"We all love pop-punk. It's a huge part of who we are," asserts Sarah Camden, front-woman of Virginia Beach's new kids on the block Year As A Ghost. For the three-piece - named after one of the group's greatest inspirations and favorite artists The Wonder Years - being given the opportunity to live their dreams of recording music and touring in a pop-punk band means the world. "We all grew up listening to pop-punk legends such as Blink-182, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy and obviously, The Wonder Years," adds guitarist Mike Frohnapfel, continuing confidently and resolutely; "This is what we want to do, this is who we want to be". Such a bold endorsement for pop-punk from a man with experience beyond his years in the world of classical music, having played in multiple state orchestras and performed a cello solo premier at Carnegie Hall aged just 16, is rare.
He isn't the only one. Drummer Orion Burke sits at the end of the table with a quiet air of confidence about him, and speaks with a tone of nothing but modesty, "I have been playing gospel and jazz forever... just performing whatever style of music was available to me. I play like 12 instruments altogether". There is no ego however. simply a collective devotion for the band, as he carries on; "We have to be well-rounded, otherwise it's like a basketball player who only knows how to dribble a ball but can't shoot or play defense". But perhaps it's Virginia Beach local Sarah Camden who pop-punk hits home hardest for; "There aren't too many girls in pop-punk - and I've been a girl in pop-punk as long as I can remember," speaking of her lengthy marriage with the local scene and various high school bands (and even a marching band). Despite this residency, she holds an aspiration close to her heart; "We want to be touring and spreading our positive message. That's home for us."
With management and record label support - having signed to Boston, MA based independent label Apparition Records - the band have much to look forward to as they prepare to enter the studio in mid-June with platinum-certified producer Jim Wirt (Hoobastank, Jack's Mannequin, The Rocket Summer) to record their debut EP. With a tone of secretive excitement, frontwoman Camden hints, "the EP is deeply personal to me and the past few years of my life, but it's relatable. It has a message for everyone to take away, a firm theme." "We're extremely lucky to have the team we do in place. Our manager has opened so many doors for us and the label have been great to us... they gave us a chance before we had any releases to our name. They've been close to us but given us space." The band will be hitting the road in the summer and releasing their debut EP in early fall.
Early emo kids were the best kind anyway.
I could listen to Dashboard Confessional all day and not get tired of it and I don't care if that makes me an early emo kid.
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Were all sad about that. RT @tubular_tom: @backtonormalva I HEARD IT. No Orion vocals though, kinda let down.
Little delay with the album stream, out of our hands... :(
Damn....lol RT @HoldYourOwnBand: @backtonormalva What did we pre-order? I'm confused