The resurgence of the 90s have been spitting out vast amounts of bands who are recreating the emo scene that skyrocketed bands like American Football, Jawbreaker, and Policy of Three back into the mainstream. Although many bands are recreating what these bands have done, a few bands are creating their own path and are a different cut from the scene. One of these bands are Dads, a duo of New Jersey natives who’ve had massive success last year’s LP, American Radass. What sets Dads aside from other emo bands is the way Dads have connected themselves with their fans through their internet persona and the full, inventive sound that’s coming out of a two piece group. I talked to John Bradley, the drummer and vocalist of Dads on the anniversary of American Radass to discuss their new EP Pretty Good among other things. Here it is:
AMBY: When asked about the name choice of Dads you’ve stated that “We were dumb and didn’t think this band would do much, as it was started as a side project for us. Dumb joke, dumb name. Means nothing.” Being this far into career are you more serious about Dads or is it still more of a side project?
Dads: This is our career and main focus, the other bands we were in have fallen off as time went on for completely different reasons.
AMBY: The tour with Pity Sex and TWIABP was one of the most talked about tours this summer, how did it go?
Dads: Better than we could have even guessed. We had some of the best times of our lives and were able to spend the summer seeing the entire country with our best friends and loved ones.
AMBY: Was there any pressure with Pretty Good after the success of American Radass?
Dads: We try our best not to think about that. There is a division of thought of who you’re making art for and at the end of the day is it specifically a release of your own angst and emotions or are you now doing it to please people? Can you make art without thinking of the people you are making it for? It is tough. You want to be able to create for yourself and you alone but then you think about being at shows and which parts people like the most out of songs, but you have to push that aside and write songs you want to hear. We were, I think, able to do that and at the end of the day made an EP of songs we specifically wanted to write without the thought of how it would be received.
AMBY: The first song of the new EP, My Crass Patch, was radically different than anything you’d ever put out and different from anything off of Pretty Good. Was there a reason that you chose to open the EP with a song this different?
Dads: We don’t entirely feel like it’s radically different from maybe the end of “No We’re Not Actually’ and it is definitely a sign of something more to come. We don’t really think in paths or genres, we see what comes out and we let it flow. If it sounds different than so be it but we can’t be constrained by “oh that isn’t twinkly so we can’t do it.” cause then how much are you limiting yourself?
AMBY: Do you find it ironic that you, Dads, have became the father figure to many of your troubled fans on Tumblr?
Dads: I just wanna help any way possible!
AMBY: That being said, once you’ve retired from touring and being Dads, would you become advice columnists?
Dads: I don’t think we’ll ever retire though ;)
AMBY: Being from New Jersey, how do you feel about Maxwell’s closing down?
Dads: It is definitely a bummer, we’ve both seen a lot of shows there and it is sad to see such a good venue call it quits.
Thank you Dads, for giving us your answers!
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