(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass rock trio Affinity) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Ashley Curtis (Lead Vox)
Mack Flynn (Bass/Vox)
Christian Andersen (Lead Guitar)
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Recording a new (untitled) EP in the next couple weeks! Best stuff we’ve ever done. It’s gonna be a monster.
Q: How often do you work on your music?
A: It’s always in my head. We rehearse as much as we can. We have a jam space, we get together, we rehearse, and we constantly write. But that creative mindset is kind of always on. One of us can be on the subway, in the studio, or like… having sex… and just get an idea… I can get a text about an idea any time of day – it kind of never turns off.
Q: Who are your influences?
A: Each of us has our own influences, and that’s what makes us function as a band. We all bring different interests to the song writing process at different times. Lyrically and vocally, at least lately, I would say I’ve been listening to a lot of late 90’s rock. Bands like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters – who both, obviously still kill it. People often compare our sound to Evanescence, which I think is an amazing compliment, because they were a huge inspiration. Amy Lee has one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard live. There aren’t enough female fronted acts, period.. I also fucking love Halestorm.
Q: Peace or Freedom (You can’t have both) Why?
A: Freedom. There isn’t really peace without real freedom, and you can’t just accept things the way they are. Sometimes you have to question things, and upset the status quo.
Q: How long could you live without money?
A: I’d like to think I could live by very humble means. I’m not into labels, or materialistic stuff, at all. But you know… rent…. The dream is to make a living doing what you love.
Q: Any tours planned?
A: Yeah! We are hitting some towns and cities around Ontario and Quebec in the spring, and festivals out east in the summer! A lot of the places we’ve never played, so it’s exciting! Check our website – Affinityband.net or Facebook.com/affinityband since no one goes to websites.
A: Cause it’s addictive. Melodic, heavy, with big hooks, it’s meant to be listened to live. If you can’t come to the show, buy the record – and turn it up to 11.
Q: If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
A: Everlong. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. It has that nostalgic feeling that would be, you know, perfect to just drift away on… #playeverlongatmyfuneral
A: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light / The Color and The Shape: …. Counting this as one … cause Foo.
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill: It’s fucking iconic.
Pearl Jam – Ten: Cause Pearl Jame Ten
Coldplay – Rush of Blood to the Head: I can admit it.
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom: but…
Honorable mention to: Incubus – Make Yourself and Taylor Swift – 1989
Q: What really pisses you off?
A: Slow walkers. Slow talkers. Sexism.
Q: If you could ask yourself one question what would it be?
A: Why am I talking to myself?
Q: If you won a chance to kiss Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber how would you escape to the space station?
A: With extreme confidence after kissing two pop superstars. I’m a very good kisser. Moral of the story being to trust your instincts, and to follow your passion – the only thing to fear is fear it’s self. I live by that. Does this make sense? Neither did the question.