Monday, March 21, 2016

9 Questions with Worship This!

Akron, OH's Worship This! will be releasing their sophomore full-length album Mint (which is really freaking good, just so you know) on April 1, 2016 via A-F Records.  The band mixes elements of a variety of punk's sub-genres resulting in a sound that is catchy, heartfelt, melodic, passionate, and powerful.    

This interview was conducted via email with guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Provchy and bassist/vocalist Josh Taylor February 28 - March 9, 2016.

For more information on Worship This! check out the band's Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, ReverbNation, and pages.  

Dave:  How did the band get together?

Jeremy Provchy :  We started back in 2010. Josh and I had a project called Novels that was just getting started. It fell apart pretty quickly. At the same time, Aaron and I started writing some songs together as well. I think we decided to combine the projects the day the 3 of us went to this festival near Cleveland called, Berea Fest. We searched around for a drummer for a while. I remember the first time Jeff playing with us, we were all super stoked. It felt really natural playing with him and we all previously knew him from around town from the other bands he played in. We were super stoked when he came back. We played our first show in November of 2010 in my basement, which was a space called The Gurley House.

Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Worship This!?

Josh Taylor:  As anyone who's ever played in a band knows, coming up with a band name is a daunting task. You want everyone in the band to like it, you want it to be something that's at least somewhat catchy, and you don't want it to be so confusing that you have to tell everyone 3 times because they can't understand what the hell you're saying. Well, we failed at all three of those. It all happened like this: In the early days of our band I was at work eating lunch in a church parking lot, and I was trying to think of any decent name we could use that everyone would agree on. I was looking around for ideas, and as I saw the church in front of me, I immediately thought "Worship This!" I definitely said it to myself it with a negative connotation, but the whole 'religion thing' doesn't define who we are as a band -- it actually has nothing to do with it. A lot of people who don't know us or haven't heard our band misinterpret the fact that our principals in expressing ourselves through our music do not include blacklisting any group of people from listening to it. Of course, when you have a name like, 'Worship This!' I guess it comes with the territory, so it is what it is. Jeremy and I were texting back and forth all week about a name, and I texted him “Worship This!”. He texted me back instantly saying, "I love it!" I was like, "Really?" When we went to practice that night we told Aaron and Jeff about it and they sort of shrugged their shoulders. The name just sort of stuck, and since we already had a show booked under it we sort of came to the consensus that we were going to be 'Worship This!'

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Jeremy:  At this point, I’m pretty confident that we have our own sound. We’re all in our 30’s and have been listening to punk rock since we were in our early teens. I think what we all have in common is a love for melodic punk rock and i think that comes across in our delivery. We get tossed into the whole “orgcore” genre quite a bit, which is fine. I think a nice dynamic that we have is that there are 3 song writers in the band, so you get some variety when you listen to our records.

Dave:  In April you're releasing your second full-length album Mint on A-F Records. What's the story behind the record? How did you get hooked up with A-F Records?

Jeremy:  The new record, Mint, took a while to record. We did it in Chicago with Matt Jordan. We really wanted to work with him from his work with You Blew It! and our friends, Annabel. We ended up making several trips out there over the course of a few months. We are more than happy with the outcome. We recorded our last record live, and this one we tracked. I think it gave us a lot more control with how we wanted to come across sonically.

We met Chris Stowe, who is now the label manager for A-F Records a few years back at a show in Cleveland. He was roommates with a couple of our friends in All Dinosaurs and our bud, Jordan. We chatted that night and kept in contact. When we had finished our first full-length, we sent it over to Chris. He had just started his duties for A-F at the time and was stoked on the record. We decided to roll with it and they’ve been nothing short of awesome to us.

Dave:  Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

Josh:  We are doing 9 shows through the Midwest starting April 1st. As far as favorite places go, we've always loved playing Pittsburgh because we've made so many friends out there, and it seems to be sort of a home away from home for us. Kalamazoo comes to mind when I think of favorite places to play as well, for a lot of the same reasons. We've been playing Kalamazoo since the early days of our band, I actually think one of our first out of town shows was in Kalamazoo.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Josh:  Without really knowing, we've taken a slightly different approach at songwriting throughout course of the two full-length albums that we've done. Speaking specifically about the songs that I sing on TIMY, there were only two of them that I actually wrote the music for (Jenn and Indifferent), and the others were musical pieces that Jeremy and Aaron threw together, with me putting words over them. Jeremy primarily wrote the music for all of his songs, and we collaborated on some of the arrangements, while Aaron wrote 'Springs and Levers' in it's entirety. That's primarily how most of the first record went. The new record was more of a free-for-all where we all brought our songs to practice and sort of individually wrote the songs that we sing, for the most part. There was a joint effort for some of the tracks, but a lot of the songs backbone was written by whoever you hear singing the song. It's kind of funny too, because the new record is actually a lot more cohesive than the last one.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

Josh:  Bands:
1. Jawbreaker
2. Tegan and Sara
3. Rilo Kiley
4. No Use for a Name
5. Propagandhi
1. The Wire
2. Breaking Bad
3. Portlandia
4. True Detective
5. The Returned

Movies: I did 10, because I watch TV way too much. Also -- this order is fucked. Can they all just be number 1?!

1. Short Term 12
2. Amores Perros
3. Oldboy (original)
3. In Bruges
4. Fish Tank
5. The Departed
6. Big Fish
7. Boyhood
8. In America
9. Dear Zachary (Doc)
10.Safety Not Guaranteed

Maybe too new for this list, but Room is probably my favorite movie I've seen in the last 5 years.

1. Rancid - Let's Go
2. Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
3. Jimmy - Bleed american
4.. Saves The Day - Through Being Cool
5.. NOFX - The Decline

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Jeremy:  We have several tours in the works throughout the year. We have plans to release a couple split 7" as well with some friends, which will hopefully happen this year.

We're heading to Europe early next year, which we are completely stoked for.

I guess the plan is to do this for as long as possible, while it's still fun and makes sense.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Jeremy:  I've got nothing.

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