What's the meaning behind the band's name?
When in Boston, the boys rehearsed on Centre Street, and they played music turned up to "11", hence the "vol" was added making Centrevol.
How did you guys get started with all this??
A mutual friend had a birthday party, and the three original members had an impromptu jam session. Later the three (Nate, Pete, and Jon) moved out west to Long Beach where they connected with kai (whom nate met in Boston at an epic snowball fight).
What's the message you guys want to transmit with your music??
Our message carries two themes: Hope and Community. Hope because we are optimistic about our future, and it comes through in our music, and community because all of our songs and all of our strivings have been in the context of the people who have surrounded us and pushed us forward. Centrevol is the sum of it's parts, not just it's members.
What's your method at the time of writing a song??
Every song is different, for example, the single Save Yourself was written from scratch as we were jamming with spontaneous ideas. We recorded everything, and Pete sat with the parts for 30 minutes and wrote the lyrics. It was quite an orgasmic, that is, organic experience.
Who are your music influences??
Quite varied. Jon and kai are into European Electronic music, such as The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, and Air. Peter is into anything with a good melody like the Black Keys, Delta Spirit, and the Beatles. Nate likes music with a funky backbeat rhythm section with a pop sensibility such as RHCP, Kings of Leon, and Mutemath.
What plans do you guys have for the future??
We're currently competing for $10K in a Converse battle of the bands. We wish to tour tour tour, playing all over the west, emphasizing the college market. We anticipate selling out of the first pressing of our album and plan to rerelease it with new tracks, remixes, and an even grander second release party. We'd like to start a regional radio campaign to spread our loving.
What has been the funniest prank you guys have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
When we were on tour, we played at Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls. We showed up quite early to the show, but the folks who were planning the show were already poo-ing on the lack of expected turn out, citing that since it's an engineering school that most of the kids would rather stay in and play video games than come out and see a band. Plus it was near finals week. We quickly set up our gear in the auditorium (which was quite near the dorms) then we split up and embarked on an impromptu promo campaign. Theoretically, we were not allowed into the dorm area and certainly not allowed to knock on doors, but the RAs turned a blind eye as we marched through claiming there was a World of Warcraft Tourney with cash prizes down in the auditorium. The prank actually worked because we ended up having a great turn out and proceeded to play one of the best shows on tour.
If you guys were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you guys are, ¿Who would you guys send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
We would send Jon because he's in the best shape and can run 65 miles in like an hour, which is like... if I'm doing the math right... like, around 65 miles an hour, or at least 60. The rest of us would take out our instruments and play some tasty licks on the side of the road. The licks would be so flavourful that it would sustain us until Jon got back.
What country you guys would love to play?
Nate: England, Peter: France, Jon and kai: Japan.
With which bands you guys would love to share stage??
Kings of Leon, Muse, Radiohead, Coldplay, Mutemath, U2, RHCP, Michael Jackson.
Are you guys OK, with the direction the band is moving so far?
Yes. (Listen to "On a Roll").
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