BAND ON THE RISE ~ BREAKTHROUGH EVEN

July 7, 2021

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THE BASICS

HOMETOWN

Douglasville, Georgia

YEAR FORMED

2011

BAND MEMBERS

Josh Turner - Guitar

Zach Turner - Drums

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

A few years after having our young impressionable minds blown by the early 2000’s wave of nu metal and butt rock we decided to buy instruments and after wasting a lot of time just letting them sit and collect dust we decided to start actually practicing and eventually we started committing to forming a band so that we can create our own original music and so from that point on we’ve been slowly improving our song writing and have even gone through a couple iterations of the band with members coming and going but now are a duo studio project that for the time being is enjoying collaborating with other artists and exploring new ideas.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

Zach: I love anime and have been a huge fan of Bleach for years. There’s a soundtrack that was written for one of the OVA’s by a composer named Shiro Sagisu and one of the tracks is named Breakthrough Even, so we used that in the early years of the band as a placeholder. We never came up with anything else we liked better so it’s stuck ever since.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Josh: Heavy and melodic.


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

Zach: Well me and Josh are twins, so in the early stages of our development as an embryo, fate decided that upon this earth, imbued, shall be two who experience this physical plane and so it was realized.


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

Breakthrough Even - “Breaking Through Evenly”

MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

Josh: We don’t have anything specific, just more material we’ve been working on that we’re super stoked about!


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

Josh: Most of the time I’ll have an initial riff that I start building off of. It could be anything but it’s usually something that serves as an intro to a song and from there I’ll sort of move linearly in the sense that I’ll start writing what will become the verse, then the chorus, bridge, etc. Once we have a rough layout completed I’ll spend a good bit of time filling out each section. This can definitely take a significant amount of time as we get super picky about how we want everything to sound and a lot of the time we’ll have ideas later on that influence changes in earlier parts or sections. Once the instrumental side of the song is done and recorded, we move on to writing lyrics and vocals. Lyrics can be either written by us already or by whoever we decide to work with for vocals, but we usually prefer to work alongside them so that we can get the best version of the song possible. For example, for Requiem I had most of the lyrics written, but when we started working with Christina we ended up working out the melodies together and finishing the lyrics as we went along. After everything is recorded I spend forever and a day mixing (and overthinking) the track and then we release it!


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

Zach: That’s a really tough question as I love all of our songs, I’m really really proud of them. Currently I think my favorite is a song called ‘Charlatan Dreams’ which features the vocal talents of Mike Semesky. It hits all the right notes for me when it comes to how I enjoy a song.

Josh: I’d say my favorite at the moment is Requiem. I really enjoy riff-driven, super melodic melodic, big sounding songs and I think we were able to achieve all three of those things with that one. It’s a track that features vocalist Christina Rotondo and she absolutely nailed her performance and the delivery of the lyrics.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. [YOU CAN ELABORATE IF YOU’D LIKE!]

Zach: Fun with a lot of jamming, sometimes unproductive, other times fulfilling. Can really go a lot of ways.

Josh: Definitely unproductive a lot of the time, but we always have fun getting distracted from whatever material we’re supposed to practice and instead just jamming whatever we’re feeling!


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

Zach: No not currently, in time though!


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

Zach: Honestly, I love my Zildjian A custom crashes. They are damn near perfect!

Josh: Mine is my Ibanez RGDIX6PB Iron Label guitar. Both it’s aesthetics and playability are perfect for me.

INFLUENCES

WHICH MUSICIAN OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

Zach: So really Linkin Park and their first two albums just really inspired us to pursue music and then just seeing their creative process and their Making Of DVD’s really solidified that passion in pursuing music.

Josh: Biggest one is Linkin Park, like Zach said. We would watch those “Making Of” DVDs and think, “we want to do that!” They actually still inspire me because of how forward-thinking they’ve always been with their sound. They were the first band I discovered that never wanted to do the same thing twice and that’s a mindset I’ve adopted as well.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Zach: Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park, absolute masterpiece.

Josh: Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory and Dream Theater’s Scenes From A Memory are two big ones. Hybrid Theory obviously for reasons we just mentioned, but Scenes was my introduction to concept albums and the idea of taking all sorts of themes and tying them together and telling a story like that was mind-blowing to me at the time. It’s also the album that eventually got me interested in mixing and music production. I remember hearing John Petrucci’s guitar tone on that album and thinking about how huge, beefy, and clear it sounded, and that made me want to record my playing and to sound like that as well! Obviously, looking back now I was nowhere close to sounding that good, but it definitely lit the spark.


