Sweet Ascent, Lawrence, KS rock outfit, have had quite the year thus far with a slew of shows with Beartooth, The Color Morale and more. The band also just released their newest EP, War. After a tumultuous year of member changes and turmoil, Sweet Ascent picked up the pieces and developed a killer EP to put out their frustrations. Off of that EP is lead single, “My Wishing Well” a song about their hard times and never giving up hope. I had a chance to chat with vocalist, Jordan Rebman, and talk more about the band.
AMN: You guys have an incredible catchy sound. It works really well and it’s evident in your music. How did you get involve in playing music?
Jordan Rebman: Thanks! I was just a kid with a guitar, started writing songs and playing solo shows. Always wanted to do the full band thing but never had the people so eventually it was time to build it.
AMN: Since you got a start at a young age, are their any bands that really influenced you as a band/musicians?
JR: Too many to even name! One thing I love about us is we listen to everything. You’ll hear pop, rock, metal, rap, sometimes a bit of country in our van and we appreciate so much music. We’re influenced by everything.
AMN: Okay, so I have to ask… What is the story behind the band name? It’s so sweet
JR: It isn’t as good of a story as I’m sure you hope. We decided we liked the word Sweet, so we put sweet in a google band name generator… not kidding. It popped out a bunch of horrible names, one was “Sweet Accent” we misread it as Sweet Ascent and liked the meaning behind it. So technically google gave it to us, but not really.
AMN: That’s actually pretty cool. I’ve seen on Facebook you guys mentioned a bit of turmoil and line up changes with in the past year. Can you elaborate more on that? Give me the inside scoop.
JR: Yeah, a lot of members decided they needed to move on and do other things with their lives. For a period of time it was just Bobby and I, we had to decide if we even wanted to keep going. We channeled that into this new EP and started rebuilding. To be honest we’re not even totally back to full strength again but we just keep trucking along.
AMN: It definitely seems like you guys used the issues you’ve had to fuel your latest EP, War. Walk me through the writing process of this album. How great did it feel to be able to let all that out?
JR: WAR was very different for me because I wrote it almost entirely sitting on my living room floor with a guitar and my computer. I would show something to Bobby and he’d say “Ya that’s cool”. I just said everything and pulled no punches about where we were. I think once we got in studio and put it all together the guys understood what was in my head. Once they could see it all they understood and felt how I was feeling. The band could end tomorrow and I’d be satisfied because WAR is everything I wanted to do with my music. But we’re not done yet!
AMN: That’s one of the best feelings. Is there a crazy or memorable moment that happened on tour or during a show?
JR: Oh man too many to say! We got in a prank war with Whitney Peyton and her crew on a tour once. Ended with our van getting toilet papered us wrapping hers. We danced on stage in our underwear during her set a few times it was great.
AMN: That definitely sounds like a good time. Are there any more tour plans or new music in the near future?
JR: Lots. 2016 should be very busy! Announcements are coming soon!