MEB staffer Megan Ammer recently had the chance to pose some questions to Conor Page, vocalist and guitarist of Chicago pop-punk quartet Late in the Playoffs. They discussed the recording of the band’s recently released album Alive and on Your Own, touring with the likes of Hit the Lights and The Summer Set, establishing themselves in a crowded Windy City scene, and more.
MEB: So I understand this band is the product of previous projects. How does that affect the dynamic?
Conor Page: It’s been such a long time since we were in different bands so I haven’t thought of it in a while. If anything, those previous projects left us with a lot of unfinished ideas and songs that were set aside, so the songwriting has been fluid from the start. We knew we would play well together when our old bands were together.
The band bio mentions pop-punk roots and Midwest pride. Can you explain how your sound is influenced by your location?
Chicago is loaded with a huge music scene and such huge footsteps to follow in. Especially in the heart of the city, you have to sound huge and play a tight set to get anyone’s attention. We’re all attached to the songs we heard our favorite bands play live and those are all the types of songs we’ve grown up playing and writing. We try to write songs with a lot of power and big city energy to get people’s attention.
How difficult has it been collectively to establish Late in the Playoffs beyond the Chicago support?
It’s hard work but it’s fun for everybody because we can reach out to the friends we have all over the country and they give us shouts on Twitter or Instagram so that helps with some of the battle. The rest is touring and selling t-shirts which is expensive AND difficult.
The band recently released their first full-length, Alive and on Your Own. Can you explain the process of that as compared to previous EPs?
It was more laid back because we had a whole month to record and we were living in the studio. We got more in depth with production and songwriting than we were able to with limited studio time.
I’m sure each member accumulates a busy schedule.What steps are necessary then to make sure practice and music making occur?
Step 1: Don’t work a night shift.
Step 2: Don’t have a girlfriend.
How do the members balance their energies on stage?
We all pretty much know what the other person does on stage pretty well. I think by default Christian [Ray] has the most because he’s drumming and he hits wicked fuckin’ hard, Dan [Schein] plays bass and jumps around the most, then me. It’s balanced out because Aaron [Goldschmidt, vocalist] stands in the middle and barely moves.
What physical object or emotion connects the band and can be used a symbol for their music?
Late in the Playoffs has toured with Hit the Lights and The Summer Set. How does the band get on bigger shows or tours? Does this affect the spirit or drive of the band?
We love all our friends and it builds the spirit of everyone being able to play shows with some of our favorite people.
What are the benefits of being unsigned and DIY? Do you see the band one day moving away from that?
The benefit is being able to work with people you know and trust. I think you can have that and also move away from the DIY scene.
How important is social media or social networking for Late in the Playoffs?
Most important because that’s what our tours and album sales depend on.
This is pretty familiar, but what can fans expect next from the band?