Get your new weekend sounds right here with today’s New Band, Across the Dawn…
Hi there this is Josh! Thank you for having us! We are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
How did you meet?
Shawn, Mike, and I went to high school together. Justin was a long time friend of Shawn’s from when they used to skateboard together.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Across the Dawn began around 2011.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
I wanted something that was lyrical as a band name. The name Across the Dawn resembles the concept of what waits for you in a new beginning. It is a representation of hope and our music.
What are your influences?
We are influenced by things that we all have to go through in life. Nature is a big inspiration for our visual elements. Musically, there are a lot of bands that we love that have influenced us such as The Cure, Stabbing Westward, Pink Floyd, and The Smashing Pumpkin. We love the sound of 80s and 90s music.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We are not a one dimensional band. Our sound ranges from soft and melodic to raw, hard hitting rock. We are not categorized into one specific genre but all of our songs mix together to form our overall sound and tone.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
For our first album, the songs are themed around love, loss, hope, and strength to get through difficult times in life.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live shows are powerful and can be intense. It is nice to mix slower songs and faster songs together to make the shows dynamic. Across the Dawn has played probably around 30 shows so far. We have also spent a lot of our time during the past two years working on our album.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
During one show, the agency that set it up was taking advantage of all of the bands financially and we gave them a large piece of our mind on stage. All of the audience and other bands cheered and were happy that we did that to take a stand against something that happens too often in the music industry, especially bands starting out. It was also Mike’s first show with us which made it a memorable one!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Sonar Drums, Ddrums, Martin and Fender guitars, Ibanez bass guitars, Boss, MXR, and electro harmonix guitar pedals, Fender, Mesa, and Egnater amplifiers.
What are your plans for 2019?
We just released our first album and we want to do a lot of creative stuff with that. We want to keep playing shows and eventually play out in other cities.
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!
Our bass player has a nerd-core rap project called Scario Bros. which takes you back to the days of old 8 bit video games. We played a show together before and it was a lot of fun and I would love to do it again. I have been dreaming about opening up for The Cure. That would be so amazing.