Jeremy Romance: Thanks man that really means a lot. And Eli is super awesome!
She is! She's got a bright future ahead of her, and deservedly so. For those of our readers who've never heard of you, could you tell us a little bit about yourselves? What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before?
JR: I go by the name "Jeremy Romance". The origins of the name come from The Romantic period. I really relate to that time period. Poe especially. It's the "expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion against established social rules and conventions." Also the macabre elements/ ascetic of the band come hand and hand with romanticism & horror. The band has been called "One More Shot, One Last Chance", but that was too damn long. It was shortened to One Last Shot. That's all we have in this world, (one last shot); then we rot in the earth forever.
JR: Dave Royal: Guitar/ Screams
Adam V: Bass/ Screams/ Vocals
Angelo: Guitar/ Screams
Josh Walts: Drums
Jeremy Romance: Vocals
Right on. How long have you been making music? Have you been involved in different bands?
JR: We've all been making music since young ages and have been in many different bands/ music projects our whole life. It's our dream currier.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
JR: Personally I hate grouping/ putting titles on music. Humans need titles or they go insane. Titles have started wars/ racism/ huge world problems. But I won't get into that haha, I'll just say right now we play hardcore- punk/ metal music. In time that will progress & or change, but for now that's what we play. Influences? Musically almost everything genre. You have to be musically well rounded like the world around you.
JR: We've all met through our small local music/ horror community. Some of us have known each other for years, others months.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
JR: This all started in early 2009 as a solo acoustic project I did for therapeutic reasons. I had to get out my frustrations on the world/ personal problems in a healthy way. Art is better than violence.
Right. I'm the same, man. Writing is my outlet. If I wasn't able to find a therapeutic outlet, I'd be choking people daily. Do you have a record label?
JR: Currently we do not. Everything we have done has been all DIY (do it yourself). We fight for every moment, and every accomplishment as a band. Dreams are made from hard work, not hand outs.
And that's where some of the best success stories come from. You don't know peace, till you've suffered. I truly believe that. The Syracuse music scene is hard. If you aren't a cover band, then chances are you're going to struggle finding your niche here. How do you feel about the state of the local music scene?
JR: I'll probably get a lot of shit for this, but I don't fucking care. I agree with a lot Perfect Pussy said about it in that infamous interview. Syracuse is full of a lot of ego filled, super douchy, judgmental pricks. But I must say Perfect Pussy did leave out the slim few in this small scene who treat it as a community. Dare I say music family. Even if a lot of the Syracuse music scene is fixated on becoming "Syracuse famous", and will treat you like shit just to play a "big" show, there's still a lot of great people/ bands in it who are the real future of it. The music community that are that slim amazing people, they out weigh all the assholes for sure.
JR: Currently we do not. Our last show of 2014 was at the palace theater for Evil Dead fest. But we do have huge things for 2015 already in the works for shows. Trust me, it's big.
Sweet. I'll have to catch OLS live. Which songs do you perform most frequently? You've recently released covers of songs by The Misfits and My Chemical Romance. Do you have a set play list and do you work in any other covers?
JR: We come up with a set list a few days before a show. Sometimes we throw random ones in the day of. Honestly whatever we are feeling, we play. And yes we totally do those two covers we just released for Halloween on this years EP.
You're cover of Halloween is amazing. I can't wait to get my copy of the EP. Who writes your songs? Is horror the theme for most of your songs? Do you think this topic will change over time?
JR: We all write bits and pieces. I write the words so I doubt the theme will ever change. If anything it'll get darker and deeper as we keep writing. I can't change what I like.
JR: I usually sit in a room with Dave and we just listen to our favorite bands. Eventually we get ideas and just start writing. Lyrics for me are pretty easy. I write/ read everyday so I have a lot to pick from.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
JR: We practice in a warehouse building next to a local biker gangs club house. Inside our practice space is next to a soft core porn studio. Hahaha do we get bad ass points for this? Haha also we do late practices. Like midnight to 4am.
Definitely bad ass. Not many people can say that. How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
JR: Yes. It's only gotten better. If one day we stop progressing, we shouldn't be in a band. That's what art is about, becoming better at your craft and making something beyond what you did before.
Exactly. Complacency can destroy you. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge?
JR: Biggest? I have no idea. It's all pretty challenging, but you can't let anything get to you. Just keep fighting for that dream.
What's your ultimate direction for your band?
JR: World domination.
Ha! Awesome. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
JR: Be warned it's a financial black hole. And there's a lot of shady/ bad people, so stay true to you and never give up on your dream.
I've been around enough to see this. It's refreshing to see that the negative aspects hasn't consumed you. How can fans gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
JR: ITunes, Google play, Spotify,
What's next? Working on any new material?
JR: We are always writing. We have a new full length in the works and some really amazing shows in the works for 2015.
JR: I have to give one to my wife, our friends, our family, our Street Team (Night Children), Liam, Cassie, Matt, Eric, Will, Kacie and Bert.
You're obviously fans of horror. Top five favorite horror movies.
JR: Halloween, Fright Night, Dead Alive, The Last Exorcism, The Hills Have Eyes. But there's still way more I love.
Oh man... Solid list. Love the lawn mower scene in Dead Alive, and Fright Night is just awesome. What do you think of remakes vs originals? You ok with them, or biased towards originals? Horror movies, old school or modern? Myself, I'm old school. Give me and original any day and I'm good. The more practical effects, the better.
JR: If remakes are made well like Dawn Of The Dead, or Halloween, I don't mind. But when you're doing to to make a quick buck... Viewers can tell the lack of care. And yes I'll take practical effects any day!
Exactly. I hate when film makers think we can't tell... Well, thanks man! Thanks for hanging out. Any last words?
JR: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me. I really appreciate the support and love the site.