Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with alt-rock/pop-punk band, Die Tired.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Guitarist/Vocalist, Matt DeAngelis, and bassist, Jim Lee, have been long-time friends and collaborators. After previous projects dissolved they continued to write and pursue their next band. Second guitarist Sean Boyle was added to the mix after being introduced through mutual friendships at the guy’s barbershop. The trio began writing and putting together the groundwork for what would later become some of the songs to appear in the current set-list. Once this early version of Die Tired started hitting their stride, they knew it was time to bring in a drummer. One day, as Matt was scrolling through social media, he saw a post from a local drummer playing a deep cut from the band “The Used.” Matt quickly shared the video with the other guys and all agreed we had to contact him. After successfully reaching out, drummer Brandon Ballantyne was added to the mix. This version of Die Tired quickly hit it off and the music was electric. Over a year later and the band was signed to SODEH Records
2. How would you describe your sound?
Primarily an alt rock vibe, with some serious grunge and pop punk influences. We tend to write songs ranging anywhere from slow and emotional to rocking and encouraging.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Alice In Chains, Manchester Orchestra, Green Day, Devin Townsend… this list could go on for miles.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Absolutely helped! It’s a very hard feeling to describe when you’ve mostly played music for friends and family your entire life, then one day, complete strangers are moved and influenced by your lyrics, style of play, etc. It’s been extremely uplifting, encouraging, and inspiring, and it’s only the beginning.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
We’re all pretty active outside of music. You could easily find Matt at the gym, Brandon deep into video creating/editing, Jim on his mountain bike, and Sean making people laugh in his podcast.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We are working on a number of additional singles, an EP, and a full-length album; all which will be released gradually over the next several months. Previously recorded singles can be found on Spotify, which include “Whatcha Gonna Do?” and “New Condition.” Tour dates are being discussed and will hopefully be released in the near future.