For those unfamiliar with the band - what do you want people to know about the band and your music or message?
You gotta admit that with the name Desperate Times the band is in tune with the times. This is pretty much a young band but they've just released a State Of Mind Ep which I've been rocking really hard lately. Heavy and harsh hardcore with no bullshit lyrics. Take a few minutes to check what Desperate Times is all about!
We are a five piece straight edge band from welland ontario. Our message is probably not the most positive message, if you are not straight edge that's cool we don't want to discourage people from listening to us if they are not straight edge. If you are straight edge that's cool also, come sing along and mosh to one of our shows.
How did you all meet and how long have you all been a band?
Me (Bo) and Josh have known each other since grade 8/9 but then started to hangout like 3 summers ago and I knew josh played guitar and I really wanted to be in a band but I didn't play an instrument so I just picked up a bass and taught myself. Josh knew codey for a while but codey also didn't play an instrument so we said try and sing and see what happens. Luc used to be in a band that codey was good friends with so he suggested him as a drummer so we started to jam. We wrote a lot of bad songs but eventually we got decent at our instruments and wrote "state of mind 2010" we started being a band in 2009 but only got serious last summer. We have had a few member changes but jamie is our newest second guitar player.
What's the toughest struggle for the band like yours? What's the biggest wall to get over?
I wouldn't say this is a struggle but money is an issue when in a band especially when you are starting off. We don't want to make any money but in order to recorded new songs, make merch and play shows it costs a lot out of our own pockets, but its all for fun and if we didn't have this band we would have nothing to do and spend our money on.
For those who have not heard anything from you how would you describe band's playing sound?
Hardcore, fast, heavy. Apparently people say we sound like buried alive, witch is weird because none of us really listen to them when we wrote state of mind.
What have you released so far?
Back when we first started we wrote a really bad split with our friends in thieves but we don't want anyone to hear that. So just State of mind ep.
Who are your strongest musical influences and why?
Our strongest musical influences are probably, leeway, biohazard, obituary and merauder.
And where do you draw your inspiration from when it comes to the lyrics?
From codey thompson- Most of my lyrics are inspired by shitty relationships and even shittier friendships. Before when we weren't a straight edge band i would Sort of hide little straight edge remarks and stuff in there, but now i am thinking of being a little more open about it.
Tell me about band's performance element – what should kids expect from your live show?
Honestly its not always the same if we play in our hometown or somewhere close we have lots of people moshing to us and singing along but if we are playing a town for the first time it might be not as intense. always have fun no matter what thou.
Tell us what you have coming up that we can check for. Plans, gigs and releases planned for the upcoming months?
We are probably doing a split with Easy Way Out witch is like half of Desperate times. Probably going to be recorded at the end of december, 3 new songs for each band. As for shows nothing really we want to write new songs before we start playing some more shows. We would like to do a 3 day tour in march break with Easy Way Out and possibly Planet Danger in Toronto, Ottawa and montreal. Who knows thou.
Any closing thoughts?
Shout out to Easy Way Out, Planet Danger, Troubled Minds and the Author. Also I and the singer of Easy Way Out are making a zine called Climbing Aboard witch should be out in January, look out for that.