Veracious spoke with Cincinnati, Ohio’s 4 piece pop-punk act 7 Minute Martians that is set to release their debut album, Curious, on March 15, 2018. Make sure to follow them on social media right now, and give them a listen!
Hey all! How are you doing today?
7 Minute Martians: Good, thanks!
Could you introduce yourself, your role in the band, and who’s your favorite band or favorite record you’ve purchased throughout your life?
I’m Wil, I play guitar and sing. My favorite artist is Jackson Phillips who goes by Day Wave. I can’t stop listening to his new album “The Days We Had”. And my all-time favorite album is “Enema of the State” by Blink-182.
I’m Ted, I play guitar and sing. My favorite band is (the real) Blink-182, and my favorite record of all-time is their self-titled.
I’m Jordan, I play bass and sing. My favorite band is the one I’m in and my favorite album of all-time is Finch “What It Is To Burn”.
I’m Nick, I play drums. My favorite band right now is Vein and my favorite record is Everytime I Die’s “Hot Damn”.
How did you all come about with your band name?
Wil: I didn’t want our name to be pretentious and I didn’t want it to be meaningless. I wanted it to be related to space exploration, because that’s been such a fascinating trend for a good reason, and Teddy and I are really into that stuff. The most current space exploration event at the time was the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. I read on NASA’s website that it took 7 minutes to descend from the top of the planets atmosphere to the surface. It was coined the “7 Minutes of Terror” because of the communication blackout with NASA. It was all on a delay, so mission control wasn’t sure if the landing was successful until minutes after, instrument readings came back positive and operational. I actually said, “That’s cool we kind of became Martians in those 7 minutes… 7 Minute Martians!” I thought it was awesome and Teddy loved it too. And there’s meaning behind it, you know, and it’s not pretentious. If you’ve ever perused “The Band Name Book” there are some that are puzzling.
You recently released a new single, “Hold On.” How has the reaction been to it so far?
Ted: Good but not good enough! We want more people to hear it.
Wil: It’s so easy to get lost in the white noise when there’s so much new music out, and so much of it is good too. It’s a struggle for exposure and attention. But we love our music and we love playing so we’re going to continue to promote the band and write songs we love. Hopefully that will resonate with people.
Your forthcoming album Curious will be out this Spring as I heard. What can you tell us about it so far?
Wil: It’s very much an autobiography. Teddy and I definitely went through some tough times the last 7 years but we always found solace in our brotherhood and musicianship. We put those tough times into songs and we’re really proud of this album.
Ted: It’s intended to be an experience. You put the album on and you listen to our story from track 1 to 12.
Jordan: Out March 15th, people!
How many songs will be released on Curious?
Wil: 12 tracks of distortion and harmony at about 220 bpm! Haha
Ted: We saved a couple for the next record.
How long have you all been working on this record?
Wil: The opener called “Never Miss a Beat” was written in 2011, so 7 years. Every band’s story is different and we completely self-published this album. It takes so much time, effort and money to record an album. And that’s what we wanted to do because both Ted and I missed that about music. It’s moving away from full-length records and mostly singles to 5-track EPs are being released. We wanted our music to be an experience – a cohesive story to be enjoyed beginning to end – and that’s what we did. We had setback after setback, obstacle after obstacle. Finally 7 years later 7 Minute Martians is ready to release Curious onto the Earth!
Do you have any plans of touring after the record has released?
Ted: Yes, it’s kind of hard for us to do month long self-funded tours but we will be trying to book festivals and make weekend runs, which we will be vocal about on our social media accounts, so tune in there and come hang with us!
Do you have any last words for your fans?
Wil: Fuck the naysayers and go for what you want. Be happy and be good to people.
Ted: Everybody Wang Chung tonight!
Thanks for chatting with us!
7 Minute Martians: Thank you, it’s been a pleasure.