POZ Showcase: A Place In Time
D.C. pop-punkers A Place in Time are a blend of youth, drive, and skill. After fusing together from the remains of two separate bands, these guys began making hard-hitting, energetic tunes crafted around the idea of musical freedom and constant evolution—two qualities that the group believes make them stand out. It is both these unique aspects of their band as well as their quirky nature and classic punk influences that will help them achieve their “big plans” in music. Keep reading to learn about these plans, the contemporary artists that inspire them, and amusing stories from their times on the road.
Where are you guys from, and when did the band start?
Five of us are from Silver Spring, MD, this awesome city on the outskirts of DC. And then there’s Sean who’s from Anne Arundel. We started back in 2010 when we were that just hung out constantly. Then one band ended up only having two members and the rest was inevitable. So, it’s been a year and a half.
Why should people listen to A Place in Time?
We’re not the only band people should listen to. Any band that actually tries deserves a listen. But I guess it’s cool that we don’t really sound like anyone else out there right now. We also feel like it’s pretty easy to get into.
What sets you apart from other bands in the scene?
Honestly, we just tend to keep it pretty real. We’re really focused on just doing what we think would not just sound cool, but also be mind-blowing. That and we’re like all black, which is cool too.
What’s the best part about being a member of your band?
The freedom. We know what we want and we know we’re going to get it, but we’re not sure how. Our music is constantly evolving, so I’d say we’re a little experimental, progressive even.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
We’re honestly influenced every day all the time, by bands both old and new. Our biggest influences are The Starting Line, August Burns Red, Yellowcard, The Fall Of Troy, Blink-182, New Found Glory, Dream Theater, Sum41, and Relient K.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
We’ve done a decent job making our presence known locally, and establishing that we’re pretty good writers even with the limited experience we’ve had, but we’re not even close to satisfied. We’ve got pretty big plans for this band’s future.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
In our first month of being a band, we went up to a studio in College Park to record our demo, right next to the campus of University of Maryland. We didn’t have a place to stay, and it was summer, so we prowled around all night. This involved exploring and talking about space, seeing a shooting star, watching Bari say some pretty ridiculous shit to girls, hanging out on rooftops, getting an hour of sleep in an elevator, and getting free pizza from this awesome Steve-o’s shop.
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
Anything that they want. We write this stuff because it’s what we feel and what we love, and the idea that there are people out there who dig it, and agree enough to support us, it’s the best feeling ever. We write it for the fans. It’s like telling stories about ourselves or explaining how we feel to a close friend.
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Honestly, the importance of a scene has got to be the worst part. Like, when a band is working really hard and then their style of music becomes a part of the current scene, then they blow up, get all this support and they get signed by a big name. Chances are once that scene dies, so does the fanbase for that band, even though they never got the chance to get real fans, if that makes any sense. It’s honestly pretty upsetting, especially when you see that happen to a band you’ve been watching work their ass off for years.
What bands that are your contemporaries have you begun playing with or forming a relationship with that you recommend to your fans?
The Dukes, Handguns, Send The City, Distances, Go Home Freshmen, A Ghost In The Machine, Placeholder, Passengers, Let’s Be Honest, I Time Bomb, Times New Roman, Sent By Ares, Cowabunga! All worth it. We love these dudes.
Anyone of note that you’ve had the chance to play with or work with?
Our producer, Greg Parker of Amped Recording. The guy is a genius, and possibly one of the most hilarious dudes ever. Also playing with Kid Liberty and I Call Fives. Good times.
or in a venue bathroom.
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