MOS Interview: Like Pacific

Photo by Kurt Cuffy.

Photo by Kurt Cuffy.

Tonight is the first night of the North American leg of the AP World Tour, and the first night of this tour at all for Like Pacific. They’ll be joining Knuckle Puck, Neck Deep, and State Champs. Basically a pop punk dream lineup. The band is from Toronto, Ontario and formed in 2009. They’ve been busy since, with multiple EP’s and lots of touring, but right now is especially exciting for them, as their first full-length Distant Like You Asked comes out in a little over a week on Pure Noise Records!

Even with all that going on, guitarist Greg Hall took some time to answer a few questions for us and you can read what he had to say below!

And be sure to pick up Distant Like You Asked on February 19th, here.

You’re about to begin the North American leg of the AP World Tour with Knuckle Puck, Neck Deep, and State Champs. What are you most excited about when it comes to this tour?

We’re definitely most excited to have the opportunity to play in front of a larger audience we usually don’t get a chance to. We’re used to being on the road with heaving acts like Vanna and Pentimento. Hanging out with these influential bands is going to be incredible.

What are some of your favorite and least favorite things about touring?

My favorite thing about touring is not having any responsibility other than playing well every night and being on time. Getting away from my retail job for a while is also super refreshing. My least favorite things are overnight drives and running out of boxers.

You’ve toured with bands like A Loss For Words and Vanna. What do you take away from those experiences, and who have been your favorite touring buddies?

A lot of the bands we’ve toured with including the ones you’ve mentioned have been around for a long time and we’ve been really lucky to learn a lot about being on the road with them. Vanna has always taken us under their wing, they’re pretty much our dads. We always have a blast going out with our boyfriends in Coldfront as well. Don’t sleep on them.

Do you expect a big hometown crowd at the Toronto date on the AP tour?

The show is sold out, so it should be crazy.

Does your hometown affect your writing style/the content of your music?

I wouldn’t say Toronto necessarily has an affect on our music but I find there is a common theme for pop punk bands that we’re homies with in the area to have a similar angst.

Your band has the motto, “Stay pissed,” repeatedly displayed across your social media. What’s the importance of this phrase to you guys as a band?

We’ve never really been a lighthearted band. Our music is always about real life issues and relationships. It’s not pissed off out of spite but rather for self growth and assurance. We want kids to feel up close and personal to our music.

Distant Like You Asked comes out February 19th, and it’s your first full-length, so I’ve seen a lot of press outlets calling you “the best new pop punk band” and things like that, but you guys definitely aren’t new to the scene! How did you become a band, and what are you most proud of as a band so far?

Like Pacific band has been around for 6 years now, there’s been a lot of lineup changes and obstacles to overcome. It started with a craigslist add and finished with mutual friends. I’m really proud of the us for sticking this out. We’ve gotten a ton of great opportunities this past year.

How is Distant Like You Asked different from the EP’s you’ve put out in the past?

The LP is a more mature representation of us as a whole. That’s a common topic I’ve been reading in recent reviews, too.

Do you have a favorite song on the album?

Right now, I’d say it’s Committment or Scarred. Those both really hit home for me.

What was the writing process like for Distant Like You Asked?

Sporadic. We wrote it on the road, at home and in the studio. Our timeline got switched around a lot and we ended up hitting the studio earlier than we expected.

You have some really emotional tracks on the album, like “22A” and “Scarred.” The lyrics are so hard-hitting.“I don’t believe in Heaven, but I know that you’re there now,” and “I’d rather bleed to death than be forgotten,” are two that really punched me in the gut. Is writing tracks like this a cathartic experience, or is it really hard to put those emotions out there?

I think it’s totally a cathartic experience for Jordan, however in some cases it can be tough for him initially.

The album art is wonderful! How did you pick that particular piece for the cover?

One of our old guitarists, Dylan Burnett hand drew that art. Dylan is super talented, he draws comic books and other things as well. Dylan took some inspiration from the overall theme of the lyrics from the record. We all get stuck in viscous cycles where we’re bending over backwards for somebody and sometimes it feels like your head is going to explode.

What are 5-10 songs or albums you’ve been listening to lately?

Safe To Say – Hiding Games
A Will Away – Bliss
Turnover – Peripheral Vision
Code Orange Kids – Love is Love // Return To Dust
Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia
A Sight For Sewn Eyes – Along Together
Speak Low If You Speak Love – Everything But What You Need

What do you have planned for Like Pacific in the future? What are your dreams and goals for the band?

We’ve got a really busy year planned. Our debut LP comes out in about a week so I’m just really stoked for everyone to hear that.

Like Pacific is Christopher Thaung, Jordan Black, Dillon Forret, Luke Holmes, and Greg Hall.

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