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Talking to The Early November

A band that has come back strong of late is the Early November, a band made up of five guys from Pennsylvania who brought rock to a deeper level with triple disc "The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path." The band is lead singer and guitarist Ace Enders, bassist Sergio Anello, Joe Marro on guitar and keyboards, guitarist Bill Lugg, and drummer Jeff Kummer. Early November, touring with Fall Out Boy, Newfound Glory and Permanent Me, coming to Toronto's Kool Haus Friday. NeXt interviewed Marro at Warped Tour last summer.

NeXt: What are some of your major influences?

Joe Marro: Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, Jets to Brazil, At the Drive-In. Those are Ace's and my major ones -- there's also Saves the Day who are from our state and are young. But we're still not as good as them.

NeXt: What do you want to achieve that you haven't yet?

JM: I would like to start playing other parts of the world more. I would like to become a band that does well wherever they go. I would like to tour with Hellogoodbye, Linbeck, The Format, Anberlin.

NeXt: What's one of your fondest memories of touring?

JM: Probably the last tour we did with Saves the Day. We've always looked up to them, so meeting them and seeing how down-to-earth and how cool they were gave us the idea that if we could do this for a while and still be positive every day, that would be really cool.

NeXt: On Warped Tour, what do you do when you're not playing a set?

JM: Hide from the sun! Watch friends' bands like Hellogoodbye or Chiodos. I play video games on our bus; we play a lot of FIFA. We also have "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." I like to read and do nothing.

NeXt: How do you describe the style of your music?

JM: I'd say it's melodic rock pop music. We're not a hardcore band or anything, and then people will call us an emo band, but every band is an emo band these days. We just try to make music that we think sounds good.

NeXt: Do you have any rituals before you play?

JM: Nope, we don't have anything. We all have our individual things like stretching. We don't get in a huddle or chant or something, we'll just show up.

NeXt: What made you decide on having three CDs?

JM: It was something that Ace always wanted to do. He looks at it like you never know when anything can end, so he wanted to do it now. We thought it sounded cool. The only way to achieve and finish it was we had to cut it back a lot. He wanted each to have 17 songs on it, but we cut them down to 11. That's the least we could do to get our point across. A lot of bands release their records with 11 songs, but we wanted to branch out, that's what "The Path" does.

NeXt: Then what do "The Mother" and "The Mechanic" represent?

JM: "The Mother" is more natural, the other disc that's more folksy and acoustic strip-down stuff. "The Mechanic" was more produced, more thought out. "The Path" is that whole story.

NeXt: So far, how has the triple disc impacted how the band is doing?

JM: I think people are taking us more seriously, which is really cool. A lot of people who we really respect have said that they enjoy the record.

NeXt: What do you try to put into your live performance to make it different from the CD?

JM: We try to make it as energetic as possible. We try to throw ourselves around and jump.

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Jessie Lewis is a freshman at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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