Sunday, November 16, 2008

A little one on one with Nick Breining of This Building

This Building is a dual vocalist rock quartet from La Crosse, Wisconsin, formed from several band break ups. Barricade Buzz had the pleasure of exchanging emails with the band's bassist, Nick Bereinging, to find out more about these guys and their EP due out in December.

How did you guys come together as a band?

Well Chris and I (Nick) were in a previous band called "Claiming Nothing" that broke up. After a few months we realized we didn't want to give up on music, so we asked two of our friends(Jesse and Jaimie) who just left the band "Battlehero" if they wanted to start up a new project. They were down for it so we started practicing around the middle of November in 2007. However, after we got done recording all of our drum tracks for our EP, our drummer Jamie decided to leave the band because he wanted to pursue a more pop-punk band. After a few months of searching we found another drummer named Adam who joined the band a mere month ago. So, here we are now and about to release our EP on Dec. 28th at the Warehouse in La Crosse WI.

How did the name come about?

It came about after a dream I had that woke me up at 3 in the morning. For some reason the name this Building was stuck in my head so I told the guys and they all liked it. It's open to many different forms of interpretation for the audience to decide what it means.

What are some of the influences for your music, if any?

Ah, well all of us have a wide range of musical tastes. Jesse is really into metal, pop punk, and rap. Adam is into metal as well but loves old school pop punk like Blink 182. Chris enjoys all genres but currently is into Senses Fail, Forever the Sickest Kids, Brand New, Underoath, and Four Year Strong. As for me, I enjoy powerpop, acoustic, electronica, and some screamo, but I've been listening to a lot of Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, City and Colour, and Anthony Green. It's kind of surprising the sound we have compared to the music we listen to haha.

You've had trouble with finding a drummer in the past, what was it like working as a band without the "beat" to the ensemble? 

It was hard let me tell you. We had to put a lot of the song writing on hold, however our good friend and room-mate Matt filled in on drums for all of our shows until we found Adam.

How was it putting your debut EP together, aside from the drummer thing?

It's been a lot of fun but it's taken a really long time to get it done. Most bands go to a producer and someone else to record their CD's, but we've embraced the do-it-yourself attitude and decided to track it all ourselves at Jesse's studio. So far it's sounding awesome and we're about to send the tracks to Mike Kalajian at Fine Print Audio for mastering.

For someone listening to This Building for the first time, what do you want them to take away from the music?

We put a lot of energy and emotion into our music, and we hope that someone listening would find that they can relate to the songs. We hope after one listen, they immediately want to go back and listen to the song again.

You guys are relatively new, so how do you want to achieve success in today's music business, do you want to start with your fans, or hit up all the labels? Or do you want to fly under the radar and become some unknown sensation?

We want to take over the world haha, but really we just love writing/playing music and would enjoy doing it for the rest of our lives. So, it would be nice to be able to make a stable living while playing music. Ideally, we would like to be on a good indie label and build a strong fan base.

What are some of your goals, plans for the future?

Well, as stated above, taking over the world!

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