POZ Showcase: Audiostrobelight
The guys in Audiostrobelight are doing things big. Incorporating a violin, keyboards, and the occasional mandolin, Audiostrobelight’s pop-rock attack is certainly full. It is also irrefutably infatuating. But do not think for one second that the Virginia Beach quintet is anything but dead serious about this whole music thing. Audiostrobelight just like to balance business with pleasure. The guys claim that they could be having fun doing anything; they just choose to find their entertainment in the music that they create. Thankfully, for all those who like their punk-rock on sugary side, Audiostrobelight’s fun melts right into their music.
Please list all of your band members and their roles (and favorite animals) in the band.
Kris - Vocals and Bass - Hippopotamus
Gabe - Vocals and Guitar - Giraffe
Adam - Violin and Mandolin - Fox
Ed - Guitar and Keyboards - Llama
Scott - Drums and Drums - Polar Bear
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Virginia Beach, baby!
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
(To the tune of “Theme of CatDog”)
One fine day with a flash and a blur
A band was born and it caused a little stir
No funny business, no black and white
Just a bombastic Audiostrobelight.
Why should people listen to your band?
The simple fact is: you’re going to love it. You’re not going to find a band quite like us, and if you like something a little different, chances are you’ll be, hmm… satisfied.
How have you grown since you started?
Well. Many say we’re larger than most bands our age. We line up in the back on photo day.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We have keyboards. Yeah, a lot of bands have keyboards, but we also have VIOLIN. How many bands have both? We have three part harmonies. Our live show is chaotic. AND we’re nice guys. Beat that, Chiodos.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Honestly, the best part of being in this band is traveling all over this country, making new friends everywhere we go, seeing people loving and going crazy for our music, and having the ridiculous experiences we have. Normal people don’t get to do this stuff.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music
that you’re making?
I think we find the most inspiration from the bands we get to play with. Bands like On My Honor, The Venetia Fair, Honour Crest, Veara, Patent Pending, Above The Underground, and so many more. Bands a make her dance.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
Since we’ve so far failed to take over the world, we’ve sufficed with touring the country in our van. As far as what we plan on doing next? The same thing we do every night, PropertyOfZack. Try to take over the world.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio,
onstage, or elsewhere)?
Last week we recorded a music video where we got to turn all of our friends into zombies and pour buckets of blood and flesh all over them and everywhere else. Then they killed us. Afterwards, we partied.
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
The crazy attitudes people get in this business. We’re all in this because we love this, we can have fun doing it.
How did your band’s name come about?
We put a bunch of random words on ping pong balls, got one of those sweet lottery machines, and VOILA! Audiostrobelight was born.
What’s the biggest mistake someone’s made while playing?
Our very first show ever, our violin/mandolinist, Adam, tried to do a mando-spin. His strap locks failed and his mandolin literally landed on the snare drum. Scott looked piiisssseed. Then it was cool.
Any pre-performance rituals?
Kris - Limericks and morphing
Gabe - HONEY CHUG
Adam - Ordering an “AC Heartbreaker” (Soco, malibu and Redbull, a little classy, sassy, and energetic). Also Instagram selfies
Scott - Sipping on some sizzurp and deep meditation
Ed - Transforming into LAMBO CRUNCH! Bringing a satisfying crunch to children everywhere.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Check out our new single, “California Gold Rush”, on iTunes! It’s produced by Will Pugh of Cartel. It sounds gnarly. ALSO, it’s got a music video. So get on that jazz.
*If you would like your band to be featured on a POZ Showcase, email us.
*This Showcase was compiled, written, and edited by Michael Meeze
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