EMQ’s With PISTOLS AT DAWN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Atlanta, Georgia based Hard Rock band, Pistols At Dawn. Huge thanks to drummer Adam Jaffe, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Adam Jaffe, drummer.
Pistols At Dawn is an American professional rock band formed in 2015 by drummer Adam Jaffe, guitarist Devin White, guitarist Mike Buffa, and bassist Billy Sullivan. Virtuoso guitarist Buffa died tragically in 2018, and the band reunited with incendiary guitarist Tommy Richardson in 2019 with its first worldwide releases in early 2020. Vocals are led by elite Frontman and former VH1 Rockstar Supernova finalist Chris Pierson.
Pistols at Dawn released 3 new singles and videos in 2020, ‘Cold’, ‘Gauntlet’ and ‘All You Offer’. The singles were recorded/engineered by famed producer Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins/Matchbox 20) at Cock the Walk Studio in Atlanta, GA. Pistols At Dawn entered the studio again in mid-2020 and wrapped up its new EP “Nocturnal Youth” with Producer Jeff Tomei and “Faith No More” Mastering Guru Maor Appelbaum.
Pistols At Dawn is a high energy, heavy hitting, heart pumping, radio ready hard rock band with lyrics and visuals of the times pushing the listener not to accept the status quo. PAD has been compared to a combination of Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Tool, AC/DC, Metallica, Disturbed and other universal hard rock acts, while retaining a uniquely electric, powerful, and vintage sound singular to Pistols At Dawn.
How did you come up with your band name?
I came up with the band name after seeing a bunch of movies where people would challenge each other to shooting duels in order to protect their honour, and they would always call out “pistols at dawn!” and I just always remembered that, so I pitched that to the band and everybody loved it.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the South-eastern United States, from Atlanta, GA more specifically. The rock and metal scene is huge down in the Southern States. Many of the biggest hard rock and metal acts come from the southeast and there are a gazillion tours that flow through. Atlanta has always had a thriving rock and metal scene with bands such as Sevendust and Mastodon and we hope to be the next big act out of the south.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is the “Nocturnal Youth” EP (www.smarturl.it/StreamNocturnalYouth). The EP released in the US in early May and releases in the UK in late July. Our latest video is for ‘Voices’!
‘Voices’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
My greatest influences are Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Steven Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Neil Pert (Rush), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), and Morgan Rose (Sevendust)!
The band’s top influences are Pantera, Slayer, Tool, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Led Zeppelin.
What first got you into music?
My best friend had a band when we were little kids and I would watch them rehearse. He asked me if I wanted to get on the drums and play one day. ‘What It Takes’ by Aerosmith was on the radio…he showed me some basic playing and I was able to do it naturally. I was hooked, and I had to be in a rock band. I took two years of lessons with a top pro and joined a band as soon as I possibly could.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
We would love to have Eminem do a feature on one of our tracks, and it would be pretty cool to have Amy Lee from Evanescence to do a feature with us.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download Festival in Europe because it is the quintessential gig for every aspiring metal artist. It would be a dream come true. We hope to be at Donington next summer.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A nasty worn pair of panties.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Get ready for a marathon because we are gonna be around for a really long time.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best thing about being a musician is being in a band. There’s nothing like the magic we can create when we have a mix of the right people.
Business decisions within a band can make things stressful sometimes.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the way the record labels contract with their artists so that artists would be more financially successful.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Metallica – “Black Album”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
It’s always awesome to hear a band on Vinyl.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
A packed outdoor festival in Atlanta.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
There is no other option than to play music.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Robert Plant, Sully Erna, James Hetfield, Mick Jagger, and Slash.
What’s next for the band?
We recently announced a four show series to thank our supporters for their dedication through the pandemic and to basically say farewell to Covid. We’re giving them a free series of shows in at least 4 different cities in the United States as a big thank you and to celebrate making it through the insanity. Our first show of that series will be in Atlanta on 18/9/2021. We have also signed on for a food bank benefit with Atlanta’s main rock station and will be performing 13/11/2021. We are currently working on additional shows and touring for the new year. We are also tracking our new album in July and it will be ready in the late fall.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We’re American, and we’ve never had or seen one, but we can’t wait to try one and answer this question down the road!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We are grateful for the feature and look forward to touring in your neck of the woods.
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