For Fans Of: A Static Lullaby / From Autumn To Ashes / Casey
Wyoming band getbent. recently released their first music since 2019’s Hang in There, Friend EP. What originally started as a math-rock project has since evolved to draw on more 2000s post-hardcore influences, driven by the band’s grasp on catchy songwriting and outpour of emotion. We sit down to chat to vocalist David Johnson about ‘S//R’, recording, albums and he curates a truly magical inspiration playlist.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Let’s pretend you’re setting up a dating profile here – tell us about the band.
We’re an emo/post-hardcore band out of Casper, Wyoming, USA. We originally formed in 2017 as a two-piece math-rock act. Through the years we’ve gotten heavier, added more members, and ultimately changed our entire sound which now consists of heavy-driven rhythms with melodic leads. Throwing in driving drums and bass with heavy screaming/clean singing, we kind of figured it sounded emo while still keeping post-hardcore aspects. Spelled as, “getbent.” we consist of David Johnson (vocals), Brennan Sykes (guitar), Kegan Wass (drums), Chris Henderson (guitar), Justice Greer (bass).
“Wyoming band, getbent. have packed their newest track, with insanely melodic leads, driving drums and just a touch of nostalgia to deliver ‘S//R’.”
The Alt Club
Do you remember your first music-related goosebumps moment? Can you share it with us?
I think our very first “goosebumps moment” happened to us in 2019 or 2018 I think. I woke up to seeing a feature of our debut track, “Safety” from Young and Aspiring Union on their Facebook page as their very first “Band of the Week”. I was literally jumping up and down in excitement. It was the first “major” share/posting for us and I am still wondering how they found our stuff. We’ve had some goosebump moments on tours later that year but that really set it off.
If you could pick one artist as an honorary band member, who would it be?
I (David) really gotta go with Chris Roetter from Like Moths to Flames. I listened to them on repeat growing up and even got a chance to see a couple of their shows, It really helped pave the way for my want of being in a band, making music, and reaching out to those with similar feelings embedded within our lyrics.
What’s the coolest thing a fan’s ever done for you?
Honestly, the coolest thing, at least to us, is when fans buy physical EP’s or demos. The reason why is that they can easily stream it, save car space, their money, or whatever, but they CHOOSE to support us and our music by buying a physical copy. That means more to us than anything and that is why it is the coolest thing that has and still happens to us. Also, we don’t like the term fans but more like friends we’ve made along the journey because only friends will support you and build you up like that.
You recently released ‘S//R’. Who did you work with and what was it like in the studio?
We worked with and were lucky enough to gather a great team for recording and releasing S//R.
We tracked everything in one weekend at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado with producer Colton Khron. Colorado was literally raining ash so it was super wild just being there as it was. Now, TBR is owned by Bill Stevenson of Descendants which is cool but what’s even cooler is that at one point he walked in on us recording S//R which had Brennan internally freaking out cause that is one of his all-time favorite artists so we had to take a quick break after that lol.
For filming the video we worked with Saturn Cinema Studios. Calvin is a great director and really saw what we were going for. He also filmed our music video, “Burned Out”, in 2018 so he was for sure our go-to choice for the video.
With releasing S//R, we partnered with Earshot Media. Mike has worked with this type of music for years so we were stoked when they took us on. It really helped us achieve a great deal with S//R that we couldn’t have done alone. Honestly, mad props to Earshot Media.
What’s on the horizon for getbent.?
Album. Album. Album, and maybe a little bit of touring if the world allows it. We plan on going back into the studio in late 2021 to start tracking our debut album though, which I can’t say the name of just yet.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… is a hotdog a sandwich?
Why have I never been asked this question before, I am so unsure now lol. I mean technically it’s like an open-faced sandwich without any soupy stuff on it I think?
Rising to the challenge, getbent. have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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