Musicians reveal the bands they’re most thankful for this year
[Pictured clockwise from top-left: Sum 41, The Word Alive, Waterparks]
To celebrate Thanksgiving 2017, we reached out to a bunch of our favorite artists and asked them which other acts in the alt music world they are thankful for. We’ve always felt a strong sense of community and charity in our scene, and based on the responses we received, we weren’t wrong.
So, which pop-punk legend loves Frank Turner? And which former AP coverstar is thankful for the time Creeper took him candy shopping? Read on to find out.
“One band that I am especially thankful for is Simple Plan. Growing up, they shaped my taste heavily and inspired me to make music. Years later, after getting to tour with them, my respect for the band grew even more after seeing how hard they work on the road and how dedicated they are to their fans. I really learned a lot from them.” —Ryan Locke, vocals
“The Starting Line were hugely influential on me growing up. Say It Like You Mean It came at the perfect time for me and quenched my thirst for shimmery pop punk in the vein of Blink-182. But it wasn’t until their second and third full lengths—Based On A True Story and Direction—that I really fell in love with them. Those two albums showed me how a band could grow; the songs were more layered and atmospheric, while staying somewhat in line with their pop-punk roots. Direction especially has informed so much of how I write songs.” —Tripp Rowe, vocals/guitar
NOAH GUNDERSEN is thankful for… CATALDO
“Healthy competition can be a positive creative motivator. When I first heard Cataldo's new record Keepers before its release, it was a kick in the pants. The bar had been raised in the scene. I think we all started making better records after witnessing Eric Anderson's unrelenting dedication to his craft and vision.”
“I am thankful for Frank Turner. I was introduced to him by Diesel Dave from Diesel Boy (USA). I got one album, then two and then I got them all. I haven’t stopped listening since! Frank is, in my opinion, this generation’s musical poet. ‘I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous’ changed my life, literally. I am so happy to have gotten to see him several times and to be able to call him a friend. I may be stretching that as far as he is concerned, but I know his phone number! Thanks for the music, Frank.” —Jaret Reddick, vocals/guitar
“We are thankful for Dance Gavin Dance. For starters, they invited us on their Mothership play-through tour, which we are forever grateful for. In addition, they play interesting, complex but still catchy music and are extremely successful at it. They pave the way for bands like us, and because of that, we will always be extremely thankful for their existence."
“I’m thankful for Panic! At The Disco. They gave me a chance when no one else would. They signed me to my first record deal when I was just a high school kid with braces in Las Vegas, helped me get my first platinum song as a songwriter and, most importantly, gave me incredible music to be a fan of.”
“We couldn’t be more thankful for the 20 years the band Thursday have put into our scene. Their catalog of music over the years is truly unparalleled, and their material has time and time again proven to be a case study for our own band and the way we think about songwriting. Seeing them live is such a kinetic and inspiring experience. They are a treasure of the music scene and our home state of New Jersey.”
“I'm gonna say I’m thankful for Chapel because I love touring with them. They’re doing next-level stuff, and I get to hear a show I’d pay to see every night for free. But also Creeper; they’re so sick, and they brought us to a candy store when we were in the U.K. And All Time Low, because they’ve taken us to so many sick places this year. I’m super-thankful for that.” —Awsten Knight, vocals/guitar
“As a band, we’ve had the pleasure of touring with many bands and building relationships that will last forever. From labelmates such as Born of Osiris, After The Burial and Periphery, to bands associated with different labels, like Volumes and Chelsea Grin, the list is endless. Touring wouldn’t be what it is without the bond that is inevitably created amongst all of us. It truly is a family that continues to grow throughout the years. We are grateful for everyone we’ve had the pleasure of touring and working with."
“I’m thankful for Julien Baker: for how much she cares and for so tastefully and singularly communicating her probing, exploratory songs with unflinching openness and confrontational patience.”
“This year, I’d like to express my gratitude and thankfulness for my pal Frank Turner. Not only did he grace me with his beautiful voice on my new record, Presents: Normal, but his hospitality and kindness have been a constant reminder that punk rock is the great magnet that draws us weirdos together. He has radically changed my life, not just with his music, but with his expression of care. Thanks, Francis!” —Derek Zanetti
“On tour as a young band in 2000, [vocalist] Dicky Barrett constantly reminded us of the work we had to do as a band. From, ‘Don’t fuck with the vaudeville,’ to being scolded for smashing bottles in our dressing room, to rolling dice in their bus and being called ‘gooches’ for leaving after winning their money, we are thankful for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and everything they taught us about how to be a successful band the right way.” —Jason McCaslin (bass) and Dave Baksh (guitar)
“Their album Goodness got me through some difficult times and completely knocked me off my feet, erasing the cynicism I was feeling at the time with the music industry. It’s amazing to me that a group of friends can still go make records that totally transform things for listeners.” —Daniel Wonacott, guitar/vocals
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