Interview with Chicago Pop Punk band Belmont

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Belmont have quickly become one of my favourite pop punk bands of late and its a great honour to get them contributing to Atom Smasher.

Forecast by Rock Sound Magazine as “Quite Possibly the next great pop-punk band”, the Chicago five-piece BELMONT is poised to rise to the occasion with their new album “Between You & Me”. Following the recent local trail blazed by groups like Knuckle Puck and Real Friends, “Between You & Me” features songs that echo the sentiments of youth. Guitarist Sam Patt reinforces this notion by mentioning that “these songs come from an original place.” Belmont’s EP “Between You & Me” is out now via Mutant League Records.

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Photo credit :- Gabe Lopez

I had the pleasure in interviewing the band this week and here’s what they had to say when I asked them a few quick fire questions.

How did the band form?

Taz (vocalist) formed the band with some members of a past project, Brian (drummer) joined shortly after, I (Sam, guitar) joined after meeting the guys in the local scene, and our bassist Alex joined through the local scene as well.

What’s been the highlight of the bands career so far?

Selling out the first day of our first tour earlier this summer in Chicago to a 250 cap venue was a fun experience, it was cool to watch the hype that we had been working hard to build for ourselves over the past year pay off.

What festival would you love to headline in the future?

It would be sweet to headline a hometown fest like Lolla or Riot Fest, they’re both huge attractions in the city and people from all over the place fly in just to attend.

Which bands are you digging at the moment?

Been bumping to a lot of Chon recently, their newest record Homey is filled with super good vibes.  Besides that Joyride by Transit has been getting a lot of love in the house lately.

What’s the plan for the rest of the year and 2018?

We are hard at work on a full length record. We definitely are a band that likes to take our time to make sure things are done right, and a full length is no small task.  We want the record to be perfect, so we are dedicating the rest of the year to making that happen.  The only other really exciting thing we’ve got going on for the rest of this year is a benefit show we  threw together for our friends in Puerto Rico that were just devastated by a hurricane.  That show is in Chicago on 11/11.

Do you have any weird rituals before going on stage?

Definitely wouldn’t describe us as a “stage ritual” type of band, you can usually find us chilling in our van before our set to relax for a few minutes.

What’s been your biggest inspiration as an individual or as a band?

Collectively we all really fuck with Messhugah, they know how to make good heavy music.  On a personal level the way Eddie Vedder brought a punk attitude to grunge music trailblazed the way for great frontmen of all genres and I dig that.

Whats your favourite venue to play and why?

Can’t say if it’s the all time favorite but the Masquerade in Atlanta always hooks it up with amazing food and a helpful and friendly staff.  Definitely up there if not the best venue.

What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?

It changes honestly, lately Joyride by Transit has definitely been played a lot, as mentioned before.  In 2015/2016 I could tell you Knocked Loose’s Pop Culture was something that I didn’t go a week without hearing, The 1975’s self titled also a very heavily rotated album.  If I could only name one record I’ve regularly listened to to this day since it came out?  What You Don’t See – The Story So Far

 

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