Based out of Long Island, Makeshift have made successful appearances at the 2015 Vans Warped Tour and Launch Music Conference and recently wrapped up a headlining tour along the East Coast in support of their EP, Morale. The band follows in the footsteps of other genre defining bands such as Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Bayside. Taking influences from those as well as newer pop punk and alternative rock bands, Makeshift’s goal is to give something new and refreshing to the scene.
Can you tell us a little bit about Makeshift for any readers who may not be familiar?
We’re a four-piece pop punk band from Long Island. Makeshift started in high school when a few friends decided to get together and play punk music in a basement. Almost five years later and we’re still here!
What makes Makeshift stand out from the rest of the bands in the industry?
I think part of the reason we stand out is because we bring a lot of different aspects of different genres into our music. I like to think that we can appeal to many different tastes in music and be seen as more than just an ordinary pop punk band.
What would you like listeners to be able to take away from your music or live performances?
A lot of our songs have a general theme which loosely tie them together. We want people to know that we all go through hardships and tough times and sometimes we feel like it’s the end of the world, but everything passes and when it does you’ll be better for having experienced it.
What are some musical influences that can be heard on your recently released EP, Morale?
All four of us have very unique music tastes from one another, which I feel benefits our music. A couple bands that started it all for us are Taking Back Sunday, Green Day, blink-182, Underoath, Against Me, Rancid, Black Sabbath, and NOFX. Austin likes Slayer.
How does the writing process go about when writing your new EP? Any particular headspace you guys were in when writing and recording Morale?
Because Morale and our last record, Better Off, were released a couple years apart from one another, the songs on this record have a range of feelings and subject matter as well as differing styles of writing that we’ve experimented with. When we were writing Morale, I feel like we had a more “rock” feel in mind as opposed to the straight ahead pop punk feel of “Better Off.”
Any other big plans for 2017 besides the EP release?
Nothing huge as of right now. We’re playing a few shows on Long Island, hope to do some more touring this spring and summer, and are playing on a few festivals here and there. Just really trying to push the new record as much as possible and hopefully get to write some new material as well.
You guys just wrapped up your Makeshift “Morale Record Release Tour.” How has the road been treating you all?
The road has been great! We got to spend a lot of time with our friends in Christian Evanko and Company. Got to see some places we’ve never seen before, meet some awesome people along the way, went to Disney World, Matt got pooped on by a bird in Disney World. All really good things.
What’s your favorite part of touring and playing shows? Who would you like to tour with in the future?
I think my favorite part about playing shows and touring is just being at the shows and seeing new faces who like what we’re doing.
At last, what message would you like to give to your fans and our readers?
If you haven’t checked out the new record yet it’s up on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and all other digital outlets. Thanks for listening, thanks for coming out to the shows, if we haven’t seen you yet be sure to keep an eye out for a show in your town soon.