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THURSDAY INTERVIEW: Hope Is Strength gear up for a high-energy performance at THE GARAGE

Hope Is Strength. From Facebook.

Hope Is Strength. From Facebook.

On Friday, Hope Is Strength will open—among others—for Love Out Loud at Day 1 of THE GARAGE’s Fancy Ugly Sweater Winter Explosion!

Who are they?

We are a pop punk hardcore Christian band from Isanti Minnesota, we have been playing shows since February 2012, we started practicing and forming in late 2011. We have played shows with multiple touring acts such as Hands Like Houses, Onward to Olympus, These Hearts, My Children My Bride, For All Those Sleeping, In Fear and Faith, Dream on Dreamer, Lions Lions, and more. We love to play music for people. We love to write songs that could relate to any person’s life. We are there for our fans.

Upcoming shows include:

December 29th The Ground Floor in Grand Rapids MN, with Singled out, and With A Voice

January 12th at the Garage with The Color Morale, Your Memorial, and Our Last Night

February 22nd At the North Star Room with Behold! The City.

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THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?

Austin: I play guitar in the band and I am also the singer. The rest of our line-up is Luke-bass, Jason-vocals, Lance-drums, and Justin-guitar

THE GARAGE: What’s your sound and where does it come from (influences)?

Austin: We have a wide variety of influences, a lot of those being pop punk and hardcore bands since that’s the genre of music we play. Some main influences from each band member would be: Underoath, The Ghost Inside, Blink-182,The Wonder Years, Of Mice and Men, A Day To Remember, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, and many many more.

THE GARAGE: What are one or two songs you play that you’re most excited about? Why?

Austin: We all usually look forward to playing our song “No Floor” (probably a temporary name) because it’s our heaviest song and has a lot of energy. It’s a great song to get the crowd jumping. We also look forward to playing “Snitches get Stitches” again because it’s a fast paced, high-energy song. It has cool guitar harmonies and a catchy chorus.

THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE?

Austin: they should expect to see us move around A LOT. That’s one thing we promise to bring to our live shows is high energy from us, and we hope it goes into the crowd and gets them motivated. We are usually sore the next day or two after a show. We hope they are too.

THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?

Austin: When the band has practice it usually consists of us running through the current set we have right now a few times, and then spending a little time on some new songs. We would like to start putting more time into new songs once we have our current set close to flawless.

THE GARAGE: How does your band you write songs?

Austin: The main people who do the songwriting in the band are myself, and our guitar player Justin. I do more of the lyrics and some guitar riffs, but Justin comes up with mind-blowing riffs on the guitar that we almost always use. I have more of a hardcore writing influence and he has more of a knack for pop punk writing, and since we are a pop punk hardcore band, when we mesh our writing styles and work together, we can come up with something perfect for us.

THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?

Austin: Our good friends in Valor Tracks! They are an amazing group of individuals that create amazing, in-your-face kind of music. We hope for nothing but great things for them.

THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?

Austin: Mostly jamming some Underoath, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, or The Ghost Inside. I know the other members of the band are listening to artists such as Our Last Night, Ready Set Fall,  Dream On Dreamer, Basement, Title Fight, etc.

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