Maybe Tomorrow is a marauding six-piece pop/punk metal band from Winona, Minnesota. That’s a lot of genre, but Maybe Tomorrow’s mash-up works. Their live show is dynamic, shifting from the a cappella sing alongs to body-crunching breakdowns to straight ahead breakneck bridges. Their tight rhythm section and twin vocalists pull it all off keenly.
Maybe Tomorrow was a wonderful surprise at their January 19 show at THE GARAGE with Shoot for the Skies. And now they’re back tomorrow supporting Vendetta Spoken.
This interview’s interesting because it’s quickly clear they lack musical blinders. Their successful arrangements exist because of their disperate interests, pulling from multiple rock genres, but even beyond.
Feb 22 The Garage, Burnsville MN
Feb 23 Dibs Cafe, Winona MN
March 23 The Garage, Burnsville MN
March 24 The Warehouse, La Crosse WI
April 13 Venue TBA, Winona MN
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Cody R. – Vocals
Casey – Vocals
Paul – Guitar
Tyler – Guitar
Cody D. – Bass
Mat – Drums
THE GARAGE: First of all, we at THE GARAGE are really excited to have Maybe Tomorrow back. You all were awesome the last time you played here! Tell the uninitiated: What’s your brand of music and who are the artists that influence Maybe Tomorrow?
Mat : Thank you. THE GARAGE is one of my all time favorite venues to play at. As for brand, post hardcore would be my best description of Maybe Tomorrow, with some electronics sprinkled in here and there. Some of our influences would have to be Underoath, Miss May I, Blink-182, and For All Those Sleeping.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Casey: The audience should expect a very high energy, in your face performance. Plan on having a good time.
Mat: I’m really excited to play “We’re going to kidnap Judith and Set Darren up with Sandy.” That’s one of the funnest songs to play and we see a lot of movement to it.
THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Mat : A good song is one that moves you. Something that really grabs your attention.
Casey: In my opinion “Sequoia Throne” by Protest The Hero is the perfect song. It has everything you need in it. Crazy guitar, killer bass, and Rody Walker is just a beast on the mic.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Cody D : They’re pretty solid. We jam a bit before we run through the set. Afterwards we talk about little changes, or new intros. Usually band shenanigans happen here and there, and we go crazy while playing just like we do on stage.
Mat: Our practices are just like our shows without the lights and the crowd. We put everything we have into it while still making them fun. We’ve been known to finish our set then break into a 10-minute 6/8 time bluegrass breakdown, but we still take our practices seriously since we only get to on Sundays.
THE GARAGE: You all are picking up shows left and right. So, excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue to play? Why?
Casey: I’m going to have to say The Warehouse in La Crosse, WI. That’s where I’ve always gone for shows and to play there is just crazy to me.
Mat: Station 4 is my favorite venue to play at. They have one of the tallest drum stages I’ve ever seen. I love being able to see the entire crowd.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
Casey: I would say that is our bassist’s Hot Hand. It pretty much acts as another pickup that you can wear on your finger like a ring and you can control what sounds you make depending on how you move your hand. It’s what gives us that dubstep sound. So many bands will use a laptop to get those electronic sounds and I love the fact that we can do the same thing, but actually have someone playing it live for you with an instrument.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Mat: Definitely Render The Wastelands, Hope Is Strength, and Our Judgment come to mind. They are all amazing musicians. Plus they are super fun to watch and just overall awesome guys.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Casey: There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to Protest The Hero. I’ve also been stuck on Attila and Sleeping With Sirens lately.
Cody D: I’ve been listening to a lot of Amontillado’s Cask, Our Judgment, and Render The Wastelands, but I’ve also been listening to Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, and The Dodos.
Tyler: I’m really into Get Scared right now.
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Casey: Go for it! It’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had but also remember that there is a lot of hard work involved and that there will be those ups and downs so don’t get discouraged and don’t give up.
Tyler: Don’t give a crap about what people tell you and never ever tell yourself that you’re not good enough. Stay positive and always keep your chin up through thick and thin.
Mat: You are going to be putting in a lot of time, hard work, and pulling your hair out. Turning music into a career is something earned and not handed out.
Cody D: Make sure you’re with people you like. It’s a lot more fun that way. Also keep an open mind, everyone’s going to have an opinion and you can’t be so quick to judge because it might work out for the best.