop-country band ever. 
Matt M: Insane Clown Posse?      

Brian M: Phish        

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?     

Matt P: When I started doing live shows with my first band there was definitely a little stage fright but it's nothing to sweat. The more you play the easier it gets.     

Matt M: I'm always nervous. But once you get going it immediately fades and I become myself. It takes a lot of courage to want to show off an original creation in front of strangers in my opinion. But I think the most important thing is to just be absolutely prepared. Don't half ass shit ever. People notice that. And it's a snowball effect through a whole show if you are underprepared or clearly didn't express interest in putting on your best show you can put on.      

Brian M:  It is  a little nerve racking at first, but it gets easier every time. My dad said when I was younger there is no need to be afraid because most people in the audience wish they were on stage and could do what you do.        

11. What bands have inspired you the most?      

Matt P: We all draw from so many different influences which makes gives us a unique sound. Zeppelin, The Who, Brand New, Foo Fighters, and I love underground hip hop groups like Hieroglyphics and A Tribe Called Quest.     

Matt M: Boston, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Wolfmother, John Butler Trio, Foo Fighters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, to list a few of the hundred I could list.   

Brian M: The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Bowie, WEEN, Modest Mouse, The Pixies, REM, The Replacements, Led Zeppelin, Elliott Smith, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age, Velvet Underground…and a lot of shoegaze bands.           

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?      

Matt P: This hasn't happened to me but my threshold for weirdness is pretty high so I'd probably be down.     

Matt M: The phone number of my band mate at the time I guess?     

Brian M: I had a guy repeatedly ask me if he could touch my hair during a show.        

13. What do you think of your fans?      

Matt P: Coolest people in the world, I'm going to love anyone that listens to our music and supports what we're doing as this band.     

Matt M: I'm yet to play a show with Race, but I will absolutely love and respect anyone who comes to see us!     

Brian M: They are so wonderful and very supportive!! I couldn’t be more grateful.        

14. What do you think of our site?      

Matt P: You guys are publishing music for so many bands around the globe that are trying to get their name out there and into different musical communities, and that is just so rad to me.     

Matt M: I'll answer this once I'm in town and not in the middle of nowhere with actual wifi.     

Brian M: I think it is great and I appreciate you taking the time to feature our music and other great up and coming artists.        

15. Something to add?     

Matt P: Yeah- Thanks for the love guys!     

Matt M: I love this fucking band. Good things are coming!  

Brian M: I can not wait to get back in the studio to share more music!

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