5 Questions: Debacle

Fresh from the release of their latest single “Flashing Lights,” New York City based Debacle shared some insights with us on their unique sounds, their early starts, and their upcoming self-titled EP. These amazing up-and-comers have already played sold out shows and have received airplay all over the globe, all while still in high school. Check out what they had to say.

For those who have never heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?

Our sound is pretty difficult to define, since we try to write in many different styles as well as combine many different styles into one song. We have a very eclectic, alternative sound with funky rhythms, distinct melodies, and rich harmonies.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations?

Some of our biggest musical inspirations would have to be Stevie Wonder, Streetlight Manifesto, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Parliament, and Vulfpeck. Each of these artists impacted us musically in one way or another. Whether it is the funky groove of Stevie Wonder, Vulfpeck, and Parliament, the musicianship of Red Hot Chili Peppers, or the intensity of Streetlight Manifesto, each of these acts directly impacted our approach and style to songwriting and making music, each of which to varying degrees depending on which member you ask.

So I understand that you started out in New Jersey’s ska-punk scene. How did that foundation influence your growth as a band?

Starting out in New Jersey’s ska-punk scene really helped us lay the groundwork for our approach to music. As is the case with a lot of ska music, horns play an integral part to the structure of a song, and we’d like to say most of our music features the horns adopting a similar role. Although we started out as largely a ska band, with our debut EP (titled One 7-8) consisting almost entirely of ska music, our musical stylings have matured to encapsulate other genres, like funk, jazz, and disco. Even though we aren’t solely a ska band anymore, we have not forgotten our roots in ska music; a lot of the music off our upcoming album puts those roots in the limelight.

“Flashing Lights” released October 16, 2022

You’ve all known each other for a long time, correct? What is it like in rehearsals and writing sessions?

We’ve known each other for what feels like forever but most of us met in middle school band class. Since we’ve known each other for so long, we’re pretty comfortable with showing each other what we’ve come up with, in terms of songwriting, and we’ll bounce ideas off of each other. If we don’t like something, we won’t hesitate to say so and we’ll try to work something out to make it work. Typically, one of us will come in with either a chord progression, a riff, a melody, a beat, etc and we’ll collectively build off of that to come up with finalized versions of our songs. It’s really a group process and everyone brings something to the table.

What are your plans for the next year?

Well we’re planning on releasing another single sometime in early December. The song is called, “Alright,” and it is quite different from anything we’ve put out before. After that, our full-length, debut album will be released in early 2023, and it will feature nine songs in total, two of which being “Flashing Lights” and “Alright.” Each of the nine songs takes on a different style of music and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. There will be something in store for everybody!

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