Break Out Day
Break Out Day
What projects are you currently working on or will be working on in the future?
Recently we’ve been playing shows in support of our new EP “Echoes of the Past,” which we released on March 30th. The “mini-tour” started on April 7th in Brooklyn and will conclude on May 23rd in Manhattan. As far as this summer is concerned, we’ll most likely be filming a couple of music videos as well as writing new music and playing more shows.
What is your favorite city/venue to play?
We really enjoy playing in Brooklyn because it’s a nice central location between Long Island and the other boroughs of New York City, which is where most of our listeners reside.
How has music made a difference in your life?
Jason: Music redefined my entire life when I was about 13 years old. I was able to connect with so many artists and their songs. It made me want to learn how to play guitar, changed the types of clothes I wore, and opened me up to a lot of new things.
Andrew: Music changed my life when I was 13. I started listening to so many bands and each one inspired me in many ways, such as changing the clothes I wore and learning how to play guitar and bass.
Perry: It’s always been a constant presence for as long as I can remember. I was probably no older than 3 or 4 years old when my parents noticed I had an affinity for music. They would record VHS tapes of concerts on PBS and my grandparents would take me to see symphony orchestras at Queens College. Not long after I was taking violin, piano, and eventually drum lessons by the time I was 6.
Brandon: Growing up in Wisconsin, I got to go to Summerfest – one of the largest music festivals – almost every year. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I think it was only a matter of time until I found myself trying to make a career out of it. I couldn’t imagine my life without music.
In a couple of sentences, what is your story?
Our band started in 2011 when Andrew and Jason were in high school. They wanted to start a band and pursue music. They had a couple of drummers who came and went before Perry ultimately joined after filling in for a couple of gigs in the spring of 2013. We decided to add a fourth member to be the singer and rhythm guitarist shortly before heading into the studio to record our first EP. The first EP “The Nights That Made It” was recorded that summer and released in the fall. We found ourselves in the situation of having to find a new singer/guitarist some time after our first release, and we ultimately added Brandon (a friend and fraternity brother of Perry’s from Syracuse) as its fourth and final member in the fall of 2016.
In one word, how would you describe the band?
How long have you known each other and where did you meet?
Andrew and Jason are identical twins and they’ve known Perry since their days of playing little league baseball. The three of them also had several high school classes together, including chemistry and sports/entertainment marketing. After graduating from high school in 2012, Perry attended Syracuse University, where he met Brandon in the fall of 2013. By the time 2016 came around and everyone had graduated from college, Perry convinced Brandon to move from Wisconsin to New York and become the lead singer of Break Out Day.
What inspires you to keep creating and playing music?
Well within the past year and a half, the inspiration has come from seeing our band grow and the responses we’ve received to our music and our shows. It’s encouraging and makes us want to keep going. We also look to our favorite artists and when they release new music because it can influence us in terms of sound and getting our own creative juices flowing.
What can you tell me about your sound and how it was created?
Our sound was initially and is still inspired by pop-punk bands from the late 1990s and early 2000s such as blink-182, All Time Low, Simple Plan, Angels & Airwaves, and many more. At the start, Andrew and Jason focused on what they liked the most from each of their favorite bands and tried to blend it all together. Our first EP “The Nights That Made It” has the high energy, but structured sound Andrew and Jason were aiming for with this band. Our new EP “Echoes of the Past” continues that trend, but also adds some new elements from other genres as well. Perry listens to a lot of hard rock and heavy metal, which is showcased by his use of double-bass drumming in both “The Party’s Over” and “Deleted Imagery.” Brandon draws a lot of his influence from alternative rock and post-rock, and he was able to bring in some new ideas to the songwriting as well. His lyrical tendencies are different than Andrew and Jason’s and the collaboration between the three of them gave our music a new/fresh voice. The lyrics to our song “One More Night” highlight this.
Describe for me your songwriting process.
Oftentimes it starts with an idea from one of us, whether it be a guitar riff, bass riff, or drum pattern. We start writing around that first idea and build the song from there. As a song gradually develops, Andrew, Jason, or Brandon will work on lyrics and a melody. It doesn’t happen the same way every time, but we try to not get in our own way as we write. It’s definitely a process, but nothing is etched in stone until all four members have signed off on it.
How have you evolved since starting the band?
Well, for starters, we were a trio when Andrew and Jason started the band. But since 2013, the addition of a lead singer/rhythm guitarist has enabled us to achieve a much fuller, all-encompassing sound. The alternative rock/pop punk market out here on Long Island is fairly oversaturated, so having four members who all have different musical backgrounds and educations is something we don’t take for granted.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
The biggest challenge has probably been coming up with new song ideas. We all work full-time during the week so that combined with our mutually meticulous approach to songwriting makes it difficult for us to all be in the same space both physically and musically. It’s hard for us to have as many writing sessions as we’d like because our time together is often spent on rehearsals or shows. That being said; however, we definitely do make the most of our time together and, as a result, are very proud of the songs we have been able to write as a collective unit.
What’s the ultimate goal for the band?
To get out on the road. Even if it’s only for a week or two along the East Coast. We have fans all over the country and even overseas, so maybe driving between Boston and Atlanta (where the twins went to school and still have a lot of friends) could be something we eventually do.
What are the plans for the future?
To write new, connective music and to play more shows in different and interesting places.
How did you come up with your name?
Jason got the idea from the All Time Low song “Break Out! Break Out!” and Andrew added the word “Day” after.
What would be your dream tour?
Probably a tour with any combination of blink-182, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Green Day, A Day To Remember, PVRIS, Simple Plan, Sum 41, and/or In Her Own Words.
What’s your favorite song off the new EP “Echoes of the Past?
Jason: “One More Night” because it was the first song the four of us all wrote together from the very beginning. Our collective vision for the song was to showcase new elements our sound such as synths and vocal effects and I think we were able to accomplish that. I feel that that new direction enhanced the song in many ways.
Andrew: “One More Night” for the same reasons Jason stated.
Perry: My favorite song is “The Party’s Over” because it was the first Break Out Day song I co-wrote with the twins and the parts are completely my own. It’s the first song in the current version of our set list and it’s also probably the most physically demanding song for me to play, so it makes for a phenomenal way to kick off a show.
Brandon: “Deleted Imagery” because it’s a very personal song for me, which you can read into more in the next question. But I also get to play more lead guitar parts, which is always fun.
Can you share what the songs are about?
“The Party’s Over” is about taking control of your life and putting yourself in the best situation to achieve your goals. The song talks about realizing the impact you’ve had on other people and that you shouldn’t let anything get in your way. Andrew and Jason wrote it while thinking about proud they were of the first EP and the response it was getting.
“Deleted Imagery” tells the story of a relationship from the beginning to the end. It outlines a lot of the major events that had happened: first time meeting, going on dates, falling in love, etc. But, as you can tell from the chorus and the bridge, things changed over time. All those photos and memories became something to forget when it finally ended. Sometimes you just have to move on.
“One More Night” is about a friendship that Andrew had with someone in college that unfortunately fell apart. It’s about realizing that the friendship was not going to be repaired because the person who you wanted to be friends with was no longer the person they used to be. That is what “chasing the ghost of you” means. Also, the idea of it being a tragedy with no more scenes left to write adds to the theatrical theme that we were going for.