Bruised Knuckles Talks With Perennial- Catch White Lung and Perennial @ The Outer Space 10/16 By Susan McLean
I caught up with Perennial a few weeks ago and we spoke about their sound, future plans and more. Read below.
Perennial is a relatively new band (est. 2015), but you're composed of members from past bands like Lion Cub. Have you brought any elements from previous bands (referring to musical sound, lyrical content, overall vibe) into Perennial, or is Perennial an entirely new experience for you?
Chad: Perennial is pretty different from Lion Cub, but there are a lot aspects of Lion Cub’s sound that have made their way into what Perennial does. For instance, having organ and keys (courtesy of Chelsey) as a major part of the sound and the more ambient, quiet parts of the EP. Our full-length, which is currently being mastered, also features a lot of programming, drum machine, synth bass – all things that really defined Lion Cub.
Are there other bands you play with, have played with, or listen to that you draw your sound from or inspire you lyrically?
Chad: As far as bands we play with: Dérive and Space Camp are two bands that we’re really inspired by. More broadly, I adore Fugazi, The Nation of Ulysses, Black Eyes, The (International) Noise Conspiracy – bands that make smart punk music with an emphasis on rhythm and interesting sounds.
What drew you to post-hardcore as your medium for Perennial (especially when compared to last bands you have been involved in that had a lighter sound)?
Chad: Ultimately, we just wanted to play music that made us want to move, songs that made sense in the live setting. Lion Cub was essentially a recording project. We
Where did you draw inspiration from when writing your EP, Early Sounds For Night Owls? Was there a particular band or experience you focused on?
Chad: There were a lot of records we were listening to that made us want to write and record – Refused’s The Shape Of Punk To Come, Nirvana’s In Utero, Unwound’s The Future Of What, Fugazi’s Red Medicine. As far as experiences, we mainly wrote these songs with a focus on playing them live – on the real-time experience of performing and making music that put motion and energy first.
What are three words you would use to describe "Early Sounds For Night Owls" for someone unfamiliar with your band?
Chad: Energetic, angular, bombastic.
You've played the majority of your shows (if not all) in New England. Is there a purpose behind staying in the region, or do you hope to branch out and play shows across the country in the near future?
Chad: Playing in New England just comes natural because we’re all from here, and love it here. But we do definitely want to start branching out. Now that we have a full-length LP on the way I think the next step is to start booking some long-weekend trips, then, hopefully, touring further and further out from our little Northeastern corner.
Are you currently working on writing and releasing another album, or is your focus shifting more toward touring and booking more shows?
Chad: We’re just about done with our new LP, The Symmetry of Autumn Leaves – it’s being mastered as we speak. Once that comes out, the next step will hopefully be touring. And we’ll be playing shows as often as possible in New England – that’s what really defines the band – playing these songs live.
What is one city, state, country, or venue you've always wanted to play (or return to)?
Chad: So many of my favorite bands are either from Washington D.C. or Olympia, Washington, so I suppose those would be at the top of my list. As for venues, we actually really like non-traditional show-spaces: record stores, community centers, halls, living rooms. One of our best shows was in a pizza restaurant. I’m always most excited to play makeshift spots like that.
You can catch Perennial at The Outer Space Ballroom with White Lung on 10/16. Buy tickets here via Ticketfly.
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