Gas City, Indiana 5-piece The Drama State are currently on the road and bringing their “Bro Big or Bro Home” tour (smh lol) to Upstate NY today. The pop-rock group will be performing TONIGHT, August 13th, at The Bug Jar in Rochester, NY, so if you can, go fill your gut with a garbage plate from Dogtown and then head up the street to catch some live tunes on a Tuesday!
I caught up with the band via email to get some dirt on who they are, where they’re from, and what we can hope to expect from the quintet in the coming months.
G- Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! Introduce the members in the group… Who is everyone, what do they play, and where does everyone come from?
Ryan Diskey – Vocals – Gas City Indiana
Ronnie Ish – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals – Coldwater, Michigan
Eric Hewitt – Lead Guitar – Gas City, Indiana
Ramsey Hall – Bass – Gas City, Indiana
Mike Babb – Drums – Gas City, Indiana
G- How long has The Drama State been around and when did you first get started? Do you remember the moment that you really felt the group “click?”
TDS – We’ve only been “The Drama State” for about a year. I think we really felt everything come together when we were making some last minute additions and changes to our album Stories
G- Can you give us a few examples of any bands or artists in particular that influence your style? Who do you typically like to listen to, and are there any acts you think we should know about?
TDS – The Starting Line, New Found Glory, Mayday Parade, Yellowcard. All the things we listened to in high school really inspired us to write the way we did on Stories
G- What is your writing process like, and who in the band typically comes up new music? Do you have a primary songwriter, or do you write music more organically through jamming during rehearsals?
TDS – Ryan usually brings the “skeleton” of the song to rehearsal and everyone just jams on it to turn it into an actual song.
G- What should your fans, both old and new, expect of the performances when you guys hit the road? I’m not trying to spoil any surprises, but can we expect any new material or special appearances, and what should some of the first time listeners expect to see when you take the stage?
TDS – We have been playing a new song at our acoustic dates and will be playing it on Fearless Radio for an acoustic set as well. We are going to keep writing and hopefully we can play some new full band songs next tour! As for what the first timers at our show, we like to have a lot of fun. We jump around and just get silly.
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard The Drama State before, to try and make a new fan, what track would you offer them? Why?
TDS – It’s so hard to choose just one as a band. I think individually we all have our favorite songs on the album but if we had to pick one to let someone hear I think it would be “I’m Not Gonna Lie” just because of how honest the song is and how it still makes us feel when we play it.
G- Do you currently have, or are you working on, any releases right now? When will you be heading back to the studio or on the road? Anything currently in the works?
TDS – We are writing for our next album and we would like to get back in the studio this winter to record a new single. As for tour we are going to be out again for two weeks in November. Stay tuned for updates to come in a few weeks!
G- Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future? Give us your feasible 3 band dream lineup or tour to be on.
TDS -The Dangerous Summer
You Me At Six
w/ Special Guests The Drama State
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that The Drama State has played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
TDS – Every year we have a special show at home called The Hometown Throwdown and last year was the 3rd year for it. Every other year it had grown in size but last years was incredible. We were so happy and a little bit amazed at how many people came out to support us. It really meant a lot to get that kind of support from people at home.
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
TDS – Stay dedicated. Be prepared for awful, awful failures and people telling you you’ll never make it or that they “just don’t get it”. Make sure you love what you’re doing because the people that don’t get weeded out very quickly. Put everything you have into what you do.
Do you wear hearing protection when you perform? Why or why not? Do you think it is important for your fans to protect their ears?
TDS – We all wear earplugs. You won’t be able to enjoy the music you love if you can’t hear it, so take care of yourself.