Just as Landmarks band were wrapping up their time recording, disaster struck, as bassist Adam reveals: “The studio was broken into during the night. Twice. Much of the equipment was stolen, and the studio was brought to its knees.” It was this twisted turn of events that, in part, inspired the E.P’s title, a middle finger to fate’s cruel hand; “That traumatic event solidified the phrase in our minds,” says Adam, “It’s subsequently come to work almost as a band motto for us. ‘In Spite Of It All’ sees Landmarks making a departure from their pop punk roots toward an alt-rock laced sound. Though still rich in melody, it’s an altogether more sombre affair, recalling the likes of Brand New in its downturned, more introspective aesthetic. Now the band answer 26 alphabetical questions, to give you an even greater insight into what they’re all about….
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Taking Back Sunday – One Eighty By Summer – It wasn’t until I was about 15 and started exploring Taking Back Sunday’s back catalogue that I realised I wanted to make music. This is probably the song that really made that feeling hit home for me, the sincerity and power in Adam Lazzara’s delivery combined with some great guitar hooks showcases everything I love about this band and set me on a path towards making music myself. I joined my first band playing bass shortly after and I haven’t looked back!
Best Album Ever Written: I think we’d all have different choices for this. Adam would probably pick something by The Offspring, Nic would go with Say Anything, and Tom would probably pick The Postal Service. I’m going to go with ‘Tell All Your Friends’ by Taking Back Sunday though, for the same reasons that ‘One Eighty By Summer’ made me want to make music – despite it being from a different album.
Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: We played a youth hostel in Germany on our European tour in 2015 and after the show, the venue became a nightclub with barely any adults in sight and a tonne of booze and drugs flying around. Techno music was blasting and people were just in a heap on the floor! We joined the party for a bit but then we had to get our heads down in a vacant cafe next door.
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Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: ‘It’s a distinctive human trait to make promises that we just break.’
This line is from ‘Cutting Strings’ and it reflects the flaws of not just the individual the song is about, but also the human race as a whole. Too many people are quick to go back on their word and loyalty and commitment seem to be scarce nowadays. That’s not something I can support.
Easiest Song You Wrote: “40mg just came pouring out of me when I was 17 years old because it represents all the problems I was going through at that point of my life. Anxiety was having a really draining effect on me and the medication I was prescribed didn’t really help, but luckily I’m in a much better place now. Originally, the music was much different but our previous guitarist James came up with a simple yet catchy riff that went much better with the melody I had in mind.”
Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: “There was a show on our 2015 tour in Hamburg which saw us playing to a sold out room in a bar. Kids were flying all over the place and the stage was so tiny that whenever a crowd surfer landed next to us it was a struggle to find room to move. That show was insane, seeing people that didn’t even know who we were react to our music that way was so uplifting and makes all this worth it.”
Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your Record: “Personally, I’d like Adam Lazzara as a guest vocalist on a song in the future because he brings so much attitude and charisma with his delivery, but I’m not sure the other guys would go for that. I think we could all agree that Justin Timberlake would be a great guest artist too!
Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: Probably the previously mentioned Hamburg show. That feeling was so unreal, thinking about it to this day still brings a smile to my face.“
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: “Our drummer, Tom, is really talented when it comes to filming, editing, and photography. He does all our music videos and all of our photoshoots, and he does a great job at it too! It’s a good talent to have because it means we get to make all the creative decisions ourselves and it saves us a couple of quid.”
Jokes You Have In The Band: “We like to joke around that Tom is older than time itself because even though he’s only a year older than Nic, he’s still the oldest. There’s also jokes about Adam’s driving and my singing – usually revolving around it being terrible. We’re a little mean to each other to be honest, but it’s all in good spirit and we can all laugh at ourselves.”
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: “‘Worse for Wear.’ It’s definitely one of our more upbeat songs and introduces a good atmosphere to any show. People seem to like that track a lot so they lose their minds from the word ‘go’, I think it’ll be a staple of our live set for a long time.”
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: “We drove 8 hours from Germany to Czech Republic on our 2015 European tour in a van that wasn’t really designed for 4 people and all of our gear. Two people came out to see the show, but we got drunk and had fun anyway!”
Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: “If it wasn’t for recent events, my answer would probably be very different but I think Tom Searle from Architects is a really inspiring musician. The fact that he struggled with cancer for three years and just continued to do what he loved without ever telling any media outlets or magazines is inspiring, he really was all about the music and didn’t want anything to get in the way of that right until the end. It’s so sad to hear that he recently passed away but the music he made with Architects will continue to inspire people around the globe, especially when you listen to some of their songs with a context such as that tragedy in mind.”
New Band You’d Recommend: “Boston Manor are killing it! I’ve loved those dudes since we first played with them in 2012 and to see them getting all the recognition they rightly deserve right now is awesome. I recently had coffee with Dan and Mike and they’re just the best dudes – along with the rest of the band. I wish them all the success in the world moving forward.”
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: “Jimmy Eat World. I feel like our new EP ‘In Spite of it All’ has some shades of Jimmy in it and we all really love that band. If we ever got to open a show for them – and a big one – I’m not sure I’d be able to play because I’d be fan-boying too much!”
Place You’d Most Like To Tour: “America. It’s bigger, it’s better, and even though the UK scene is strengthening in recent years I feel like it’s still more popular over there. You haven’t really made it until you gain recognition from our American cousins.”
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: “‘Everything you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it anyway.’ It’s a quote by Ghandi that I first heard in the film ‘Remember Me’ and I think it’s a great way of looking at things. Not every action you take is going to change the world, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing it and living your life to the full.”
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: “The studio we were recording ‘In Spite of it All’ at was broken into twice during our sessions, and a hell of a lot of gear was stolen in the process. Luckily, our producer Matt Heap managed to recover all of it, and ‘in spite of it all,’ we pressed on and finished the record just a little over schedule.”
See Us Live At: Gullivers – Manchester August 30th w/ Listener | Hangar – Dublin September 10th w/ Versive | Retro Bar – Manchester September 25th The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree: I do, yeah. I really love the sound of a lot of early-2000s records, for example, Funeral for a Friend, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, etc. They’re all so rough around the edges but I think that just captures the passion each of these bands had while they toured relentlessly and made a name for themselves. Nowadays, everything is so polished and bands can make it with a single track on YouTube, it’s seems people aren’t as willing to put the effort in anymore and you can hear that in the music.
Unusual Merchandise: “Tom made a mug in work with one of our old logos on once. We ended up producing another 4 and showing them at early shows so if you have one, consider yourself lucky!”
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: “There’s an old song titled ‘Houston, We Have a Problem’ that we put out on a compilation a few years back. It’s a fun, upbeat, pop punk track but I managed to figure out a nice acoustic version of it which I’ve been dying to record ever since. We’ve also dabbled with reggae beats in the past, so maybe a reggae version of ‘Cutting Strings’ could be next on the cards.”
What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted: “I don’t want to name any names, but there’s a particular pop-punk band that are consistently awful live in my opinion. It’s a shame because I’m a big fan of their music when listening to a record, but they can’t pull it off live and I always end up leaving their shows underwhelmed. I suppose it’s my own fault for paying to see them so often knowing full well I won’t enjoy it…
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries: We’re actually really cautious people so we’ve never really had any injuries relating to the band. Our van hasn’t been so lucky though. The engine gave up during our 2015 European tour and after some generous, German mechanics got in back on the road, Adam reversed into a parking sign and put the back window through. We had to do the rest of the tour with tarpaulin covering the window but we completed the tour without any other major problems.”
You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: “Mad World – Tears for Fears. I think this song is beautiful and the Gary Jules version that features in ‘Donnie Darko’ is even better. Younger people might not really know it these days, but to put it in a way that they’d understand; there’s a lot of ‘feels’ throughout it and I think it’s one of the greatest ever written. I could pick ‘Wonderwall’ if I wanted to bask in millions of pounds, but I’d rather make something lesser known and more meaningful.”
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: “We’d be monkeys because we can be extremely high energy when needed and lazy at all other times. Seriously, if it wasn’t for Adam I’m not sure we’d even remember to turn up to practice. Reading that back, it sounds pretty bad but it’s true. He holds us together man and that’s impressive because he’s the biggest monkey out of the four of us!”
• Landmarks Released ‘In Spite Of It All’ via Scylla Records on 12th August 2016. Get it at: