Kept At Bay - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the chance to interview Kept At Bay. We discussed their newest EP, their current buzz, some of their goals for next year, and more. Check out the full interview below!

First off, thanks for the interview.
Thank you for reaching out to us. We’re always down to chat.

For those who haven't heard of Kept At Bay can you tell me how you got together and formed the band?
We had all known each other through school or previous bands. We came together after being in various projects that we had grown out of musically. We wanted to be in a band that stood for something and made music that we fully believed in. We started Kept At Bay in the winter of 2014 and played our first gigs that Spring.

You released your EP 'Something Honest" this year. Can you tell me a little about the writing and recording process of the EP? How long did you work on it?
Our writing process is pretty straight forward. We start with a riff and go from there. Everyone writes some stuff on their own and we send it back and forth or show it to each other at practice. If someone writes something that everyone digs the sound of then we keep working on it and add more to it until it eventually becomes a song. Recording this EP was similar to how we did Things That Came Undone. We went to the same studio and were familiar with how they operate and what we needed to do to make our songs come out the best that they could be. As for a timeframe on how long we worked on it, it’s continuous honestly. We are constantly writing songs and jamming. Some of the riffs and bits of these songs have been tossed around for months.

One song I really like off the EP is "Contrast". Can you tell me a little about writing that song both musically and lyrically? What was the inspiration for it?
“Contrast” was actually the first song we finished writing for the Something Honest. Just like we said in the last question, someone came forward with a riff that we all liked and we put our heads together and built off of it. We’re super collaborative in all of our music writing. Lyrically the song is about good people who turn into people we no longer want to associate with. It’s about the people who used to do the right thing because they were a good person and wanted to lend a hand. The people who change from being a kindhearted person looking to help others to looking out for their own benefit through money, notoriety, etc.

You are part of this fairly new up and coming batch of pop/punk bands that are starting to get some good buzz. Have you been pleased with the response you're getting from both listeners of the EP and people going to shows?
The response we’ve been getting recently is awesome. Ever since Something Honest came out we definitely feel like our fan base has grown. We released our first music videos and the reception of those has been insane as well. The crowds at our last few shows have been absolutely nuts. It’s a really new and exciting feeling for us.

What are some of the newer bands you think people should be on the lookout for and why?
Some unsigned bands that we dig are: Centerfolds, Flight Club, and Hang Tight. They’re all good people making good music. We back them as much as we back ourselves. Some of our favorite smaller signed bands people should be on the lookout for are: Like Pacific, Broadside, Boston Manor, and Trophy Eyes. They’re all on some pretty cool tours this fall going all sorts of places, so if any of those bands are playing a show near you go check it out.

As we move out of 2016 in a couple months and head into 2017 what are some of your goals for the band next year?
As a band we just want to improve on everything that we’ve already done. We want to write better music, put out better music videos, play bigger and crazier shows. We just want to grow as a band and continue to move forward to what’s next.

I guess that about wraps it up. Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else you would like to add?
We wanted to thank everyone that has ever supported us. Stay tuned for what’s coming next.

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