1. Introduce us to your project!
Hey hi hello. We are Count Me In! A West Coast Canadian pop-punk band from Kelowna, BC. We are a dual vocalist pop-punk band in the era of the early 2000s heyday of the genre. We’re a 4-piece and 2 of our members were previously in some popular heavier/experimental bands called Secret and Whisper and Shreddy Krueger.
2. How did you guys start out?
CMI started out right here in our little BC beach town over the course of several years. Jason and I (Alex) have been playing together for years. Sharing the same taste and drive for music we sparked up right away. It was in the last year and a half that Dave and Ryan, our friends and musicians that we have looked up to from their previous music successes, came together with us. Since then, we buckled down, had fun and found our pulse as a band.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
This pulse I previously mentioned really brings together all four of our members. Every one of us brings songwriting experience, energy and talent to a new track. Our dual pop-oriented clean vocals mixed with crisp, catchy guitar riffs and world-class drum beats thrive to bring a fresh take to our roots of late 2000’s pop-punk we all grew up listening to. Basically, picture hanging out with your friends at a party in high school and modernize it with 15 years of experience and evolution.
4. What influences your craft?
For music in general and especially on our debut full-length album “How’s Your Heart, Kid?” our heavy influences include the likes of blink-182, Yellowcard, Jimmy Eat World and Eternal Boy. I think Ryan is really into Abba or Nickelback or something. There are lots of different bands and trends over the years that influence us, but at the end of the day, songwriting and strong vocals/hooks are what drives us to create.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
I find that there is a certain heartbeat to our music, a real lifestream to the songs and the lyrics. I’m sure everyone would say the same about something they wrote. But, the important thing to me is expressing that drive and feeling so that the listener can wholeheartedly relate themselves to our experiences and what we were feeling. Instrumentally, the genre has gone more of a “hardcore-ish” route in what is modern-day pop-punk. We have none of that (minus a guest vocal spot from our buddy Stu from Daggermouth/Youth Decay, but it’s awesome), we really focus on the purity of the “pop” with your punk… well-written songs, catchy vocal hooks, and guitar riffs that make you want to pick up a guitar and start learning.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Thawed. I feel like during the writing process of HYHK, that song brought everything to life like a genuine clip of Frankenstein receiving a jolt of electricity from a lightning strike. That song was born at about 2:30 in the morning in the studio with Dave, after 1 or 10 too many drinks, and just sort of “happened”. We were so stoked and then ended up calling it a night. We listened back the next morning and texted each other, “dude… did you listen? this song is insane!”. The chorus in that song is unstoppable.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
I think we’d all agree that the biggest struggle we face is living in Canada. Surely, none of us could complain about our homeland otherwise. But, the lack of supporting scene in our area and the large distances between cities leave us high and dry when it comes to decent touring opportunities. Some legal hoops hinder our ability as a small band to tour in the states without costing us a stick and a puck if you know what I mean.
8. What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
The release of our new full-length album “How’s Your Heart, Kid?”. An inhuman amount of Blood, Sweat and Twisted Tea (the official drink of the band!) went into this record for everyone involved and we are overjoyed to share it with the world. It was so much fun to write and create, and now that it’s out there, it feels amazing.
9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
With all 4 of our members in full swing for the future, we’ve already started working on the next album. To answer the question: Buckle up, we’re just getting started.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
After the dust settles, it’s going to matter the most that we’ll get to share our music with others and someone else can get their share of enjoyment from the music we’re creating. To have a single person be inspired by our music and help them through something, or begin playing an instrument, or whatever. I sincerely hope that someone digs up a CD 20 years down the road and listens to it full blast and gets the same nostalgia trip that many of our favourite records still give us to this day. Pop punk with never die!