INTERVIEW: Across The Board

How would you classify your music?

Across The Board is an alt pop rock band of multi instrumentalist musicians and performers who sometimes have trouble fitting ourselves into a genre box. Forged from backyard jams and Youtube sessions, Across The Board has influences from rock, blues, country and pop—landing squarely between them all in the “alt” category of pop/rock. Our music is influenced by 90s electric guitar riffs and 80s alt rock with a spackling of 2018 indie harmonics.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

ATB derives their influences from about 3 decades of rock and pop—landing most squarely on the sounds of Broken Social Scene, U2 and Fleetwood Mac, with a touch of Foo Fighters and Oasis on the edges of our sound.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Our newest release, “SONIC BOOM”, chronicles the breaking of a band—from small town dreams to big city challenges—portraying the real struggle of “making it” in today’s music industry. From empty halls and crooked agents to the boom of a house filled with fans chanting back lyrics, the album presents a rock operatic look at the music industry from an emerging band’s perspective.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Toronto is a bustling music scene with dozens of live music venues from small clubs to large halls—filled with local and touring indie bands vying for a piece of the musical pie. We love the Toronto music scene- it’s an amazing place to keep up with trends and see new and emerging acts, as well as to collaborate with other artists who we can learn from.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

My favorite concert recently (Jacqueline-lead singer) was the Demi Lovato and DJ Kaled concert at the Air Canada Centre in March in Toronto- DJ Khaled had the entire stadium singing back his raps and Demi had them on their feet chanting her lyrics back. It was incredible to see how these two amazing, but so polarly opposite artists could command the same stadium of fans. This is my favorite thing about playing live—hearing my songs sung back by the audience, watching them dance to the beat of our songs.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

I would have to say that the title track “Sonic Boom” is my favorite (Jacqueline, lead singer). It feels good to sing how “no one’s gonna stand in my way, take the sun from my day”. It gives me strength to sing it.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Since our “AMENDS” EP release in 2017, Across The Board has put out more online content, and played bigger venues, we have had a cross-country tour and collaborated with some amazing artists. I feel we have a better sense of who we are as a band, our sound, and we have set in concrete our mutual goal to continue to bring our music to the global community — both online and in person.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

My favorite artist over the years has been Stevie Nicks—I would love to sit in on a song writing session with her (Jacqueline).

For me, I would love to hang out with Pearl Jam for a studio session—these guys have been together for so long, they have so much experience, and their music is just the best! (Andy).

What’s next for you?  

We have already started writing our next full length album “Howl At The Moon” which is taking shape as collection of ideas around the theme of breaking away from bad situations and just going for it—live your dream! There is no better time as right now.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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