Five and Five: Until the Anthem

EMURG writer Jeff Schmitt interviewed drummer Tom DuPree III and lead vocalist/guitarist Jesse Triplett of the up-and-coming Nashville outfit Until the Anthem.

The band’s two founding members also make up two-fifths of EMURG Rising Five favorites Throwing Gravity and are ready to take Until the Anthem to the same heights that made Throwing Gravity a household name amongst EMURGers.

Part I:

JS: How did you come up with the band name?
UTA: It was actually a candidate for another band that we were in at the time.  We both loved it, but it didn’t stick so we decided to use it for this project.

JS: What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?
UTA: Some of the influences you’ll hear on this record are (in no particular order):  Muse, Linkin Park, December Radio, Foo Fighters, and Anberlin.

JS: What are you listening to right now?
UTA: Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Fever Ray, Army of Anyone and Radiohead.  At this moment, I’m listening to a radio station based on Foster the People on Spotify.  Spotify is truly amazing.

JS: What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?
UTA: We recently played a smaller show at The End in Nashville that was a lot of fun.  It’s a smaller room in town with a great feel and great sound.  We had a lot of friends there, so it turned out to be a blast.

JS: If I want people to remember one song from your band, it would be…

UTA: Either The Fall or Six Feet.  I’d probably say The Fall.

Part II:
JS: You have listed Jesse Triplett and Tom DuPree III as the founding
members. However, you describe yourselves as a four-piece. Who are the other
members and what are their backgrounds?

UTA: Nicely done.  Way to pick up on that!  The other two members of the group are Joe Pangallo on guitar – Joe was in a band called Day of Fire for many years and has played shows around the globe with bands like Daughtry and Sevendust – and Chris Boyle on bass – Boyle (we don’t call him Chris) has toured the world with various country artists as well and even filled in for Day of Fire with Joe for a while.  They are both MONSTER players and we are so thankful to have them on board.

JS: You all have gotten to rub shoulders with some musical greats. Who
gave you the best advice and helped get you to where you are now
UTA: Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten (via Jesse actually) came quite recently actually. Jesse was having a conversation with Collective Soul’s manager, Fred, about starting this new project and they got into the changes that have happened in the business within the last decade, and Fred said something to the effect of (and I’m paraphrasing here), “Despite all the changes that have occurred in music, the one that hasn’t changed is that if you go out and you play, and you’re good, and you have good songs, people will like it.”  That really resonated with me.  I believe that to be completely true.

JS: What has been the hardest struggle for Until the Anthem?
UTA: Honestly, the hardest part has probably been getting this project to a point where it’s got some legs underneath it and can actually start to move.  I believe we’ve finally gotten to that point and now we’re ready to start running.

JS: Where do you see the band going in the next year?
UTA: Our main goal within the next year is to develop a strong presence within about 300 miles of Nashville by having an absolutely killer live show.  In my opinion, the strongest aspect of our band is the musicianship.  We don’t feel limited at all in that way, and we plan to take advantage of that talent in our live show.  You’ll want to see us on stage.  We’re going to be doing some pretty impressive stuff.

JS: Who is one producer or musician you would love to work with on an album?
UTA: I think Jesse and I both would love to work with Eric Valentine on a record.  He’s produced some killer records for bands like Lostprophets and Third Eye Blind.  We’re both huge fans of his work and we feel like he would get the vision that we have for this band.

You can buy Until the Anthem’s February self-titled debut at Amazon and you can actually check out the album on their Facebook page as well.