The Boston Globe has dubbed you “One of Boston’s Hottest Bands” and you perform frequently at the Hard Rock Café in Boston, where in 2010 you placed as one of the top 3 bands in the nation for their Hard Rock Calling Ambassadors of Rock Competition. What have been some other memorable highs for your band? Any lows during your journey?
There are always things that every successful band needs to grow through in order to get to where they want to go. We’ve certainly had to grow in the last year with the process of producing a debut album and adjusting to becoming a player in the Boston music scene. To be honest, that has only helped define us as a group and develop our character.
We’ve also had some incredible highs over the last couple of years. Stemming from the Hard Rock Calling Competition, we’ve been able to share the stage with artists like the Gin Blossoms, Scott Stapp from Creed, Edwin McCain, and Howie Day. We’ve also had the opportunity to play in NYC for the first time and really experience how we’d be received away from home. However, the biggest thing for us is the release of our album! We couldn’t be more excited to have something for fans to listen to and hopefully gain more momentum with acquiring new fans.
You are Ambassadors for the Music Drives Us Foundation. Can you explain to our readers what that means and tell us a little about this organization’s work?
Being an ambassador to the Music Drives Us Foundation is something that we’re extremely proud of. Their mission is to raise awareness, provide instruments, and raise funds for music education programs all across Massachusetts. We wouldn’t be where we are without having music in our lives and it’s important for us to share that gift with as many people as we can. We’ve played at fundraisers for MDU and hopefully this year, we’ll be more hands-on, seeing music education programs benefit from MDU first-hand, inside the classroom.
Being from the Boston area, I read recently that there is a red carpet event planned for January 27, 2012 at the Hard Rock Café in Boston. You will be one of the bands performing and this is where you’ll be officially launching your debut album, Long Time Coming. What does this event mean to you?
This is the single, biggest event that we’ve put on. The event is called "The Long Time Coming Album Release Benefit." We’re taking the opportunity to not only officially release our debut album Long Time Coming, but we are also partnering with the Music Drives Us Foundation and donating all of the proceeds of this release to benefit their mission. This is the culmination of every day spent being a musician for us. This is the biggest possible deal for Kingston 530 and we want as many people to be there as possible!