When I catch up with pop-punk band Everything Ever, they are on route to Pittsburg to play one of their final shows of tour. Being back on the road seems like a momentous feat for the Staten Island trio, who months before had 6000 dollars worth of equipment stolen from their tour van parked outside of a New York City venue.
Then, to add insult to injury, they watched it all unfold on security cameras after the incident took place.
But thankfully, with help from their supportive fan base, Everything Ever managed to recover from these unfortunate circumstances. They recently held two benefit shows to help gain back a large portion of their losses. And with those gains, they found their way back on the scene.
The band consists of childhood friends John Trotta, Andrew Paladino, and Zach Sandel. Trotta and Paladino (Dino for short) have been playing music together under various names since their middle school days. It wasn’t until 2012, however, that they began making music under the vague and haphazard title, Everything Ever.
Their sound continues to evolve over the years–first taking shape as ska, and later resembling progressive tones until they finally settled on their current pop-punk aesthetic. In talking to Trotta, he seems able to easily trace this trajectory. He returned home after school and spent hours in front of his television watching Fuse and MTV 2. The bands featured on those shows, especially Blink-182, propelled him into making music, and they remain some of his greatest musical influences to date.
In fact, Trotta and Dino first saw Blink-182, and they have since mimicked their sound and aesthetic in a way–which listeners can catch glimpses of on their first full length, “Solid Ground.” The writing for the record took place over several years, and the trio recycled songs that they had written when they were playing music under a different name. They have since reworked those tracks to resemble a sound that better fits their current aesthetic.
With the release of “Solid Ground” came an exciting opportunity for the band. Their friend–unbeknownst to Trotta and his bandmates–passed along the album to Secret Audio Club, a mail order record company based in Rochester, New York. Before they knew it, they had their twelve-track debut pressed to vinyl.
“I’ve been a vinyl collector for a long time, and I stay involved in the vinyl community,” says Trotta. “Having our record pressed as a double LP in a great package is really satisfying. It’s a personal achievement.”
They hope to be presented with the same opportunity with their next release. After tour, Everything Ever will set out to work on a second EP. At the start of the New Year, they plan to hop in the studio and record it live rather than tracking the songs instrument by instrument. This time around, they won’t be drawing as much influences from their punk idols; Dino admits the idea for a live EP is entirely inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.
They promise, it’s not ironic.
To hear the rest of our interview with Everything Ever, tune into this week’s episode of Discovery Corner.
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