Written Interview with Anthony Rainville of The Press War

– At what age did you get into music, and what inspired you to do so?
I got into music at a very young age as both my parents are musicians and performers. It was something that was constantly around me growing up so it was really natural for me to get into. I definitely remember hearing the album “Losing Streak” by Less Than Jake for the first time and being so floored that I wanted to write music just so I could attempt to re-create the sounds I was hearing in my headphones. That was the exact moment I decided I wanted to be in a band.

– What is the meaning behind the band name?
The Press War is the name of a song by a band called You Me and Everyone We Know that a few of us are really big fans of.

– In July you released the music video for “Only You” , how has the fan response been?
So far the response to the video and the album has been really positive. We’re really stoked that people seem to like it and we’re very thankful to everyone who’s shared it and helped us gain new fans!

– Who would be included on your dream tour?
Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182.

– Who are your biggest musical influences?
Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, Third Eye Blind, and I’m also really digging The Story So Far and The 1975.

– What is your best advice for an artist just starting out?
The best advice I can give is to really focus on writing the best songs you possibly can and then recording a few of them with the best quality you can afford. Make an EP you’re proud to show people and always show them a finished product, especially industry. Always give them the best version of yourself because first impressions can count for a lot. Lastly, remember that sometimes all it takes is one person to believe in what you’re doing and if you really want this to be your life, don’t ever give up.

– If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
That’s a tough one, if I could change one thing I would want people to be more accepting and loving of people that are different than them. We’ve had a long history of fearing and hating things that are different and that we don’t fully understand. I hope we can keep making progress towards love and acceptance of everyone.

– What can we expect this coming year from The Press War?
Lots of things! We’re going to finish out the year with some more shows and then we’re gonna write and record a new EP which, with any luck, will be out by Spring or Summer of 2014.

– Lastly, shout out to your fans. ( Links to how they can all contact you)
Thanks so much to everyone who’s taken the time to check us out, made it to a show, or supported us in any way! We can’t be a band without you guys so thank you again!

Bandcamp: http://thepresswarofficial.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebok.com/thepresswar
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-again-ep/id665691103

[Contest going on now through Oct 2, 2013]

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