Five Stories Unfold are certainly familiar with THE GARAGE, having brought their positive and powerful pop-punk numerous times. When they performed in March they blew away our writers, in particular Jonathan, Zack, and Anna, who all commented on their ceaseless energy and well-crafted songs.
When we asked Five Stories Unfold they described themselves as such:
We are a five piece pop-punk band made up of really good friends who have similar passions. Although we are similar, we all have our own life stories that will continue to unfold as life progresses. We aim to use our music to reach out to people and try to relate with them through our life experiences.
They’re insanely fun and with their earnestness, speed, and skill they’ll leave feeling like you can do anything. See them tomorrow supporting a great punk line-up including Maffick, Attention Whore, and Infinite Signal.
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Tim Marzik: Vocals
Carlos Dabu: Guitar
Nick Gagnon: Guitar
Dan Gutmann: Bass
Dan Flynn: Drums
THE GARAGE: First of all, tell the people: What’s your brand of music and who are the artists that influence Five Stories Unfold?
Carlos: We would classify our music style as pop-punk. We draw heavy influence from bands such as A Day to Remember, Four Year Strong, the Wonder Years, etc. Tim, Nick, and myself have a background with hardcore music so that makes its appearance in there as well.
THE GARAGE: You all made quite the impression when you played here in March. 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?
Carlos: We were pleasantly surprised and humbled by the great reception that we received in March. The crowd was so dynamic and responsive, which made the experience for us really special. I don’t know about any expectations, but we can promise you that we will give you energy, good time, and hopefully inspiration in life. We are excited to play our entire set. We revamped a few of our older songs to fit our growing style and also added a brand new one that we’re pumped to showcase for you all. If you go to our Facebook page we have it live streaming right now.
THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Carlos: I believe that a good song consists of anything that can leave a positive lasting impression on an individual that inspires them in multiple ways. As we’ve seen with our own music, no song seems to ever be perfect cause there will always been one better than trumps it. The closets ones are the songs that can really hit home with individuals.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Carlos: Our practices are really fun, but productive at the same time. Currently, Tim and I live together and the basement of our house is our practice space. We are all very respectful of each other’s opinions so the attitude is always positive.
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue? Why?
Carlos: From all the venues we have played thus far, I’d say my favorite has been playing at The Middy which a local bar in St. Joseph, MN. It was special to me because we have friends who work there and it was close to our college campus so a lot of our friends could be there. It was a great community experience.
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.)?
Carlos: I’d say our iPhones. We use them to record practice tracks and communicate with one another. Oh, they also are great for recording behind the scenes videos using Vine or Snapchat.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Carlos: It is really hard to pinpoint a single artist or group that deserves more attention. Personally for me, a high school classmate of mine, Joe Fessler, has been doing some great work on his solo project. He is a very talented musician that deserves more attention.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Carlos: Currently, Tal Bachmann’s “She’s So High” is playing on my 8tracks playlist haha.
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Carlos: Don’t lose hope even if it seems like an uphill battle. Starting a band with great friends has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life…don’t let that dream go.