Against What’s Best - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Against What’s Best. We discussed the band covering A Day To Remember and State Champs, their thoughts on the release of last year’s album, ‘Underwatertown’, lyrical inspiration, what’s next for the band, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thanks for the opportunity, we really appreciate it!

You’ve recently been sharing some acoustic sessions. I saw you covered A Day To Remember and State Champs. How do you pick what to cover and how long do you work on those?

We can typically knock them out in a few hours, and try to pick well-known songs in the Pop-Punk scene that we all enjoy. We're heavily inspired by both A Day To Remember and State Champs, and feel like their listeners would also connect with our music. 

Your album ‘Underwatertown’ came out last year. Were  you pleased with the reception that album got with listeners? What are your thoughts on it looking back now? 

We're extremely grateful for everyone who has taken the time to listen to it. In retrospect, there are some things we would have done differently, and we're going to take that into consideration moving forward. With that being said, we can't for everyone to hear what we've been working on!

What was the writing and recording process like for the album? How long did you work on it?

Unfortunately, it took a lot longer than any of us anticipated. The process was exhausting, but we put everything we had into it and were able to create something that we're all extremely proud of. As far as writing goes, Jake and Alex collaborate for the most part, but some songs are written in their entirety by one or the other. 

Can you tell me specifically about writing the song “Pardon Me, Mr. Jones...Mind If I Call You Davy?”? What were some of your inspirations both musically and lyrically?

We've always been extremely meticulous with our lyricism, and wanted to find a way to encapsulate the struggles of a local band who felt like they were playing against the odds, while also realizing that your environment can make it impossible to live up to your full potential. It seemed like a great way to close out the album, and bring everything full circle in the end. 

Have you been working on new music? Do you have plans to release anything this year?

We're currently working on an acoustic EP with a couple new songs, as well as a few acoustic versions of songs off of 'Underwatertown'. We also have a sophomore album written, and if all goes well we should be able to release that this year.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Once again, we really appreciate what you're doing. We really can't wait until we can play shows again without compromising the health and well-being of our fans, and hopefully when everything is good to go we can all feel a sense of relief that we made it out on the other side. Until then, be sure to follow us on social media and keep up with our upcoming releases, and we're really excited to be throwing down in the near future with all of you!

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