Band of the Day: Parts Per Million

Paul Mcsweeney is one part per million. Or one part of Parts Per Million. Or one part of… Screw it, here’s some stuff about a new band…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We currently reside in the Boston area.

How did you meet?

Brian, our guitar player and I met years ago through a music store he ran, much like how he met our bass player, Alex. Evan our drummer was through a previous bass player we all jammed with.

How long have you been playing as a band?

I’ve been kicking some of our songs around for 3 years or so, but we didn’t get serious or complete this lineup until this past year.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Well, the name is a bit of a riddle and has a bit of a hidden meaning, so that’s about all you are gonna get out of me! As far as what it means, we all have a part to do. We are just trying to do ours.

What are your influences?

Paul Mcsweeney: The list could go on forever. to name a few, Alice in Chains, Opeth, Devin Townsend, Buckethead, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Nirvana…

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I typically write with an acoustic guitar, so a lot of the music has an open sound to it. I switch a lot from major to minor and just try to always incorporate our talents and voices

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

The new EP deals a lot with “cycles” of behavior or life. Politics, the pressure of society, being left behind, death… you know, the usual.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We try to bring everything we can to our fans when people come out to see us. It’s my favorite place to be. Feeding off of the energy that’s in the room is give and take, and we have a lot of energy to give. Our shows are definitely something to be experienced. We’ve all played in numerous bands for years, but in this incarnation of the band, we’ve only been out there for a year. We have some big shows coming.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I don’t know, there’s a lot of stupid shit that I’ve gotten into, but the only thing that comes to mind is knocking myself out on stage. I was getting a little too into the song and kneed myself in the face. I woke up about 15-20 seconds later was bleeding from my nose, and had no idea where I was.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play an ESP guitar through a solid-state Orange or Marshall amp and a Marshall head.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Our new single “No More Days” hit all streaming services on Oct 18th! You can check it on our webpage or youtube.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019/2020?

To promote the new EP The Cycle and take over the world. We have no small aspirations and believe in what we are selling. We are the real deal.

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 want to open for the Foo Fighters. You can put Anything But Thieves before us and call it a dream bill for me.

What is your dream venue to play?

I mean if we are shooting for the stars, Wembley. Anywhere that has me in front of a sea of people will do.

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