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Josh: Honestly, I admire so many so I think my number one changes depending on what I’m digging at the moment, but recently I’ve been paying a lot of close attention to Kyo from Dir En Grey. That guy is absolutely nuts. That’s all I have to say.


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Zach: Not the biggest fan of solo’s so I typically don’t pay attention to that type of thing. The most memorable last one to come to mind is Misha’s solo in Periphery’s song ‘Jet Packs Was Yes”.

Josh: Easy. John Petrucci’s Hollow Years solo on Dream Theater’s “Live at Budokan” DVD. It’s an improvised version that’s different from the album version and it’s a total experience. It’s about two minutes long and combines literally all the best aspects of his lead playing.


MOST BAD-ASS BASSIST?

Zach: I saw Northlane live in 2019 and Brendon Padjasek was amazing to watch. Amazing player and performer.

Josh: Adam “Nolly” Getgood of Periphery. He’s technically no longer performing with them, but he’s an awesome player all around. He comes off as so soft-spoken, which is fine, but when he performs it’s so full of energy and his bass tone is always monstrous.


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

Zach: Chris Coleman is always amazing to watch, I’ve been watching a lot of his content lately. What a unit.

Josh: One of my favorite players is Gavin Harrison. He has such an incredible range in his drumming, so it’s always very musically interesting to listen to, even by itself.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

Zach: I’ve truthfully never really listened to either, but our mom was a massive Beatles fan growing up so I’ll say The Beatles!

Josh: The Beatles. I dig a lot more of their songs!



PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Zach: I get really anxious before a show and so a good warm up and a couple shots of whiskey usually helps. Josh: Yeah, the whiskey helps the performance nerves a bit but usually my ritual includes overthinking everything about our set!


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

Josh: One time I found I was performing in the wrong tuning. We were more than a handful of seconds into it and I kept making confused faces at the rest of the guys and thinking, “why does this sound so weird?” Turns out I was an entire half step off from what I needed to be, so I was sweating it until there was a short break in the song where I could correct it. Definitely wasn’t funny at the time, but I can laugh at it now! Sort of.


IF POSSIBLE, DESCRIBE WHAT PERFORMING LIVE FEELS LIKE FOR YOU.

Zach: Man, it’s a pretty intense feeling, a lot is happening when I play live. I’m anxious, got a lot of adrenaline, I’m really hyper focused (I’m the drummer), and just try to be present and let everything flow. For me it’s what I enjoy most and brings me true fulfillment. There’s nothing like it! Josh: Definitely intense. It sounds cliche, but it’s the type of thing that really does feel “out of body” and like it’s an experience separate from yourself. I know I mentioned nerves and overthinking earlier, but that stuff really does disappear the instant the first note is played and suddenly it’s about the music you’ve written and how that music is connecting with the audience in front of you, especially when everything lines up perfectly and all aspects of the show are in sync. Those moments are super powerful and the adrenaline makes everything go by in an instant, but the feeling it creates stays with you and then you just want to do it all over again!


IF YOU WERE SECOND ON A THREE-BAND BILL, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE SUPPORTING AND WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN FOR YOU? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

Josh: I’d love to be supporting Spiritbox. Literally every song they’ve put out is great and they seem like cool people as well.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

Honestly, if they gain anything positive from it then that makes it all worth it. We just make music because we enjoy it and we can’t imagine not doing it. We love sharing it with everyone!

GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Zach: The fact that all these years later we are still here, doing what we love and getting better and better every year is really humbling and just pushes us even more.

Josh: I think the ultimate success would be to just have even more freedom to do what we’re doing and to continue growing!


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

Zach: Just to connect with more artists, establish more relationships, continue to improve upon our craft and our vision.


UPCOMING SHOWS, EVENTS, FESTIVALS YOU’RE PLAYING?

We don’t have any shows lined up for the time being. As we are currently a duo, we have yet to finalize members to form a full band to do so! We hope to hit the stage again in the near future though!

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PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Zach: Seeing Linkin Park live was just really cool. Seeing the band that was the catalyst for what we are doing was just really special.

Josh: What Zach said!


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

Zach: I was once told to “always follow the path of least resistance” and it’s stuck with me ever since. I don’t anger easily and am rarely bothered by the actions of others. It is what it is!

Josh: “Let go of the idea that things could have been any other way.”


