Q and A with Major LeagueJanuary 7, 2015
Major League has made many strides in the scene over the years and has built up a very solid following. With the release of their most genuine album they are aiming to bring in even more fans. The band is made up of Brian Joyce and Matt Chila on guitar and vocals, bassist Kyle Bell, and drummer Luke Smartnick. Find out what Matt had to say when he sat down with BareBones Ent.
BS: What do you feel it is that makes Major League special?
MC: Our members, Major League wouldn’t be what it is without Brian, Luke, Kyle, and myself.
BS: In a sort of renewed pop punk/punk scene how do you feel you stand out?
MC: I think we are just honest are real with our music. We always have been. We never wanted to be a gimmick just to blowup real fast. We are just 4 guys who love playing music, we never wanted to be “better than this band” or “sound like that band” we just wanna make music we believe in and enjoy playing.
BS: There are many older pop punk bands (New Found Glory, Bowling For Soup, etc.) that have said they fight to keep pop punk alive. So if there was an actual battle, which veteran pop punk band would you join forces with in war, and why?
MC: I don’t know, I guess Greenday because they seem crazy and pissed off all the time. I wouldn’t wanna be fighting against them I know that much haha.
BS: What musicians have inspired the music that you make?
MC: Foo Fighters, ACDC, Blink 182, Greenday…
BS: At what moment did you know that you wanted to make music for a living?
MC: After my first recording session, I think recording is still my favorite thing about being in a band.
BS: What have you released that you are most proud of and why?
MC: This new record. It’s like a rebirth of the band and it really shows our musicianship as a whole and individually.
BS: What is your current musical guilty pleasure that would surprise people?
MC: Taylor Swift
BS: You recently released a new album, what can you tell us about that?
MC: It’s our most genuine and real album we’ve ever done. We didn’t want any smoke and mirrors with this one, there’s no auto tune, or fake drum samples. I’ve never been more proud of anything this band has done. This is as real as it gets and I think it shows in these songs.
BS: What song was the most challenging to write and why?
MC: “Just As I Am” it all started with those 2 drum beats replayed over and over for 3 min and a repeated bass line. We wanted to keep it so simple so that the guitars could go in any direction. I think I spent a good week trying to figure out how I wanted the guitars to sound on that song and it got pretty frustrating at times I’m not gonna lie haha, but in the end I think it turned out to be one of my favorites on the record. [Check out the video at the end!]
BS: What song do you feel fans are asking to hear the most?
MC: I guess “pillow talk” since it has been out the longest and that’s the one song fans know the most.
BS: What would you like to do with your music moving forward?
MC: To keep touring with great bands and to keep our fan base growing.
BS: Any exciting tour news coming up?
MC: We just announced a tour we are doing in jan- feb with Silverstein, Beartooth, Hands Like Houses, and My Iron Lung.
BS: Anything else you would like to say to your fans?
MC: Thank you for the constant support, and we hope we don’t let you down.