BN Interview: The Orphan The Poet

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Based out of Dayton, OH, The Orphan The Poet come bearing their intense brand of take-it-or-leave-it alt rock, full of sing-along hooks and charging guitars. Cutting their teeth on tours with bands like Dance Gavin Dance, Conditions, I The Mighty and more, The Orphan The Poet have been rabidly gaining fans thanks to their captivating live show, even grabbing the attention of legendary producers. Garnering comparisons to iconic acts like Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, the band will hit this summer hard with the release of the Terrible Things EP. We sat down with bassist, Jake Floyd, and asked a few questions about their upcoming tour with Conditions and their upcoming EP.

Hey guys! Thank you for providing us with this wonderful opportunity!

Hey! Thanks so much for having me! This is rad.

How did you guys meet and form The Orphan The Poet?

It’s funny, I remember seeing David at Warped Tour 2010. We’d only met maybe 2-3 times before that at local shows. At that point, we really didn’t know one another that well, but we stood next to each other and watched Sum 41’s entire set. Here we are six years later, traveling around the country, writing music, and best friends. It’s great, because Sam and Dakota have a similar story. They’ve known each other for so long. And now we’re all in a band together. I know that hardly answers the question, but I just always associate that memory of watching Sum 41 with kind of the start of everything for me.

What can we expect from the new EP Terrible Things?

Oh boy. That’s such an interesting question. We’ve already released one of the songs. I just hope everyone finds five songs they like. I mean I like them. I think the other guys like them. My mom likes them.  I guess if no one else likes them, I’m okay with my mom as our one fan.

How was the recording process for the new EP? Are there any challenges you’ve had to overcome while writing and recording the upcoming EP?

This recording process was a little different for us. We linked up with Machine (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die) early in the process. He heard a few demos and pushed us to get the EP going, but due to scheduling and timing, we couldn’t get down to him in the right time frame. So we ended up renting a studio here in Ohio to track everything to send to him in Texas.

You guys have a unique symbol for your band, where was the symbol derived from and what’s the meaning behind it?

Somewhere around my room is the original white note card with the symbol drawn on it in sharpie. Very plainly, it is just a rectangle with a slash mark through it. I drew it one day, and sent it to David and our friend, Josh Minnich (who does most of our artwork). I had this long elaborate storyline of a big-brother, dystopian society with a resistance forming against the government and how our band played into it, but before I could hit send, they responded with “Oh, cool! It’s like a monogram of T O T & P put together.” …I just said “Yeah!” haha. Sometimes the simpler answer is the best.

What bands were the main inspirations for you guys wanting to start The Orphan The Poet?

We all listen to such a wide variety of music. I feel like there’s no way we could pick one band that inspired us, or even a handful of bands for that matter. I think it’s always interesting hearing other people point out what inspirations they hear in our music. Sometimes they hit the nail on the head of a band we grew up with; sometimes it’s way out in left field.

Who writes the lyrics for the band?

David writes all the lyrics. However, I am happy to say that there are 1 or 2 instances on the EP that I acted as David’s human thesaurus when he was trying to think of a better word to use.

Whats next for the band after this EP? Will you guys be working on a full length?

Immediately after the EP releases, we hit the road for a good bit. So we’re all pumped to be playing these new songs around the country. But at our last few rehearsals, we’ve already been talking about working on new music and getting back in to the studio as quickly as we can!

Any special plans for the future?

We’ll be traveling a bunch in the near future. I really love getting to see new parts of the country, and it’s incredible that music allows us to do that!

If you could tour with anyone in the scene right now, who would it be and why?

Blues Traveler, because I’ve always wanted to learn harmonica. And who better to learn from than the best living harmonica player, Mr. John Pepper.

What do you guys hope 2016 will bring for y’all and what are you the most excited for?

For me personally, I just want to meet as many people as possible. Live shows are such an important part of our band, so if you’re seeing this, please come to a show and say hi!

You guys are having an EP Release show June 17th. Anything special to look out for at the show?

If I told you, that would ruin the surprises. But the simple answer is yes. haha

How excited are you guys to be supporting Conditions on their reunion tour?

Sooooooo pumped. They are some of our best friends, and I love their music so much. When they asked us to be a part of the shows, I couldn’t stop smiling. They are going to be so much fun!

Listen to The Orphan The Poet’s recent release below.

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