INTERVIEW: Twice On Tuesday Talk New EP, Musical Influences And Festival d’Été de Québec

Twice On Tuesday is a pop-punk band from Québec City in Canada. With just releasing a confident and hook-heavy EP, Lost At Home, Twice On Tuesday delivers a well-oiled pop-punk sound. We got the chance to talk to the band about their newest EP, new music videos and their experience playing the Festival d’Été de Québec.

Your two EP’s Bite-Sized Bullshit and Lost At Home sound a lot like each other, what’s one change between the two that you would want listeners to take note of.

The Lyrics are definitely more mature and showing that we evolved as a band between the release of these 2 EP’s. There are no jokes songs like “The Hangover Song” or cheesy lyrics like “When I’m With You” on “Lost At Home”; all the songs have more serious topics. Musically, we think that “Monday Morning” and “Beautiful Mistake” sound a bit like “Bite-Sized Bullshit” and could be a good continuation to it, but “So Called Friends” is on a slower beat, “Live It Up” has a Skate-Punk vibe that we didn’t explore until we wrote this song and an acoustic song just wouldn’t have fit on “Bite-Sized Bullshit”. Also, Vince arrived in the band between the writing and the recording process of Bite-Sized Bullshit and Antoine arrived in the middle of the writing process of “Lost At Home”... So our first EP has been written by Brad, Oli & Phil (our former bass player) and our second mostly by Brad, Oli & Vince.

On your newest EP, Lost At Home, you did add “So Called Friends,” an acoustic track, which is different from your fast paced punk tracks, what sparked the decision to add this mellow sound in the mix?

When we finished writing all the songs on “Lost At Home”, we realised that they all contained deep lyrics and that it would be a more mature EP than our previous one and we decided to end it on a more intimate tone so we almost rewrote this song to make it sound good acoustic because we wanted to give our fans more than the exact same song but played with acoustic guitars.

Your newest video for “Monday Morning,” is fun and relatable to anyone with office woe’s, where did you pull the inspiration for it?

When we were done recording “Lost At Home” and it was being mixed, we planned to shoot a video for “Live It Up” first, but then we got too busy with the release of our EP and our summer tour to think of a concept for the video and make it happen. So after one of the last shows of our busy summer, it was like 4 AM, we were sat around the table at a friend’s house drinking beers and laughing hard talking about the funny music video we could do with “Monday Morning” instead. So a lot of the things you see in this video originated from us drinking beers at 4 AM and having a lot of dumb ideas… We haven’t given up the idea of shooting a music video for “Live It Up” though.

Your sound embodies a very strong and clear New Found Glory, pop-punk sound, is there any other artists that you grab influences from when recording?

Yeah, sure! We’ll never deny that New Found Glory is a big influence for us. Our biggest influences also include Blink 182, Sum 41, Green Day, Simple Plan and Yellowcard but we’re also big fans of newer pop-punk bands like Neck Deep, State Champs, The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, Seaway, and The Wonder Years even though we didn’t grow up listening to them…  Most of us are also really into punk rock bands like Alkaline Trio, Millencolin, NOFX, Pennywise and Bad Religion.

Over the summer you were featured alongside artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Neil Young and Shawn Mendes on Festival d’Été de Québec, what was this experience like and how did it affect your fan base?

It was incredible! This is the biggest music festival in Canada and one of the biggest in North America so it was huge for a small band like us! We grew up going to that festival every summer, attending our first concerts there and seeing the biggest artists of the planet on the line up year after year. So it’s easy to guess just how excited we were when we received an email asking if we would be interested to play there... Then the line up came out a few months later and so many people we know that had never took the time to listen to any of our songs before suddenly started to care about our band and to be proud to know someone who’s playing at “Le Festival d’Été de Québec”. Just being featured on their website gave us so much exposure and a lot of new fans and we also got a lot of media attention in the few weeks surrounding the festival that we weren’t used to... We got invited at the biggest rock radio in Quebec City, we got in the newspaper, on TV, etc... That was the first time we were living such a thing and we feel like people started to take us seriously since we announced that we were playing this festival.

What’s a message you hope listeners take away from your music?

We don't have a message in particular but overall, it’s to never give up and to be passionate no matter what your dream is. Have fun, be happy and stay true to yourself. Don’t change for anybody.

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