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

Zach: I have a drumstick signed by Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater. He’s one of my inspirations so it’s up there on the list!

Josh: Any of my guitars!


WHICH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS:

IS ALWAYS LATE?

Zach: Me 100%. I hate it.

EATS THE HEALTHIEST?

Zach: Me for sure, I’m an avid weightlifter so I always try and eat my best!

IS THE PRANKSTER?

Zach: Right here!

IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE?

Zach: Josh’s time management and ability to focus is unmatched.

HAS A USELESS TALENT?

Zach: I guess we both do. I can juggle and Josh can do cool pen-spinning tricks.


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Zach: I’m an avid weightlifter so I rotate programs throughout the year depending on my strength or physique goals at the time. So besides time being spent with that, me and Josh also shoot, edit and produce visual content for bands be it music videos, live show recaps, or online content.

Josh: Aside from the visual content stuff, I love reading. I just finished the Dune series recently so that was a pretty wild ride. I’ve also gotten into Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. Video games are a pretty big deal as well. So much so that at times it prevents us from getting any music done!


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

Zach: I’m a huge ambient fan and so I’ve been listening to a ton of Poemme and I’ve also been really enjoying Tony Anderson’s newest album. It’s an experience. Other than that you’d find some Klasey Jones, The Browning, and The True Blue.

Josh: You’d find a lot of video game soundtracks. Stuff from Mick Gordon, Nobuo Uematsu, Marty O’Donnell. Beyond that you’d probably see a lot of LiSA and Spiritbox. I’ve been on a Childish Gambino kick as well.


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

Zach: “SeeYouSpaceCowboy…” is a pretty OP name. Great reference.

Josh: Bring Me The Horizon. Just it’s reference to the first Pirates of the Caribbean film is great, but the fact that it’s referencing the coolest line in that entire film just makes it even better. Super memorable.


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD’s, OR DOWNLOADS?

Zach: Having physical CD’s was awesome. I always enjoyed reading the booklet notes, and commentary and even getting to see the physical artwork was great.

Josh: CDs. For one, that’s what we grew up with as cassettes were on their way out, but I definitely miss the feeling of purchasing a physical copy of an album, and being able to spend time looking through it as you listened to the music. It was fun to go through the liner notes, lyrics, and artwork and you could feel like there was value there. Obviously the music itself is the most important thing and valuable by itself, but the visual component completes it and being able to physically engage with it enhances the whole experience.


WHAT SONG IS AMAZING, YET NOT VERY POPULAR?

Zach: “Angels” by Chase Atlantic. What a bop. Really think that group is slept on.

Josh: Honestly, all of the stuff Gemini Syndrome has put out in the past several months has made me think “why isn’t this being talked about more?!”


AN ALBUM YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO.

Zach: I’d have to say Linkin Park’s “Meteora”.

Josh: Always Linkin Park’s Meteora. There are just so many memories and feelings attached to that album that there’s not a single moment from it that I don’t enjoy.


WHAT SONG ARE YOU CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?

Zach: A song called “Cambodia'' by Tony Anderson. It features Eyra Moon and wow, what a song. Takes me to another place.

Josh: Spiritbox just released a song a couple weeks ago called "Circle With Me." Been obsessed this whole time. That whole band is a treasure!


WHAT SONG HELPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN?

Zach: Really any ambient song that just deepens my introspective experiences. That kind of thing is really therapeutic for me. Can’t really pinpoint a song, but artists like Hammock are awesome for that kind of thing.

Josh: This may sound strange, but I remember the last time I felt heartbroken I found this song from the band Dir En Grey called Glass Skin, and I had that song on repeat for weeks because even though the version I was listening to was in Japanese, its whole vibe - both the music and the melodies used - helped me connect with and externalize what I was feeling at the time. I still revisit it every once in a while because it helps to remind me that life is just a set of experiences and all we can do is learn from them and continue moving forward.


WHAT ALBUM OR ARTIST DID YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO THAT YOU LOVE?

Zach: Michael Bolton for sure. Guy has a killer voice!

Josh: Celine Dion! Used to be a “guilty pleasure” but not anymore. She has some great stuff.


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

Zach: If you’re able to successfully make a song that resonates and connects with people, then you have done your job. Expressing yourself is such a nuanced and individualistic thing, there’s really no rules.

Josh: I think the benchmark for a great musician is someone who knows how to write great songs that resonate with people, as well as someone who understands exactly what makes great songs in the first place.

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