so my family plays this game where if someone is holding something and you yell “drop the bass” they have to drop what they’re holding so my mom was holding a carton of eggs so i yelled it and she looked me dead in the eye, dropped then eggs on the floor and whispered “you’ve gone too far”
Makeshift has a goal of encouraging their listeners to tackle life’s problems head-on, and they definitely have an effective method of delivery with their upbeat melodic punk rock. The Long Island natives are not afraid to push genre boundaries, taking the “suppy” pop punk and upping the intensity with aggressive vocals. You can name your own price for all of Makeshift’s music on Bandcamp.
For Fans Of: Against Me!, Saves The Day, The Swellers
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Andrew Musalo – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Dan Burke – Vocals/Guitar
Peter Baier – Lead Guitar
Austin Barrow – Bass
Matt Mangione - Drums
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Makeshift has been a band for about the past two and a half years. We came together in the winter of 2012 when Andrew and our old guitar player Donny met in their music theory class and started jamming together.
How have you grown since you started?
We feel that since we started writing music together we have matured both musically and personally. We are at a point where we feel that our music comes more naturally and is less cliché than some of our older material.
What sets you apart from other bands?
Something that sets us apart from other bands is our energetic live performance. We also think that we bring more to the table than other bands in our genre through our more aggressive writing style.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
The best part of being in a band in general is the community that you become a part of. This definitely stays true in Makeshift. Through being in this band, we have all had so many incredible opportunities and met countless people that we can now call our close friends.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
The cool thing about our band is that we all listen to much different genres of music. Some of us are really into old school punk and hardcore, and some of us are into more modern pop punk & alternative music, and all of that is reflected in our songs. Our biggest influences, to name a few, are H2O, The Story So Far, Streetlight Manifesto, I Am The Avalanche, Green Day, Bayside, Underoath, Dillinger Four, Blink-182, The Movielife, and Taking Back Sunday.
Right now I feel so beat. More exhausted than tired, actually. I almost started to feel anger toward the “roadblocks” that interrupted my day today. But those “roadblocks” are people that I need to work with.
Before I could feel a sort of resentment, I realized that really enjoyed these individuals today. I’m super lucky to be able to feel like I make a difference in people’s lives. And if I could affirm the good that they’re doing in their lives and have them recognize their strengths despite environmental factors, then heck, that’s awesome.