Critical Mass: Thanks for taking the time to talk with Critical Mass, Cody. I appreciate it. For anyone new to Explicit Bombers, can you give us a little history on the band and how you got your start?
Cody Biroth: Well it all starts back in 2009, Dan Harness(Vocalist, Bass) David Harness(Drums, Vocals), and Tyler Brooks(Lead Guitar, Vocals) formed Explicit Bombers after having numerous other bands of different genres. It started off as a three piece, faster, more aggresive sounding hardcore punk. After Dan's songwriting starting melodic, due to his music influences changing, it resulted in wanting a more "full sound." So Dan recruited me as a second guitarist, and I now am a "co-vocalist" added as well.
CM: The bands latest album "The End Of The World" is out now and available on Infested Records (shameless promotion). Is this the bands first release? Or is there other material out there?
CB: It is our first full length, but we have released 3 EP's beforehand. Two are available at http://explicitbombers.bandcamp.com/. But no one is not available and no one else should have to listen to that ever again.
CM: Who are some of the bands musical influences?
CB: Several punk bands of many genres are obvious ones. But the ones that stuck out to us as a band are groups like NOFX, Bad Religion, Rise Against, The Offspring, and Green Day. We all like a lot of pop punk and Fat Wreck style bands, but different genres are there too. For Example Tyler likes several types of metal, I like classic country and blues, and Dan goes as far as R&B and Hip-Hop.
CM: Now you guys are still young, but you play out quite a bit. Outside of Michigan where are some of your favorite places to play?
CB: We actually only toured once two summers ago. But we are planning to tour AT LEAST once a year as of 2013. we've only played in Ohio, Wisconsin, and some town outside of Chicago. Wisconsin definitely liked us the most, so by default they win!
CM: As far as songwriting goes, if there a primary songwriter in the group? Or does everyone contribute in the creation of the music?
CB: Dan, who is lead singer and bassist. He writes just about everything. He's ridiculous with any musical instrument he plays. We all have songs we have each written, but Dan definitely is the one to take credit for 99% of our songs. But when he shows us a song, we will all put our criticism into it and add or remove bits and pieces here and there. I'm doing this interview because I wanna steal the spotlight for once, ha ha.
CM: Will we be seeing any new material in the new year?
CB: Yes! January 5th we are recording a 4 track EP titled "50%" Which includes two old songs re recorded and two new songs, serving as a teaser for our upcoming full length. That will be released sometime in February or March, depending on mixing.
Our full length we plan to record late summer. it's gonna have 12 tracks including the two from the EP. The name of the album is still in the air. We are very excited to release this album and it will be easily our best work as of late!
CM: Is there a website you gutys wanna plug where we can get up todate news on new releases, gigs and merch?
CB: Oooo, advertising! Lemme give you a list!
CM: Thanks again for talking with Critical Mass, Cody. It's great to see a young band with so much potential coming out of the midwest. All the best to you in 2013!
CB: Any time Chris, it's been a pleasure! Thank you, as well for interviewing me! One more thing I'd like to add is if anyone reading this has any other questions, would like to book us, or would like to know our favorite sex hotlines, contact Dan Harness at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, thank you Chris and to all that are reading! Stay true and keep to your scene!