Interview ~ Adam Jenkins of Between Symmetries

The internet has turned the music industry upside down and changed all of the rules. It’s created an outlet for so many bands and artists to use to get their music out to the masses all around the world. The size of the musical sea has expanded by leaps and bounds and it can be hard to get noticed due to the amount of music that’s out there. Then, along comes a band like Between Symmetries that catches you off guard and really gets your attention. Their new album Movetur was just released and these young guys from Savannah, Georgia have really tapped into something special. Their diverse musical tastes and influences have combined to create a sound that may be a little familiar in parts, but what they’re doing is still very fresh and innovative. I sat down recently with vocalist/guitarist Adam Jenkins and talked about the band, their new EP and what’s ahead for this young and talented band.

Let’s start off with one that you will probably answer many, many more times as this band continues to grow. Where did you come up with the band’s name and is there a story behind it?

Adam Jenkins: For us, honestly, there really wasn’t; we went through a ton of names and even went on Google and used the band generator names. I just said Between Symmetries and the guys thought that it sounded cool. We just kind of went with it, but there’s really nothing sentimental behind it.

The second question that you will answer a lot is how was the band formed?

For 22 years, I kind of hopped back and forth with what I wanted to do with my life. I don’t want to make it a race thing, but growing up in the south and loving rock and roll, Led Zeppelin and all, was frowned upon. I would get made fun of in school for liking the music that I liked instead of listening to what society thinks a stereotypical black male should be listening to. Last year, I finally mustered up enough energy to form a band and just go for it. Last October, I actually found our drummer Anthony Zeppetella on Craigslist. I was having a conversation with a friend and asked them how do I find people for my band and he told me that I could find musicians on Craigslist. He also told me that there were some sketchy ones too (laughs). I saw a listing and he was there; he wanted to play drums in a band and is influenced by the Foo Fighters and Alexisonfire. I loved all the bands that he did so I decided to hit this guy up and we met at our local music store the next day. We immediately clicked and it was almost crazy how similar our aspirations were. Originally, my best friend Jeremy was in the band playing drums and Anthony plays drums and guitar, so Anthony was actually going to play guitar. Our bassist at the time, JP was someone that I met at a party on a drunken night and I told him that I played guitar and we should play together. Then, Jeremy decided to leave, no hard feelings though, and go do what he wanted to with his life. We decided to trot along as a three piece, Anthony moved from guitar to drums and we came out with our first record Atlas. It was more of a demo than an EP because we needed something for the venues when we tried to book shows. Things really started to get serious earlier this year and in a way, I guess you could say that we really actually formed in January of this year. JP decided to leave and we really didn’t want to let him go because he’s one of the best musicians that I’ve ever had the opportunity to grace the stage with. So, we were a three piece again with Anthony, myself and Daniel Sheehan. I went on our DIY, Do It Yourself, scene page and posted asking if anyone was interested in playing bass and that’s how we found Jack Nave.

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How did you come up with Movetur for the title of your new EP?

Daniel actually came up with that; it’s Latin for “moving on.”

I’m guessing there’s some symbolism with it for where are now compared to where you were with that first demo?

Exactly, it was all about moving on and maturing as musicians; we went from what a lot of people would say is an amateurish sound to something more grown up.

As far as the lyrical content goes, who tackles that aspect?

As far as songwriting goes, Anthony and I write every song. He’ll shoot me something or I’ll shoot him something and we might like it or we might not. We might Frankenstein it and take parts of what I have to match parts of what he has.

What’s the music scene like in Savannah?

Savannah has one of the most diverse music scenes that you will ever find. There’s everything from hip-hop to rock and roll; punk is very affluent here and straight up hardcore is too. Blues, reggae, and spoken word as well; people come here from all over the world to experience what’s going on here.

There are so many cool and original things going on within the songs on this new EP. I’m really curious as to who some of the influences are on the band?

Daniel is a pop-funk fanatic and loves Fall Out Boy and The Wonder Years. Zack and I are very similar and we love classic rock and grunge and bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Even though I was born in 93, I went back and did my homework and the whole Seattle scene had a big influence on me. All the breakdowns that you hear are from Anthony’s influences because he loves hardcore and bands like Underoath.

What’s been one of the toughest hurdles for you guys to overcome on your musical journey so far?

I think the toughest one as a band has been to get people to know who we are down here. Savannah is very accepting, but as with any scene anywhere, you kind of have to do your time and earn your stripes. It was tough to go to shows and have only one person show up, but everyone has to go through that; AC/DC didn’t always headline. I think those times really helped to make us a lot stronger than what we are. It’s kind of surreal because now I’ll go to one of our local bars and someone will come up and say, ‘hey, you sing in Between Symmetries.’ It’s really weird to have people recognize and know who we are.

Do you guys have upcoming plans that you can talk about or maybe tour dates for those who will be reading this?

We’re planning a tour up to New York and back in the spring of next year. I think we’ll be hitting Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Virginia, DC, New York and maybe Philly too. I think it’s going to happen in March because that’s when all the guys have spring break off from school. I know this is way far ahead, but there’s going to be at least a two week tour to Austin, Texas next summer.

Dude, that’s pretty awesome news! It looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for you guys. I know we need to be wrapping this up, so is there anything you’d like to close with?

I wanted to let everyone to really look out for the Savannah scene and realize that we really have something cool going on here and I’m not just talking about our band. There’s also a cool wave of house shows going on in the city where a lot of really cool kids open up their houses for bands to play in. Most of our city is 21 and up and there are only a handful of all ages places. So, the kids open up their houses for these bands to come and play and the authorities will go up to those house the night of the show and close them down. If people are pushing Savannah as an art city and encouraging people to come here, then they shouldn’t be shutting these shows down. There are so many kids under 21 who want something to do on the weekends and they could help pack out some of the venues if they were all ages. The coolest part about it is that no matter how many times they shut them down, even more pop up.




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