I did a skype interview with Meadows, and it was damn hard to transcribe but I finally did it. Here’s the result.
First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
Christian: We are Meadows from Birmingham, Alabama. The genre is always interesting for us. Just like, as it boils down, we would be closer with melodic hardcore. With Defeater, Counterparts, our friends in Conveyer. But we really try to pull as much of our own kind of flair into it. Whether it be some ambient tones, post-rock instrumentals, stuff like that. A lot of reverb. A lot of airy guitars.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Stone: Probably green. Green, maybe.
Christian: For sure.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Armando: I guess like trying to make something different. For ourselves. Like always pushing ourselves to make something different.We’ll always write something and be like, “that’s too similar to another song we’re fans of”. Trying to make something new and something that pushes us as well. We’ll typically write a song and be like that’s fine but we want to try and push ourselves more each and every time.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Christian: I just wanna play with Mewithoutyou, personally.
Armando: I wanna play the superbowl.
Christian: that’s a good one.
Stone: What would be cool?
Christian: If cornerstone festival came back in full effect, we could play in a tent with like, The Chariot. That would be a-okay.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Armando: Not going on tour.
Stone: It was nearly a 30-day tour, this was our first tour ever. It was 30 days in a 1500 dollar van, 9000 miles, we had a blowout on the first day leaving. We didn’t even get out of Alabama. We were 40 minutes away from home and we had a massive blowout.
Brandon: Everyone said not to do anything longer than 14 days for our first tour, that we would come back broke with no money, but we came back with more money than we left with.
Stone: Yeah, the van that we started the tour with we actually had to drop off when the transmission went out.
Christian: That was a great success for us though. And we’re still driving that van.
What inspired you to start making music?
Cam: I don’t know, I started listening to it last year. I don’t know. I used to play and I hated playing because I didn’t play anything I liked. But I’m really loving this genre.
Stone: Probably just being able to express myself through music and writing music. That’s probably what pushes me to play and why I keep playing.
Armando: I would say the same exact thing as them, especially like playing guitar, being able to convey emotions to other people that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do through words.
Christian: I guess I’m the exact opposite of the way he is. I guess as the lyrics writer, or lyricist, if you will- I knew there was a better word for that- I can think of a few albums that I’ve listened to that lyrically just kind of challenged me to think I guess how, Mewithoutyou’s brother/sister, that album lyrically really sparked something in me to begin writing, and then just understanding like every single one of us, every single person we come in contact with,, has the same exact opportunity to speak up and to say something from their own heart on a matter and on an issue. Also, just hating Christian radio because I don’t feel what is being said. Like I don’t feel the passion behind it. Like, if I can feel your genuine passion behind what you’re saying, whether I agree with it or not, I back tyou for at least doing it. So I just wanted to pour as much passion into it as I could. I think that’s kind of how it became mostly yelling. It’s how it’s conveyed properly in my head and in my heart. Plus it sounds good.
Brandon: For me I guess it would be I wanted to learn to play guitar-me and stone wanted to be in a band when i was 16 he was 15- and music’s just always been really important to me from a really young age. Since I was probably 13 or 14. I still remember getting my first ipod that still has 6500 songs or so on it. I guess it’s just really cathartic to get emotions out and everything.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Armando: That’s weird.
Stone: Michael Jackson?
Armando: That’s what I was about to say.
Brandon: Abraham Lincoln.
you can go down the line too for this one if you want
Christian: We all said Michael Jackson except for him, cause he’s always different.
Armando: No, Little Michael Jackson!
Stone: Yeah, young Michael. If we could go back in time and raise a man from the dead, it would be michael jackson.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Christian: Do they have to be alive?
Christian: Probably Jesus.
Stone: I think that would be it for the whole band probably.
What’s your favorite book?
Armando: The Road.
Christian: My favorite book is Bud Not Buddy. Brandon what’ve you got?
Brandon: The last really good book I read was House of Weeds by some guy with a really long name I can’t pronounce.
Cam: I haven’t voluntarily read a book since like…(laughs).. The last book series I read was Divergent which was like an eighth grade reading level.
Stone: I said holes that’s like fourth grade!
Armando: I read The Road for school, but I loved it.
Brandon: House of Weeds has a little profanity.
What do you like to do other than music?
Cam: photography is mine. Yeah.
Armando: Cam actually shot our music video. And Cam is a young lad. How old are you Cam?
Cam: I’m seventeen.
Stone: I do music in everything I do, but I do photography also on the side but that doesn’t count cause he said photography. As a band, we hang out a lot, but besides music… i’m engaged, i’m about to get married, ummm. I bought a house, but really I don’t have a lot of hobbies outside of music.
Armando: I really enjoy skateboarding and making coffee.
Christian: I’m trying to start a gaming youtube channel with some friends of mine.
Stone: Have you started larping?
Christian: I haven’t started larping yet! I did get invited to, I joined a larping community facebook page. A guy asked me at work one day. It’s awesome, but I’ve never been.
Brandon: Armando said making coffee, I like drinking coffee. Reading. I don’t do a lot outside of music. I work a lot.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Cam: Probably Touche Amore. They’re a hardcore band.
Stone: This is a hard question. Mine’s, I got two, they’re a tie but they’re totally different genres. I really like American Football and I like Have Heart.
Armando: One of my favorite bands of all time is probably Bon Iver. So. Yep.
Christian: I would probably stick with Mewithoutyou. That’d be the third time I’ve mentioned them in this interview.
Brandon: Mine would be a tie between Mike Kinsella from American Football and Joey Vannucchi from From Indian Lakes. Probably the latter more so.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Stone: Go out and start a band. Start going to shows. Get involved.
Armando: Just for experience. Just immerse yourself in that community.
Stone: We were talking about it after a show recently, around here we don’t know many bands.
Brandon: At my school there weren’t many people starting bands.
Armando: And invest in good gear.
Armando: Like, after you get started.
Stone: Once you decide to play music, go all in.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
Cam: Mine’s 20. Whenever I played sports a few years ago, I was 20 for everything.
Armando: I would say 13 because a lot of us have 13 tattoos.
Christian: Honestly, mine is 0.
Stone: Dude, does that even count as a number?
Christian: That’s exactly why! It’s always gonna raise a hoopla.
Brandon: I would say 13.
You can find Meadows on Instagram at @mdwsband, and be sure to check them out on Spotify.