Interview With Adrenalin: 'Each of us are finding our own voice'

We were fortunate enough to interview an up and coming band by the name of Adrenalin.

So tell us about yourself?

We are the pop punk band Adrenalin from Denver, Colorado. Dave plays bass, Woody is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Vince plays lead guitar, and Danny is our drummer.

How long have you had the passion for music?

At an early age for all of us. Vince's passion for music started at age 7 when he began taking piano lessons while Woody got started by throwing lip synched Neil Diamond concerts for his parents.

Who are your inspirations as an artist?

Our inspirations are quite varied, from Katy Perry to Nirvana, from Waterparks to Metallica, from Mudhoney to Fall Out Boy, and even from Neil Diamond to blink-182. We listen to all sorts of music and each song seems to have a little spice from one or the other added in. For instance, our latest single, Bored and Alone, draws a lot from the pop punk genre and blink-182 in specific. Vince's lead guitar is hugely influenced by Metallica, Slash, and Marty Friedman. Dave's bass playing has equal parts Mark Hoppus and Matt Lukin with a little Pete Wentz and hoping to add some Cliff Burton to the mix. Woody's main inspiration is Kurt Cobain, whose songwriting style and the way he broke rules worked so well in Nirvana. The diversity of styles and influences that shaped us have given us a unique sound that we hope people will love.

What would you like to achieve as an artist?

Overall each of us are finding our own voice, whether that be literal with actual vocals, or in the sense of honing the sound of our instruments, getting the proper sound from the drums, all of us meshing together as one in that final mix.

What is your most memorable moment as an artist?

We are pretty small at the moment, but we will never forget our first moments in front of small crowds, and the first time we got to listen to our own music, fully mixed and mastered, and radio ready.

Who have you collaborated with thus far, and who would you love to work with?

Our collaborations so far have included James Alvarez, featured on the track Attitude, a Misfits cover; we joined Octopus/Caveman on the track Dinosaurs Are Super Cool; and we are happy to announce that we are working with Vince of Dueling Dragons big time right now, spending some time in the studio merging our sound to perfection.

As for dream collaborations, Vince may surprise you but he'd love to write a song with Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas in order to learn something outside of the norm. Woody would pick blink-182 or Mudhoney, both very influential artists to our sound. Dave is looking to collaborate with the guys from Waterparks at some point or maybe have a dueling bassists moment with Pete Wentz.

Tell us a little more about your latest release.

Bored and Alone is a sample of the music we are currently working on. The title track is a radio friendly reminder that we're all going through a lot of the same stuff. Vince crafted his playing towards a punk vibe but with the addition of some bluesy elements in his solo playing, intentionally adding some texture and complexity but without changing that edgy vibe.

Our cover of the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth" is a sign of the times, as relevant now as it was in the 1960s. B-side "Contra" has been described as starting off like (Mudhoney bassist) Matt Lukin kicking your front door in with a bass in one hand and a beer in the other, and it ends in a grungy guitar solo that takes up half the song.

What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?

Vince: I thoroughly enjoyed my work with Adrenalin and do look forward to more releases from this partnership. I think our styles vibe well and count more than the sum of the parts. I'll also continue pumping out more from Dueling Dragons, my solo act.

Dave: We've got some ambitious projects in the hopper, and without giving away too much, I will say that we have enough material to flesh out for two killer albums, including some outstanding original tunes from the 2020s and some reimagined songs from our youth.

Woody: I think that the future of Adrenalin is fresh melodic punk pop marrying with the sounds of grunge and alternative from the past making a type of music that is familiar yet new.

What is your favourite song of the moment?

Woody: Everything's Magic by Angels and Airwaves has been getting a lot of play lately. I love Tom's voice in this one.

Vince: Whiskey in the Jar, a great Metallica cover!

Dave: I Don't Care by Fall Out Boy. It's hard to pick just one but this has a big influence on my current taste.

Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?

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