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Interviews: Rain In July

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Pop Punk  band Rain In July 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?   

Rain In July is the name that we chose due to the Neck Deep EP of the same name. However, we took it a step further and we really wanted to embody the name that we chose. Rain In July as a name to us is about getting through the toughest times of your life and coming out and making them positive.   

2.Why did you want to play this genre?   

We all grew up with very different musical interests and backgrounds, but after playing music together we quickly fell into loving this mesh of Emo, Pop Punk, and Rock that we have created. Warped Tour was a massive influence on all of us, and we continued to delve more and more into the genre as we played it. It’s really cool that we all found ourselves at the same place in our lives and musical interests, and although we all have different musical tastes, we love incorporating that and creating a sound that has come to be our own.  

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?   

Yes, we all met in high school and grew closer through playing music together.  

4. Each band member favourite band?   

Griffin (Vocals): Linkin Park. 
Ethan (Drums): Jimmy Eat World. 
Reilly (Guitar): Hot Mulligan. 
Yuta (Guitar): A mix of The 1975 and The Story So Far.   

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?   

As a vocalist, I am inspired to write lyrics about my life experiences. The EP Trying to Breathe was all about one of the hardest years of my life, and the way that I was using music as a cathartic release to try to get “better”. Our new song Beachside, that is coming out next month, is a hindsight approach to that year, and simply trying to fight through my tough times, and come out as a happier person. When we write as a band, it’s all about crafting parts and meshing them into songs. We always write with all of us together in order to properly craft a song that we all love.   

6. Where was your last gig?   

Our last gig was the best show of our career. We co-headlined the Marquis Theater in our home market of Denver with some of our best friends in 1000 Miles of Fire and Silver & Gold. It was incredible to have that many people singing along to our songs, which is a feeling unlike anything else. To go from writing songs in a basement to performing them on a stage with people screaming them in your face is a feeling I’ll never truly be able to put into words. It’s perfect.   

7. Where would you like to perform?  

We still haven’t played a house show full band, which I’ve always wanted to do. Additionally, I’m really hoping that we can hit main stage at Summit Music Hall sometime within the next year, I’ve seen so many of my favorite bands perform on that stage and to put our abilities to the test in such a big room would be incredible.   

8. Whom would you like to perform with?   

Grayscale and Movements are absolutely killing it in the alternative scene right now and we would love to perform alongside them. Also, I think we’d have a blast rocking out at an Every Time I Die show sometime, just saying.   

9. Whom not?   

I’ve never really been a person who will stray away from any band based on genre, so it’s mostly about the people for me. If the people in the band are cool, I’m down to play. If not, I’d definitely rather avoid sharing a stage.   

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

Absolutely. It’s definitely a mixture of excitement and nervousness, but it’s all about channeling your emotions into positivity. A Rain In July show is all about moving around, jumping, and really just channeling all of that energy we feel right before we step on stage into movement. We love performing, but that feeling of nerves right before we play probably will never go away, and to be completely honest I hope it doesn’t!   

11. What bands have inspired you the most?   

Musically, our biggest inspiration is Fall Out Boy. We all grew up listening to them and still throw them on continuously when driving or just hanging out around the house. We’re also very inspired by the work ethic and touring capacity of some of the amazing up and coming bands that we’re fans of, including Sundressed and Everyone Leaves. It’s extremely inspiring and awesome to see bands succeed, and we’re very impressed by it.   

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

Once, we were playing a show, and a girl that we hadn’t met before had a rain cloud tattoo that wasn’t related to us as a band whatsoever. However, she asked us to sign it which was pretty incredible and hilarious, and we all loved it. Definitely something I’ll remember for a long time.   

13. What do you think of your fans?   

Our fans are some of the coolest people in the world. The fact that people listen to our music is still insane to me, and I’m awestruck when we’re playing a show and someone’s singing the words. I am truly impressed by every single one of our fans, and I’m honored that people are listening to our band. I can’t wait to continue this thing, and to continue to meet more and more people along the way.   

14. What do you think of our site?   

It’s phenomenal. I love the fact that you’re supporting so many incredible up and coming artists that I am a fan of. I’ve discovered some great new bands while scrolling through there today, and it’s necessary in the alternative scene to have websites like yours to support up and coming bands and expose them to new people.   

15. Something to add? 

Thank you for your time! We will be releasing new music next month, so keep an eye out for that by checking us out on socials, we’re @raininjulyco on everything! We’re also on Spotify, Apple Music, and just about everywhere else. 

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