:::::: A YEAR TO REMEMBER ::::::

30th - Spectrum, Sydney
31st - Transit Bar, Canberra
1st - Fist2Face, Ringwood
2nd - Bang! Royal Melbourne Hotel
6th - The Zoo, Brisbane

Name : Bryce
Band : A Year To Remember
Job In Band : singer/guitar player
Website Address : www.myspace.com/ayeartoremember

: Brisbane
Hometown is best known for : good party and good weather.
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown : the variety of bands
Most influential band to yourself that’s come out of your home town : there’s way too many to say, but I’d say the ones that influenced me most would be the Go-Betweens, the Saints and Regurgitator.
Best up and coming band from your home town would be : they aren’t really up and coming cause they’re kicking ass already but The Paper and The Plane are probably my favourite Brisbane band.

What’s the story behind the band name?

The was a whole big list of hundreds of names we’d thought of, but we couldn’t decide on one of those so someone just added two of those names together and we were too over it to disagree.

When did the band begin and how did it come about?
The band has been together in various shapes and forms for about 3 or 4 years. Basically it was something we started in high school but we only really got serious about it about a year ago.

How would you describe your sound to the average Joe on the street?
We sound like Robots fighting King Kong. Well actually it’s more like a rock band with lots of tasty keyboards, and a dash of power pop and indie guitars. Somewhere in between Hellogoodbye, Head Automatica, Kisschasy and Arctic Monkeys.

What’s your current release? Tell us a little about it…
Our EP Targets came out on July 12th on Boomtown Records. It’s a re-mixed and re-mastered of our debut EP. It also contains a bonus new acoustic track. Its pretty fun – we’ve been told its perfect to party to.

What image do you think / hope your music conveys?
We don’t really think much about the whole image thing, but I’d say we’re all about having fun really. I guess our music just conveys our experience – whether it be good or bad.

In five years time the band will be…
Wearing rollerskates, doing Rammstein covers to millions.

What was your first introduction to music that made you think seriously about playing it?

I’d say my parents introduced me to music in the beginning. There was also some kind of music going around my place. The band that made me seriously think about picking up an instrument was Blink, just because I loved their songs and when I looked into it they weren’t too hard for me to attempt to play.

What was your first band name and what style did you play?
We were called Someday Soon, and it sounded like a straight up Blink 182/A New Found Glory rip off band.

Tell us three albums you couldn’t live without in your collection
This answer changes every time I’m asked it, but here goes:
The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me – Brand New
Favourtie Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys
45:33 – LCD Soundsystem

Best piece of musical advice you’ve been given
Don’t worry about hooks and all that jazz – just write the song.

Two groups/artists you’d love to take out on the road
Would love to see the Getaway Plan boys again, and I’d probably love to tour with Kisschasy.

Favourite song of your group?
We Stayed or Tokyo.

The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is
Knowing that I don’t have to go to work for as long as I’m on tour.

The thing you least look forward to before a tour is
Fast food places.

When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Hanging out, annoying Dean.

What gear do you use?
I use a Fender Mustang, into an old analogue delay, an electro-harmonix tremelo and a boost pedal. The amp I use is an Orange Rocker 30 with an Orange 4X12 cab.

Favourite place (city/town/country) you’ve toured… and why?
I’m assuming it’s going to be Melbourne.

The best show you’ve ever played was… and why?
At Snitch in Brisbane a couple of weeks ago. Just cause it was our first show with Jared on the drums and we killed it. Plus we were playing with Stealing O’Neal – awesome dudes!!

Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
Me or Dean

After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
I’d say it’d be me. You’d find clothes, CD’s out of cases, food wrappers, and maybe even some other weird shit I’d manage to find.

Who in your group has the worst “bad habit” on tour, and what is it?
Ha Ha we’re yet to find out.

Most embarrassing moment on tour?
Haven’t had any yet.

Give us a good quick ‘on the road’ story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…
Haha I could tell you some other bands stories but they’d probably kill me.

Your manager calls and says the venue you are about to play really wants to keep you happy, what’s the first thing you chuck on the rider?
A real T-Rex. Or more alcohol.

What’s getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
Getaway Plan’s or Cut Copy’s newish records.

Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
Nikko, great Brisbane band, nice guitar, loud/soft dynamic thing going on.

If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
Stop Majors from licensing out songs for ringtones and all that stupid shit.

As soon as I’ve finished answering these questions I’m about to…
Pick up my housemate from the hospital, cause a doc has been slicing his knee.