One of Portland’s newest bands in the alternative scene is the pop-punk influenced group, Waterfronts! Their debut EP is out today, and you can get familiar with the band and their background in my interview with them below, and check out This Means Nothing on their Bandcamp!
A lot of people are still getting to know who Waterfronts is, so what are your names and what do you do in the band?
My name is Madeline, I sing and play rhythm guitar.
My name is Drey and I’m the bass player!
My name is Evan and I play drums.
How did Waterfronts come together?
Madeline: A combination of meeting friends of friends of friends, and Craigslist posts. A lot of Craigslist posts.
Drey: I answered one of said Craigslist ads.
Evan: I joined from Craigslist.
Were any of you in other bands in the past or are any of you in others now?
Madeline: I used to be in Fall Out Boy.
Drey: I used to be part of a band called Evergreen!
Evan: This is my first band outside of school bands.
How did the creative process go for writing the songs on This Means Nothing?
Madeline: I wrote the melodies and lyrics and gave them to the band to write their parts around, and then Evan made fun of me for using the same 8 chords.
Evan: I wrote the drum parts and criticized the rhythm guitar parts
Tell everyone a bit about what inspired these songs lyrically.
Madeline: I wrote most of these songs when I was 19, during my first year of college. The lyrics were inspired a lot by me moving to Portland and realizing that everything was different than I thought it was, including myself. It was a really dark period of time where I was struggling with some things I didn’t like about myself, as most musicians do, and the lyrics reflect a lot of that angst.
What influences do you bring into your sound? Anyone you listen to while writing?
Madeline: Fall Out Boy will always be my #1, so I listen to them constantly while writing, and I always go back to Taking Back Sunday and Paramore for lyrical inspiration. As far as influences, I like anything with really striking lyrics, so that’s anything from radio pop to the weird eras of Say Anything. It’s kind of all over the board.
Do you have a favorite track from the EP? If so, which one and why?
Madeline: Art Thief, 100% because of the lead part that Kevin [former member] wrote for it. Gets me every time.
Drey: I would have to agree with her on that but a close second for me would be Washington Street!
Evan: My favorites are Art Thief and Agoraphobia.
What’s your favorite show you’ve played so far?
Madeline: We just recently played a show in Grants Pass at the Haul, and that show was killer. It was the first show with our finalized lineup, and it rocked. On the way home, the car that me, Evan, and Drey were riding in ran out of gas, and while we waited for AAA we sat on the side of the road and looked at stars. I’ll never forget that.
Evan: My favorite was a show we played at The Charleston in Bremerton
What are your overall plans for the rest of the year? Any goals you’re trying to achieve?
Madeline: Who knows?! Hopefully we get another EP out soon now that we have a permanent bassist, and we’re gonna start getting some merch out. We have a few other things planned, but they’re kind of under wraps for now.
Drey: To get more famous than Famous Amos himself!
Evan: I just want to get more known as a band.