- When and how did the band come to be and how did you come up with the band name Pound?
We came up with the band name while we were practicing. When we started 10 or so years ago, we didn't intend to be a band, we were just trying to get better at our instruments. Both of us were pretty annoyed and burnt out with our other projects at the time and just wanted to focus on getting better. We had all of these little exercises that we wrote and we would spend hours drilling them until we could play them. We didn't decide to actually make a thing of it until we played a few house shows, just for the fun of it. Those shows were a lot of fun and just felt right so we rolled with it.
- Your latest release .. was release May 31 of this year, how did the writing process come to be ?
Our first album was a bit of an everything and the kitchen sink affair.
For the second album we focused on song structure. The bulk of it is based around dbeat poly-rhythms, finger picking and sliding. Picking certain elements to focus on and then chasing them down helps keep the album steered in one direction. Otherwise, things tend to go a bit off the rails. We both listen to a REALLY wide range of music and are constantly having to fight against the urge to chase down those rabbit holes.
- You traveled to Armstrong Metalfest all the way from Seattle WA USA how was the trip to AMF?
It was great. We really enjoyed the views. Road trips are record listening time in the van for Tony (TM/merch person) and I. David hangs out in the back and watches TV. This time around we listened to Slow Trails, On Sight, Idle Hands, Dead Kiwis, Penny Royal (the band from eastern Canada), Tom Waits and Frank Zappa.
- Whats the Metal Scene like in Seattle?
It's pretty bad. The scene is completely broken and fractured. A lot of bands are only out for themselves and there is a major problem with elitism in the community. Most people won't come out for shows unless it's something really big or something that the blogs have deemed "cool". These problems, while prevalent across the genre, are particularly bad in Seattle. It needs to stop and it's gotta go. Of course, there are obvious exceptions to that. Bands and people that are trying to work together and to bring people together, get people out to shows and get good bands in front of people. But they're few and far between. It's really sad. Seattle was a big music town 20-30 years ago, but not anymore. The tech industry has pushed most of the artists and creative people out of the city and those that are still here are too busy to go to shows because they have to have 2-5 jobs just to survive. Even if they did have the time, most people are too broke to be able to afford to go to a show. There are a few people here that are still trying as hard as they can to make it happen in this city, but they're fighting an uphill battle with no end in sight.
- You guys played 5:45 on Friday.. how did the band feel they did wit your set?
We felt pretty good about how we played. At this point, a show is a show. It's a very natural, normal part of what we do. For big shows with lots of people, I get to amp people and get a bit aggro on stage. For small shows without many people, we just have fun and hang out. We talk and hangout with the people that are there and acknowledge that there aren't a lot of people there. We've made some really good friends that way.
- What was your first reaction when u got the call for the band to play AMF?
We were excited to come back to Canada. We'll take any excuse we can get to play shows up there!
- How did you prepare yourselves for your set?
At this point, playing shows is a pretty consistent routine. Two days out of the week we have 6 hour long band practices and on three other days we just run through the set once or twice to stay tight. Getting ready for shows or tours doesn't take much additional prep time other than our normal weekly routine. While we're traveling we drink a lot of water and are constantly stretching so we don't hurt ourselves. Being sober helps a lot too. Neither of us drink, smoke or anything else. No judgments on others that do those things, we've just found that it's easier for us to do everything that we need to do without it. I think that's helped keep us razor sharp and focused on our goals.
- What was your favorite part of the festival?
Watching Matt from Apollyon get drop kicked across the stage was pretty great. We made a lot of new friends and I'm looking forward to working with a lot of those bands in the future.
- What do you think could use some improvement?
More water. You can never have enough water around.
- What advice would u give a new band about to play AMF for the first time?
Just get out there and do your thing. Don't over think it and psych yourself out.
- What advice do u give AMF attendees band or not on how to survive AMF?
Just show up and have a good time. And stay hydrated. Always stay hydrated.
- Any new stuff being written already?
We're pretty far into the process of writing the third album. We put out two full albums in a little under a year. Our writing process is fairly fast and streamlined. I already have 13 songs in varies states of completion and we're already playing two songs from the third album live, just to tighten them up for recording.
- Smarties or M and Ms?
Depends. Canadian Smarties or American Smarties? Because those are two very different things. I think I'd rather go for a bottle of water so I can stay hydrated.
- Where can we find you on social media?
*you can support this great band and purchase a patch like the one pictured below at the bandcamp link here https://pound.bandcamp.com/merch