Interviews About Albums: Grungepunks - The Fall Blues (2024)

In this new interview, we sat down with the American Hard Rock/Nu-Metal band Grungepunks to ask questions about their album "The Fall Blues".

1. What can you say about this new EP?

"The Fall Blues EP" took a long time to put together. I worked for a year to get these 5 songs recorded and ready to put out there as one coherent release. I've been busy and have gone through a lot of ups and downs over the last year and a half or so, and this EP was a reflection of that. It took longer to put together than I expected, but it's been therapeutic to write it and put it together.

2. What is the meaning of the EP name?

I struggle with seasonal depression during the colder months of the year. So when I catch myself feeling sad or alone when it's cold outside, I always tell myself I have a case of the "fall blues." Since most of these songs were written and/or recorded during the colder months of the year, I figured calling it "The Fall Blues EP" would help to accurately reflect the inner struggles I dealt with when writing these songs.

3. Which one is the composer of the EP?

I write and record all of the Grungepunks studio releases myself, though my friends Todd, Eli, and Gif have performed with me live at shows.

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

My personal favorite is "Nice Guys Finish" because I always wanted to write a groovy rock-and-roll song with a heavy downbeat, and I feel like it fits that mold. But as a whole, I would probably choose "Ashes for Bread." It reflects the title of the EP in its theme really well and offers a message of hope. Plus, it's the heaviest song I've ever recorded.

5. Is there a special message in this EP? If there is what is it?

No matter your internal struggles, no matter how sad or alone you feel, never forget that there is always hope. There is a God who loves you and sent His Son to live a human life, so He can relate to your struggles, and He died to free you from them. Sad times happen to everyone (they even happened to Jesus), but there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. So never give up. And always seek God's help, because He always cares.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

There's one line at the end of the title track that is the only lyrics in the song: "You don't wanna play with matches, kid. You'll wind up burned." I wrote that as an intro to "Ashes for Bread," and I used my best old-school New York cartoon voice to say it. Not sure if anyone can tell it's me saying it, but it was fun to throw that in as a goofy line that acts as a serious setup for the song that follows it.

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

Musically my biggest influence over the last couple of years has been Jerry Cantrell. I love his music with Alice in Chains, and I love his solo work even more. He is an excellent songwriter in my book. Personally, someone who had the biggest influence on how these sounds turned out was Jason Wisdom (Becoming The Archetype, Death Therapy). His work mixing and mastering the songs took them all to the next level, and I'm really thankful for that.

8. Something to add?

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." --Matthew 6:34

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