While on Warped Tour this year, I got to interview Brandon, member of the band 3PM. You might not know them yet, but keep their name in mind as I am already predicting that they are going to get huge!
Never Seen : Can you tell us a little bit more about 3 PM?
Brandon : We are a pop punk band from Baltimore, called 3 PM. We are the catering band on Warped Tour this year. That means we get to work at the food service in exchange for the opportunity to travel the country and play some shows.
Never Seen : How did you guys ended forming a band ?
Brandon : I was in college and I wanted to start in a band as I had the time in my life to do that, so I went to my friend’s younger brother, who is our guitarist now, Scott. He’s seventeen and I’m twenty three so, yeah, he’s younger than me. We just started jamming and got along very well so we decided to find the singer on Facebook. I found him (Brennan) and messaged him one day saying « Hey, you know, I hear you’re singing and I want to start a band ». That’s it ! We became best friends ever since.
Never Seen : When was the band created?
Brandon : 2012. The summer of 2012
Never seen : Which bands/artists inspired you for this project ?
Brandon : I guess, Blink 182 started us. When I first messaged Scott, I told him “Hey do you like Blink 182 ?” . He said “yes” and I answered “Me too, do you wanna jam sometimes?”. That’s what we connected over. So, they are definetly heroes. We also like Yellowcard, New Found Glory, Greenday, All time Low, stuff like that …
Never Seen : Nice tastes! How is Warped Tour so far ?
Brandon : It’s crazy, hot, sweaty and tiring because we drive ourselves. We’re working all morning, day and night and then we get to take shifts so we are all loosing sleep but we hear it’s the hardest tour. If you can do this, you can basically do any tour, so it’s a pretty good first tour. We will be ready for anything after this!
Never Seen : What does 3PM stands for?
Brandon : 3 PM is a secret. It is an acronym, 3 stands for three (three members) and the PM are forever a mystery.
Never Seen : How was it like to work with Austin Bello, from the band Forever the Sickest Kids?
Brandon : That was very cool because it was the first time we worked with someone who was in a band. We worked with all the producers and stuff but it’s different when you’re not actually performing it. He had a lot of great ideas that we had never thought of. It was really helpful to have such an experienced person to write a song with us.
Never Seen : What did you improve the most between your first and second album?
Brandon : Everything ! It is a big maturity thing. The first album sounds young both because Brennan’s voice was younger but also because we wrote deaper things afterwards. The lyrics were more meaningful and less childish. And then the sound itself got more complicated in a good way. We all improve in our instruments. It sounds fuller. I like it !
Never Seen : Are you guys working together when it comes to the writting process ?
Brandon : We cross our ideas and build a song from there. We are definetly all part of it.
Never Seen : What’s next?
Brandon : We just release our newest single « Overdrive », and that will be the lead single of our next album. After Warped Tour, we’re gonna have to get back to writting , hit the studio and build that next album for 3 PM.
Never Seen : Any fun facts to share ?
Brandon : We have a bunch of facts! I will just give you one for each members. For me, I have a phobia of needles. It started when was like eighteen and since then I’ve always hated needles. For Brennan, he’ s dyslexic. Oh and that’s our friend Scott, what’s the one for you, Scott ?Scott : Christmas!
Brandon : Oh yeah, Scott is a Christmas baby !
Scott : I have also a twin.
Brandon : He stays far from the music industry.
Never Seen : Can you say something in French?
Scott : Croissant ! Omelette de fromage!
Brandon : Yeah , I know that one! It’s from « Dexter ‘s life ». In the cartoon, there’s an episode where the main character is trying to learn French so he fell asleep listening to a tape and when he woke up, he could only say « omelette de fromage » for everything.
Scott : You’re trying to impress the girls *laugh*
See you on another adventure