Interview with Meade Ave

By Stephanie Stevens

Forming in the land of Sin City, (Vegas) the band MEADE AVE now call the East Coast home, and have reassembled their brotherhood with a solid lineup, a new sound surrounded with a hard rock mentality.

The band has shared stages with some great acts, like Hed PE, American Headcharge, Powerman 5000, Tantric, and Otep. Won an award for #1 unsigned band in the World: Sunset Island music chart and will have a lot more to add to this, once we head into 2018.

They are finishing up the band’s next album STITCHING THE TORN, which is the follow up to FROM THE ASHES. They have honed theirhard rock and metal sound much better, with the help of new vocalist George “Ghole” Rodenas, due to his more gritty, raspy and aggressive vocal pattern. Lyrically they tangle you up with stories of struggle but with hopes of reaching goals and empowering yourself; as you can see in the first single and video for “TAKING BACK TOMORROW.”

The band is new to me, so I was eager to get them some questions, to learn about these cats; and also let you guys know of MEADE AVE.  When they hit the road, you try to find a city near you to check out the hard rock they are supplying, in a live appearance. For now, learn about the bands influences, how member changes affect bands, and where they see themselves in 5 years.

YOU GUYS STARTED OUT AS A BAND FROM THE VEGAS AREA, BUT HAVE MOVED TO THE EAST COAST. WHY THE CHANGE? HOW DID THAT CHANGE YOUR CREATIVE OUTLOOK WHEN MAKING MUSIC?

Aaron and Matthew are originally from western PA. Their father had a stroke and was better suited at home where their mom and dad owned a house.

Being in the country has far fewer distractions to allow us to be more in tune with our music. Vegas can be terribly distracting.

DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE GAINED MORE OPPORTUNITIES BEING ON THE EAST COAST? AND IF SO GIVE US A EXAMPLE?

Yes. We had a strong footprint on the west coast but we wanted to broaden our horizons. We wanted to be a true national band.

WHO IS IN THE CURRENT LINE UP, AND HOW LONG HAVE EACH OF YOU BEEN PLAYING YOUR INSTRUMENTS?

Aaron Paoletta. Drums 28 years.

Matthew Paoletta. Bass 6 years

George Joseph Rodenas. Vocals since mid 90’s

Greg Scopinich. Guitar 12 years

WHEN YOU HAVE ANY CHANGE IN BAND MEMBERS, YOUR SOUND MIGHT CHANGE A BIT, ESPECIALLY WITH A SINGER. HOW WAS THE TRANSACTION FROM ONE TO THE OTHER, AND HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE GROWN WITH YOUR CURRENT SINGER?

Changing a band member is always nerve racking. Having to learn a new person’s style is frustrating. But sometimes the change can be pleasant. In this case, our new singer brought a different style and range that sent the songs for the new album (STITCHING THE TORN) to a more professional level that was needed.

YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH SOME BAND CHANGES THROUGH THE YEARS BUT ALWAYS KEPT THE BAND NAME. WHAT DOES THIS NAME MEAN TO YOU GUYS, AND HOW IS IT CONNECTED TO THE MUSIC YOU MAKE?

The band name originates from a dingy street in Las Vegas. This street was where Aaron operated his recording studio from. It was also the birth place of the band. There was no better name for the band than to name it after the street in which it was founded.

YOUR DRUMMER STARTED OUT AS A STUDIO GUY IN VEGAS. DOES HE DO ALL YOU PRODUCTION FOR THE STUDIO, AND DOES HE EVER HAVE THE WANT TO START SOMETHING LIKE THIS AGAIN?

Yes, with the exception of the mixing of our new album STITCHING THE TORN. The mixing is currently being done by Kendall Stephens of Red Audio works in Oklahoma.

As far as starting another studio, yes. I love to work with musicians.

Starting a new band, NO. MEADE AVE FOREVER.

YOU ARE ON THE VERGE OF RELEASING A BRAND-NEW ALBUM ENTITLED “STITCHING THE TORN.” MUSICALLY HOW HAS YOUR MUSIC GROWN AND LYRICALLY WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

The music grows by us maturing as musicians. Lyrically, we get our inspiration by living it. We write concept albums. We write about what we live. Hoping our struggles and gains can help or inspire others

WHAT BANDS COULD YOU SAY INFLUNENCES THE SOUND OF MEADE AVE?

Metallica. Ac/Dc. Pantera. Iron Maiden. Judas Priest. Disturbed. Hate breed. Sworn Enemy. Def Leppard. Skillet. Black Sabbath.

THE “TAKING BACK TOMORROW” VIDEO LOOKS LIKE THE SONG COULD HAVE MANY BACK STORIES TO IT.  WHAT DOES THE SONG MEAN TO YOU GUYS AND HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE FINAL PRODUCT OF THE VIDEO?

The song is about a person’s undying struggle to reach their goals. Never giving up. Always moving forward. Never surrender.

We were happy with the final product. We felt it conveyed the message.

WHAT IS THE GOAL FOR THE BAND IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Tour, tour, tour. 2 more albums. Play the super bowl.

ARE YOU GUYS STILL A TOURING BAND AND WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST AREAS OF A TOURING BAND?

Yes, we are a touring band.

We love to be on the road. Performing for our fans but there are struggles and sacrifices that people don’t see. Missed holidays, time away from our loved ones. But the show must go on.

HOW CAN THE MUSIC WORLD KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU GUYS AND ANYTHING YOU WANT TO LET THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT THE BAND THAT WE DIDN’T COVER ON?

 

JOIN THE MILITIA:

www.meadeave.com

www.youtube.com/c/meadeave

www.facebook.com/meadeaveofficial

www.twitter.com/meadeave

Meade Ave (@meadeaveband) • Instagram photos and videos

 

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