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We chat with Orlando Florida band 408 during world lockdown.

408 (Image : Aaron Berkshire).                                 

So firstly, for the people in the UK, how would you describe your music?

We would like to describe ourselves and our music as early 2000s pop punk rooted and mixed with today's sound, or better yet, Lemon Punk.

Where are you guys based in the US?

We are based out of Orlando, FL.

How have you been effected by the virus? 

The House of blues 
We have had a ton of shows that got cancelled most notably a House of Blues show. Its effected the band both positively and negatively in different ways. We lost some shows and it effected us personally in our work lives, however, we were able to record an awesome new single called "Drop Out" that we are very excited to release. We are also heavily writing for our next EP with Andrew Wade in August.

It’s said that the golden years of pop punk are behind us, when we heard your tunes, it filled us with nostalgia, what do you guys do that keep people interested and wanting more?

Thank you very much! That means a lot to us. I think that goes back to what our roots are. We fell in love with 1999 and the early 2000s era of punk rock and it really ingrained deep roots into our song writing for years to come. When we write, we always pull from our roots and we are influenced by so many new artists as well. We try to write songs that challenge us, but also something that all of our friends would love. We also write based on where we are at in life emotionally. We always try to be real. Every song we write is about a real moment or situation in our lives.

Where did the name 408 come from?

Our name came from our bassist Mark who really had his coming of age moment going to college on a road called 408 in Orlando, FL. The name symbolizes all of the troubles, triumphs, happy, sad, and many other emotions felt while on this road. It was only fitting that the band was named after this feeling.
What’s keeping your creative juices flowing at this uncertain time?

We are constantly writing, trying to listen to new music. Drinking, really pulling from deep experiences and exploring new musical canvases. I think everyone is trying to just do their best. 

What sort of music are you listening to at the moment? What new bands inspire you the most?

The Used

Hmm. I think we are all locked into the playlists right now. Like Pop Punks Not Dead, New Punk Tracks. We all listened to The Used's new record. New ADTR, Always some The Story So Far, Blink, Loath, and Lil Uzi Verts new album.

If the band was a snack what would it be?

I think we would be a bag of Munchies. Something for everyone.

If you had to pick 1 current band to support on a world tour who would it be?

BLINK 182 (Image : Randall Slavin)
Blink 182 for sure. We were lucky enough to pay with Sum 41 in December of last year, that would also be amazing. 

Your last release was ‘silent nights’ at the start of this year, when is the next release? Can you give us a scoop or preview of something you’ve been working on?
Our next single is called Drop Out. You can find a quick snippet of it on our Instagram!

What’s the plan for 408 after the global crisis?

We would love to sign with a record label, release a new record, and go on a national tour.


Words/ Interviewer : Cane Valentine

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