You want to talk about confidence, belief in one’s self and defying expectation? Or do you want to have it? That was the biggest choice Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman had to make when faced with walking away from their rockin’ day jobs. After a highly successful club debut, the longtime friends decided to step out of their respective gigs playing in the lineups of Panic! At The Disco and Falling In Reverse to team up as I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME.
In this month’s cover story, AP details the duo’s individual musical histories, their philosophy on music and the deeper perils of walking away from their high-profile, lucrative positions.
“The reality is that those past jobs are going to follow us around for a while, possibly forever,” Weekes says. “Who knows? It’s important for us to treat that reality with some respect but also at an arm’s length. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing: I’m just saying that’s a reality, and it’s one we acknowledge and respect but at the same time, not one we want to exploit.
We want this to be its own entity and thing, and we want the music that we make to stand on its own.”
With Weekes’ songwriting flair referencing everything from ’70-era glam to skinny-tie new wave to slightly askew Broadway offerings—all powered by Seaman’s rhythmic dexterity—iDKHOW are poised to assist in the creation of a genuinely new alt-rock consciousness, one that can be embraced within, even beyond the clubhouses of Warped Tour punks and Pitchfork hipsters.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” Weekes cautions. “There are people who will give us a chance based on where we came from, and at the very same time, there’s an opposite side to that coin. There will be plenty of people who won’t give us a chance for the very same reason.”
To read the full story, pick up your copy of 366 here.
In addition to Weekes and Seaman’s cool AF history, we have many reasons for you to check out this issue…
ALSO IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE
We know the old adage that “hindsight is 20/20.” But this is a new year with new hopes, dreams and reasons to rock out. That’s why we’ve decided that FORESIGHT IS 20/19, with a selection of bands whose new records will make your devices flex like the bass bins at a festival. For a start, there’s…
…SWMRS, the former pop-punks-turned-schizophrenic dervishes with a gloriously exasperating major-label debut album…
…the smoov grooves and pop hooks of CHASE ATLANTIC, which are destined to bore their way into your skull and lay all kinds of earworm eggs…
…and ONE OK ROCK, the pop-punk quartet who have no problem filling stadiums in their homeland of Japan, but are willing to take over America from their square-one status. Plus even more bands and artists we think will make an impression this year!
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SUPER WHATEVR’s considerate frontman Skyler McKee lays it all out to remind you how IT GOT BETTER—and it will for you.
In AP ARCHIVES, we ask if you ever wonder which American music magazine was the first to put RADIOHEAD on the cover? Or the first one to put shoegaze avatars MY BLOODY VALENTINE out in front? Or the one that had ROBERT SMITH of the THE CURE on four times?
We’ve got 10 Essential songs to carry you through the hopes and promises of the new year, 12 Bands for you to discover, beautiful fan art and so much more!