For Scranton pop punk band Anytime Soon, releasing an EP has become one of its main focuses.
The group, comprised of Mitch Evans, vocals and bass; Adam Martin, guitar and vocals; and Rob Jones, drums, began as a cover band to cover expenses, but they always dreamed of writing their own music.
This dream is slowly becoming a reality.
Martin recently went On The Record to discuss the band’s past as a cover band, its current situation writing new music and what they hope to achieve in the future.
Q: How did you all meet?
A: Mitch and I (Adam) grew up and went to high school together. We found Rob on Craigslist.
Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: At different points in our lives, we simply decided to pick up our respective instruments and aspire to be our musical idols.
Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: We were at an open mic night in front of an audience consisting of mostly people our parents ages and older, and we were nervous as hell. We played 2 or 3 songs, all we knew, and surprisingly the crowd response was great.
Q: How do you choose which songs to perform?
A: We chose a genre that we felt would be fitting for our target audience, kids our age just getting into the bar scene, and really just chose the songs we liked to listen to and play most.
Q: Do you write your own music? If so, what is the process?
A: We are currently in the process of writing and recording our first five to eight track EP. Mitch generally writes the lyrics and framework for the songs, records it solo and hands it off to me and I write the guitar parts. Then we all collaborate as a band to make any adjustments we feel fit. (It) tends to be a very iterative process.
Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: Over the past year, we’ve been exposed to many different performance situations and it’s helped us build our overall musicianship. A lot is learned by performing live that can’t be acquired from playing in the rehearsal room.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
A: Christmas Eve Eve at the Wildcat two years in a row — great times. Also road trips out to (New) Jersey where we’ve opened for bands like Metro Station, With Friends Like These and Carousel Kings.
Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: Since we’ve been a band for just over a year, it’s hard to answer that from a band standpoint. But we could attest from a listeners standpoint. Mitch and I grew up going to local and DIY shows around the Valley at venues including the Jessup Dome, Fagans, etc. That NEPA scene doesn’t really exist anymore, and it kind of sucks now in 2018 that our band is in the music scene and can’t be apart of that.
Q: What music do you listen to — either for inspiration or that you just enjoy listening to?
A: Collectively, as the punk band we are, we all enjoy punk rock music. Punk rock will never die because the underground scene is so strong and always has been. It’s amazing the amount of music out there that continues to be produced that you’ll never hear on the radio. Some of our favorites include The Menzingers, The Story So Far, The Wonder Years and Carousel Kings. More acclaimed artists include Blink-182, New Found Glory, A Day to Remember and Brand New.
Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
A: We started the band with the crutch of being a cover band so we would be able to fund our musical journey. So it can be a challenge to maintain three-plus hours of cover material and keep it fresh to sustain our audience, on top of writing and recording originals after putting in eight-plus hours during the week at our day jobs.