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In LOVING MEMORY VS. GROOVEY.TV’S THE GAUNTLET INTERVIEW SERIES

(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artists (In this case Queens, NY Alt-Rock Band In Loving Memory) 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).  

Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.

Naveed: Man I think our music is dope because it seamlessly walks the fine line between many extremes. It’s poppy but it’s heavy. It’s technical but it’s very catchy and easy to get into. There’s a lot going on but the music is easy to digest. The lyrics are deep and thought provoking but easy to relate to. I think we achieve that by knowing when to let our instrumental or vocal technicality shine, but also when to scale it back depending on what the song needs. Idk man, songwriting comes before anything, and we approach the craft delicately. Every note, rhythm, and word is intentional.
Jon: our music rules because you can move your butt to it, and our music sucks because it doesn’t have enough breakdowns and the singer sounds like a girl and their old shit is better and fuck this band I hate them.
Tom: Our music rules because it makes me happy to listen to it.
Vito: I think our music rules because we take chances. Not only on the subjects we write about but the way we write our music and still having a pop spin as well is somenthing i don’t see alot of bands doing.

Do you have names for your instruments? If so what are they?
 
Naveed: I wouldn’t name my throat that’s weird lmao
 
Jon: I have 2 LTDs, one orange/yellow color, one purple/black color. I appropriately named them “Sola” and “Luna” after the Sun and Moon.
 
Tom: I actually just have a name for one of my guitars. He’s purple, so I named him Eggplant
 
Vito: out of the 7 guitars I have I only have 2 names for 2 of them. I have an EC400 LTD that I nicknamed “Captain Crunch ” and an 8 string I named “The Mountain” cause it is as brolic as the Game of thrones character it’s named after.

What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
 
Naveed: “No Limit” by G-Eazy. FUCK WIT ME AND GET SOME MONEY!
 
Tom: Our song “I Stay True”
 
Jon: “Woman” by “Kesha”, she’s so good ;-;
 
Vito: Trees by Manchester Orchestra off the album HOPE

What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?
 
Naveed: I’m glad I’m at the point where I’m not embarrassed about what I listen to. Though I definitely wouldn’t have admitted a few years ago that I love One Direction.
 
Jon: FOH I’m not embarrassed by any band I listen to, music is music yo.
 
Tom: I’m honestly not embarrassed about anything I listen to, but probably Justin Bieber if i had to choose.
 
Vito: I love all the bands and artists i listen to but if I had to pick the most embarrassing one it’ll probably be an 80s pop artists like Tiffany or Men Without Hats

Top five favorite albums
 
Naveed:
1) Plain White T’s – “Every Second Counts”
2) Avenged Sevenfold – “Avenged Sevenfold”
3) All Time Low – “Nothing Personal”
4) Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Don’t You Fake It”
5) Jon Bellion – “The Human Condition”
 
Jon: right now? Headspace by Issues, Help! by Sylar, Skin & Earth by Lights, Rainbow by Kesha, and Retrograde by Crown the Empire
 
Tom: “Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal” – Periphery, The “Dear Evan Hansen” Soundtrack, “Headspace” – Issues, “Shapeshifter” – Knuckle Puck, “TreeHouse” – I See Stars
 
Vito: top 5 favorite albums are:

Either/Or by Elliot Smith
The Slim Shady LP by Eminem
Whatever they say I am
..by Arctic Monkeys
Colors By Between The Buried And Me
Instant Gratification by Dance Gavin Dance


What really pisses you off?
 
Naveed: People who mix you’re/your, they’re/there/their, etc. It’s legit a huge turn off
 
Jon: Racism, Misogyny, people who are just naturally salty about everything
 
Tom: Old people driving
 
Vito: drivers that go to slow in the middle and left lane pisses me the fuck off.

 Who the fuck do you think you are?
 
