Fearlessly autobiographical songs, a scorching live show, and a genuine bond of brotherhood: Morgan Freed (lead vocals/guitar), Peter Vanderloos (guitar/vocals), Ryan Brown (bass)m and Stephen Soss (piano and assorted instruments) are A Million Pieces. Although their debut self-titled EP (Scallywag Records) is A Million Pieces’ first outing as a unit, they are all accomplished musicians. “There was nothing to do in Tucson except play music, get into trouble and break shit,” says Morgan of his Arizona hometown.
Responses From: Peter Vanderloos
How did the band come together? How have you grown since you guys started?
The band originally started with myself (Peter) and Morgan writing songs in Laguna Beach. We played together for about a year and a half and also with another band that had our “soon to be” bassist Ryan Brown in it. Stephen came shortly after and we then all together had written around 12 songs from the base of material that Morgan and I had started on. Through the almost painful and grueling times that you go through with starting any new band, we have grown so much as individuals and as men. We have formed such a tight-knit brotherhood that has been a almost magical experience. I have never played music with a group of guys where each person in the band just oozes raw talent. It’s pretty amazing to get that much talent in a room and see what happens. I guess our E.P. happened from that, and we actually cut around 6 songs out which are also great great songs.
What do you have to offer that other bands don’t? What sets you apart from a lot of the other newer bands out there today?
We have a very fun and high energy live show that people will NOT forget, I can guarantee that! Also catchy sing-along pop songs that are relevant to current trends but also very truthful in our own ways, as far as love stories, stories of pain, and just fun stories of the places we love such as California! We can also be personal with our fans or anyone who gets to know us. We aren’t fake people, we’re very honest and normal. There is no big secret to our madness, we are all just crazy. But who isn’t right?!
How is the live show compared to the general sound of material that’s been released?
The live show is exact to the E.P. We want people to know that we can pull off a great live show in a 20 person venue or an arena, and we will do both and not give a shit which one it is. We got in the business to play live music because we love it, not for money, chicks, etc…that’s all played out. I say if you’re in the industry to make a quick buck you might as well turn the fuck around and try another door, lol!
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Ahhh inspirations! Well, the Killers, Phoenix, Justin Bieber (seriously), Saves the Day, Death Cab for Cutie, Blink 182, Toto, David Bowie, Katy Perry, Miike Snow, Passion Pit, 2 Door Cinema Club, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kings of Leon, Dr. Dre., Muse, etc etc etc….could go on all day.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
Honestly every day is a great memory with this group of guys, there is never a dull moment with us and since I’ve met them I have never laughed so hard in my life - almost to the point where I shit myself. Seriously, come meet us or come on the road with us and you will create your own favorite memory with “a million pieces”.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
Well the band has accomplished sooo much – from starting brand new as a baby band with no fans and not really knowing the direction we wanted to go musically, to knowing exactly where we want to go and the exact sound and image that we want. All of us come from extremely different backgrounds: punk, indie, metal, and rock. I think personally we bring the best of all of those worlds to our music. And the fact that we love all new pop and new rock it works so well. I would never play with another group of guys ever! It just works sooo easily with us!
We have nothing but touring on our minds for now, we wanna hit the road and pick up as many fans as possible. We will go anywhere and play anywhere!!
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
What we want people to take away from listening to us is that we are great guys with good hearts, we just want to connect with all of our fans and anyone else out there who cares, and bring music back to where it started, IN THE MUSIC. We could all look back and say how shitty it’s gotten at times, but we pulled together like brothers and moved forward like a fucking freight train. We still haven’t “made it”, but we still love writing songs that connect with a lot of people who can choose their own adventure with the songs, or make them remember a good or bad time. As long as we connect with someone, even if it is just one person, we did our jobs and we will continue to do it until we die. Sorry for rambling - I’ve had a red bull or 5 today.