About: The Restitution
"This project has gone through a few different names, and when I was tired of the last one, The Restitution just popped into my head. I pulled it up in the dictionary and thought it fit well"
1. How do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your main goal as a band?
In five years, we hope to be consistently touring, have a couple albums out, and the works, and not have to have a "real job." For the most part, it's a pretty typical outlook. One of us is 27, and while that's not exceptionally old by any standard, five extra years (32) is pretty old to not have some sort of a foot hold in life, and working in a warehouse for 30 years isn't particularly attractive for him.
We've got a couple main goals, actually. First and foremost, we just want to make the best music we can. It'd be awesome to end up doing something groundbreaking and unique someday, and to actually inspire people to do the same; I think the only way that's possible is to just do what you love and do it as best you can. We also want to influence and inspire people in a non-musical way. Being in the spotlight automatically gives you power, for better or for worse, and there's a lot of terrible role models out there. Kids in particular are really malleable, and I wish celebrities in general would understand and respect that, and that whether they want it to or not, their behavior will affect how many of these kids will act. This doesn't mean we're going to go straight-edge or end up like The Wiggles, though.
2. Can you name some peculiarities that define the music scene in your town/country?
"Peculiar" is definitely a word I would use to describe the Portland scene. The big scene here is this folk thing, but from a bunch of people that came out of a punk background, so it's a little punk, too. Hipsters and PBR pretty much rule the world in these parts.
3. What do you think of episode 111? Which of the other featured songs do you like the most?
I thought it was great. I love what you're doing with the podcast, the world needs more things like this that aren't genre-specific. The closing band, Sleeper Effect, was pretty rad.
4. Is there a story behind your song "Waves"?
Honestly, it's fairly uninteresting (or at least I think it is). It was a slow day at work, and so I had thought up some ideas I liked and was trying to compose them in my head, and then I got sent home early. By the time I'd gotten home, I had forgotten pretty much everything I thought up, but didn't let that stop me from trying. It was late (I work nights), and I couldn't fire up my amp, so I just pulled up Reason and started messing with some synth stuff. Within an hour, I had all the drum and synth parts written. The next day I laid down guitar parts, and some vocals. It took maybe 3 or 4 hours, which is extremely rare for me (if I finish a song in a couple weeks, that's usually pretty quick for me).
5. Please share your nearest plans. What are you currently working on?
Right now, we're mostly working on completing our lineup and playing shows. After that, we'll be recording an EP (or possibly an LP, as we have almost 2 albums worth of material).
Listen to "Waves" in ArenaCast E111
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