Naveed: I’m just a broke brown boy from Queens. Das it
 
Jon: who the fuck do I think I am? Sora from Kingdom Hearts obviously.
 
Tom: I think I are, and that’s all I is.
 
Vito: I am me. Who the fuck are you?!

What do you geek out to besides your music? Please geek out on your geekiness
 
Naveed: Physics! I’ve always been a “math and science” kid but when I took physics in high school, I was hooked. Kinematics, mechanical properties of materials, properties of light and waves, optics were all my favorite topics. It was probably then that I knew I was going to be an engineering major in college. I just love that there is mathematical and natural order to govern and explain all the crazy phenomenon around us. I work as a mechanical engineer now so I get to nerd out on the daily.
 
Jon: Omg I’m so into video games. Everything from Kingdom Hearts, to Zelda, to Mario, to Fallout, to Skyrim, to Destiny ughhhh I love it all. I actually have been researching and building up my technology repertoire so I can begin doing streams and letsplays
 
 
Tom: Probably Kingdom Hearts (video game). I (along with many other fans) have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 since like 2006. I’m just trynna initiate the battle between the 7 lights and the 13 darknesses already you know?
 
Vito: omg I geek out on alot of things. Game Of thrones lore, Lord of the Rings lore,The second world war, mafia and/or gang related things and documentaries.

Worst thing ever eaten?
 
Naveed: Red Lobster! I remember seeing commercials for it as a kid and annoying my parents to take us there. We finally ate there one time and it was WACK. Biggest edible disappointment I can recall.
 
Jon: Panera
 
Tom: Tofu, or fish!
 
Vito: anything mint related (yuck)

If you could accomplish one thing in a music career what would it be? When you achieve that will you quit?
 
Naveed: I want music to be the vessel through which I can raise a family of my own someday and give my parents a nice place to live when they get older. I’m sure when I achieve that, I’ll have much grander goals to reach.
 
Jon:  I don’t have a specific end game in mind. Honestly, I just want my career to be financially stable enough where I can have a family and a comfortable life where my lover and I can indulge in our interests and goals without stressing over affording it. I wouldn’t quit music unless it was absolutely not promising anymore growth. But ultimately I guess that’s my endgame. To be able to have a comfortable home life with a family.
 
Tom: A sold out world tour of some sort would be pretty dope. And hell nah! Ideally I’ll be in a touring band until it’s not physically possible or healthy for me to do so
 
Vito: the one thing I’d love to achieve in the music career is to make a living off of it, buy my first house and eventually maybe raise a family in it. Ill never quit, I’m too stubborn to quit.

If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds, what song would you want to check out to? Why?
 
Naveed: This is obscure, but I would pick the theme music that plays when you enter Relic Forest in Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. Relic Forest was basically a mystical shrine/grave and it had the most beautiful music.
 
Jon: Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues because I know it’ll bring me back to my most humbling moments at home and growing up.
 
Tom: There’s a song called “Lazy Afternoons” on the Kingdom Hearts 2 soundtrack. Every time I listen to it I’m immediately taken back to the day the game came out and I was finally able to play it after school, after a year of anticipation and excitement. This is an extremely nostalgic memory that I treasure immensely. That song in particular stirs these emotions up, so I’d love to have it playing as I kick the bucket.
 
Vito: What would there be out here to hurt me by Lowercase Noises. It’s so triumphantly tragic that if my life was a movie it would be cinematically perfect.

 How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?
 
Naveed: I’m pretty sure my long, wiry legs could keep many 4 year olds at bay. I’m gonna say at least 10.
 
Jon: Hmmm id say between 10-15. Yeah if they swarm you your fucked, but it can’t be too difficult to keep them at bay. They’re just smol bebs.
 
Tom: I’m gonna say 3. I’m not afraid to punt a child.
 
Vito: it would probably take 15 or so 4 year olds to finally defeat me. It’s like their energy bar is constantly filled 100% I need cheat codes to keep up at that level.

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