Almost Honest Interview
Written & Produced by Meryl "LJ" DeWitt
Edited by Tamara Grant
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Meryl “LJ” Dewitt: For our readers unfamiliar with you, please introduce yourselves and to keep it interesting, give us a random fact about yourself.
Shayne Reed: We are Almost Honest from Central, Pennsylvania, “Amish Country”. It took us a while to figure out what genre we are so this is what we came up with. Groovy, sexy, Viking, and funk metal. We pride ourselves with a very energetic live show and we promise you will not leave disappointed. We like to write music that is out of the box but is still catchy and groovy. A random fact would be that none of us took music lessons and none of us can read music.
LJ: Musicians get to travel to great places to spread their message, but unfortunately, they also end up in some not so great cities. Have you ever had a city or situation where you were genuinely scared you were going to die?
Shayne: Yes, it was when we visited Trenton, New Jersey for the first time. At first, when you’re crossing the bridge into the city, it looks very nice until you reach the city. Right after getting out of our vehicle we had someone ask us for beer money and we had people give us dirty looks. I also had someone try to sell me some of their food in Dunkin Donuts. Besides that, the venue we played in was very nice. The people that came to our show in Trenton were fantastic wonderful people and we cannot wait to come back.
LJ: Favorite hometown venue to play? And favorite hometown bands to share a stage with?
Shayne: My favorite hometown venue to play would be The Chameleon Club in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It has a great atmosphere and two balconies that fans can watch from. Always an energetic time. My favorite local bands to play with would be Oshian, A Scarlet Sunset, No Gods, and Arm The Slaves.
LJ: Have you ever "lost" a bandmate right before a set? If so, where were they to be found?
Shayne: Yes, we always lose our drummer, Quinten. He can always be found taking a dump in the bathroom. He’s usually pretty good with making it out on time.
LJ: So, you guys are currently playing off of your EP Profits of Doom. What song on the record is your favorite to play live?
Shayne: My favorite song to play off of our EP would be "Astronomical Apocalypse". It has so much energy to it and the crowd seems to love it when we thrash around to that song. It was also one of the first songs I have written.
It's safe to say the Philadelphia scene is thriving with amazing up and coming bands. One of the band great acts I've had a pleasure of working with goes by the name Almost Honest. They've got a kick ass anthem sound. It's the kind of tune that gets your blood pumping. Recently they released their debut EP Profits of Doom. In this interview we talked about the record along with a few other things.
LJ: Which track have you been the most personally invested in and why?
Shayne: The track I am very attached to would be "Valkyrie". I used to love American Horror Story specifically seasons one and two. When the third season came out it upset me so much that I went and wrote a song. It was so bad that everything just came out naturally. You can really hear my anger and frustration in this song. It’s about how that season was so bad that I died.
LJ: Are there any songs that you'd consider the black sheep of the EP? If so, which and why?
Shayne: Yes, and that would be "Path Of Failure". It is our only slow song on the EP and we don’t really play it live that much unless we have a lot of time to play.
LJ: Three albums you'd want to be buried with?
Shayne: They would be Megadeth Rust In Piece, Red Fang Murder the Mountains, and Clutch Earth Rocker.
LJ: Ever had any stage nightmares?
Shayne: There are so many I’m starting to lose track. We’ve had everything like broken strings, broken drums, our guitar player almost passing out, and much more.
LJ: 20 years from now, what is one thing you want to have become known for?
Shayne: I want to be known as a loving person. We share our music to make people happy. We want peoples’ lives to be better and we want people to feel what we feel. We just want to be the nicest band in the world. Kill them with kindness.
LJ: Finally, are there any random facts, comments, or words of wisdom you'd like to leave with your fans?
Shayne: Please check out our Facebook page for updates on shows, music, merch and more. You can buy our EP Profits Of Doom on any music selling site as well as physical copies. Also, feel free to message us on our band page about anything! We will be recording our first full length album this year with our new guitar player. Lastly, we would like to thank all of our fans for getting us where we are at now. Until next time “Rock Out With Your Beard Out”.