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Interviews: Piss Poor

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal/Hardcore band Piss Poor from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the 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?

Dewey: I honestly came up with the name while we were all in an ensemble at school together. We were trying to come up with something hard and that’s really all I could come up with. 

Pete: The name Piss Poor really initially was a joke. We thought we could use it until we came up with a better name until Dewey said, “Piss fucking Poor” at a show once then it was pretty evident the name was hard. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Thad: I wanted to play this genre of music because of the energy but mostly because of the community. I enjoy the aggressiveness but also the love between everyone. 

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

Dewey: I knew Thad from playing in other bands in the New Mexico scene together. I think we met around 2016. We eventually were in a band together but broke up the summer before Piss Poor started. I had always known Pete from seeing him around at shows and I met Jaden last out of everyone through school. 

4. Each band member favorite band? 

Dewey:  Linkin Park

Thad: Motionless in White

Jaden: Intervals 

Pete: Norma Jean

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Jaden: The thing that inspires me to write songs the most is being able to share it with other people and see their reactions.

Dewey: I would say there is a heavy amount of early 2000’s late 90’s metalcore nostalgia within the music so I’d say a lot of bands from that time have inspired us. 

Pete: People who can’t stand up for themselves drives me lyrically to speak out. I’m no where near as loud as a clap of thunder but what little voice I do have I will always use to provide hope, catharsis, and healing for anyone who needs it. In and out of the band.

6. Where was your last gig?

We were lucky enough to play at our home in Lubbock, TX before this whole viral pandemic really hit the media.

7. Where would you like to act?

Jaden: I think Denver would be my go to city. 

Thad: If act means perform, I would say anywhere and everywhere. But if I had to pick a specific place I would say Seattle, WA or Pennsylvania. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Dewey: Sooner or later I would love to work with Solemn Judgement. They stay on heavy rotation. 

9. Whom not?

We’d really be open to anybody, We love the idea of collaboration with others. 

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

Jaden: I suffered from stage fright at a talent show in the ninth grade. I was so nervous that I actually messed up and then didn’t play for like 15 seconds. But the biggest thing I took away from that was that no matter what, it’s important to keep going and not worry about what other people think of you. I also recommend the best way to get over stage fright is to take a few deep breaths before you go on and then give it your all. I have found that people enjoy watching somebody who gives it their all rather than somebody who plays perfect and looks nervous. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Dewey: I’d say bands like 7 Angels 7 Plagues and Misery Signals have been my two big ones for this project 

Pete: For me lyrically, the bands that have inspired me the most are Norma Jean, Silent Planet, Levi The Poet, and The Acacia Strain 

Jaden: My biggest influences for this new EP are Orthodox and Code Orange. I don’t try to copy their riffs, I just try to give off the same energy and vibes in my music as they do but with my own style. 

Thad: I would have to say the people that inspire me the greatest would be Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns and Darius Tehrani of SPITE. 

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

Dewey:  One time Pete and Jaden got asked why we called ourselves metalcore and relentlessly hassled then trying to get them to admit we were something else. Lubbock is a funny place man.

Pete: We got asked what our genre was one time and they kept arguing we weren’t metalcore. They also said Asking Alexandria was not metalcore but prog, so take that how you will. 

13. What do you think of your fans?

ThadI think that they are all amazing and I wish that I could hug them all at the same time

Pete:I adore each and every person who’s taken the time to listen to a Piss Poor song, it’s truly an honor to have your attention even for a moment. Thank you.

14. What do you think of our site?

I think what you guys are doing is important. Looking out for any and every musician you can to help shed some light. I was very flattered you guys wanted to do something on us!

15. Something add?

DeweyThis new record is important. The lyrics are important. If you would like more info on it, visit our socials. All @pisspoortx.

Pete: We are more than grateful for every opportunity we have been given and wish we could thank all of our supporters one by one. We hope YWBTDASL is as impactful to listen to as it was to hear about the stories of the lives ruined by these treacherous criminals. If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual abuse or assault, child or not, you are not alone, and they will pay for their crimes. 

Thad: I love my mom and I love Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain on PS2. I also love my friends! A lot! 

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