Q and A with Nick Allen of RamseyApril 8, 2013
Ramsey is a punk rock band out of Boston, MA. While still being a fairly new band they have already been signed to SwitchBitch Records, put out a great EP, and are being compared to great bands such as Bayside. The band is made up of Nick Allen on guitar and vocals, Chris Hampton on bass, and Alex Hickey on drums. Take a look at what Nick had to say when he sat down with BareBones Ent.
BS: What is it like being signed to SwitchBitch Records?
NA: Things couldn’t be better. Mike is one of the nicest dudes on the planet, and we consider him a best friend. A very talented, friendly dude with a relentless work ethic makes for an amazing experience and he’s pretty much to blame for all of the attention that Ramsey is getting. It’s been a dream come true and we’re very, very thankful.
BS: I loved your acoustic version of “A One-Way to Anywhere”. What was recording that take of the song like for you?
NA: It was a lot of fun to record. I think I could have sang it better, but maybe I’m just being too critical.
BS: Your music style is often compared to that of Bayside. What is it like for you to already be placed along side that caliber of band?
NA: It makes me nervous. Bayside is such an amazing band and I’ll be so thankful if I can even write a record as good as their worst.
BS: Which bands have inspired your music?
NA: We’d like to think there’s a wide range. Weezer, Foo Fighters, Bayside, Senses Fail, Four Year Strong, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, just to name a few.
BS: We really enjoyed your EP here, and one of the best songs on it was “Versus”. What was the inspiration behind the song? [song at bottom]
NA: That song is to the “scene”. We don’t really buy into all of that. In the first verse, I’m referring to a time where a band chose a different singer over me, which led me to start Ramsey. The second verse touches on the fad of being in a band these days. A lot of people are in it for the wrong reasons, and there’s not a lot of heart in their music. Eventually that shows and those bands fade away. And finally, the bridge is a confession of how I’m unsure if a band like Ramsey can be “successful” these days. We’re not really playing the game, we’re just writing music. Which is what it’s all about.
BS: Besides us, how have people reacted to You’ve Got a Lot of Heart, Kid?
NA: They actually seem to enjoy it. I don’t know if I’m surprised or if I’m just like “finally”. It’s the first thing I’ve written in like 10 years where I didn’t just feel like dog shit after it was finished. It’s refreshing.
BS: With its release, can we expect to see you on tour soon?
NA: I get asked this question a lot and I think the answer is really obvious, simple, and unheard of all at the same time. If people want us to come to their town and play, then we’ll get in the van. I’ve been in bands where I felt like touring was life or death, and I don’t really feel that way with Ramsey. I’m going to focus on writing good music, and I think the rest will fall in to place.
BS: What would be a dream tour for you, who would you like to tour with?
NA: Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, Bayside, and Ramsey. That’s the dream tour package for me. Others would include Weezer, Four Year Strong, Polar Bear Club, Brand New, New Found Glory, Saves the Day, The Venetia Fair, Hot Water Music, etc. Really just any band with good dudes.
BS: What goals have you set for yourselves?
NA: We’d just like to make an impact on people and just remind them that it’s cool to be different. We want to see 24” x 36” posters with our faces on it on kid’s walls, and still feel like we haven’t done enough for the world.
BS: What would you like your fans or listeners to take from your music?
NA: To know that they’re not being lied to. I’ll never sugar coat or hide how I really feel. Life is a roller coaster for everyone, so just keep your head up.
BS: Anything else you would like to say to your fans?
NA: Thank you for caring. Thank you for wearing our shirts, listening to our songs, and coming to our shows. That’s the only reason we do this.