Need some more pop-punk in your life? Meet Chasing Down Sunset, a young (in both age and actual life-as-a-band) group from New Jersey who are ready to introduce you to your new favourite genre: post emo sadcore. The quintet may be young, but what they lack in age, they make up for in talent: their music is sharp and hard-hitting, energetic with a splash of sadness for good measure. Their most recent four-song EP, A Proper Introduction, is the first to feature this permanent line-up, and it leaves you wanting more. Luckily, the band has literally years to keep making music...once they all graduate high school.
I've already done an in-depth interview with Chasing Down Sunset for idobi radio, so this time around, I asked them a couple of "serious" questions, and a few nonsense questions to get to know the band a little better.
When/how did you start making music?
The line up we have now is not the line up we started out with when we first started making music as a band. It started off with just Jill and Dan jamming together as middle school friends. Nothing was really serious, until the start of our freshman year of high school we came up with the band name and decided to start a project of some sort, undecided for what genre we would face towards. We met Zion that year and he became our second guitarist, went through some swaps of bassists and singers throughout 2015, and that summer is when we came across Ryan from mutual friends, he became our bassist, and January 2015 is when we finalized our line up as a band with our permanent lead vocalist, Jimmy. Our sound and style of music was really never decided, it was more so developed by all of our different styles of writing and creating music combining.
What are some of your favorite bands? Who (or what) else inspires/influences you? What would be your dream tour line-up?
Jimmy: You, Me and Everyone We Know, PMToday, and Gatsby’s American dream are my favorites, and as inconceivable as it is, that’d be my dream tour.
Jill: Some of my favorite bands are PVRIS, State Champs, Paramore, Four Year Strong, City & Colour, and Turnover and all of those bands I think influence my playing a lot. I would say the band that inspires me the most would be PVRIS because of how hard they work and their overall drive as a band. My dream tour lineup would probably be Speak Low If You Speak Love, Tonight Alive, PVRIS, and State Champs.
Dan: Inspiration comes to me in many different ways and from many different artists as well. Some of my favorite bands and artists are Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far, Luke Holland, Transit, Moose Blood, and Elder Brother. Of course there are many others that have influenced me and my playing, but lately those few have really dug into my soul and gave me a different feel for music. Touring with any band from that list would be a dream in itself.
Zion: Some of my favorite bands would be Knuckle Puck, Boston Manor, Transit and State Champs. I think in Knuckle Puck they put these different types of chord progressions and the guitar leads that really inspires me the most. My dream tour line-up would be with Boston Manor, Transit, State Champs, and Knuckle Puck.
Ryan: I’m into plenty of different genres, but my heaviest influences would be bands from the tech metal, indie, and alternative scene. Periphery, Intervals, Tiger’s Jaw, Scale The Summit, A Will Away would be a couple of my all time favorites. What I take as influence for my bass playing is more of the time and style of playing rather than writing, I’m always searching for the best way to break through the mix. My dream tour would have to be with The Story So Far, Jack’s Mannequin, and Moose Blood.
What fictional world would you most want to live in (movies/TV/books, etc)?
Jimmy: Stephen King’s version of New England for sure, I’d love living in Derry
Jill: It’d probably have to be Avatar The Last Airbender.
Dan: I'm with Jill, i would love to roam the world of Avatar the Last Airbender
Zion: The Avengers for me.
Ryan: LOTR for sure.
What’s your favorite/essential summertime song?
Jimmy: The entire Pompeii album by Gatsby’s American Dream or the Zoey 101 Theme Song.
Jill: I don’t have a specific song that is my essential summertime song, but a few bands I really get into the summer mood listening to is Transit, Smallpools, and The 1975.
Dan: Chlorine - Trophy Eyes
Zion: Gold Rush by Knuckle Puck.
Ryan: Anything by Transit, and the Everything In Transit album by Jack’s Mannequin
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jimmy: There’s Vegan CheeseSteak at this place called Lovin’ Hut, I would so not mind that haha
Jill: I love ice cream but that’s pretty unhealthy so I’d go with Rita’s Italian Ice.
Zion: Chinese food by far.
Ryan: Chicken and Waffles.
You just finished your first tour (congrats)! How was the experience? Did you learn any weird things about each other after traveling together?
The experience we’ve all had on tour was absolutely incredible. It definitely was a time we will never ever forget. I think a random thing we all learned from this tour is that there is very little that can get between Dan and Pokemon Go.