Everything Went Black Releases EP, Mosenthein: Hear a Track Now
I named my band Everything Went Black because...
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Brandon Hoffman: Well, I owe a lot to Black Flag. They were one of the reasons I got into any of this. A friend let me borrow Wasted Again by Black Flag freshman year as well as Static Age by The Misfits. Without sounding too corny, I often wonder where I would be, what I would be doing with my life or what kind of people I would be surrounding myself with if I hadn't discovered hardcore. I have had friends come and go, been though some of the most difficult situations in life, and for some reason I feel like one of the only things that stuck was music. The band had a major impact on my life, the name had a ring to it, fair enough.
I make music because... I was never really into anything else growing up. It keeps me sane.
I've learned the most from... working in music venues and being a promoter. Here is my advice to bands: Stay humble, be respectful. Don't ask stupid questions, and if you can't draw over 20 people you don't have any room to bitch about anything.
The most memorable show I've ever played was... I sang for an old punk band from St. Louis called Very Metal when I was 18. We played a show in Tampa, Florida with some goth bands and some nu-metal bands. We obviously did not fit in. The bar wouldn't let me in except to play and then I had to leave immediately after our set. Everyone else in the band was way older than I was.
I sat in our van and got drunk before our set because I was mad about whatever. During the first song in our set I fell back and split my arm open on my drummers ride cymbal. I started bleeding everywhere. The crowd kept giving me dirty looks, so I started smearing blood all over myself and somehow managed to break a microphone during our set. The sound guy wouldn't pay us because of the mic so something probably happened to his windshield before we left. I was drunk though, so..
The St. Louis music scene could use... good vibes? I don't know. I don't have any complaints about our music scene. We have a ton great bands and musicians in St. Louis. I think if anything, people should attend more shows. The local bands here should do some traveling.
Five current artists worth listening to are... Deafheaven, Black Mask, Bastard, White Fire, The Lion's Daughter.
The most difficult lesson I've learned while playing music is... being in a band is really expensive.