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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Pulling Punches

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:44:51

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Pulling Punches - Get to know this Philly troupe

    Philly post-hardcore band Pulling Punches need to be on your radar in 2015. Here's your chance to get to know them a little more intimately and then you can go explore and learn more about 'em!

    Their latest is Lighten Up, Burn It Down, with more to come in 2015.

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    A visceral punk rock mix of hard-hitting riffs and melody from some Philly boys that play every show like it might be their last.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    It may never be a career, but working with animal rescues in Philadelphia, helping to rehabilitate and find homes for animals is a cause all of us support.

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    Mike is an ace graphic designer, Rob can turn your computer into a rocket ship, Joe molds young minds, and Michael's writing obsession carries far beyond song lyrics.

    Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    Michael: I learned a lyric writing lesson from Chris Higdon (Falling Forward, Elliott, and now Frontier(s)) early on, which is that writing emotional songs like we do, can burn you out if you're not careful. Singing about one specific moment over and over again can be exhausting, even if it's a great memory.

    So my writing process is pretty exhaustive, in that I'm inspired by an experience, and I put that story on paper. THEN, I rewrite those lyrics easily 10 times, sometimes 20 times, to create something that a listener can identify with, but isn't particularly specific to me. This never works 100% of course, because I always remember whatever inspired the song in the first place... but it helps.

    'When We Ruled the World' is essentially a song about celebrating your best moments with the people that understand you. We're all different, we all hold different things dear to ourselves, but nevertheless we share common bonds with our friends, our families, or even the people we go to shows with. Those same things can help us through some of our worst moments later, and the song is about remembering the good times to help cope with the bad. I don't really want to get into any more detail than that.

    Finish this sentence: Pulling Punches is the artist that...

    Places bets on whether they will break each other during a performance; odds change based on stage size each night.

    Are you ready to throw (or be Pulling) some Punches?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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    Tags: Pulling Punches, Falling Forward, Frontier(s)

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