Stand Atlantic – Sidewinder
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) How would you describe your sound?
A) We really try to combine poppy, catchy melodies with punchy instrumentals. Definitely don’t shy away from the more aggressive side of pop punk.
Q) Who are some of your musical influences?
A) We all love pop artists, new and old, and strongly appreciate pop bangers. But we also dive into a bunch of other stuff. Our biggest influences are probably Blackbear, Bully, The 1975, The Story So Far, Moose Blood and Silverchair, just to name a few.
Q) Talk about the story behind your new song “Sidewinder.”
A) It’s essentially just about acceptance, particularly in differences between you and someone else. Whether it’s in love, friendship or anything – changing yourself just to make up for something you can’t change in them isn’t healthy. Don’t lose yourself to compensate for someone else.
Q) What do you think it is about the song that fans connect to?
A) Hopefully, they can find comfort in knowing they’re not the only one who’s been in that situation before. If they can’t relate, then as long as they like the song in some way that’s rad.
Q) How does the video for the track play into the message behind it?
A) The video is a story of a girl whose father passes away. She has a bit of a rough time because of that, but at the end she’s getting married and feels her dad grab her hand – It brings the message back to acceptance, even though it sucks sometimes you can find some sort of peace once you come to terms with it in your own way.
Q) What is your song writing process? Do you need music before you can create lyrics?
A) Majority of the time it will be a vocal melody/hook, some basic chords and lyrics that are usually placeholder’s until the song develops. Weirdly enough, all three of those things kinda come out all at once a lot of the time.
Q) How much of a hand do you have in the production of your music?
A) We’re all very much involved in the writing process, but as far as actual production/recording our producer will take care of that – we can barely use a computer.
Q) What can fans expect from a live Stand Atlantic performance?
A) A lot of sweat, energy and punk jumps.
Q) What songs off your Sidewinder EP are you looking forward to performing live?
A) Now that the EP is out, hopefully people are more familiar with all the songs so we’re excited to play all of them!
Q) What do you hope listeners take away from listening to your new EP as a whole?
A) Hopefully they can hear we’re just trying to make genuine, real and honest songs.
Q) Where are some of your favorite places to perform and what makes those locations so significant to you?
A) The last tour we did with New Found Glory we played a beautiful venue in Brisbane at Eaton’s Hill. The people working there were lovely, the green room was insane and the crowd were sick.
Q) Who would you most like to collaborate with on a song in the future?
A) There’s so many…I reckon Sia would be hectic. Probably wishful thinking though! [laughs]
Q) What album/band are you currently listening to and why do you dig them?
A) There’s a ton of cool bands releasing really cool tunes at the moment. Currently, we’re really into Sleep On It, The Ghospel Youth, Dear Seattle, Grayscale, Lorde and Turnover. Too many!
Q) You are a part of social media. Why is that such an important way for you to connect with your fans?
A) Because it’s such a simple thing to do and takes two seconds to reply and thank someone who’s gone out of their way to not only listen to your music but reach out to you and tell you they liked it. We just want to make sure they know they’re appreciated!
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) Thank you so, so much. Everything we have went into this release and it means a lot that you even like it the slightest bit.