We had a chat with pop punk quintet One For The Braves‘ vocalist Adam Rebillard to talk surreal moments, their recent EP release and growing their audience…
Broken Arrow: For those who have never heard of you, could you tell us a little bit about the One For The Braves?
Adam: One for the Braves is a five-piece pop punk band from Poughkeepsie, NY comprised of myself Adam “Radam” Rebillard, Avery Avello, Brian Morgan, Nick Ferraioli, and Sean Mercado.
“We poured a lot of heart into this album, and all the positive feedback we have gotten from people has been awesome…”
Broken Arrow: Your sound is described as nostalgic pop punk. What made you take that direction with your music? Who are your biggest influences?
Adam: I don’t think any of us planned it; i think it more just kind of happened that way. We all love pop punk and take influence from everywhere we can and then we find a way to bring it together to create our own sound. For me when I’m doing the lyrics and vocals I think back to bands like Strung Out, New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, and Saves the Day, all just brutally honest and not afraid to get gritty with it.
Broken Arrow: Earlier this year, you released EP “Does Anyone Honestly Care”– what was the response from fans?
Adam: Very positive. We poured a lot of heart into this album, and all the positive feedback we have gotten from people has been awesome.
Broken Arrow: Do you feel you’ve come a long way as a band since your previous releases?
Adam: Most definitely. One thing I’ve loved about being a part of this band is seeing and especially hearing all of the growth and progression with every release. When we did our first EP, “The Places No One Goes” we were experimenting a lot with our sound and what approach we wanted to take. “Does Anybody Honestly Care” is us finding the sound we’ve been looking for, and we couldn’t be happier with what we’ve done with this EP.
Broken Arrow: What was the recording process like for the EP? Did one person take the lead or was It a joint effort?
Adam: The recording process for this album was long but rewarding. We took the tracks to our friend Eric Castillio over at Nada, and picked them apart and created the best songs that we could. We all worked together really well, talking about each other’s part. What we liked, what we disliked, and how we can make it work. Everyone being involved made for a fun time and helped with getting the outcome we wanted with these songs.
Broken Arrow: You recently revealed the video for energetic track ‘Dirt Nap’, which sees signs such as ‘You’re a shit friend’ being help up! What’s the track and video all about?
Adam: “Dirt Nap” is about not letting the negative thoughts and actions of other people dictate your life. It’s about accepting that the actions of others are part of life and not to let it hinder your growth. For the video, we used the signs and people’s interpretations of the signs to show some of the negative/hateful things people can say or think. We shot it at a track because running is a great way to deal with anxiety and to kind of let go of all the negative weight you’re carrying. My interaction with the signs and the holders represents not letting what they say or think bother you. You have to continue and stay positive.
“Our primary focus for 2018 is to grow our audience…”
Broken Arrow: If you could choose any band or artist to share a stage with, who would it be?
Adam: Probably Less Than Jake. I’ve seen them so many times, and they have such fun and interactive shows. They seem like really cool dudes, and we would love to share a stage with them.
Broken Arrow: What’s been your most surreal moment so far as a band?
Adam: This December we are taking the main stage at our hometown venue, The Chance, with one of our favorite bands, With the Punches. They are a significant influence on our music, and we are all super excited to be able to take the stage in our (and their) hometown.
Broken Arrow: Do you have anything big in the pipeline for 2018?
Adam: We’re at the moment working on putting together some tour dates for 2018 and maybe put out some new tunes. Our primary focus for 2018 is to grow our audience. We plan to do that by expanding our online presence and also playing more shows in newer markets.
Check out the video for ‘Dirt Nap’ below: