I caught up with Scenes From A Movie, who have been picking up quite a buzz online recently. Read on to find out how these pop-punkers have learned to stay ahead of the pack and have a good time while doing it.
PPJ: First, tell us your name and what you do in the band.
Adam Triplett: My name is Adam, and I play bass guitar and the stutter step in Scenes From A Movie.
PPJ: What inspired you to start playing music?
Adam: In all reality, it was Tom Hanks. I was pretty uninterested in playing any kind of musical instrument (with the exception of a cardboard guitar singing along to my Raffi tapes as a toddler) until I saw the movie That Thing You Do! in the fifth grade, and thought The Wonders were the greatest band on Earth. Unfortunately, I soon found out they weren't even a real band. This did, however spark an interest in playing music, which led me to bands like Third Eye Blind, and Blink 182.
PPJ: What artists influence you today?
Adam: Most of my life I've thought of bands like The Smiths and The Get Up Kids as having a large effect on my bass playing and songwriting. As a band there are few artists we all agree on, but one that comes to mind is The Matches. While on Warped, we do whatever we have to in order to catch The Matches set every day. There is no reason why they shouldn't be the biggest band in the world right now. They make us want to be a better band, which I think is the highest form of influence you can get at this stage in the game for us.
PPJ: Did coming from West Virginia give you any advantages or disadvantages?
Adam: There are maybe 4 touring bands in the entire state of West Virginia, so it's definitely difficult to cultivate any kind of "scene" or community. That being said, it also gave us the drive to rise up out of there and get our music out to as many people as possible.
PPJ: There are tons of pop-punk bands touring today. How do you make Scenes From A Movie stand apart?
Adam: Two things. Songwriting and Performance. Yes, Tony's voice sounds similar to others. That is why we strive to write songs that will be great regardless of who sings them. Still, there are a hundred bands fighting for space on your iPod right now, and our live show is our bid to win you over. We don't have fancy lighting or smoke and mirrors, but we are constantly finding new ways to make 5 guys standing onstage interesting and fun to watch.
PPJ: What is your songwriting process like?
Adam: For the largest part of this record, Tony will come up with some acoustic sketches, and we lock ourselves in my parent's basement and pound out all of
our little bells and whistles.
PPJ: What is your favorite part of your new album?
Adam: Wow...this is a difficult question. I think "If I Die" and "Goodbye Reckless" are neck and neck for my favorite songs on the record. Goodbye Reckless was my favorite of the bunch going into the recording process, and we were able to do so much with it...it's the perfect way to close out the record. If I Die was a late addition to the record, but it has some of my favorite parts to play on the whole record, as well as one of the biggest choruses we've written up to this point.
PPJ: How has Warped Tour been so far this year?
Adam: I'm an antagonist at heart. That's why I'd love to sit here and talk a bunch of shit on Warped, because you always hear everyone talking about how sweet it is to be on, etc etc. Unfortunately, that antagonist has to take a backseat, because Warped is a blast. Kevin Lyman has created an amazing thing, and we're all really really happy to be a part of it.
PPJ: Do you have any tours in the works to support the new album?
Adam: Right now our plans are to finish out Warped, and then we're doing some East Coast/Midwest stuff with The Junior Varsity, Bedlight For Blue Eyes, and Permanent Me. After that, we have a few ideas and a few things we'd like to do, but nothing we can confirm at this point.
PPJ: Lastly, tell us three bands you think we should be listening to.
Adam: The Matches, Morrissey, and The Hold Steady --XO Adam
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