A. DW: “If ATV were a baby, I’d say the parents would have to be Taking Back Sunday and the Get Up Kids.”
ST: Our parents would probably be 80 percent Taking Back Sunday and our other parent resembles early 2000 punk bands like YellowCard, but also newer pop-punk bands like the Story so Far or the Wonder Years.”
Q. HAVE YOU HAD A DEFINING MOMENT WHILE PLAYING TOGETHER SO FAR?
A. DW: “We have been lucky enough to open up for some really amazing musicians, such as the Misfits, Fireworks and Kingsfoil.”
ST: “We’re in the middle of a very defining time in the band’s career. We’re really starting to find a groove and finding our sound and message as a band. So I’d say this whole album is going to be that moment. We named it ‘Under Your Skin,’ and I think that’s pretty selfexplanatory as to what it’ll be—showing exactly who we are as a band underneath it all.”
NB: “We’ve had a lot of defining moments, especially within the last few months. We’re currently working on producing a music video with a company, Unsigned Ohio. We’ve done a lot of traveling recently over the past couple of months. Defining ourselves within different music scenes is really proving to be worth it.”
A. DW: “Our singing style: we have dueling vocals, so you’re not always stuck with one singer. You could think you’re listening to two different bands and not even realize it’s the same. It keeps it fresh.”
NB: “We’re writing music that means something to us, and hopefully means something to our listeners. We’re writing in relation to our lives, what we go through on a day-to-day basis and the obstacles that we face every day.”
NC: “I hope we can help kids get through anything with the power of music—as cheesy as that sounds. We just want to show kids they’re not alone.”
Q. WHO INSPIRED YOU, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A GROUP?
A. ST: “What inspires me is life, just day-today struggles and triumphs, and not just mine but things I see people going through. I think we’re just inspired honestly by our friendships and the things those friendships help us get through, and the places they take us.”
NC: “I was always inspired by the local music scene. always going to shows and watching bands as a kid. I always wanted to be onstage like them.”
NB: “Individually, the local music scene has inspired me more than I can even begin to say. Growing up with venues such as the Java House, Edgewood and Bethel Temple really opened my eyes to what Canton has to offer for music, and what can happen when you form bonds with the people that share the same ideologies and goals.”
Alternative / Rock
In the band
Devon Warren (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
Steven Turner (Guitar/ Vocals)
Nathan Clapper (Bass)
Nathan Bauman (Drums)
30 Seconds to Mars, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New
Under Your Skin (currently recording)
Hopes and Telescopes (2012)
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