After skipping a day yesterday (first in months, everyone’s entitled to a break especially in this weather!) we return with our new BotD, Shellshock Lullaby…
How did you meet?
Well, the band has been around for eight years now, and has had many members in and out. I met Hannah at a Shellshock Lullaby show in 2012; I was introduced to Andrew by our bass player at the time, Maggie Perkes, in 2013.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The band has been around for eight years, but we’ve been playing with this current lineup for two years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We were on our way to our first recording session in Great Falls, Montana, and we had a list of about 100-150 band names from a brainstorm earlier. Our drummer at the time, Joe Beaudry, suggested that we just mix up the band names in three-word combinations. Shellshock Lullaby was one of the names that came out of that. Later we figured out that the name describes our sound perfectly.
What are your influences?
We are influenced by many artists and bands but some of the main ones would be Green Day, Alkaline Trio, Coheed and Cambria, 1975, and Goo Goo Dolls.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We categorize ourselves as something between pop punk and alternative rock. However, we draw inspiration from many different genres and we try to write our lyrics from a mature and positive mindset. Especially when we write about problems, we always try to offer the listener some light at the end of the tunnel. We call it pop punk for adults.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We called the album Static Noise because there’s a lot of distractions keeping people from experiencing life. Our newest single “No Tomorrow” is sort of a “carpe diem” song or seize the day because there may be no tomorrow.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve had many gigs over the years in Shellshock Lullaby and I think with each one we have grown as musicians and performers. Our shows are very high energy and we usually have fun coming up with creative cover song or two. At our CD release party for Static Noise during our encore, we covered “Land Down Under” by Men at Work and were surprised by a crazy mosh pit.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Also at her CD release show, we saw someone crowd surf with the absolute bare minimum amount of people required for crowd surfing. Also during the mosh pit, a good friend of ours slipped, and his feet came right out from under him. His hands didn’t come out or nothing, and he smacked his head so hard off the ground that I thought he was gonna be dead, but he was OK.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Andrew plays a custom DW drum set. Russ mostly plays his Fender Strat these days. Hannah plays an Ibanez Jet King.
What are your plans for 2018?
We plan to do as much touring as possible this summer and fall for our new album. As we speak, we are on the road to do acoustic sets at three Warped Tour dates in promotion for a compilation album that we are a part of called Power Pop Blast vol. 2. Then this winter, we will begin writing and recording a new album.
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!
We would love to open for Green Day and to open for us… that’s a tough question but right now I’m going to choose Danny and the Skeleton Horse. [An] excellent new band from Portland.