She Said Sincerely is a three piece Post-hardcore outlet from Tilton, New Hampshire. Though they consider themselves to be within the Post-Hardcore realm with their music, it seems that they like to incorporate other styles of music into their sound such as Classical, Pop, and Pop Rock. I find this to be interesting for a number of reasons. It goes without saying that within any genre of music we will always have elitist that prefer to stay within their given territory of music to not seem “fake”. The problem with this and I think bands like She Said Sincerely realize this, is that you miss out on the chance to create some really amazing pieces of music. This is doesn’t mean that you are straying off the beaten path to said genre of music, but it does show that you are willing to take risk to create something that your given genre fans can listen to. It also possibly opens up doors for others to become invested into your music as well. Older and more seasoned bands like Zebra Head and Reel Big Fish have proven that you don’t need to stay within a certain genre of music to create great music. Though these bands are not within the same genre of music, it’s always great to see other bands with that same “melting pot” mentality. She Said Sincerely seems to be a band that doesn’t mind taking risk with their music and I pretty excited to see what’s in store for them musically. You can find She Said Sincerely’s music at YouTube, Facebook, and Bandcamp. Their latest song “Transcendence” can be downloaded or listened to if you want to take a listen to this rather unique and catchy band. The band also has got a cover of If “You Can’t Hang” by Sleeping with Sirens that is due to be out very soon, so devoted fans and future fans can be on the lookout for that. Enjoy and Happy listening!
So I'd like to talk about the name of your band. What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before?
We call ourselves She Said Sincerely. It’s a nod towards our vocalists past relationship that taught him a lot about who and who to not put your trust in. And we did! We were previously known as Secrets Alike we just thought it sounded cool.
That's pretty cool and insightful. Can you tell me a little bit about yourselves for my readers?
We’re a 3 piece (at the moment) looking to make awesome music that will hopefully open the door for future musical endeavors. We’ve put a lot of time into this band, and hopefully, it pays off.
For those that work hard for anything in life and they have faith in what they do, something good is bound to come along I believe it will. Okay, so time to talk about the music side of things. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
I’d say we fall under the Post-Hardcore genre, but we incorporate lots of different genres, from classical to pop and pop rock. Influences would be a long list, but to name a few we definitely have taken some influence from bands like Woe, Is Me, Abandon All Ships, Attack Attack!, Sleeping with Sirens, and many others.
Cool, Cool. I dig all those band choices, I actually miss Woe Is Me to be honest. Despite the constant band changes they had some really great music. So a common question but nonetheless important, How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Will and I have known each other since middle school. We both got into the same music at the same time and took things from there. Michael we just met this year – and he’s awesome.
I always like to see when long time friends become a band. Its gives a sense of comfort I feel when working together in that kind of element because you already know each other, but its also nice to throw a new person into the mix as well. New people, new ideas you know. Alright, so inquiring minds want to know, well I want to know lol, when did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The idea was formed by myself and Gary Bardsley way back in 2009, when we were first introduced to the style by our friend Josh. All these bands were doing so many crazy new things, and the overall feel of the music and the energy in it made us want to get involved. We were in high school though, so we spent a couple years learning the industry, and well, here we are.
Nice! Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
We’ve gotten offers from labels like Standby Records and Outerloop but they weren’t really something we felt like doing. We plan on staying independent for awhile. We don’t want anyone else controlling our creativity. We were also a member of Rebirth Management. We also have an endorsement from WB.
WB Gear huh? thats pretty rad. Well since we are already on the topic of gear, we now come to my favorite question as I do play guitar as well, a black sparkle Fender Strat. What can you tell me about your instruments?
Well we have an endorsement by WB Gear, so most of what we use, they provide. We’re not quite big enough to get it for free yet, but it’s still much, much cheaper, especially guitar strings.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We have a couple of times, but living in New Hampshire, our options are limited, more musician wise than venue wise – once we get a full lineup, we can kick it into high gear.
Ah, I get you. Well I'm sure there will be lots more shows to come for you guys when that happens, I really dig your music. Transcendence is a great song and I'm thinking most people will see what I'm talking about once the new material comes out as well with you guys. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Transcendence is definitely the most popular. It’s also the only one we’ve released for purchase so far, until later this year, so that’s probably why. But people go CRAZY for that breakdown at the end!
See I knew it lol. But now I want to switch gears back to the real bread and butter to this band which is the music. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Ourselves and our producer, Bryce. I’d almost consider him a member of the band. Usually the lyrics are written by our front man Anthony. He uses various experiences he’s had throughout his life, typically.
Could you briefly describe that music-making process for me ?
Usually we just get together and start rattling off ideas. We’ll get a hook going and build the song from there. Once the chorus is done, which is the most important part, we’ll build around it.
What are your rehearsals generally like?
Chaotic, haha. And spontaneous. We like to have fun with it.
Ah, I see. That's the best way to go i feel with rehearsals. You are going to be there for a while, so might as well keep it interesting you know? How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Well, we actually know how to play now, if that’s a start. We’ve definitely gotten a lot more open minded to different genres and that really helps us keep songs fresh.
Very cool, Very cool. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Honestly, just finding strong, dedicated members. Nobody in New Hampshire really understands how the industry works, and those who do, aren’t committed. Everybody here wants everything for free and fast and it’s incredibly annoying. It’s why we’ve kept to a 3 piece for now.
I totally get where you are coming from in that respect. You want people to take your music and your craft seriously, especially if you plan to do this as a career. So there is no room for those that aren't going to take it seriously. WIth this in however, what's your ultimate direction for your band? What would you want people to take away from your new music?
We want to go as far as we can go, but most people never even get the chance to get into a professional studio and have something they created recorded, so that in itself is really, really cool to us. No matter what happens we’ll always have these songs to listen to and fans that listen to them all over the world and that is a dream come true.
That's very good message to give to your fans. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Be dedicated or don’t bother. Have someone in your band who knows how to run a business – because that’s what it is, if you’re ready to get serious. Be ready to spend lots of money and spend lots of time. NOTHING in this industry will come to you for free, so if that’s what you’re expecting, just stay home, haha. Everyone else in this industry is giving just as much as you are so don’t ever go into this thinking you’re just going to explode with no real, dedicated effort.
I agree with you 110%. Nothing good ever comes easy. If you want it bad enough, and this is with anything you do in life, you have to work hard. Otherwise the dream is all for not.So how can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
YouTube, Facebook, and Bandcamp – our song Transcendence is free for download in whichever quality you choose.
Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering support over the years as you continue with on with your success as a band?
Honestly everyone we’ve met along the way. We have people from all over the world that have shown us more support than anyone from our hometown. We’d thank all of them in person, if we could.
Alright guys, I guess that concludes our interview, thanks so much for taking the time to do this. It's definitely appreciated. Any last words for your fans before we conclude this interview?
Thanks for supporting us, even during the hiatus, and we can’t wait to bring you guy’s new tunes this year!