Boyce Avenue -- About to Pop
By Ashley Iasimone Posted Jun 24th 2010 05:10PM
Who: Boyce Avenue
Album: 'All We Have Left'
Single: 'Every Breath'
Hails From: Florida
For Fans Of: The Fray, Augustana, The Script
Why They're About to Pop: For brothers Alejandro, Fabian and Daniel Manzano, starting a band seemed like the natural thing to do. The trio, inspired by '90s pop-rock bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Dave Matthews, began playing music together in their teens and decided to get serious about it after college.
"When we were tossing around possible band names, we knew that we wanted it to have significant meaning and for it to be a part of all three of us, so we agreed to combine the names of the two streets we grew up on as kids," Alejandro tells PopEater. "Almost all of our memories and even some of our very first compositions came from those two streets."
The group began posting videos on YouTube of both covers and their own melodic rock tunes, playing local concerts and building their fan base. Soon, they were booking (and selling out) shows worldwide. Now, Boyce Avenue have just released their debut album, 'All We Have Left,' and are again on the road. Check out their 'Every Breath' video and an exclusive interview with them below.
Six Questions With Boyce Avenue's Alejandro Manzano:
What inspired you all to start playing music together?
We've always been very close as brothers, so when I started playing guitar/piano and singing around age 13, it seemed natural that my brothers start to learn shortly after so we could all play together. We have fairly similar musical styles, so it fit really well and all just made sense.
Who are some of your musical influences?
My biggest musical influence is John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls. I learned so much about song structure and guitar playing just from listening to their songs, watching live performances and breaking their songs down part by part. Other big influences when I was starting out were Dave Matthews, Train, Fuel and Tonic. A lot of the late '90s scene really seemed to make a connection with me. 'Live at Luther' by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds really pushed me musically and bumped my guitar playing up a notch. Another influence was Angels and Airwaves -- they really opened my eyes to big drum parts and thinking outside the box when it comes to writing those parts for our own music.
You started your own label, 3 Peace Records, but ultimately decided to sign with Universal Republic Records. What made you decide to go that route?
Thankfully, we didn't have to choose between the two. It was more of a partnership and an extension of the existing team of talented people we had already built from the ground up. We are very hands on in every single decision made regarding our career. We had this plan in place and our core team was ready to release our album when Universal, who had approached a couple times before, came back into the picture and really seemed to understand our project and where we wanted to go with it. After selling out shows in Europe, Philippines and the US, it just seemed like the right time to grow the team even more and to be able to use their international resources to help us get our music out there, because that is what it is all about, the fans and the music.
Your new album, 'All We Have Left,' is out now. What's your favorite song from the record?
I have two personal favorites or songs that I am most proud of. The first is called 'On My Way' and is a song to my future soul mate -- the girl I will spend the rest of my life with but haven't met yet. The second song is 'Broken Angel,' which was inspired by my best friend and how she didn't have the best childhood, but still seems to shine through it. The meaning of the song seemed to grow more and more as I heard more stories of people who had gone through similar struggles as a kid, and how they still carry it with them so heavily throughout their teens and adulthood.
What's the story behind your single, 'Every Breath'?
'Every Breath' is a song written by my brother Daniel, and it is about being away from the people you love most in life but knowing that they will always be there with you, either in this life or the next. The more we toured the world as a band, the more we experienced being separated from the people we loved back home, so this song began to take on a deeper meaning every time we hit the road.
You're currently on tour. What's in your on-the-road survival kit?
I am pretty sure there is an app for everything [laughs], so we really just need our iPhones! A huge portion of my day, whether on the road or not, is spent listening to music and watching a bunch of movies and my favorite TV shows.
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