WRITTEN BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Pennsylvania, the home state of several creative and mosaic musicians, is where you can find Wither Away proudly standing tall on that artistic list. The PA boys mix alternative with post hardcore and will pique your attention if you're a fan of Citizen, Movements, Balance and Composure and Saosin (w/ Cove). Starting up in mid 2015, the 5-piece debuted their record "The Words We Live By, The Actions We Don't Take" in May of this year and from reading fan comments about the seven track release, listeners are enamored by their sound, one so much so that they got the bands artwork tattooed on themselves. Jeff and JJ were kind enough to take some time and answer a few questions about Wither Away and give insight to our viewers why we chose them for this spotlight.
Alleen: Who are the members of Wither Away and what are their roles in the band?
JJ does vocals, David and Jeff are the guitar players, Connor plays bass, and Russell is on drums!
A: How would you describe your musical genre?
JJ & Jeff: We would say a safe genre to put us under would be Melodic Hardcore
A: Who are some of your musical inspirations as a band?
Jeff: Ever since I was a child I've always been involved in music.. But what inspired me most is seeing the raw passion of professional musicians pouring their hearts out on stage. Naturally after my first "real" Concert seeing For Today at a local venue and the release of Guitar Hero, I started making my dream a reality.
JJ: I am extremely inspired by bands like Brand New and Taking Back Sunday.
A: Your debut record, "The Words We Live By, The Actions We Don't Take,” released back in May, what sort of feedback have you been receiving so far on the music?
Jeff: I couldn't be more amazed with all the positive feedback we have received from this release. It blows me away how many people have reached out to us to let us know how the release has impacted them.
JJ: We're getting feedback we've never expected to receives. Its been truly amazing.
A: If you had every record label in the industry bidding for you, who would be your first choice based off matchings as far as musical style?
Jeff: Currently we're actively sticking with DIY, but If I had to choice I'd have to say either Invogue or Run For Cover Records.
JJ: Red Bull Records, but DIY is honestly much more appealing.
A: Pennsylvania has birthed a good amount of musical talent, who are some of your favorite PA bands or artists?
Jeff: Obviously I'm going to say August Burns Red, This Or The Apocalypse, and Texas In July due to the bands all basing themselves in an area about an hour away and having the opportunity to see them multiple times. But other than that I would say I really like Balance and Composure & Grayscale.
JJ: Title Fight is one of my favorites. Also +1 to what Jeff said.
A: What has been the most memorable moment as a band?
Jeff: This release honestly, We've went from over 100k views on one of our music videos to someone getting our album art tattoo'd on their arm. This whole release has just been a blessing for us all.
JJ: Driving home from the studio late nights, and having Ricky message us a preview of the track. Might sound silly to say, but that feeling you get is incredible.
A: What does the rest of the year look like for Wither Away?
Jeff: Maybe another release or so.
JJ: Maybe something a little different?
A: What are some final words you would like to add and close this out on?
Jeff: Keep your eye out for a surprise or two in the next couple months!
JJ: What Jeff said! +keep jamming the tracks and let us know what your favorite track is!