Teenage rising rock band Bad Seed Rising took a few minutes out of their busy Warped Tour scheduled day to chat with MEB writer Kristyn Shannon about being on the tour, the weather, and buying jet skis. Check it out below!
MEB: We’ll start off super simple, what’s your favorite song to perform during this set?
Aiden [Marceron]: “I Can Feel You,” definitely the new one.
Louey [Peraza]: Yeah, our new single is so fun to play live.
Mason [Gainer]: It’s a lot of energy.
How did the band come together at such a young age?
Louey: We all went to a music school, The Let There Be Rock School. Our drummer, Aiden, his dad actually runs it. Like the whole School Of Rock kinda thing. So, we just all met through that. I’ve known Aiden since he was born. My dad and his dad are in a band together. We’ve been annoying each other for a long time.
Francheska [Pastor]: Hello. I’m Francheska and I’m late. Sorry.
What’s your favorite song on the set?
Francheska: “I Can Feel You.” That one is a really fun song cause it’s our newest and it’s good. I love that one.
Your voice reminds me of someone else, but I can’t remember who. Have you been told you sound like certain other singers and if so, who are they?
Francheska: Yeah. Hayley Williams, Lzzy Hale, chick from Flyleaf and a lot of other chicks. I don’t really think I agree with that though because we don’t sound the same. I think a lot of guys sound a lot more similar to each other than chicks do. There’s not a lot of distinct chick voices out there; there’s probably a select handful. There are five million guy bands out there and a lot of them sound very similar.
What was it like opening for 3 Doors Down while you were still teenagers?
Louey: We still are teenagers. (Laughs)
Aiden: That was crazy. That was our first tour ever and we were still trying to learn how to do things.
Francheska: It was very cool. I was very zoned out and I was like, “I don’t know what’s happening. We’re on tour. It’s a good time.” That’s me all the time.
Louey: It was a really, really, really good first experience for touring.
Francheska: Everyone was very nice. It was a lot nicer than I thought it would be. I thought it would be terrifying and scary.
How old are you guys actually?
Francheska: I’m 18, Louey’s 17, Mason’s 15, Aiden’s 14.
Do you have any wild memories of touring up until now?
Francheska: I remember in Chicago on the Ghost Town tour we did last year, I jumped into the crowd and nobody caught me. I landed right on my tailbone and I thought I broke it.
Aiden: I remember that.
Francheska: That happened.
How can nobody catch you?
Francheska: I don’t know. It was a totally packed show.
Aiden: I think it’s way cooler when a singer, or anyone, jumps into the crowd and no one catches you. I think it’s cooler when they do that instead of when they actually catch you. It’s like, you fell and hurt yourself. That’s way cooler.
Francheska: It’s just funnier.
Did the music stop or did you keep going?
Francheska: No. There’s a rule where you just don’t stop. We all learned that at a young age. You never stop.
Aiden: It’s important.
Francheska: Unless, if like someone tries to attack somebody in the crowd or if someone is actually injured. Fatal injuries.
Aiden: There are few exceptions.
Francheska: It’s all life or death, though.
How’d you come to perform at Warped?
Francheska: We played a lot of other shows and then just tagged along. (Laughs). I don’t really know.
Louey: We built up our reputation a little bit and were able to help our label get us on the Warped Tour.
Francheska: You’ve got to work really hard to earn this sort of spot. I’m not trying to pat ourselves on the back, but it’s a lot of hard work. Even at this point, we don’t really deserve it. We should’ve worked harder. We don’t want to take anything for granted.
You mentioned in a previous interview that performing at this concert was a dream of yours and now it’s come true. What’s it like to be on a Warped Tour stage?
Francheska: A lot different than what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be amazing – I mean, it still is – but it’s incredibly hot. I’ve melted onto the floor constantly and there’s so much walking. I bought a bike cause I was so excited to use it and then I realized I can’t ride a bike through the crowds.
I know it’s rained in Florida – then again, it always does. How has the weather been treating you?
Louey: It rains for whatever reason every day at mid-day.
Aiden: It’s because of us.
Francheska: It’s misery. I went out with our photographer and our friend Johnny from More To Monroe and we all got stranded in Virginia; it poured down on us. We only had a tiny car because they had to go to Baltimore during the day to get the RV fixed – which didn’t get fixed. We were all cramped inside a tiny Ford Fiesta with a giant merch tent in the back, everything was drenched and it was bad.
Aiden: You stopped at Walmart, didn’t you?
Francheska: Yeah. Luckily we all had extra shirts; we all had merch shirts to wear.
What do you think of the rain we’re supposed to get today?
Aiden: It sucks. It’s gonna be right before our set.
Francheska: I wanna f*ck it up. I was going to say something else, but I wanna f*ck it up. F*ck the rain. Sometimes when it rains I’m like, “Aw, I hope we don’t have to play today.”
Louey: It’s kind of nice when it rains sometimes because it helps cool it off a little bit.
Francheska: But then it’s like, no one’s here anymore and no one wants to be here anymore.
Louey: People disappear.
Sometimes I think the rain is better when you’re at a place like this or at an amusement park because then everyone else leaves, but you’re the one group that stays.
Francheska: Oh, I don’t want to be the one that stays. I want go home. When it’s raining, I’m like, “Oh, my cell phone, broken. My camera, broken. Everything is water damaged.”
How do you believe the new generation of punk-rock has changed from previous generations?
Francheska: I don’t think it’s as good as it used to be.
Aiden: It sounds different. I can’t really speak on it, I’m not in a punk-rock band. I’m not part of that scene, so it’s not really my place to say anything.
Francheska: There are a select few. I think Old Wounds is a good hardcore band. They’re on our stage and they’re like throwback-ish. I don’t really like a lot of other punk stuff that’s now because they’re just kind of “eh.”
Mason: They don’t sound the same.
Francheska: I like a lot of old school stuff. It’s a lot better.
Because your dream came true, what’s your new dream for the band?
Francheska: Keep touring forever and make some sales.
Louey: Go to another country. All of the other countries.
Francheska: Ooh, go to another country…
Aiden: That’d be cool. We haven’t gone out of the country. Well, besides Canada once.
Mason: Buy a water park.
Francheska: Buy a water park, get some jet skis. The key to success.
Louey: Yeah, we need some jet skis that go at least 85 mph. I won’t stop until I get one.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to us?
Louey: Yes! New album coming out at the end of the summer!
Francheska: The end of September.
That is not the end of the summer. That is school; that is fall.
Aiden: That’s the end of the summer! Early fall.
Louey: Yeah, early fall, end of summer. We also have a tour with I Prevail right after Warped Tour.
Francheska: We’re trying to get some new tours going on; can’t talk about it obviously.
Louey: Still in the works and such.
Francheska: But, check out our new single we dropped at the beginning of Warped Tour, “I Can Feel You.” It is a banger.