Geoff Desiato: We all really like Remy Zero. Very good band. We do a few covers of theirs when we play live. We also really like the more diverse Stone Temple Pilots stuff. I am a big House of Heroes fan. There’s also a running joke with my brothers that I wish I were Kevin Max. He’s kinda my idol. Nick cites the likes of Kings-X, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead and Oasis among his influences. We really like bands that strive to be better, be different, and go further with each release.
Geoff: I think we all had really gotten frustrated with a decidedly waning church-body in the U.S. There’s a general sense of consternation in the lyrics which wasn't a thing we were conscious of when we were writing them...probably a result of social fatigue. For us, we grew up in an American church and were heavily involved from a young age. We just sit here and watch countless people we grew up with walk away from all that they were raised to believe as if they can find something better out there. I think each song either is drawn from a personal experience or gives our perspectives on the current Church culture.
Geoff: Wow! Where to begin and still try to keep it brief… To start, we have the luxury of 3 strong vocalists. That allows us to do different things so when we write, we try to create the appropriate sound to express what we are trying to say with the song. We approach each song in a completely different way. We set up our instruments differently; we record them differently; we may even modify our playing styles to capture the sound that we're going for. It's one of the reasons we are glad to have total control of the recording process. We record it completely by ourselves- just the three of us in a room. We write it, re-write it, perform it, and then I mix and master it. I even did the artwork myself. Most bands probably don’t have the ability to experiment as much as they’d like because of what the record label may expect from them. This is a project that we conceived and completed on our own, and I’m quite proud of the fact that even if we didn’t have a million dollar studio, the result is a pure, unadulterated product from the minds of the brothers Desiato. We get bored when bands do the same things over and over, so we are hard on each other to not repeat ideas. Some might say that's unfocused, but it keeps us interested. We had tried our hands at folk, pop, and a bit of techno-rock on our last recording and we definitely had an increased desire to rock a little more on this album.
Geoff: No comparison. We kind of sounded like The Goo Goo Dolls, you know late 90s/early 2000s. I only wrote a small bit of the music and lyrics. Coincidentally, we actually had a thrown together reunion show which JFH attended back '05. We kind of stunk, but it was fun since we hadn't played since '01. The No Longer was formed by the backing band for Rainy Day Theory since the primary songwriter and lead singer is now working in full-time ministry in Brazil with his family.
Geoff: Well, I'm a committed guy, I have only been in two bands in my entire life. We started what eventually became Rainy Day Theory back in '96 when I was in Junior High with my brother Luke and our friend Nic Billman. We added a bass player who would eventually be the original bass player for TNL, George Gaston. We broke up in 2001, and in early 2002, we started The No Longer with our other brother Nick replacing George about 5 months after the formation. I guess that covers the full 15 years.
Geoff: We all agree that "Serpent Sly" is our favorite because it is one of the more definitive songs we have come up with. I think it represents us very well. The subject matter of the song is clear and the fact that it rocks when we play it live helps tip the scales. I would give this to somebody to get an idea of what The No Longer is about.
Geoff: We are hoping to have a full album release show very soon. Hopefully this album will sell a lot of copies. I would love to go on some kind of tour even if we were just the 15 minute opening act. SO… House of Heroes, we are waiting by the phone…
Geoff: Lately? The same things He has been trying to teach me since day one. Dying to self, the cost of true discipleship and devotion. I’m often reminded that people cling to the “free” part of grace but shrug off the “costliness” of real devotion to Him. He hasn’t had the chance to move on to the bigger, better things yet because I’m a pretty slow learner. Plus I think we’re always moving on to the next thing too quickly. It’s pretty funny to think that I could ever understand something enough for God to feel comfortable moving me on to the next thing…to quote 4Him “we need to get back to the basics of life” wait a minute… forget HOH, I would like to open for 4Him on the reunion tour. Do you have Mark Harris’ cell #?
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