Chris: The year was 1990 and I was fresh out of the womb. The rest is kind of fuzzy but I know Scott was there. 'Cause, well, he's sort of my brother. As for Ricky and Kersey, at a show I guess.
Scott: We met through various shows and different bands we've been in. My mom introduced me to Chris and since then we've formed this sort of brotherly bond.
Ricky: Wait, you two are brothers? That explains why you look so much alike...
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON A BAND NAME?
Chris: Ricky actually came up with the idea and we all really liked it.
Scott: Yea, Ricky suggested it and it really fit for what we're doing.
Ricky: You know what? Kersey actually isn't that far off. New Cathedral is the name of a cemetery holding more hall of fame baseball players than any other grave site and, on a more musically relevant note, New Cathedrals (plural) is the name of Anthony Raneri's solo EP. We hope he doesn't mind the reference.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?
Scott: I get inspiration from everything. What I'm reading, listening to, or whats goin' on around me.
Ricky: I think Kersey meant Satan, but that's still wrong...Personally I watch a lot of Kung Fu- which inspires me to karate chop my family and speak words that don't match up with the movement of my lips.
Musically I don't think anything has been as inspiring as the freedom we've experienced with this project. When we began we just thought "okay, let's make music the way we want it" and set ourselves free from genres and formulas. The result is a sound that's totally us without our forcing anything- and the positive feedback we've been getting is inspiring all on its own.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT PLAYING A LIVE SHOW?
Chris: I would say letting people finally hear what we've been working on and getting their feedback.. hopefully positive feedback.
Scott: Definitely being able to scream and yell for a while and being able to run around like a mad man and ot have everyone think I'm a total nut.
Ricky: I thought a lot about what I should say to answer this question but there really isn't any feeling quite like being on stage. It's pure adrenaline and nerves. You write music you like and put yourself on the line and when people respond positively to your art... I don't know man, it's awesome.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MAJOR INFLUENCES?
Chris: Ever since I was little I've liked watching people play the drums. I grew up watching drummers like Larry Mullen Jr. (U2), Peter Furler (Newsboys), and Ringo Starr and I fell in love with drums. And of course the music I listen to now, which is mainly a lot of Thrice among others.
Scott: Most certainly U2, The Misfits, Danzig, AFI, Interpol, Depeche Mode, and The Cure.
Ricky: MeWithoutYou, As Cities Burn, Beloved, Bayside, Far-Less, Further Seems Forever, AFI. I try not to listen to much when I'm writing though.
WHERE FIND YOUR MUSI? (Typo: Original question: 'Where can people find your music?')
Chris: I'm honestly not sure, but if anyone does find it they can contact me on Facebook and let me know where it is..
Ricky: Musi? Oh man, that's the one Pokemon I never caught...
Ricky: Sorry for taking advantage of the typo, man. Our music is, like Kersey said, on the web. If you go to www.NewCathedralBand.com you can get access to our Twitter, Facebook (www.facebook.com/newcathedralfl), Bandcamp, Instagram, Myspace, Neopets, Xanga, Hot Or Not, you know... All that. Haha
FINALLY IS THERE ANYONE YOU'D LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO?
Kersey: Dave Grohl
Scott: All my people in the barrio.
Ricky: Not that I can think of but we should plug our new EP, Haunted, which will be out soon. Download the first demo from the record, a song called "Three", for free from our Facebook page!
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