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10 Quick Ones with STEPHEN KYPEL of WORLD WAR ME – October 2017

| 24 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “We live in tumultuous times. Just about every aspect of American—no, more than that, worldwide—lifestyle is on the hinge of change, and for good reason. Between cries for justice, unity, peace, tolerance and the persistence on “Making America Great Again,” there seems to be no bastion of popular or political culture that isn’t bursting at the seams waiting for a revolution. This, of course, includes the underground music scene—yet, little beknownst to pop-punkers and alt-rockers worldwide, the revolution has already begun with a bold and boisterous conflict between aggressive and headstrong alternative rock and catchy, quirky, creative pop-punk. This revolution, of course, is none other than the enigmatic Chicago-based pop-punk-meets-alternative chimara, World War Me. A young band with little more to show than two enormously successful singles and a work ethic and dedication to playing throughout the country that makes the Energizer Bunny look lazy, World War Me is a prodigally gifted group of talented, driven individuals that stand to engulf the world in their chaotic and engaging brand of combat in seconds flat.” We get singer Stephen to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The music on our album is pretty in your face, a few standouts for me are the lyrics in the bridge in, “Break A Leg Kid”. “Let’s have a toast for all the Kanyes, Biebers, and Beyoncés” is a play off of the Kanye West song, “Runaways” where he raps, “Let’s have a toast for the douchebags. Let’s have a toast for the assholes. Let’s have a toast for the scumbags. Every one of them that I know…”

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Music has always been something I have loved growing up. Even at 6 years old I would sing along to Alice Cooper word for word. The moment I realized I wanted to be a musician was when I first heard the My Chemical Romance album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. There was something so theatrical and larger than life to me about it. It was at that point that I realized I wanted to create art like that.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

My Chemical Romance, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Escape The Fate (Dying is Your Latest Fashion), and Good Charlotte.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Probably the producer John Feldman, everything he touches turns to gold. I make sure to listen to every single album he has produced. His band Goldfinger is also amazing!

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

My Chemical Romance meets Blink-182 meets Bowling For Soup

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Playing in front of a crowd. To be able to perform something so personal and honest to everything that you are in front of a group of people is a feeling that can never be matched. For an audience to take part in something like that and live in that moment with you is truly special.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Oh lord, I would have to say that nobody really cooks. We just eat pizza or fast food. I am gonna have to say that I am definitely the first one to get the drinks in. And people legitimately hide acoustic guitars from me at social gatherings. If I find one at a party I will play on it all night and it’s never really a singalong. I usually just go in another room and write.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Probably wouldn’t have a job at all. Music has been 100% my life for a long long time. I can’t even think about anything I would rather be doing to be honest.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Not really, I feel as if every single moment in my career and life, good or bad, has led me to where I am today & right now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Probably, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge I wouldn’t say a damn word. I would just sit and observe everything. To me, that album is writing at its finest. It was the first album that genuinely affected me on such a surreal level & it will always hold a special place in my heart.





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