Thursday, February 19, 2009

An Interview With Punchline

Most of you should remember my recommendation Punchline from a few days ago. Well Steve Soboslai, lead singer from Punchline was kind enough to answer a few questions I sent his way. You can check that bad boy out below. I want to say thanks again to Steve for taking the time to do this interview.

For those that aren't familiar, what's your name and role in the band?

My name is Steve Soboslai. I play guitar and sing in Punchline. I am Leonardo.

As a writer, do you do anything out of the ordinary when trying to write songs or find inspiration?

I try very hard to remember melodies conjured within dreams. Every idea I ever have is recorded on my phone.

What is your favorite song off the new album? Favorite Punchline song to play live?

My favorite song off of the new album is currently Ghostie. We are currently filming a video for it, so it's definitely been on my mind! My favorite song to play live is without a doubt "Somewhere In The Dark."

I read somewhere that you guys were planning on writing/recording a new album this year and self-releasing it. Any truth to that?

We are definitely going to record a new album this year. I am unsure of how/when it will be released.

Speaking of self-releasing, one thing I've always wanted to ask...Any bitter feelings towards Fueled By Ramen? From a fan's perspective, it almost seemed like the label pushed you guys aside so that they could promote the, in my mind, less talented sounding bands on the roster.

No bitter personal feelings toward FBR. It was our decision to not renew our contract. I completely understand why we did not thrive in regard to our time spent there.

Any summer touring plans? Please don't skip over Detroit if so (I've noticed a lot of bands doing that lately)

We always play Detroit! Your city should get the entire stimulus package. We're currently looking to get back on the road and go wherever it may take us.

If you could put Punchline on a dream tour, who would be on that bill?

It would be a tour that could survive on talent and not competition.

Punchline / Barely Blind / Triangle Shirt Factory / Endless Mike & The Beagle Club

How is the local music scene in Pittsburgh? Any local bands I should check out?

There are so many good bands in Pittsburgh right now - Triggers, Gene The Werewolf, The Takeover UK, Donora

Anything else you'd like to add?

Check out Chris's new book, "Whistle Pig.' Out now on Modern Short Stories.

Also, check out the video the band made for a song off their latest album, Just Say Yes, called "The Hit"

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