BRYCE: vocals, guitar
SAM: vocals, guitar, keyboards
Look up fun in the dictionary and you'll find Brisbane band, A Year To Remember!
Combining a mix of keyboard synth, disco beats and rocking raw guitars, it's hard to go past A Year To Remembers infectious melodies that will "have you dancing around your room playing air guitar and hopefully some air drums and air keyboard," jokes Sam.
Even the airwaves have embraced A Year To Remembers blend of "power pop or calculator rock" with radio station Triple J playing 'Bombs' which is taken from the bands new independently released self-titled EP.
These four best friends came together in November of 2005. "I met Sam in high school, through a mutual love of New Found Glory and Blink," recalls Bryce. Having together performed in bands since age 14, nothing had sparked until the pair had met Dean and Jeremy through an ex-girlfriend of Bryce completing the line up... and, as they say, "the rest is history".
Since then the band continued to develop their brand of rock with the band's biggest turning point happening with the introduction of the keys which soon became a defining part of A Year To Remembers songs.
"I'm always writing, even when I can't write. I write about not being able to write. I'm forever sifting through scraps of paper and drunken messages in my phone for ideas I've saved", says Bryce. "We are always creating better and more mature songs," adds Sam.
Similarly, their live shows lack no energy. "It's us playing our songs, being crazy," describes Bryce. "You'll get to dance to us, hang out with us, hug us, and if you're lucky we'll develop a personalised handshake together", adds Jeremy.
A Year to Remember has already graced the stages playing alongside high profile bands including Kisschasy, Crowned King, Avalon Drive and Gyroscope.
In 2007, it will definitely be a year to remember!www.myspace.com/ayeartoremember
Interview with A Year to Remember
1. How did it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?
It was a very weird feeling to hear something you've worked on being played, kind of a "is this real" moment at first, but then I guess we got used to it.
2. Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
I guess I used to, I mean apparently everyones meant to be evil and money hungry, which I've found is only half true haha.
3. Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, sometimes certain things people say will trigger a line in your head or a memory or something like that. I guess it all just comes down to what you experience.
4. What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Well I personally am digging a bit of Blur and Go-Betweens at the moment. Going through a bit of a quirky pop stage. But I'm always listening to something.
5. What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
We're playing some shows in town in the next few weeks to support the re-release of our 5 track ep. Theres plans for a new ep on the horizon and maybe some surprises towards the end of the year.
6. Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Theres probably been a couple, bands aren't an easy thing. But, we're surrounded by awesome people and they always manage to advise us and make things better again.
7. Do you prefer performing live or recording?
I really do love hanging out in a studio and getting sounds and stuff like that, but nothing can compare to playing live.
8. What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Pretty much any band I've listened to.
9. What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
I'd say the whole thing is a challenge, being in a band is like having a pet, or 3 girlfriends or something. Theres always somewhere to drive, something to do. Stuff like that I guess.
10. What's a typical day like?
On the day of a show, I'd say we wake up, mosey on down to the venue, check it out, maybe do a soundcheck. Then wait around until doors. Then play and pack up, and mosey on home.
11. What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist?
The fact I get to hang with my 3 best friends, and to be able to firstly write songs, then play them in front of people.
12. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Probably 50 Cent cause he's the man, well actually Kanye West is now - apparently. Ha ha. I'd actually like to do some weird dancy rock with Daft Punk or Digitialism or Midnight Juggernauts or something. I think that'd be cool.
13. Are you single? What do you look for in a partner?
Haha yes I am, I don't look for anything.
14. Do you have a website fans can visit? www.myspace.com/ayeartoremember
15. Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?
Drink, Food, Sleep, Music, Dancing,
16. What message would you like to say to your fans?
60 Second QuizFull Name
: Bryce SchneiderStar Sign
: AquariusMusic Talent
: Vocals/Guitar Favorite Food
: grapefruitFavorite Film
: too manyPet
: 2 doggiesDescribe yourself in 3 words
: blah blah blahBest Feature
: sense of humourWorst Feature
: sense of humourPerson You Would Most Like to Meet
: musicFirst Job
: dishy!Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind
: Bar/bclubWhat Can You Never Leave Home Without
: ipodWhat is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
: here we go again