By Stephanie Stevens
Boston based Hard rock band SILENT SEASON began when the music world was going through some major changes, but the passion, love and positive attitude the guys had for the music they were creating, positioned them to be the leaders that would regenerate the rock world with the music the world was missing.
Through the years the band has released a debut album; “BREAKING ME DOWN,” played with numerous national acts and have worked some solid music industry people, to really define and implement a solid sound and music, that not only the members love, but fans throughout the states are praising.
SILENT SEASON, who is Jeremy Rae – Vocals, David Pappalardo – Drums, Brendan Sheehan – Guitar, Anthony Puliafico Jr. – Guitar and Jay Driscoll – Bass, is back with a new single entitled “THE NEGATIVE,” and is ready to imprint their sound yet again onto the rock community, with a new EP coming out soon. I had a chance to find out a little more about the band from Jeremy and David, so check out what the guys had to say about working with numerous producers, what the new single is all about and the future of the band.
THE BAND PRETTY MUCH FORMED WHEN THE ROCK SCENE WAS KIND OF IN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND KIND OF STAGNANT. WHAT WAS YOUR MIND SET GOING INTO PUTTING THE BAND TOGETHER, AND WRITING NEW MATERIAL TO GET PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THE SCENE AGAIN?
Jeremy & David: We wanted to create the kind of music that we always loved. Melodic music with a heavy edge. The easy part was creating something new, because in previous bands we weren’t always able to put in as much creative input. This time it was all about our creative vision.
DAVE AND JEREMY HONED IN ON THE SOUND FOR A GOOD YEAR I READ BEFORE PUTTING THE FINAL PIECES TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS. WHAT MADE YOU SECURE THE REST OF THE BAND MEMBERS? WHAT DID THEY HAVE THAT YOU THOUGHT WOULD FIT SILENT SEASON? AND WAS IT HARD TO JUST SIT BACK FOR A FULL YEAR, DEVISING A PLAN AND NOT GETTING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS AND MUSIC YOU WERE WRITING?
Jeremy: We went through an interesting process of finding members. Musicians that know how to collaborate and not just do their own thing the whole time is harder to find than most think. Either that or finding sane members, which is also a challenge. We didn’t know if we were going to secure the first lineup or if we’d be a two piece forever. Finally, we found Brendan who has been with us since the start, and the rest of the lineup to get going. It was a relief!
2012, WAY BACK THEN, YOU GUYS WORKED WITH SOME PRETTY NAMED PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY FOR YOUR DEBUT ALBUM “BREAKING ME DOWN.” HOW DID YOU ALL GET TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE THAT WAS A PART OF IT, AND WHY SO MANY PRODUCERS FOR ONE ALBUM?
Jeremy: It was a drawn-out process due to the number of managers we went through on that album. Everyone wanted to hear something different from us, which made it hard to stick with someone to get it done. If we had just stopped and done what we wanted in the first place, I think it would had gone by faster. However, having different people put their touch on it also gave it diversity which is never a bad thing.
HOW HAS THE BAND EVOLVED SINCE BACK IN 2012, AND WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGHEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE BAND’S CAREER THIS FAR?
Jeremy: We are finally writing and playing the kind of music that we want to, without being pushed in any direction. I’d say the biggest highlight of the band so far was touring with some great bands such as Sevendust, 10 years, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Gemini Syndrome. Right now, we are trying to make new music that connects on all fronts. We aren’t just trying to go for one sound, but capitalizing on doing songs that will resonate with more than one audience.
MUSICALLY IN 2017, WHAT ARE YOU GUYS TRYING TO DO IN THE ROCK SCENE, TO MAKE THE MUSIC FRESHER AND NEWER THEN THE SAME OL SAME OL?
David: We’ve been experimenting with different time signatures and samples, but crafting songs that still tell a story and appeal to different audiences. We like to mix songs up with heavy verses and bridges, including memorable choruses that stick with our listeners. You may have heard the short rap during the bridge within “THE NEGATIVE” (This was a first and different for us).
HAVE THE BAND’S MEMBERS STAYED THE SAME SINCE THE INCEPTION? IF SO, HOW DO YOU GUYS HOLD ON TO THAT BROTHERHOOD WHEN SO MANY BANDS SEEM TO CHANGE UP MEMBERS LIKE UNDERWEAR?
Jeremy & David: It’s a lot harder to find members that will stick then most think. I think we can attest to that since we have been guilty of having different members over the years. The good news about us now is that we have finally found a lineup, in which everyone gets along. We all like each other and that is super important in a band.
“THE NEGATIVE” IS THE NEWEST SONG IN YOUR ARSENAL TELL ME HOW THAT SONG CAME ABOUT AND LYRICALLY WHERE WAS YOUR MINDSET GOING INTO THE WRITING?
Jeremy: Everyone suffers from having negative thoughts and anxiety at times. I (Jeremy) deal with anxiety all the time. With the suicide level getting higher and higher we felt like it was a subject that needed to be addressed. Everyone should know that others go through this and that it is something that can be overcome.
WILL YOU GUYS BE RELEASING ANOTHER FULL LENGTH? HOW IS THE REST OF THE CD COMPARED TO THE NEW TRACK “THE NEGATIVE”?
Jeremy: We are coming out with new music very soon. May release another single before we come out with the EP. The rest of the songs have their own feel to them, ranging from slower to heavy. I think that each of them has their own feel to it.
SEEMS LIKE SOME RADIO STATIONS HAVE JUMPED ON THE SINGLE, AS OF LATE. HOW DO YOU GUYS VIEW RADIO SPINS NOW VS HOW IMPORTANT RADIO WAS YEARS AGO?
David: Terrestrial, Satellite and Internet Radio stations are more important mediums than ever. With a massive amount of online competition through social media platforms, radio gives upcoming artists a true spotlight helping to garner the fans they’re looking for. If a band is touring through certain areas and has radio support, their fanbase is more likely to come out verses running around trying to sell tickets.
FOR ME YOU GUYS HAVE A HUGE SEVENDUST KIND OF FEEL TO YOU. WHERE DO YOU GUYS FIND YOUR INSPIRATIONS BAND WISE? AND OUT OF THOSE BANDS WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO CO WRITE A SONG WITH AND WHY?
David: We ABSOLUTELY love Sevendust and had a blast touring with those guys. We’re heavily influenced and inspired by bands that can write great songs with catchy hooks, but can still rock out heavy breakdowns and intricate parts. It would be an honor to co-write a song with Sevendust, because they know how to write hit songs with amazing parts and emotion that you can feel in every song.
DO YOU GUYS DO ANY NATIONAL TOURING, OR DO YOU KEEP IT MORE REGIONAL? ANY SHOWS COMING UP YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT ABOUT?
David: SILENT SEASON has been on a few national and regional tours over the years, but lately we have been writing and focusing on finishing the EP. With radio being on the forefront for us, we’re trying different tactics to gain mass exposure and reach as many fans as possible. Right now, we’re heads down in releasing this EP and writing new material for future releases as well. Fans will definitely know when SILENT SEASON is playing a show, through our social media platforms
HOW CAN FANS KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU, AND WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT TO LET YOUR FANS KNOW THAT YOU HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO TELL THEM?
David: Fans can find SILENT SEASON on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc… SILENT SEASON would like to thank all of our fans that have supported us over the years, and remained patient for our releases. Being an unsigned band is not an easy feat, but it’s rewarding when our fans finally get to hear the music and they can relate to the songs.