By Tyler Fox (@TylerFox585)
On my quest to find new music, I feel like I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of talented bands of many different genres coming out of the Atlanta area. What is going on down there and why have I been blind to it in the past? Today’s interview is with another group from the Atlanta area, an emotionally driven pop-punk group by the name of Fighting Sides.
With a hint of Bayside and a splash of 2000s radio pop-punk, Fighting Sides adds their own unique spin to a genre that can sometimes be over-crowded with bands that sound too similar. Recently, Fighting Sides’ singer Robbie took the time to answer some questions I had about their new EP, ‘Haven’t Scored Yet’, and what it is like calling Atlanta home. You can find ‘Haven’t Scored Yet’ at the band’s Spotify page or through iTunes. And make sure to like them on Facebook to keep up to date on shows and other news from Fighting Sides.
Let’s start where it all began. How did Fighting Sides come to be?
I had the idea to start Fighting Sides in the summer of 2014. After taking my time finding the right members and writing a bunch of songs, we announced the band and released a demo in May of 2015.
I always ask bands what the local scene is like for them. And recently I have talked with a few different bands from Atlanta who have had wonderful things to say. What has your experience been playing around Atlanta, be it interactions with other bands or getting to know fans?
Atlanta is an awesome city with a great music scene. There’s a ton of good bands that we’re lucky to call our friends. Venues like The Masquerade and Tabernacle will always have a special place in my heart.
You guys have a frank and brutally honest, yet poppy style that is extremely catchy. What bands do you guys draw influence from?
I grew up on pop punk and alternative rock. Bands like Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Linkin Park, etc. were all huge influences on me as I started writing music. I’ve always loved the high energy of punk rock and the catchiness of pop.
You guys just released your first EP, ‘Haven’t Scored Yet’ earlier this month. The band had previously done a demo, but this is the first official thing released. What was the recording and writing process like for this? Did the band have a hand in producing of the EP?
I’m constantly writing music so whenever it’s time to record we all sit down and listen to a bunch of the songs and kind of choose from there. After that we take my initial idea and the band kind of produces the song and adds their take on the parts. That’s when we work out all the kinks.
The EP release show was back on March 18th. What was it like headlining a show to put out your first EP?
It was great! The turnout was awesome and overall it was a super high energy show!
What has been the most memorable show experience for the band?
Definitely the CD release show. I think that was our best show yet and we had such a great time!
The EP is brand spanking new, but what can we expect to see coming from you guys in the next couple of months?
There are definitely big things planned for the band this year. Expect a lot of shows, videos, and more new music!
We’d like to thank Robbie and the rest of Fighting sides for their time and the photos they provided. We’d also encourage you to check them out at the links above.