1. Firstly, could you please give a brief history of the band?
Bobby Magnell (Bass/Vocals): To make a long story short, our original guitarist Drew was setting up a band for a benefit show with a couple of his friends and invited Steven to play. A little over a week before the show, the two friends bailed and I just happened to be there witnessing this happen. I had started learning bass and knew a good amount of songs that I volunteered to be the bassist and vocalist. So we had our first practice, then played the show (went decently), and then we decided to stick with it.
2. You guys probably have one of my favourite names ever, mainly because it is unique and ideal for confusing people in a conversation. What was the inspiration behind your name?
BM: When we first got together, we were originally named “Dead Radio”, but we couldn’t keep it because one of Drew’s friends who bailed owned it and still wanted to use it. So we were trying to come up with a name, but Drew and Steven just wouldn’t agree to any suggestions that were thrown out, so as a joke Drew said “let’s just call ourselves Agree to Disagree” and it was the only one that everyone actually liked, so we stuck with it.
3. You guys have some of the most entertaining song names; how do you go about naming your songs?
BM: There isn’t really a method to it, we just think of a reference to a show/movie, or something that one of our friends said and if it sounds like a good song name, it’s first used as a placeholder and either a different one gets used or (most of the time) it sticks.
4. I noticed that there are two song titles which indirectly reference My Chemical Romance songs: “Famous Last Words” and “Kids Think They Are Bulletproof”. Was this intentional or was
it a sheer coincidence?
BM: Without sounding completely rude, I have absolutely no idea how they came up. “Famous Last Words” I guess is somewhat understandable because they so happen to have a song with the same name. I haven’t listened to it, but it probably sounds nothing like our song. With “Kids Think They’re Bulletproof”, I’m confused as to how it relates to them. So I guess to answer the question, it’s neither intentional or coincidence.
5. You guys play across a lot of genres, namely pop punk and hardcore, what have been some major influences on the music that you create?
BM: We all have different influences between each other, some of the bands we kind of share include Green Day, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, etc. We somehow find a way to blend them all together somehow and make them flow together.
6. With regards to the pop punk scene, what are your thoughts on where it currently stands?
BM: It’s very strong, I’ve noticed it coming back to the forefront in the last few years or so, kind of starting with The Wonder Years when they released “The Upsides.” I will say though that bands have been starting to kind of sound almost the same, each band will have their own little quirks to make them stand out a bit, but I haven’t seen anything really innovative. That’s especially true with lyrics, bands seem to write sounds about the same subjects over and over again. This is all just my observation though, it’s working for them, so they’re doing something right.
7. Where do you think the music scene is going to go in the future – especially in the scene that you guys are playing in?
BM: I really don’t know how to answer this question honestly, for both our scene and everywhere else. People’s taste in music will change, some bands will hold steady while others will kind of fade. That’s really the best way I can answer that.
8. How would you guys explain to somebody what your album is about – in terms of its lyrical themes?
BM: Lyrically, the album is kind of about us and our personal journeys to get to this point in our lives with this band. It talks about life as someone in your 20’s, the feelings you have at certain times like say frustration at the government and politicians, sadness about something that happened in your life, being there for someone who is hurting; it’s just a lot deeper than just typical teenage angst that pop punk is stymied with because we’re not teenagers anymore.
9. What do you guys stand for as a band?
BM: Being ourselves, not trying to do the same thing another band is doing.
10. Finally, Four Year Strong or Fall Out Boy?
BM: That depends on which one of us you ask. At the moment for me, right now it’s Four Year Strong