I Promise Media: Start by introducing yourself. Who are you and what do you do in the band?
Stages and Stereos: We are Stages and Stereos from Tallahassee, Florida. We are a five piece and our Members are
Ian – Bass
Daniel – Vocals
Austin – Guitar
Zach – Guitar
Donnie – Drums
We were formed in 2007 but took a break when Ian wanted to serve in the Army. When he got hurt, Daniel and Austin went to see Ian in the hospital. (Ian lost his leg and two fingers after he was hit by an improvised explosive device.) Ian was instrumental to bringing us back together. His will to survive moved us and we had to give this a shot. Donnie and Zach rounded up the line up soon after!
I Promise Media: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard your band before?
Stages and Stereos: Our older stuff probably was alternative rock or pop rock but our new stuff is so hard to categorize. It has a little bit of all styles in it. It is rooted in our old sound with some new influences. Its definitely Stages though. Here is what you should know: whatever you call it we hope you love it and that it sticks with you forever!
I Promise Media: You guys have a new song out August 13, would you like to explain the song and any other new music that may be coming out soon?
Stages and Stereos: We are releasing “Small Town Favorites,” the single, on iTunes on August 13th but we made it available to stream on the Glamour Kills website as part of the announcement of our being on the Glamour Kills Tour with Mayday Parade. The song is a total sing along that you just can’t get out of your head once you listen to it! You have been warned. We are more excited about this new EP, also titled Small Town Favorites, than we have been about any other music we have ever been a part of. We have all been in other bands and are proud of that work, but this is something really special. We worked with Zack and Kenneth who have helped make some ridiculous albums! (Mayday, Cartel, Go Radio, Divided By Friday) They really brought out sounds from us that we didn’t even know we had. It was amazing. We are just trying to make music that is timeless.
I Promise Media: When did you all start playing music and why did you get into it?
Donnie: I grew up skateboarding which led me to listen to bands like Blink-182 and all of the Drive-Thru records bands. I would watch these band’s VHS’s or DVD’s and see how much energy went into their music and loved it. My parents bought me my first drum set when I was 14.
I Promise Media: Do you guys feel like you fit in with the Tallahassee scene, if not what is the music scene like up there.
Stages And Stereos: Tally has a strong music scene and all of our older friends were in bands. Daniel comes from a pretty musical family and we all just love music. (Daniel’s brother is Jason Lancaster from the band GoRadio and his sister is the singer in a band called A Mayfield Affair.) We always knew we wanted this so it was natural to go all in.
Donnie: I feel like we do in a lot of ways for sure. The guys that are in the “scene” in Tallahassee are some of our best friends. But at the same time, we don’t want to be pigeon holed into just one scene at all.
I Promise Media: If you guys could tour with any band (dead, alive, together, broken up) who would it be and why?
Stages and Stereos: Not to sound cheesy, but we are really playing with our number one pick this fall, Mayday Parade. Seriously, they broke so many barriers and made so many memorable songs that we have all sung from the top of our lungs. We are all huge fans of Brand New, Saves The Day and Jimmy Eat World! That tour would be awesome.
Donnie: The Beatles. They are The Beatles.
I Promise Media: What/Who are your influences when writing new material and also who influences your live performance?
Stages and Stereos: The Killers have been a huge influence recently. That band does it right. Anything that we are going thru in our own personal lives seems to find its way to shine thru in our songs as well.
I Promise Media: Do you guys have any pre-show rituals that you can share with us? I know some bands like to keep theirs a secret.
Stages and Stereos: We all just kind of zone out on our own and we don’t talk much. Right before we go on stage we get together and knuckle it out because we think that makes us look tough. It does doesn’t it?
Donnie: I usually make a playlist on my phone of about 6 six songs that I like to listen to before playing a show. It usually goes from The Chariot to Bon Iver, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
I Promise Media: What has been your favorite show to play to date? Any shows that you guys are excited for?
Stages and Stereos: Our favorite so far would probably be any hometown show that we have played. There is not many things better than having your best friends screaming lyrics back at you. You have to check back with us at the end of this tour. FOR SURE we will have more.
I Promise Media: Have you guys heard any crazy rumors about your band as a whole or anyone in the band?
Stages And Stereos: NO! Are there any we should know about?
Donnie: I have heard that Daniel was abducted by aliens, which is 100% accurate.
I Promise Media: If you were stuck on a dessert island what would be the ONE album you would bring with you and why?
Stages and Stereos: Death Cab For Cutie- Plans because it is perfect.
I Promise Media: With the 90’s craze happening right now, If you could be any 90’s tv show which show would you be and why?
Stages And Stereos: Boy Meets World.
Donnie: I watched that show everyday of my life when it was on tv. I would have liked to grow up with the Matthews brothers.
I Promise Media: Any last words? Anything that you are dying to say?
Stages and Stereos: We never forget were we come from. Even though we get to play on stage every night, we know exactly what it is like to be the guys hoping for a chance. We do not take this for granted. We remember what it is like to be a fan waiting to say hi! So please if you come out and spend your money and time with us, know we appreciate it and you to no end. If there is a line, if you are shy or even if you we have never met before – come up and say hello! We value our fans who make it possible to make our dreams come true. I guess we just want to say thanks for being with us.