Meet Me @ The Altar
Pop punk upstarts, Meet Me @ The Altar are quickly gaining momentum as they’re cheered along by the likes of Dan Campbell (The Wonder Years) Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) and many more artists. Now also one of the first recipients to be part of Halsey’s new Black Creators Funding Initiative, they’re clearly making all the right moves. We talk to drummer, Ada Jaurez about how a Mortal Kombat character led them to their name, her first memory of music and her favourite story from a show so far.
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Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
The band name originates back in 2015 when the band first formed. It was only me and Téa at the time and we were texting trying to come up with a name for this fresh new band we just started. I wasn’t cooperating, so I just started naming random things including random Mortal Kombat characters. I got to Sub-Zero and said Sub-Zero is my favourite Mortal Kombat character and Téa said Sub-Zero is her favourite character, so I responded with Meet Me @ The Altar and it just stuck. We were like, “that’s perfect, that should be our band name” and so that’s what it’s been since then; we’ve been a band for five years now and that’s our name and we’re not changing it.
Whenever I hear The Beach Boys, I’m taken right back to my childhood. Let’s talk about your first memory of music.
My first memory of music takes me back to when I was a wee baby and I used to listen to Pink Floyd with my dad, because it’s his favourite band. I just have memories of my dad cleaning the house, playing Pink Floyd around the house and me just listening to it with him. It was like Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and that’s definitely my first memory of music.
“Meet Me @ The Altar is a band changing the pop punk scene. Their lyrics hold meaning and represent people of color and the LGBTQ community during a time of fear..”
You’ve toured with Belmont and other cool bands in the past, but is there a band or artist that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Honestly, it would be a bunch of bands like Knuckle Puck and A Story So Far. On a bigger scale, we’d love to tour with Paramore, for sure, but these are all bands we’ve been looking up to for years and we’d love to work with them – it would definitely be a dream come true.
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
It would have to be from a tour we went on last year with a band called The Second After and we hit Jacksonville at this venue that’s now called Archetype and they have a venue cat. Not only that, but they also have an arcade backstage and I just remember playing darts with Edith backstage with the cat just going around the arcade machines. It was so fun and the entire show was just great and they also got us pizza, which was amazing. I remember Edith and I ordering buffalo wings from a restaurant nearby and it was just a great show and a great day overall.
Your latest single, ‘Garden’ got attention from Dan Campbell, Alex Gaskarth, Belmont, Hot Mulligan and friggin Green Day – that has to be an incredible feeling?
Yeah, it is an incredible feeling getting noticed by Dan Campbell and Alex Gaskarth and all of these bands and artists we’ve been looking up to for years. It’s a super surreal feeling.
It’s something we knew was going to happen at some point, but everything is just happening so quickly that it feels like a dream. It feels like a complete dream come true, it’s amazing.
“This just got sent to me and might be the most exciting thing I’ve heard in pop punk in years. Turn it on now!”
Dan Campbell (The Wonder Years)
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
For sure pineapple goes on pizza and I know Téa would back me up on that because we both love pineapple on pizza. Unfortunately I know Edith would say otherwise, but she’s the odd one out in this situation, because of course pineapple definitely goes on pizza.
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