Time for our daily dose of new band-age. Today we bring you our Band of the Day questions as answered by Drama Scream.
Endicott, New York.
How did you meet?
Lauren: Steve and I have been playing together for years. We’ve been writing songs together while playing in a cover band on the side. Once we had the music set we started looking for people with a similar goal and mindset about music as us. So after some trial and error we found Greg and Justin.
How long have you been playing as a band?
About a year and a half.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Lauren: The guys originally wanted to name the band after me, but I didn’t want to use my name, so I started thinking about my characteristics, and since I was little my parents always commented on my flair for the dramatic. However I wasn’t big on drama queen. I wrote down DramaScream, then asked the guys and we agreed it was a cool name. It also represents the music very well.
What are your influences?
Lauren: I’ve always loved Pat Benatar’s style, but I also love Stone Sour and Linkin Park. It’s hard to say that I emulate them when I sing, I definitely like melodic yet heavy rock vocals.
Steve: I love 80’s music, but C.K.Y is probably one of my biggest influences.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Lauren: One of the engineers at the studio we record at said it the best. He told us “You guys are so different, you take heavy sounding music, and throw in a melodic chorus…” We write dynamic music. We don’t really have a box that we fit into. We can fit with an alt rock band one night, and then go play a metal festival the next.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lauren: It depend on the mood, I generally write about things I have experienced or an experience I have seen someone go through. It ranges from love, to murder, to schizophrenia.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is full of high energy storytelling and some good old fashioned head banging. We’ve played over 50 shows.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We’ve had a couple fun experiences, one show a very drunk woman crawled on stage and tried tapping on the drums during our set….I had to usher her away but she came back and tried to bring a stool to sit on stage and dance with us… lucky for us someone came to our rescue. We’ve also had to play using a generator due to a severe thunderstorm, it turned into huge rain storm and once our equipment started blowing around and stands started falling we stopped.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Justin plays a DW drum kit, with Sabian cymbals, Remo drum heads and uses Vater sticks.
Steve uses an LTD EC100 guitar, Blackstar amp and Cab.
Greg plays a custom 5-string Kiesel Bass and uses a custom modified Line 6 Helix.
Lauren uses a Sennheiser e935 microphone.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
I would love to be supporting Stone Sour, and it would be awesome if Threatpoint could open for us.