In the early 2000s, Drive Thru Records was the place to be for pop punk, emo, indie rock and post-hardcore bands . The label was home to rising stars like New Found Glory, Finch, The Starting Line, Dashboard Confessional, Senses Fail, Something Corporate, Rx Bandits and Midtown. Also among this group was The Early November, a young group from New Jersey who had perfected their own style of emotional and energetic rock with songs like “I Want To Hear You Sad,” “Decoration” and “Ever So Sweet.” Led by singer-songwriter Ace Enders, the band released two full-length records and two EPs before going on hiatus after a final show at Bamboozle 2007.
During the break, each member pursued other projects and interests. Enders has continued to release music under his own name and his side project, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business. Drummer Jeff Kummer released a solo album called Your Best Alternative, and guitarist Joseph Marro signed on as keyboardist for fellow DTR alums Hellogoodbye. Then, in late 2011, the band announced that they would be playing a show together in Philadelphia. The success of this show led the band to add several more dates, and eventually, reunite. We had the pleasure of speaking with Marro about these reunion shows, the band’s upcoming album and when we can see them live again!
OS: You played some reunion shows over the holidays, which were the first shows the band had played together in a few years. Was it strange, initially, to get back together for practice? Was there a noticeable change in the band dynamics?
JM: Surprisingly, there wasn’t, really. It felt pretty normal. Seriously, the same jokes came right back out. The same personalities that you haven’t been around everyday that you used to be around every single day for seven years or so…they’re still the same. Obviously, people are older, but they’re still the exact same people. It was pretty fun, it was like we never really split up. It was interesting, how that was.
OS: How did you decide on a setlist for the reunion shows?
JM: Oh jeez, that was tough! Usually, Jeff, our drummer, is largely in control. He wrote up a setlist that was about, fourteen or fifteen songs long and which we knew was roughly about an hour and fifteen minutes, which is how long we wanted to play. From there, we said, “We really love this song, let’s try to fit it in,” or “this song really isn’t coming together.” Some of the songs we tried to play after not playing for a long time and they just weren’t working or we just felt, maybe, too far removed from that stuff. But we tried to include a little bit of everything from all of the records and I think we did a pretty good job of it. We touched on a lot of the stuff from the last record and we played a good portion of the first release, the EP, and probably six or eight songs from The Room’s Too Cold, so it was all in there, for the most part.
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