The End of Detroit

Written by Big Smile Staff

Posted Sep 3, 2007, by Meesh!.

How did you get the idea for your band name? I found the idea for the band name from a novel that came out about 7 years ago that was about the decline of the American Auto seemed so ominous that I instantly fell in love with it.

Who are you and where are you all from? My name is Stephen Gossin (rhythem guitar, keyboards and lead vox), and I'm from New York. Our drummer is Devin Field, from Salt Lake City Utah. Our bassist is Cristian Skilone from Pittsburgh PA, and our lead guitarist is Alex Sellers, also from New York.

How do you like working with Code Blue Media? Blue Code Media has been amazing for us. Nick has opened many doors and porvided us with many opportunities that we otherwise wouldn't have had. He's one hard working guy that really believes in what he's doing and in music.

Where have you played some of your bigger shows? One of the bigger shows that this band has played would be opening for the Ataris. Our members have opened for acts including Collective Soul, The Squirrell Nut Zippers, and other of lesser notariety.

What band has influenced you the most? The largest single influence upon this band would be Third Eye Blind. Their albums have helped me through some of the toughest years of my life.

What do you try to have people get out of your music? What we try to have people "get" most from our music would be good old fashioned rock without any pretense. It seems these days that you have to have on the tightest girls jeans, the blackest hair, and all of the right "hardcore" tattoos/peircings to be credible in the scene, when that was never what rock was meant to be.

What do you guys like to do on the road? On the road, we try to make every trip as much of a party/vacation as possible. Playing out on the road is the best part of being in a band, and should be celebrated rightly so.

What inspries most of your lyrics? Whats it all about? Most of the lyrics are about situations and people that have been in my life - I find the easiest and most powerful lyrics to come from situations that have influenced me over the years. Most end up being about girls, but I try to mask that as much as possible to remain gleefully vague.

Got any interesting stories? Whats the craziest thing thats happened to you all? The craziest situations are surmounted at each suceeding show - the thrills never stop. For instance: I had my own VH-1 reality TV pilot in 2005. Who would've thought!? Stay tuned.

What makes you different than other bands out there? One listen to our EP, or a visit to any of our live shows will highlight the differences between this band and most other bands out there. More and more, it seems, we are playing shows with the same band, (even though the names change) it all sounds and looks the same. Melody and hooks are important, it seems that many are forgetting this.

Have a CD out? If so how can we get it? We do have an Ep out right now - the best way to obtain one would be at one of our shows - our distribution deal is currently pending...

If you could give advice to a starting band or musician, what would you say? The best advice to any starting band or musician would be to follow your own path musically regardless of what the scene is into that week. Letting other bands or trends make you into a cookie-cutter band of lame-ness is becoming all too prevailent. A catchy melody helps too.

Got anything else youd like to say? Never judge a band by it's covers. Todays End of Detroit is tomorrow's answer to the ailments of modern music.

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